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ANGELO BROCATO214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-0078; Folks come from all around for the cannoli — hand-filled with chocolate or vanilla-flavored ricotta mixtures — at this traditional Sicilian sweet shop. It's also known for gelato and Italian ice. Seasonal fall flavors include pumpkin. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL4905 Canal St., 488-7357; www.beachcornerbarandgrill.yolasite.comBeachcorner serves big burgers, sandwiches and baskets of fries. The hickory burger is a 10-oz. patty topped with onion, cheddar cheese and hickory sauce. The spicy Beachburger gets heat from jalapenos and hot sauce and is topped with pepper Jack cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE BEAN GALLERY637 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8176; www.thebeangallery.netYou'll find students and remote-office types slurping espresso on the front deck or inside this bright cafe. When hunger strikes, there's a full array of baked goods, desserts and Italian-style panini. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE2542 Canal St., 822-0214Betsy's breakfast menu offers eggs, omelets, pancakes and waffles. Lunch brings sandwiches filled with hot sausage, tuna, oysters, roast beef and other options. Lunch plates include chicken-fried steak, liver and onions, and red beans and rice with smoked sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BOSWELL'S JAMAICAN GRILL 3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600The lunch buffet is a popular option at this casual Caribbean cafe, where regulars help themselves to jerk chicken, curried chicken and rice and peas. Check out the menu for more specialties like Gulf fish escovitch seasoned with vinegar, tomatoes, onions and peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE BULLDOG 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

CAFE DEGAS 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www.cafedegas.comThis sunny cafe offers classical French dishes like traditional French boudin noir served with apple choucroute with Dijon mustard. Flash-fried jumbo soft-shell crab is served with bacon, sweet pea and roasted corn ragout and bearnaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE MINH 4139 Canal St., 482-6266Chef Minh Bui combines Creole and Vietnamese flavors for a unique fusion dining experience. Braised Asian short ribs are served with garlic mashed potatoes. The chef's bouillabaisse is a large bowl of poached seafood with angel hair pasta in a light saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CANSECO'S MARKET 3135 Esplanade Ave., 322-2594See Metairie section for restaurant description.

CHICKIE WAH WAH2828 Canal St., 304-4714; Chickie Wah Wah's new menu includes banana leaves stuffed with Louisiana drum fish on a bed of shredded green mango topped with roasted banana-coconut cream. The pulled, smoked jerk pork is served with mango barbecue sauce over cilantro hoe cake and topped with slaw. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash only. $

COCO HUT 2515 Bayou Road, 945-8788Caribbean spice and flair make the jerk chicken — grilled dark meat served with Spanish rice, peas and fried plantains — a menu favorite. For seafood, choose from tilapia, red snapper or yellowfin tuna. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Sat. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT CITY STEAK HOUSE1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; This Mid-City steak house offers an assortment of cuts, including rib-eyes, filets mignon, strip sirloins, T-bones, and porterhouses. Side items include salads, hand-cut potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT PIE AND SAUSAGE COMPANY4400 Banks St., 482-2426; Sample the house-made sausages on a mixed-grill plate, gumbo, or go for pizza or a sandwich. New menu items include a Cuban calzone. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon., Wed.-Sat.; dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

DOOKY CHASE RESTAURANT2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535Chef Leah Chase cooks Creole classics, including stuffed shrimp, fried chicken, stewed okra and gumbo thick with seafood and sausage. The local dining landmark serves lunch buffet style and offers takeout until 5 p.m. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

DOSON NOODLE HOUSE135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283Noodles abound at this Mid-City eatery, which excels at vinegary chicken salad over shredded cabbage, as well as bowls of steaming pho. Vegetable-laden wonton soup and thick spring rolls make a refreshing, satisfying meal. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE 3133 Ponce de Leon St., 913-9072; www.fairgrinds.comFair Grinds boasts a selection of fair trade coffee and more than 30 organic teas. Snacks and desserts like vegan treats and bagels round out the menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $

FAIR GROUNDS RACE COURSE 1751 Gentilly Blvd., 944-5515; Everything from shrimp Creole and fried chicken to General Tso's chicken and pepper steak is available at the Grandstand Buffet. Dessert items include homemade lemon meringue pie, chocolate doberge cake and eclairs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FELLINI'S CAFE900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155; www.fellinisneworleans.comGrab a table on the outdoor patio and choose from a menu of pastas, sandwiches and pizzas. Kebabs of chicken or shrimp are served with hummus and salad. Try the pulled pork sandwich served with french fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FIESTA LATINA RESTAURANT 133 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-0590 See Kenner section for restaurant description.

click to enlarge Katey Hoffpauir (left) and Jessica Parsons show off a Blue Plate Special at American Pie Diner in Kenner.
  • Katey Hoffpauir (left) and Jessica Parsons show off a Blue Plate Special at American Pie Diner in Kenner.

FIVE HAPPINESS 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; For 31 years, Five Happiness has served up Chinese cuisine, including popular dishes like General Tso's chicken and ginger shrimp. Grilled chicken salad and grilled shrimp salad are recent additions to the menu. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HUEVOS COFFEE & BREAKFAST4408 Banks St., 482-6264; www.crescentpieandsausage.comThis small home-style diner presents a chalkboard menu of breakfast plates. The huevos con tamal features three pulled-pork tamales drizzled with ancho sauce, along with two poached eggs and house-made salsa verde. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credits cards. $

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.comSee Uptown listing for restaurant description.

KATIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR3701 Iberville St., 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.comThis Mid-City neighborhood spot serves a familiar mix of po-boys and Italian dishes. Deli sandwiches include a Reuben and an original po-boy of fried shrimp topped with crabmeat dressing. The crawfish beignets are sweet but not as decadent as the white chocolate bread pudding. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

KJEAN SEAFOOD 236 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7503The smell of fresh seafood emanates from Kjean's, which is a seafood market that offers a menu of prepared dishes like stuffed crabs, gumbo and boiled shrimp by the pound. Fried shrimp, oysters and catfish are available in po-boys or on platters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997Li'l Dizzy favorites include a brisket-topped baked potato, trout Baquet (named for the owner's family), fried chicken, po-boys and Creole file gumbo with house-made hot sausage. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN 422 1/2 S. Broad St., 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen. orgIn the morning, Liberty's offers baked goods, breakfast platters and the breakfast croissants topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar and ham, turkey, andouille sausage or mushrooms. House-made black bean burgers are topped with cheddar cheese and lime-cilantro mayo. Shrimp and grits are complemented by crimini mushrooms sauteed with white wine. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LITTLE TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658; www.littletokyorestaurantnola.comTempura, teriyaki and sushi are the triple delights at Little Tokyo. The sushi bar features an extensive list of nigiri pieces and rolls. The Carrollton location features a hibachi grill and back room karaoke. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888; www.liuzzabythetrack.comJust steps from the Fair Grounds, this corner bar features a menu of local favorites including gumbo and po-boys. The barbecue shrimp po-boy fills a hollowed-out pistolette with shrimp in sauce. Horseradish mayo adds bite to the gravy-soaked roast beef po-boy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; Liuzza's is known for home-cooked lasagna and the Frenchuletta, a muffuletta on French bread with homemade olive salad. Entrees range from soft-shell crabs to calf liver with onions and brown gravy to paneed baby veal served Parmesan style or over fettuccine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

LOLA'S3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.comLola's carves out a small slice of Spain in Bayou St. John. Red pepper, paprika and garlic season sauteed shrimp. A whole rack of lamb is marinated in romesco sauce, grilled and served with Gorgonzola sauce. Seafood paella is cooked with saffron rice, shrimp, fish, calamari, scallops, mussels, garlic and vegetables. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT3800 Canal St., 482-9179; www.mandinasrestaurant.comCombining Creole and Italian classics, Mandina's offers a variety of poultry, fish and steak entrees. Menu options include trout meuniere and trout amandine, hefty seafood platters and steaks. Turtle soup and shrimp remoulade are popular appetizers. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Checks. $$

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.comMikimoto serves sushi and has a pick-up window for speedy to-go meals. For an appetizer, scallops are baked with lemon and garlic and served with enoki mushrooms. The Geaux Saints Maki wraps crawfish, spicy tuna, snow crab and avocado inside rice and soy paper and has salmon, escolar and tobiku on top. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE3901 Banks St., 482-7743; www.monascafenola.comOne of the city's oldest Middle Eastern restaurants, Mona's features an array of traditional dishes including chicken, lamb and beef kebabs, lentil soup, falafel and gyro sandwiches and platters. There is baklava for dessert. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

NEYOW'S CREOLE CAFE3340 Bienville St., 827-5474Neyows serves Creole comfort food including dishes such as gumbo, fried pork chops, fried chicken and smothered okra. Shrimp are tossed with penne pasta in garlicky cream sauce. Po-boys also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

NONNA MIA3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717; www.nonnamia.netThis Mid-City cafe serves pizza, pasta, panini and salads. The Roma pizza is topped with prosciutto, tomatoes, greens, fresh mozzarella and olive oil. Three-cheese tortellini is served with Alfredo sauce and Roma tomatoes. All bread and crusts are made in house. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; www.olivebranchcafe.comThe cafe offers gourmet pizzas, wraps, sandwiches and Creole-inspired pastas. Pasta jambalaya features smoked sausage, chicken, onions and bell peppers tossed with penne pasta in garlic cream sauce. Caesar salad is made with grated Parmesan and homemade croutons and dressing. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ON THE BAYOU RESTAURANT3443 Esplanade Ave., 298-1755This cozy cafe is tucked inside The Esplanade at City Park apartment building. Popular items include sauteed calf liver with onions served over garlic-mashed potatoes. Barbecue pulled-pork shoulder is served on an open-face kaiser roll. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

PARKVIEW CAFE AT CITY PARKCity Park, 1 Palm Drive, 483-9474This cafe in the old-casino building serves casual fare like burgers, salads and sandwiches, including hot sausage and fried shrimp po-boys. Order ice cream and coffee for dessert. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047; www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola.comThis Bayou St. John mainstay has a full menu of classic po-boys and sandwiches including the popular fried shrimp and roast beef po-boys. Get the best of both worlds with the surf and turf, a fully loaded po-boy dripping with both roast beef and fried shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

RALPH'S ON THE PARK 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.comRalph's offers contemporary Creole-American cooking in its two-story space overlooking City Park. The classic turtle soup is finished with sherry. The "scallop-wrapped bacon" is a terrine of diver scallops, pork belly, cauliflower puree and roasted asparagus served with veal reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RENDON INN BAR & GRILL4501 Eve St., 826-5605Find hot wings, burgers, fried pickles and onion rings at this bar's grill. Look for daily specials from pork chops to hearty slabs of macaroni and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ROCK 'N' BOWL3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.rockandbowl.comBowl a few frames and dine on New Orleans classics at this Mid-City institution. There's boudin, crawfish etouffee, turkey gumbo and shrimp remoulade on French bread. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; www.therubyslippercafe.netThis neighborhood spot housed in a ruby red building serves up breakfast favorites and lunch specials. Barbecue shrimp and grits are Gulf shrimp with an Abita Amber and rosemary reduction served with stone-ground grits and a biscuit. Eggs Blackstone features poached eggs with grilled tomato, applewood-smoked bacon and hollandaise on a biscuit, served with fresh fruit. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

RUE 127127 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-1571; www.rue127.comThe contemporary American cuisine at this recently opened restaurant includes a double-cut pork chop that's brined overnight, grilled and served with roasted corn and Jack Daniels coush-coush and roasted red pepper jus. For dessert, try vanilla bean and Medjool date cake topped with toffee sauce and served with clover honey ice cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SANTA FE3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-0077Sante Fe's creative take on Mexican cooking includes dishes like the ruedas de huevos (egg wheel) with mashed sweet potatoes, chicken, guacamole, tomatoes, sour cream, Creole sauce and a fried egg piled on flour tortillas. The house ceviche features fresh fish, calamari and jumbo shrimp marinated in lemon and lime juices with Mexican herbs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA GUERRERO MEXICO208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959Chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers), homemade tamales, burritos and tacos filled with everything from beef to cactus make for a solid menu of traditional Mexican fare. Wash down chips and spicy guacamole and salsa with cold bottles of Mexican Coca-Cola (made with sugar instead of corn syrup). No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.- Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Share a toast with chef/owner Vanessa Thurber at her Algiers Point wine shop and cafe Vine & Dine.
  • Share a toast with chef/owner Vanessa Thurber at her Algiers Point wine shop and cafe Vine & Dine.

THEO'S PIZZA 4024 Canal St., 302-1133; www.theospizza.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

TWO SISTERS RESTAURANT 223 N. Derbigny St., 524-0056Each day brings a different classic dish to Two Sisters' diners, including red beans and rice on Monday, chitlins on Wednesday, stuffed peppers and ribs on Thursday and fried catfish on Fridays. Sides include potato salad and macaroni and peas. Homemade bread pudding ends a meal on a sweet note. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

VENEZIA134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991; www.venezianeworleans.comThis neighborhood restaurant cooks up the same classic recipes that made it popular when it opened in the 1950s, such as pasta and seafood dishes and several veal specialties. Pizzas are topped with pepperoni, chicken, veal, mushrooms or other toppings and cooked in a stone oven. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE 2401 St. Ann St., 822-9503Classic soul-food dishes like wet-battered fried chicken, red beans and rice, corn bread and smothered veal chops have made this 7th Ward restaurant a popular lunch spot for more than 50 years. Sides include fries, salads, greens and red beans or butter beans with rice. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

WIT'S INN 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600; www.witsinn.comThis neighborhood tavern serves pizzas, calzones and a full range of salads and sandwiches. Thursday nights are pizza nights, when $5 gets you a regular, one-topping pizza. Spinach, artichokes, ricotta and feta cheese and roasted garlic fill the vegetarian calzone. Appetizers include bean dip and bruschettas. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

YE OLDE COLLEGE INN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683; www.collegeinn1933.comAn institution since 1933, this restaurant and bar is renowned for seafood po-boys on Leidenheimer bread, burgers and veal dishes. Weekly specials include the Creole Caprese, which consists of sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and andouille sausage. Bread pudding is a popular dessert. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YUMMY YUMMY220 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-9122Chinese staples like lo mein, shrimp curry, fried rice and General Tso's tofu star in Yummy Yummy's all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, or you can order an entree off the menu. Pay by the pound to get buffet meals to go. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $



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