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ATCHAFALAYA901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626; www.cafeatchafalaya.comAtchafalaya serves classic and creative Creole dishes. Pork tenderloin is complemented by mango au jus, market vegetable, bourbon corn pudding and applewood-smoked bacon. Boudin-stuffed quail is wrapped in bacon and served with collard greens, mashed potatoes and natural reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

AUDUBON GOLF CLUBHOUSE 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282; www.auduboninstitute.orgHead to the park early for a hot breakfast menu that includes the Double Bogey: two eggs cooked to order, plus two pancakes and bacon or sausage. For lunch, the Lowerline chicken sandwich tees off with sliced breast meat, Swiss cheese, avocado and bacon on a toasted croissant. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

AUGUST MOON 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129; www.augustmoonneworleans.comThe menu at August Moon features both Chinese favorites and a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes. Noodles, crisp vegetables, shrimp and pork fill the rice paper spring rolls. Roasted Cornish hen is served with fried rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BALCONY BAR & CAFE3201 Magazine St., 894-8888Belly up to the kitchen window to order tavern grub including quesadillas, cheese fries and the Balcony burger, a half-pound patty with sauteed onions, mushrooms and green peppers topped with bacon and jalapenos. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS3700 Magazine St., 895-2225 Baru features the flavors of coastal Colombia on its menu of light tapas and hearty entrees. Guacabello is a combination of grilled portobello mushrooms and cool avocado. The skirt steak is grilled and served with chimichurri and roasted garlic potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BISTRO DAISY5831 Magazine St., 899-6987; www.bistrodaisy.comChef Anton Shulte constantly changes the menu at this intimate bistro. The Daisy salad combines mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula and pumpkin seeds with white balsamic vinaigrette. Porcini-dusted chicken is served over gnocchi with roasted peppers and artichokes in thyme reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BLUE PLATE CAFE 1330 Prytania St., 309-9500Breakfast standards get a cheeky twist at this colorful cafe. Scrambled eggs and goat cheese balance on crisp toast for the Breakchetta and the Sin City pancakes are topped with chocolate sauce and ice cream. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BOULIGNY TAVERN3641 Magazine St., 895-1810Chef John Harris opened this wine bar next to his Lilette restaurant. It serves gourmet finger food such as fries and aioli as well as charcuterie boards. Small plates include Gouda beignets, duck confit and Kobe pigs-in-a-blanket with mustard. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE BULLDOG 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; www.draftfreak.comFolks head to the Bulldog patio on nice autumn evenings for pints and pitchers and platters of cheese fries, nachos, burgers and sandwiches. The cheese steak wrap packs the classic Philly sandwich fillings in a tortilla. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUSTER'S SOUL FOOD2135 St. Charles Ave., 522-6602 Buster's serves soul food classics like smothered pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy. Red beans and rice come with smothered mustard greens and cornbread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS3218 Magazine St., 894-1233; www.byblosrestaurants.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

CAFE LUNA802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444This attractive Victorian cottage has long served as a cozy lounge and study den for patrons seeking strong coffee, aromatic tea, baked goods and pastries. For more substantial noshes, the cafe prepares panini filled with deli meats, cheeses and vegetables. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE RANI2917 Magazine St., 895-2500; www.caferanimagazine.comPopular items at this Garden District cafe include toasted sandwiches made with ciabatta from La Boulangerie. Other dishes include several vegetarian and low-calorie options, such as the veggie mushroom burger and grilled portobello sandwich. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RECONCILE1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.reconcileneworleans.orgThis nonprofit cafe serves as a training ground for tomorrow's restaurant staffs while it serves customers some deeply satisfying dishes. Daily specials include smothered pork chops on Tuesdays and white beans and shrimp on Thursdays. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROMA1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.comCafe Roma's kitchen turns out gourmet pies, like grilled shrimp pizza with onions, tomatoes, basil and garlic herb butter sauce. The Gorgonzola walnut salad is served on seasonal mixed greens with raspberry vinaigrette. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CASAMENTO'S4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; www.casamentosrestaurant.comIn business since 1919, Casamento's became an institution and a local destination for oysters. Get them raw on the half shell, cooked into stews, or fried and piled on thick bread for its famous oyster loaf. Soft-shell crabs are also a popular special. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Local checks. $$

CHARLIE'S STEAK HOUSE4510 Dryades St., 895-9323; www.charliessteakhousenola.comThe Charlie is a 32-oz. T-bone served on a sizzling hot platter with mushrooms bordelaise or potatoes au gratin. The wedge salad is served with thin-cut onions, sliced tomatoes and blue cheese, Italian or Thousand Island dressing. For dessert, there is Torroncino ice cream with biscotti. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHEZ NOUS CHARCUTERIE5701 Magazine St., 899-7303; The menu changes every two weeks at this gourmet to-go and catering hot spot, which always has specialty quiches and salads ready for pickup. The spinach salad has caramelized walnuts, blue cheese, cranberries and pepper jelly vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CLANCY'S6110 Annunciation St., 895-1111This bustling Uptown gathering place has a changing menu that features a mix of steaks, chops and local seafood. Menu standards include fried oysters with Brie on a bed of wilted spinach. Smoked soft-shell crab is treated to changing toppings such as crabmeat or pico de gallo. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.comA menu of contemporary Creole cooking includes pan-fried crab cakes made with Louisiana lump crabmeat served with lemongrass beurre blanc. Eggplant St. Claire is an eggplant roulade stuffed with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, St. Andre cheese and herbs and topped with sherry oyster sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COMMANDER'S PALACE1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.comChef Tory McPhail highlights Louisiana seafood and wild game in his contemporary Creole cooking. Foie gras "Du Monde" includes seared foie gras over roasted pecan and foie gras beignets foie gras cafe au lait, warm sugarcane syrup and chicory coffee mist. Dry-aged duck tops a salad with fire-roasted apples and figs, harvest greens, grilled leeks, pecans, blue cheese and hard cider vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955; Chocolate praline, fresh banana fudge and white chocolate macadamia are just a few of the restaurant's signature creamy cheesecakes. Entrees include barbecue shrimp linguine and stacked eggplant Napoleon. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COQUETTE2800 Magazine St., 265-0421; The menu changes often at Coquette, but the tempura-fried Gulf shrimp with grapefruit and sambal vinaigrette is a favorite. The New York strip is served on a bed of ratatouille with Parmesan emulsion. Crab cakes and sea scallops are popular choices. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Get the seafood you want, prepared just the way you like it at Grand Isle Restaurant in the Warehouse District.
  • Get the seafood you want, prepared just the way you like it at Grand Isle Restaurant in the Warehouse District.

COULIS3625 Prytania St., 304-4265The steak and eggs at Coulis feature grilled tenderloin medallions with fried eggs, onion gravy and hash browns. The warm Cuban sandwich is loaded with pulled pork, smoked ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, mustard, mayo and coleslaw. Spice up a dish with one of the house-made hot sauces. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CREOLE CREAMERY4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; This boutique ice cream shop constantly creates new flavors. There also are old-fashioned ice cream parlor specialties like banana splits, sundaes, milk shakes and floats. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

CURE4905 Freret St., 302-2357; www.curenola.comAlong with a regularly changing menu of craft cocktails, Cure offers a variety of small plates. Crawfish boudin empanadas come with pickled ginger and remoulade sauce. Almondigas sliders feature house-made spicy pork meatballs with tomato chutney and baby spinach. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

THE DELACHAISE 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.comComplementing the bar's well curated selections of beer and wine, the kitchen serves snacks, including the ever popular pommes frites with malt vinegar, garlic aioli and peanut dipping sauce. The steak bruschetta is popular, and there's a steak frites dish as well. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DICK AND JENNY'S4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880; The Louisiana flounder spring roll is stuffed with Napa cabbage, red peppers, cilantro, shiitake mushrooms and garlicky Beluga lentils and is served with lemon crab beurre blanc. Stuffed Mississippi quail comes with alligator sausage cornbread dressing, braised cabbage and Steen's cane syrup butter. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126This neighborhood institution serves a roast beef po-boy covered in homemade gravy and Creole mustard. The "off the menu" special is a fried shrimp po-boy topped with Swiss cheese and gravy. Other options include fried oysters and hot sausage with gravy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DOMINQUES ON MAGAZINE4729 Magazine St., 894-8881Chef Dominique Macquet's new restaurant focuses on classic French techniques and creative flavors. Roasted and cured leg of lamb Farci is served with oven-dried tomatoes, leeks and olive oil-whipped potatoes. For an appetizer, try fennel-cured pork belly with mojito-spiked watermelon. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

DOWN THE HATCH1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.comDown the Hatch offers a variety of burgers and sandwiches. The Texas burger is an Angus beef patty topped with caramelized onions, smoked bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. The Reuben features corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

ELEVEN791179 Annunciation St., 299-1179; www.eleven79.comClassic Italian dishes fill the menu at this elegant restaurant just outside the Warehouse District. Osso buco is a veal shank served Milanese style with pappardelle. The tomato and crab salad features balsamic vinaigrette drizzled over vine-ripened tomato slices and jumbo lump crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

EMERIL'S DELMONICO 1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937; www.emerils.comIt may have classical decor, but the menu at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant is anything but staid. The Moroccan spiced lamb sirloin comes with merguez sausage and chickpea socca ratatouille. Rabbit crepes come with pancetta, mushrooms and mascarpone. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

F&M PATIO BAR4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.comThe kitchen bustles from night into early morning. Enjoy egg rolls, quesadillas, seasoned waffle fries and deluxe cheese fries topped with bacon, chili and jalapenos. Top a hamburger with your choice of shredded cheese, bacon, mushrooms, jalapenos, grilled onions and peppers or chili. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

FAT HARRY'S4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582Fat Harry's features burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and other casual eats. The jazz burger is an 8-oz. patty of hot sausage and ground beef topped with cheese and barbecue sauce and dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and pickles. Slow-roasted pulled pork is coated with barbecue sauce and served on an onion roll with a side of fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FLAMING TORCH RESTAURANT737 Octavia St., 895-0900; www.flamingtorchnola.comThe restaurant offers a menu of classic French and New Orleans dishes. Magret canard Avignonaise is a roasted duck breast served with three-berry sauce. Barbecue shrimp are sauteed with butter, garlic, herbs and seasonings. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S321 Arabella St., 899-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.comThis neighborhood standby serves casual fare like po-boys, gumbo, boudin balls and alligator soup. The seafood platter includes stuffed crab, oysters, shrimp, catfish, toast and salad. Look for daily specials like red beans and rice, or chicken with onion gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GAUTREAU'S RESTRAURANT 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397; Chef Sue Zemanick's menu presents original takes on Louisiana-French cuisine. The crispy sweet breads with crawfish tails come with braised greens in spicy butter sauce. Sauteed tripletail is served with oyster mushrooms, hearts of palm, sugar snap peas and citrus beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GOTT GOURMET CAFE3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; www.gottgourmetcafe.comThe creative diner fare at this cafe includes a shrimp BLT wrap with Tabasco butter-sauteed shrimp, mozzarella, baby greens, roasted red pepper, avocado, applewood-smoked bacon and chipotle cream cheese. The cochon de lait Cuban panino combines slow-braised pulled pork, Dr. Pepper honey-baked ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, ancho honey slaw, Creole mustard and chili mayo. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun, dinner Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THE GROCERY2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524; www.thegroceryneworleans.comThis deli sells pressed sandwiches and po-boys as well as chicken and sausage gumbo. The Creole corned beef is topped with provolone cheese, Creole coleslaw and Russian dressing pressed into French or rye bread. For dessert try red velvet cupcakes or decadent brownies. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HEY! CAFE4332 Magazine St., 891-8682; www.heycafe.bizGrab a specialty coffee drink or tea and choose from homemade vegan desserts like a cinnamon roll, chocolate chip cookie, pumpkin raisin muffin or chocolate banana bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun-Thu. Credit cards. $

HONEYBAKED HAM5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-5100; www.honeybaked.comHoneyBaked Ham makes sandwiches with the namesake ham, chicken salad, smoked turkey, roast beef or ham salad on croissants, whole grain or French bread. Traditional spiral-sliced ham and glazed turkey breast are popular menu items. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HOSHUN RESTAURANT 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716Japanese and Chinese flavors abound here, including the Playboy roll, an inside-out spicy tuna and shrimp tempura roll with mango. Other popular items include pad Thai, pecan prawns and fried tofu dishes. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT 1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; www.hillstone.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

IGNATIUS EATERY4200 Magazine St., 896-2225The menu at this casual cafe features updated New Orleans classics. The sauteed shrimp remoulade po-boy is stuffed with Gulf shrimp and blonde remoulade. Meatloaf is stuffed with Poche's pork and jalapeno boudin and served with horseradish sauce, parsley potatoes and corn maque choux. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR 4437 Magazine St., 891-6105This tavern keeps the beer cold and the grill hot. Choose from several burgers, including the Igor, the Cajun or barbecue burger. The Cajun burger adds a kick of Tabasco and Creole seasonings. Chicken nuggets and onion rings are popular munchies. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S LOUNGE & GAMEROOM 2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9811Whether you're shooting a game of pool or waiting on a load of laundry, Igor's bar and grill are always serving. Igor's burger features a char-broiled half-pound patty. Try the chicken and fish sandwiches, Cajun cheese fries or jalapeno poppers. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IL POSTO ITALIAN CAFE 4607 Dryades St., 895-2620; www.ilpostocafe-nola.comItalian meats and cheeses are the draw at this cafe. For lighter fare, try a panino or the antipasti platter. The Italian tuna salad is nestled on a bed of Bibb lettuce with avocado, red onions, tomatoes and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

J'ANITA'S AT THE AVENUE 1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243; www.theavenuepub.comThe pub grub at this 24-hour bar goes beyond typical saloon fare. "Appeteasers" include sirloin bites served with house-made chimichurri sauce, guacamole and chips. The Swamp Reuben features pulled pork on toasted sourdough and house-made barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

JACKSON1910 Magazine St., 522-5766; www.jacksonnola.netThe updated menu at Jackson features hand-rolled tortellini filled with duck and wild mushrooms and topped with duck demi-glace. For an appetizer, try oysters Jackson, a flaky pastry stuffed with sauteed Gulf oysters, shrimp, toasted garlic and Tabasco butter with a spike of Worcestershire sauce and a crispy Parmesan tuile. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

JOEY K'S RESTAURANT3001 Magazine St., 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.comA true neighborhood restaurant with satisfying red beans, Joey K's also offers home-style daily specials, all-you-can-eat catfish and fried seafood platters. Shrimp Magazine features lightly floured butterfly shrimp sauteed with garlic, artichokes, ham and green onions, served over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; www.juansflyingburrito.comDubbed the "Creole taqueria," Tex-Mex meets rock 'n' roll at these cantinas. Diners come for the shredded pork tacos with coleslaw. The signature burrito combines grilled steak, Gulf shrimp, chicken, cheese, black beans, yellow rice, salsa, guacamole and sour cream in a grilled tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JUNG'S GOLDEN DRAGON RESTAURANT3009 Magazine St., 891-8280; www.jungsgoldendragon2.comChinese cuisine such as mushu pork and steamed bun are Jung's main attractions, but there also are Thai and Korean dishes. Empress chow mein contains sauteed beef, chicken, shrimp or pork with fresh vegetables and crispy thin noodles. Honey-pecan Gulf shrimp are sauteed and served with vegetables in semisweet dark sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

KYOTO4920 Prytania St., 891-3644; www.kyotonola.comKyoto offers an array of Japanese cuisine including sushi, tempura and noodle soups. The Sara roll has spicy shrimp and avocado on the inside and chili sauce on top. The ceviche roll combines vegetables and whitefish, and is drizzled with lime-cilantro vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BOULANGERIE 4600 Magazine St., 269-3777This French bakery serves fresh pastries, fruit tarts, chocolate eclairs, lemon tarts and more. The menu also features Italian and Mediterranean panini, croissant sandwiches and quiches. No reservations. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Checks. $

LA CREPE NANOU1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.comEnjoy the seafood dishes at this Montmarte-inspired bistro. Popular items include crepes stuffed with jumbo lump crabmeat in Mornay sauce with creamed spinach. Big bowls of steamed mussels are a signature item, and there are grilled whole fish dishes. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA3005 Magazine St., 342-2634; www.ladivinagelateria.comThese cafes serve house-made gelati and a limited menu of sandwiches, soups and salads. Panini include a muffalino, featuring all the makings of a muffuletta on pressed ciabatta. The signature Azteca chocolate gelato has an exotic and spicy kick to it. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA PETITE GROCERY4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegroceery.comIf only all grocers presented gourmet food like this upscale eatery. Baked blue crab and Brie with chives is served au gratin as an appetizer. The grilled beef tenderloin comes with potato gratin, spinach and roasted shallot demi-glace. The shrimp and grits are served with shiitake mushrooms, smoked bacon and thyme. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA THAI UPTOWN4938 Prytania St., 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.comLa Thai lends an artistic touch to its selection of familiar and updated Asian recipes. Swirls of Sriracha give the cilantro- and lime-dressed spicy beef salad its bite. Redfish Chauvin is pecan-crusted and ladled with a spicy crawfish curry. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LANGENSTEIN'S1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www.langensteins.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

LAUREL STREET BAKERY 5433 Laurel St., 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.comHead to Laurel Street Bakery for breakfast fare, individual desserts, cookies, quick breads, pies and tarts. Each item on the menu is baked from scratch using natural ingredients. In addition to baked goods, the patisserie offers ham and cheese croissants, smoked turkey sandwiches and muffulettas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LE CITRON BISTRO1539 Religious St., 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.comChoose a table indoors or on the patio and enjoy a menu of Creole and Italian dishes. Duck gumbo, New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and ravioli stuffed with lump crabmeat are among the dishes served. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

LILETTE RESTAURANT3637 Magazine St., 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.comFrench and Italian culinary influences meld at this bistro. Entrees include garlic-, thyme- and saffron-infused bouillabaisse with lobster, a king crab claw, scallops, shrimp, cod, mussels, clams, fennel and a rouille crouton. Grilled hanger steak with fries is a bistro classic. For an appetizer, try chilled sweet corn broth with crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE LUCKY LADLE1906 Magazine St., 304-6090Get breakfast all day at this Lower Garden District eatery. The Eggcelent breakfast rounds up three eggs any style, a choice of bacon or sausage, grits or hash browns and sourdough or multigrain toast. At lunch, the Crescent City club croissant stacks turkey, ham, roast beef, bacon, Swiss cheese, tomatoes, spinach and honey mustard. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUCKY'S LOUNGE 1625 St. Charles Ave., 523-6538; www.luckysnola.comWhile playing pool, order one of Lucky's pizzas or signature burgers. Pop in on Mondays for free red beans and rice with a drink purchase. The menu of half-pound burgers includes garden, barbecue and Cajun versions. Fish and chicken sandwiches, cheese fries and chicken nuggets also are offered. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

MARTINIQUE BISTRO5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www.martiniquebistro.comCoq au vin Piedmontese is new to the menu for fall. Chicken is braised in red wine, with pancetta, cremini mushrooms, pearl onions, and rosemary and sage au jus. Seared sea scallops come in a yuzu Champagne beurre blanc with Thai pea shoots and Louisiana bowfin caviar. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP2368 Magazine St., 522-3107Start your day with a breakfast po-boy or stop by later for a wide selection of sandwiches and daily specials. The eggplant Parmesan po-boy features fried eggplant medallions with red sauce and Swiss cheese on French bread. The seafood platter is a big catch of fried shrimp, oysters and catfish served with vegetables and a baked potato or french fries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MAHONY'S PO-BOY SHOP3454 Magazine St., 899-3374; Mahony's prepares classic po-boys and some original sandwich creations. The fried chicken liver po-boy is dressed with Creole coleslaw. Other popular po-boys include grilled shrimp and fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce. The Peacemaker combines fried oysters, bacon and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MAYAS RESTAURANT & BAR2027 Magazine St., 309-3401; www.mojitoland.comMayas fuses Latin and Caribbean influences. For an appetizer, try the mango crab stack featuring avocado, mango, lump crabmeat and jumbo Gulf shrimp drizzled with asweet and savory sauce and served with green plantain chips. Specials include Havana sea bass sauteed in Riesling with capers, diced tomatoes and olives, served over rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE MELTING POT1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.comThis might be the one place where it's acceptable to double dip. The Signature Selection features filet mignon, shrimp, teriyaki-marinated sirloin, chicken and cedar-plank salmon that diners prepare at the table in one of four fondue options. For dessert, try the white chocolate creme brulee. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MILK BAR1514 Delachaise St., 891-9361The Milk Bar is located inside Cafe Prytania. Gourmet sandwiches are served on house-made ciabatta loaves. The Cattle Fodder sandwich is filled with cream cheese, roasted red peppers, sauteed mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes, carrots and alfalfa sprouts. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MR. JOHN'S STEAK HOUSE2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.comMr. John's serves a mix of steaks and Italian dishes. Popular steaks include the New York strip and the porterhouse for two. The veal pane features veal breaded with Italian seasonings and served with lump crabmeat, lemon butter and linguine bolognese. Side items include thin-cut onion rings. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIYAKO SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.miyakonola.comMiyako offers a wide array of Japanese dishes from its sushi bar and hibachi grill. Grilled entree specials include soup, salad, an appetizer, rice, noodles and ice cream. The baked seafood special is a blend of broiled scallops and crab. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE1500 Magazine St., 525-2244; serves coffee and tea drinks as well as a menu of soups and sandwiches. The Magazine sandwich features ham, apple and Brie served on your choice of seven-grain, tomato-basil or sourdough bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MONA'S CAFE4126 Magazine St., 894-9800; www.monascafenola.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description.

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL3242 Magazine St., 899-0031; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.comNacho Mama's serves Tex-Mex favorites and specialty margaritas. The sweet and spicy barbecue pork burrito has shredded pork with Spanish rice, black beans, red onions, cheese and tomatoes stuffed inside a 12-inch sun-dried tomato tortilla topped with barbecue sauce and melted cheese. Popular dishes include mahi mahi tacos with mango salsa. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NEW YORK PIZZA4416 Magazine St., 891-2376; www.newyorkpizzanola.comNew York Pizza specializes in thin-crust pies served whole or by the slice. Other options include meatballs, salads, pasta and muffulettas. Meat lovers may stick with the Bronx, but the Big Apple pie is topped with everything but the kitchen sink. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE4308 Magazine St., 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.comNirvana offers traditional Indian curries and tandoori items as well as seafood, vegetarian and rice dishes. The lamb achar is a very spicy and tart curry. Specialty dishes include the Flag of India, with a sampling of three entree items — butter chicken, malai kebab and saag paneer, a creamy spinach and mustard leaf curry with cheese. Lunch is served buffet style. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS SEAFOOD3301 S. Claiborne Ave., 821-5007Creole and Chinese cuisine mix at Orleans Seafood. Asian favorites like cashew chicken and beef with broccoli are served alongside steaming plates of red beans and rice with pork chops or smoked sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

PASCAL'S MANALE RESTAURANT1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877Home to New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, Pascal's Manale serves the classic dish in a buttery, spicy sauce. Other seafood selections include frutta di mare, pasta with scallops, crabmeat, oysters and shrimp in a light marinara sauce. The restaurant also serves veal and steaks. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PATOIS6078 Laurel St., 895-9441; www.patoisnola.comThis corner cafe serves French cuisine with New Orleans flavors. Sauteed sweetbreads come with beluga lentils, wilted spinach and country ham reduction. Roasted pheasant breast and leg confit is served with sunchoke puree, cippolini onions, roasted baby carrots and spiced foie gras emulsion. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$ 

PITA PIT 5800 Magazine St., 899-4141; www.pitapitnola.comThis pita parlor offers a wide array of meats, cheese, sauces and condiments. Da Caprese is a grilled pita filled with chicken, spinach, tomatoes and feta and Parmesan cheeses. The jerk chicken features grilled chicken with Caribbean spices, onions, green peppers and pineapple. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ROCKY'S GOURMET PIZZA3222 Magazine St., 891-5152Rocky's offers many original gourmet pies. The pulled smoked pork barbecue pizza is topped with caramelized onions, maple-glazed bacon and barbecue sauce. The seafood au gratin combines shrimp, crawfish, garlic and onions sauteed in spicy cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; www.rolypoly.comSee CBD section for restaurant description.

RUE DE LA COURSE3121 Magazine St., 899-0242See Carrollton section for restaurant description.

THE RUM HOUSE3128 Magazine St., 941-7560; www.rumhousenola.comThis Caribbean cantina offers a mix of tropical and south of the border flavors. Red curry shrimp are served over coconut mango rice with sauteed spinach. Mr. Biggs' taco plate includes a beef patty, a side and four tacos from choices such as barbecue rib meat, fried mahi mahi, calypso marinated steak or jerk chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ST. CHARLES TAVERN 1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823Order New Orleans classics any time from the menu at this 24-hour diner. There are red beans and rice, po-boys, crawfish pies, pastas and breakfast plates. For dessert, try the white chocolate bread pudding. No reservations. Delivery available. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.comWith more than 100 varieties from around the globe, this emporium is an homage to fromage. It's showcased in sandwiches (smoky blue with roast beef, Beecher's cheddar and turkey) and salads (manchego and arugula with almonds and pears, Parmesan with Fra' Mani salami and mixed greens) and paired with Aztec-style chocolates. No reservations. Lunch daily, early dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN 2830 Magazine St., 894-0033; www.sakecafeuptown.usThis stylish sushi parlor features a wide range of rolls and sashimi. For an appetizer, try yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and citrus salsa and citrus sauce. Never Bored Tuna mixes thin-sliced tuna and cucumber topped with chili-soy sauce, masago and scallions. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SALU3226 Magazine St., 371-5809Salu draws inspiration for small plates from around the globe. There's everything from coriander-seared tuna to beef tartare to smoked salmon pate. Mascarpone-stuffed Medjool dates are wrapped in bacon and served on arugula with lemon caper vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SLICE1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437; 5528 Magazine St., 897-4800; www.slicepizzeria.comSlice's gourmet pies include white pizza with bacon, basil and roasted garlic on a thin crust brushed with olive oil and topped with mozzarella, ricotta and Romano cheeses. A rotating selection of salads, soups, pastas and desserts round out the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER 3322 Magazine St., 891-3447Slim Goodies' creative breakfast plates include the Jewish Coonass, a New York/New Orleans mix of potato latkes topped with grilled spinach, eggs and crawfish etouffee. The Guatemalan breakfast features two eggs, avocado, plantains, tortillas, black beans and homemade salsa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.netThe New Orleans answer to a Big Apple deli features sandwiches like the Sam with hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and house-made Russian dressing on Jewish rye bread. The Italian hoagie is layered with Genoa salami, hot coppa, mortadella, provolone, lettuce, tomato and onions with garlic vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

STILL PERKIN' 2727 Prytania St., 899-0335Still Perkin' serves coffee drinks and has a counter stocked with pastries, bagels, wraps and salads. Try the mixed greens salad with broccoli, chicken, grape tomatoes and sweet and sour dressing. Other lunch options include chicken Caesar wraps. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUCRE3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; www.shopsucre.comThe Garden District sweet shop sates the sweet tooth in young and old alike. One mature milkshake comes with double-dark chocolate gelato, Bailey's and Godiva liquors. The All Things NOLA sundae stacks brown butter pecan gelato, bread pudding pieces, candied pecans, whipped cream and bananas Foster. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SUKHO THAI4519 Magazine St., 373-6471; See Faubourg Marigny section for restaurant description.

SUPERIOR BAR & GRILL 3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.comSuperior Grill offers Mexican favorites and a wide selection of margaritas. Graze on house-made guacamole or chile con queso with spicy heat from jalapenos before moving on to fajita platters featuring mesquite-grilled skirt steak, shrimp, chicken or beef. Other options include enchiladas, tacos and mesquite grilled steaks. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SURREY'S CAFE & JUICE BAR 1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 895-5757 www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.comSurrey's blends organic juices to order and offers Southern and Latin breakfasts. Huevos rancheros feature creamy black beans sandwiched between corn tortillas and topped with two eggs, cheddar cheese, mole sauce and pico de gallo. Salads and sandwiches are lunchtime options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. Cash only. $

SURREY'S LA PLAYA1200 Carondelet St., 585-1501 For a juice fix head to La Playa, where Surrey's signature fresh-squeezed creations are available at the counter. Try the cafe's homemade pastries, scones, cakes and quiches, as well as coffee drinks and sandwiches like the exotic baked Brie with avocado and plantains. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

SUSHI BROTHERS 1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449; www.sushibrothers.netSushi Brothers produces a wide selection of original rolls and sashimi. The Levee Voice roll features blue crab, spicy roe and wasabi-mayo on top of a roll of spicy crawfish, avocado, asparagus and wasabi. The Special Brothers roll wraps fresh salmon tempura with cream cheese and layers of salmon and avocado on top. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAQUERIA CORONA 5932 Magazine St., 897-3974; www.taqueriacorona.comStart a meal with homemade chips and pico de gallo. Popular items include tacos filled with beef tongue or fried fish and cabbage, cebollitas (grilled green onions) and shrimp and cheese-filled flautas. Meatless black bean soup and gazpacho appeal to hungry vegetarians. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

TAQUEROS1432 St. Charles Ave., 267-3032; www.taquerosnola.comChef Guillermo Peters serves updated and original Mexican dishes. Sauteed shrimp are served with tequila butter. Pork chilaca features pork loin sauteed with corn, jalapenos and red onions, served with tortillas, rice and black beans, and chorizo is an optional addition. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THEO'S PIZZA 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; www.theospizza.comOrder a crisp, thin-crust pie with your choice of toppings or select from one of 14 specialty pizzas. The Eccentric is a flavorful hodgepodge of toppings, including garlic, spinach, Anaheim peppers and pepper Jack cheese. Other menu items include sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TRACEY'S2604 Magazine St., 897-5413; www.traceysnola.comAnyone thinking about a roast beef po-boy dripping with gravy from Parasol's will have to adjust their aim by one block. The former manager of the corner pub took the menu with him to this new spot. Other options include fried seafood and some bar noshing items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE TROLLEY STOP CAFE1923 St. Charles Ave., 523-0090Standard diner fare like omelets, pancakes and biscuits are the cornerstone of this cafe's extensive menu. Savory lunch and dinner options include fried shrimp, catfish and oyster platters, gumbo and po-boys. Daily specials range from red beans and rice on Mondays to white beans and smothered pork chops on Thursdays and seafood specials like stuffed shrimp on Fridays. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, open 24 hours Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

UPPERLINE RESTAURANT 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822; www.upperline.comOwner and Alexandria native JoAnn Clevenger's menu weds down-home country dishes like turtle soup and gumbo with sophisticated Creole classics like sweetbreads. Roast duck is complemented by two sauces, one harnessing the pungent flavor of garlic, the other capturing port wine's subtle sweetness. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VIZARD'S5015 Magazine St., 895-2246; www.vizards.netChef/owner Kevin Vizard presents a menu of re-imagined Creole cuisine. Some of the small plates on the menu include the Vizard's cut, a rib-eye cap served with asparagus, truffled potatos and Creole bordelaise. Crabmeat Nelson features crispy eggplant, jumbo lump crabmeat, crimini mushrooms, green onions and bearnaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647; www.voodoobbqandgrill.comBrisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs are slow-smoked for up to 18 hours over pecan and oak wood, then served up with homemade sauces on platters or in po-boys. Side dishes include macaroni and cheese, steamed vegetables and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; www.wholefoods.comRotisserie chicken, Greek-style stuffed peppers, raspberry-chipotle chicken wings and pesto tofu are just a few of the offerings at this national organic grocer's hot and cold food stations. Seasonal produce rounds out the salad bar, and there also is a bakery and coffee counter. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

ZARA'S MARKET4838 Prytania St., 895-0581The market's deli counter serves fried chicken, sandwiches, soup and daily specials. Monday features red beans and rice with sausage. Chicken and sausage gumbo and corn and crab chowder are among the soup choices. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $



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