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7 ON FULTON 701 Convention Center Blvd., 525-7555; www.7onfulton.comRefined and rustic cooking meet in dishes like alligator ravioli served with sauce piquante and sauteed vegetables. Duck three ways combines crispy pan-seared duck breast, duck confit pie and duck dirty rice served with duck jus. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

A MANO870 Tchoupitoulas St., 208-9280; www.amanonola.comA Mano takes a hands-on approach to regional Italian cuisine. A wide variety of cured meats are made in house and featured on tasting plates or in pastas. The rabbit two ways — roasted and fried — is popular. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ALLEGRO BISTRO1100 Poydras St., 582-2350Midday is the time to head to Allegro, whether for a business lunch or Saints pregame meal. Try tenderloin and Brie sandwiches, pastas and petit filets mignon. The cocktail lounge offers snacks for the happy hour set on weekdays. Allegro opens before every Saints home game. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

THE AMERICAN SECTOR The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1940; www.nationalww2museum.orgInnovative updates of Americana classics are the focus at chef John Besh's restaurant inside the National World War II Museum. House-made bologna is topped with spicy chowchow on rye bread. Fried trout is coated with crushed potato chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOUCHE840 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-7485; www.bouchenola.comThis wine bar and restaurant serves an array of contemporary Creole dishes. The duck three ways appetizer includes tastes of pate, duck rillettes and confit. Cheese plates feature cheeses from St. James Cheese Company. Entrees include changing fish specials and classics like grits and grillades. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BUTCHER930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675; www.cochonbutcher.comThis upscale butcher shop attached to Cochon doubles as a casual cafe and "swine" bar, where sandwiches and bar snacks are prepared using house-made meats. The Gambino sandwich combines salami cotto, sopressata and coppa. Smoked duck and mushrooms top the fresh pasta. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.comCafe Adelaide features a frequently changing menu of contemporary Creole cuisine and Southern fare. "Shrimp on shrimp in grits" features dried shrimp-crusted shrimp over oregano red grits with absinthe-basil butter. Parmesan-cured breast of Muscovy duck is served with Yukon Gold gnocchi, balsamic smoked duck bacon and snap beans with beurre blanc au poivre. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE AT THE SQUARE500 St. Charles Ave., 304-7831Downtown denizens count on this cafe for quick morning meals, like the breakfast melt with over-easy eggs, bacon, cheese and spinach piled on sourdough bread with grits or hash brown casserole. The lunch menu features soups, salads and sandwiches. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAPDEVILLE520 Capdeville St., 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.comThis stylish pub attracts a business lunch crowd and after-work scene. Try a duck confit club sandwich with cracklins, lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic aioli on brioche or sourdough bread. The steak frites combine a grilled 8-oz. hanger steak, garlicky mushrooms bordelaise and fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COCHON 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; Cochon's menu of updated Cajun cuisine boasts small plates like fried rabbit livers with pepper jelly toast and oyster meat pies, as well as entrees like the oyster and bacon sandwich. The bar features a selection of legal moonshine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DINO'S BAR & GRILL 1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900Dino's Bar & Grill offers a range of tasty bar food and healthy fare. Dishes vary from fresh salads and sandwiches to half-pound burgers. Wraps are filled with Buffalo chicken, chicken Caesar or chicken bacon ranch. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BARHilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911; See Metairie section for restaurant description.

EMERIL'S RESTAURANT 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.comThe flagship of chef Emeril Lagasse's empire serves a number of signature creations including warm Mississippi rabbit remoulade with fried green tomatoes, Benton's bacon, local citrus salad and horseradish gastrique. The andouille-crusted Texas redfish comes with grilled vegetables, shoestring potatoes, glazed pecans and Creole meuniere. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ERNST CAFE600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; This downtown tavern is known for fried seafood, po-boys and wraps. To whet your appetite, choose from appetizers like Southwest egg rolls, chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks. Other options include the grilled tuna fillet sandwich and the fried chicken wrap. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FEAST NEW ORLEANS200 Julia St., 304-6318; www.feastneworleans.comThere's plenty of rustic European fare at Feast. Crispy roasted pork belly is served with braised red cabbage and a potato cake. Fish and scallop pie is crusted with leek and cheese mash potatoes and served with Brussels sprouts. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

GORDON BIERSCH 200 Poydras St., 552-2739; This chain brewpub offers German and Czech-style beers and a diverse menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, seafood and pizza. The barbecue salmon is brushed with Asian barbecue sauce and served with balsamic grilled red onion, spinach and sweet ginger rice. The garlic fries are a popular side. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

GRAND ISLE RESTAURANT 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; Grand Isle serves up oysters on the half shell and seafood dishes like chili-butter baked fish, crawfish etouffee and gumbo. The lobster St. Malo features Maine lobster, mussels and shrimp doused in Slap Your Mama sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HAAGEN-DAZS Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 523-3566; www.haagen-ddazs.comHaagen-Dazs offers 30 signature flavors including mainstays such as rocky road, mint chocolate chip and java chip. Milkshakes, smoothies and coffee drinks round out the menu of sweet treats. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; Award-winning chef Donald Link creates a French-inspired menu with Southern flair. Small plates include antipasto, gnocchi with pancetta and oven-dried tomatoes, maitake mushrooms, and beef short rib with potato rosti and salsa verde. For entrees, try the slow-roasted Kurobuta pork belly with cream corn and pickled chiles. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HORINOYA 920 Poydras St., 561-8914 Horinoya offers patrons an authentic taste of Japan, featuring well-known dishes made with Kobe beef, tuna tataki and more esoteric items like fish from the Tsukiji market and natto, or fermented beans. Teriyaki, tempura and buckwheat soba and udon noodles also are available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA BOCA857 Fulton St., 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.comChoose your steak carefully at this Argentine restaurant, where marbled rib-eyes and bone-in filets are brightened by chimichurri sauces. An entrana fina skirt steak is a good main course for a finish of a dessert pancake crepe covered in condensed milk sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA CÔTE BRASSERIE700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; www.lacotebrasserie.comLocated in a century-old former warehouse, the restaurant offers a menu of fresh Louisiana seafood in creative dishes. Redfish on the half shell is served with tasso and shrimp couscous and butter sauce. The whole Cajun lobster comes with corn lobster beignets and pickled mirliton slaw. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LEONARDO TRATTORIA709 St. Charles Ave., 558-8986; www.leonardonola.comLeonardo serves seafood, veal and chicken, plus pizza, pasta, calzones and salads. Pasta choices include spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, Parmesan cheese and creamy egg sauce. The namesake bruschetta Leonardo tops toasted focaccia with goat cheese, herbs and dried blueberries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFEThe Whitney Wyndham Hotel, 610 Poydras St., 212-5656See Mid-City section for restaurant description. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.comThe Warehouse District surf shack features casual fare like fish tacos — choose grilled or fried grouper served with black beans and Mexican rice — or ceviche with black bean salad. Appetizers include calamari with shrimp sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MESON 923923 S. Peters St., 523-9200; www.meson923.comThe Meson 923 menu changes often and features refined dishes like wild halibut dusted with ground chorizo and served with potato crawfish stew. Duck confit is paired with pappardelle pasta and peaches, pistachio and brandy cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIKE'S ON THE AVENUE628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600; www.mikesontheavenue.comThe menu at this revitalized Warehouse District restaurant includes a mix of Southwestern and Asian influences. Old favorites include blackened tuna Napoleon with tamari vinaigrette. Mike's crispy duck is served with Vermont maple dipping sauce, broccoli and brown rice with andouille, tasso and shiitake mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.comLive Cajun music and traditional Cajun cuisine go hand-in-hand at this restaurant. Try grilled alligator, fried seafood platters or crabmeat-stuffed catfish. Gumbo, pasta, burgers, chicken and salads round out the menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

POMPEII PIZZERIA1068 Magazine St., 708-4213; www.pompeiipizzeria.comSpecialty pies at this pizzeria include E's Special, with barbecue sauce, chicken, pineapple, bacon, jalapenos and extra cheese. The pizza Bianco is a signature white pizza topped with onions and a blend of herbs and spices. There also are cheese steaks, salads and strombolis. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RED EYE GRILL 852 S. Peters St., 593-9393; www.redeyegrill.netRed Eye will help you close out a long night with a menu of bar snacks, big burgers and sandwiches. Order a sandwich with grilled tuna steak, or grab a beer and a plate of hot wings or french fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

RIOMAR 800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.comSeasonal seafood dishes are the specialty at this Warehouse District hub for Spanish and Latin American specialties. Choose from a menu of four ceviches to start, then find a selection of Gulf fish. The five-hour roasted pork with plantains and black beans and rice is a popular dish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; This hip warehouse district spot serves sushi and Japanese favorites. The red dragon roll is filled with spicy tuna and crunchy tempura flakes and topped with more tuna, spicy mayo, green onions and smelt roe. The pan-fried noodle dish yakisoba is offered with a choice of vegetables, seafood or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 228 Poydras St., Harrah's Hotel, 587-7099; www.ruthschris.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

SUGAR HOUSEEmbassy Suites, 315 Julia St., 525-1993Sugar House combines Cajun and Creole influences. The Cajun sampler consists of crawfish pie, jambalaya and file gumbo. Steak Delmonico is either grilled or blackened, and meat falls off the bone of baby-back ribs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL 1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021; www.sunraygrill.comSee Kenner section for restaurant description.

TOMMY'S CUISINE 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.comCreole-Italian cuisine with a heavy focus on seafood is offered at Tommy's. The daily fresh fish filet is sauteed, topped with grilled shrimp and served with roasted red peppers and beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

TOMMY'S WINE BAR752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790; www.tommysneworleans.comThe full bar is complemented by a wine list with more than 150 bottles, with 20 available by the glass. Diners may order food from the adjoining restaurant, Tommy's Cuisine, or nibble on plates of pates and cheeses. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

UGLY DOG SALOON 401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459; www.uglydogsaloon.netThis barbecue joint offers pork spare ribs, boneless chicken breast, beef brisket and pulled-pork platters, along with lighter fare like chicken Caeser salad and steamed broccoli. Daily lunch and dinner specials include meatloaf and 14-oz. New York strip steaks. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329This pub offers a taste of Australia. Hearty options include chicken and sausage jambalaya and shepherd's pie made with minced beef, vegetables and mashed potatoes and topped with melted cheddar. There's a daily sandwich special and some noshing items. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WHOLE HOG CAFE639 Loyola Ave., 525-4044; www.wholehogcafe.comPulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken and pork loin fill sandwiches or dinner plates. Choice of sides include salad, baked beans and coleslaw. An array of barbecue sauces ranges from mild molasses to spicy Southern style. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

WOLFE'S IN THE WAREHOUSE859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882; www.wolfesinthewarehouse.comChef Tom Wolfe puts a contemporary spin on Creole cuisine. Try a pressed chicken sandwich or yellowfin tuna salad for lunch. The dinner menu features pan-seared filet mignon with garlic-buttermilk mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$



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