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13 MONAGHAN517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.comThe menu at 13 offers diner favorites and vegetarian options. The tater tachos are crispy baked Tater Tots smothered in melted cheddar cheese, jalapenos, black beans, salsa and sour cream. Sesame chicken salad is combined with mixed greens and toasted almonds and served on toasted multigrain bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ADOLFO'S611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800There's a bohemian vibe in the cozy dining room of this Creole-Italian cafe. Steamed mussels make a great appetizer, and stuffed cannelloni are a specialty. The many different fish offered each night can be ordered with seafood-laden "ocean sauce." Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

BUFFA'S LOUNGE 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038; www.buffaslounge.comThis tavern puts its name behind the Buffa burger, a half-pound patty cooked to order and dressed to spec. Reuben sandwiches are grilled crisp and crammed with corned beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

CAFE ROSE NICAUD632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300; www.caferosenicaud.comWhile the nearby Frenchmen Street clubs hibernate by day, Cafe Rose Nicaud is hopping with regulars sipping coffee and enjoying light meals. Specialties include Belgian waffles with Steen's cane syrup and croissant sandwiches filled with spicy jerk chicken. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and daily dinner. Credit cards. $

CHECK POINT CHARLIE 501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847 Wash your clothes and satisfy your cravings at this corner club. The jalapeno poppers, tots and french fries are popular appetizers. Choose from a menu of burgers, sandwiches and specials. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

DESPERADOS PIZZA801 Frenchmen St., 943-9900The namesake Desperado pie has taco sauce and is topped with pulled pork, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, cabbage and lime. Desperado's also serves po-boys, dessert pizzas and appetizers including fried lobster ravioli. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

FEELINGS CAFE2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.comExtending throughout an old plantation house, Feelings' dining rooms exude warmth and charm. The Gulf fish Nicholas is served with grilled shrimp and creamed spinach. Deep-fried Louisiana soft-shell crawfish are breaded with Italian seasonings and served with avocado butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP2600 Royal St., 947-8358This eclectic coffeehouse offers French, Colombian and Ethiopian coffees. Flora's also serves homemade falafel with pita bread, black bean burritos, chicken quesadillas and a changing selection of baked goods. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

J'S ISLAND BAR & GRILL437 Esplanade Ave., 252-4800Gulf Coast and Caribbean flavors meet at this new restaurant. Sauteed shrimp top smoked Gouda grits with applewood-smoked bacon, garlic and cream. Caribbean spices accent shrimp pasta in cream sauce tossed with garlic and tomatoes. Other options include fried seafood po-boys and platters. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JULIE'S LITTLE INDIA KITCHEN AT SCHIRO'S CAFE & BAR 2483 Royal St., 944-6666; www.schiroscafe.comThe Little Kitchen at Schiro's grocery serves Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, and curries made with chicken, lamb or shrimp. New Orleans fare includes po-boys and dishes like a seafood combo platter with catfish, shrimp, oysters, red potato salad, hushpuppies, bread and a vegetable. Lunch specials are served all day. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT 1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460Order breakfast any time or choose from a menu of New Orleans classics and burgers at this late-night destination. Eggs Benedict sit on an English muffin with grilled tomatoes, Canadian bacon and homemade hollandaise. The Kathryn burger is a half-pound patty topped with grilled ham, onions and Swiss cheese. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Tue, dinner and late-night Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

MARIGNY BRASSERIE640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472; www.marignybrasserie.comThis eatery offers a modern take on classic Creole cuisine. The gooey crawfish quesadilla has three cheeses and is served with smoked salsa. New Orleans barbecue shrimp come atop stone-ground grits with smothered collard greens with andouille sausage. There also are salads, soups, po-boys and specialty sandwiches. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY2601 Royal St., 872-9868;'s Spanish-influenced tapas take bar food to new heights. Where else are goat cheese croquettas and salmon canapes available at 2 a.m.? Mushroom caps come floating in garlicky white wine broth or atop grilled bread with manchego cheese and sherry cream. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MONA'S CAFE504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115; www.monascafenola.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description.

NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFE & BAKERY2440 Chartres St., 943-0010; www.nolacakes.comFresh cakes, breads, bagels and biscuits are this cozy Marigny cafe's daytime specialty. Try French toast made with fresh challah served with homemade orange-pecan syrup for breakfast. Choose from a variety of lunch specials, including the crab sandwich with spinach, Brie and bacon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ORANGE COUCH2339 Royal St., 267-7327; www.theorangecouchcoffee.comEnjoy coffee and baked goods such as fresh carrot cake. The cafe serves light Vietnamese dishes like spring rolls and bun for Friday lunches. For an additional sweet treat, try one of the exotic Japanese mochi ice cream flavors like lychee or chocolate coconut. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO KING AT LOST LOVE LOUNGE2529 Dauphine St., 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.comThere's Pho King in the back of the Lost Love Lounge. The small menu features spring rolls, pho and vermicelli bowls. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash only. $

PIE HO PIZZA AT HI-HO LOUNGE2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-9428Inside the Hi-Ho Lounge club is a pizza nook offering several gourmet pies, salads and cheesecake for dessert. The Kitchen Sink pie rounds up Italian sausage, pepperoni, Genoa salami, red onion, black olives, mushrooms, green onions and tomatoes. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner daily. $

SNUG HARBOR JAZZ BISTRO626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.comCatch a meal before one of Snug's two nightly shows. The menu features Creole dishes, burgers, Angus steaks and Gulf seafood. Chicken is served either Southern fried or char-broiled. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUKHO THAI1913 Royal St., 948-9309; Sukho Thai prepares curried meats, vegetables and stir-fried noodles. Specials include jumbo soft-shell crab topped with a choice of basil or "volcano" sauce, a blend of Thai chili and pineapple. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SWEET LORRAINE'S JAZZ CLUB1931 St. Claude Ave., 945-9654; www.sweetlorrainesjazzclub.comSweet Lorraine's cooks up hot jazz and Creole food. Entrees include blackened catfish topped with sauteed mushrooms served over spinach. There also are burgers, sandwiches and salads. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

THREE MUSES536 Frenchmen St., 298-8746; www.thethreemuses.comStep off the bustle of Frenchmen Street for creative small plates. Dishes include feta fries, ceviche, lobster egg rolls with sweet chili lime sauce, lamb sliders with tomato chutney and herbed goat cheese, and a bruschetta with arugula, olives, white beans and peppers. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

WASABI900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; www.wasabinola.comChoose from sushi, tempura, noodle or rice dishes at this Japanese restaurant and bar. Appetizers includes tofu, steak, yakitori chicken and miso soup. Green tea ice cream is a chilly counterpoint to warm sake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YUKI IZAKAYA 525 Frenchmen St., phone n.a.; Japanese-style tavern serves sake and shochu drinks and authentic Japanese items in tapas-size portions. Options include grilled beef tongue, salmon roe with shredded radish, shu mai dumplings, fried spring rolls, marinated octopus and fries with wasabi sauce. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $


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