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BLUE TOMATO 4401 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 734-3000Variety is the name of the game at the Blue Tomato, a colorful cantina where you can order chips and guacamole as an appetizer, lasagna for an entree and a hot chocolate chunk brownie for dessert. Seared tuna, shrimp chimichangas and burgers add to the options. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFFE LATTE DA 5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0052; www.caffelatteda.comThe breakfast menu at this sunny cafe includes scrambles, like the Western scramble with green pepper, onion, bacon, cheese and salsa. For lunch, the focaccia club sandwich combines grilled chicken with ham and bacon on Italian herb bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CELLARS OF RIVER RIDGE 1801 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 734-8455; www.cellarsrr.comThe deli at this wine shop serves up hearty dishes and creative sandwiches like the "spicy bird" with smoked turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, pepper Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a croissant. The shrimp remoulade salad is served over romaine with cucumbers and tomatoes. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-3700; www.charliesseafoodrestaurant.comCharlie's has an ample supply of po-boys, salads, soups and main courses featuring Louisiana ingredients. The catfish and grits are mustard and cornmeal-fried fillets served with stone-ground grits, topped with cheddar cheese and Creole sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHUN LEE RESTAURANT1100 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, 733-8562 Chun Lee features American-Chinese dishes combining everything from fried rice to fried chicken. There also are a few Vietnamese items, including vermicelli bowls with grilled meats and savory pho soups with beef or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRABBY JACK'S428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722Jack Leonardi, the chef behind the popular Jacques-Imo's Cafe, puts his spin on casual New Orleans fare at this lunch joint. Fried oysters and shrimp tumble out of po-boys. Creative sandwich options include the paneed rabbit, roasted duck and fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade po-boys. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DECKBAR & GRILLE 1715 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 830-0104Big burgers and overstuffed po-boys are reliable offerings at this tavern. The beef brisket po-boy is a local favorite. Appetizers include house-made crab balls, Buffalo shrimp, fried mushrooms and sweet potato fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DIAMOND CAFE1299 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0720; Sample a wide variety of New York-style pizzas at Diamond Cafe. The Cajun pizza features mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, shrimp and Cajun spices. Diamond also offers pasta, sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR1820 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 736-9666Dockside offers a casual atmosphere to enjoy seafood, Italian and Creole dishes. Local favorites include the soft-shell crab bacon wrap served with remoulade. The seafood extravaganza for two rounds up fried catfish, shrimp and oysters, stuffed crabs, hushpuppies, fries, onion rings and garlic bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

FAT HEN GRILL 1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 287-4581; Fat burgers topped with Gorgonzola and old-school patty melts are popular choices at this grill. The "womelet" is a formidable combination of a big omelet baked over a waffle with toppings like bacon, ham and cheese. The grilled and marinated center-cut pork chop is served with Tchoupitoulas sauce, mac and cheese and vegetable. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FOX AND HOUND 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 731-6000; www.foxandhound.comTry potato skins topped with melted cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, bacon bits and green onions for an appetizer. Salads, soups, pizzas, burgers and sandwiches are available at this sports bar and restaurant. The taco salad is popular. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HICKORY CAFE AND GRILL1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-0033; www.hickorycafe.comHickory serves a half-pound patty of fresh ground chuck on focaccia with pepper Jack cheese, bacon, spinach, roasted peppers and basil mayo. The Cuban sandwich features slow-roasted pork loin, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, Creole mustard and pickles pressed on French bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

click to enlarge The salmon salad entree at Cafe Rani Uptown is a well-balanced meal in a bowl.
  • The salmon salad entree at Cafe Rani Uptown is a well-balanced meal in a bowl.

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q 208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge, 738-1508; All of Hillbilly's meats, including boudin, alligator sausage and pork spare ribs, are smoked with hickory wood. Daily lunch specials include the Smokey Mountain hamburger and smoked chicken salad on a bun. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

JAEGER'S SEAFOOD AND BEER GARDEN 901 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 818-2200; www.jaegersseafood.comJaeger's specializes in raw, boiled, grilled and fried seafood. Char-grilled shrimp and oysters serve as appetizers for dishes like The King's platter, which features Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, boiled shrimp and potatoes, corn, butter sauce and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

JOE SEPIE'S CAFE4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 324-5613Joe Sepie's menu of New Orleans classics includes shrimp Creole, jumbo lump crab cakes, gumbo and seafood po-boys. The restaurant also offers soups such as the crab and Brie with fire-roasted corn and peppers, as well as sandwiches, including a muffuletta panino. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KOZ'S 6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; www.kozcooks.comLouisiana favorites such as seafood platters, muffulettas and more than 15 types of po-boys, ranging from hot sausage to cheeseburger, are available at Koz's. The Will's Chamber of Horrors sandwich features roast beef, ham, turkey, Swiss and American cheese, Italian dressing and hot mustard. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LA MADELEINE 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.comSee Carrollton section for restaurant description.

MIMI'S ITALIAN AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-6464; www.mimisriverridge.comMimi's gives a creative flourish to Italian and Creole standards. Grilled Gulf fish is served with a tomato seafood broth studded with crabmeat and shrimp. The veal spiedini special features veal rounds rolled with garlic, onion, parsley and breadcrumbs and served with lemon garlic demi-glace and pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MR. POOR BOY RESTAURANT 10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170Mr. Poor Boy offers sandwiches filled with shrimp, catfish or slow-cooked roast beef dripping with gravy. Grilled catfish is served with Creole eggplant sauce, sauteed spinach and two side dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 736-1188; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

PHIL'S GRILL 1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-1705; www.phils-grill.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

RIVERSHACK TAVERN3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.comThis roadside tavern is good for lunch and late-night eats. Favorite sandwiches include a roast beef po-boy slathered with debris gravy, and a chicken sandwich fried in Italian breadcrumbs and topped with ranch dressing. A seafood platter is loaded with oysters, shrimp, catfish and alligator sausage. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SAKE CAFE1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879See Metairie section for restaurant description.

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116 Adjoining a seafood market, Jason Seither's namesake eatery serves traditional boiled platters or innovative dishes, like crispy eggplant medallions laden with lump crab and shrimp cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SEYMOUR'S RESTAURANT2216 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-3148Seymour's serves Creole and Italian dishes. Order a fried soft-shell crab atop crabmeat fettuccine or grilled mahi mahi topped with shrimp and crabmeat. The Chill Down plate rounds up shrimp salad, shrimp cocktail, shrimp remoulade and potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

SHIMMY SHACK1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442Come in for burgers or entrees like the blackened catfish served over shrimp cheese grits. Alligator sausage, crawfish strips, pickles and mushrooms are just a few of the fried appetizer options at Shimmy Shack. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SMILIE'S RESTAURANT5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 733-3000; www.smiliesrestaurant.comThis 33-year-old Elmwood Park institution focuses on creative Italian fare and seafood. Veal Augie is topped with lump crabmeat and shallots in white wine sauce. Smilie's also offers steaks and Gulf seafood platters. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SOUTHERN PO-BOYS720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson, 835-3035The loaves at Southern are filled with everything from roast beef and gravy to fried shrimp, oysters, chicken-fried steak and veal. Crispy soft-shell crab is perched atop fettuccine with white wine cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., early dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

TAQUERIA CORONA 1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-6722; www.taqueriacorona.comSee Uptown section for restaurant description.

TAVERN ON CITRUS 5708 Citrus Ave., Harahan, 218-5186; sports on nine flat-screen televisions while noshing on appetizers like chili cheese fries, Buffalo chicken tenders, onion rings and jalapeno poppers. On Mondays, wings are 25 cents. Top a grilled black Angus beef burger with jalapenos, chili and cheese, mushrooms and Swiss, or Buffalo sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $



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