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Martin Wine is now open for dinner
Martin Wine Cellar, 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 894-7350, MartinWine.com
Slaving over a hot stove has never been an appealing image. In New Orleans’ 100-degree heat, it’s an even less attractive idea. Maybe that’s why so many of us are looking for easy dining options. If you are also looking for healthy and delicious, you need to know that Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie now offers its full lunch menu for dinner from its bistro/deli. You can choose from mouthwatering sandwiches and salads to delicious entrees such as wild mushroom risotto or five-spice roasted duck. In addition, find out about the changing options for quiche, salad, “healthy option,” entrée and hamburger of the day on the Daily Special Hotline. The online ordering service means a great meal is only a click a way.

Discoveries at The Creole Grille
The Creole Grille & Bar, 5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992, TheCreoleGrill.com
The Creole Grille might surprise some by being located on Veterans Boulevard next to a Rouse’s supermarket, but don’t let that put you off. As soon as you step inside your mind will turn to the challenge of trying to decide between the tried-and-trusted menu and the tempting daily specials. Luckily you can soak up the casual, friendly atmosphere and rely on the fact that the place trades on its reputation for excellently executed upscale cuisine at affordable prices. You might also hit the daily Early Bird specials or Happy Hour.

The Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Now Available at Home
Tropical Isle at Bourbon, 721 Bourbon St.; Tropical Isle Original, 600 Bourbon St.; Tropical isle Beach Club & Music Bar, 601 Bourbon St.; Funky Pirate, 727 Bourbon St.

A place in any other city with the moniker “Home of the Hand Grenade” might be somewhere to avoid. Not in New Orleans. Tourists and locals realize its nickname of Tropical Isle, where drinking and music are serious business. Pick any of the three locations on Bourbon Street; at the Funky Pirate and Bayou Club you can hear some of the best Cajun and Trop Rock music in the city from the over 60 resident musicians. If you need to take the party home, visit their website, full of merchandise and take-home party packs.

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