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Chef’s picks

Voted “Favorite Asian Restaurant” by the readers of New Orleans Magazine in the 2011 Tops of the Town awards, Five Happiness has been serving the city for more than 30 years.

Popular among families, the restaurant is known to serve classic Chinese dishes focusing on spices. The chef recommends the house-baked duck, shrimp with honey-roasted pecan and asparagus with chicken. A party room, the Imperial Room, is also available for rent for private parties up to 150 people. The room is equipped with a stage and dance floor, public announcement (PA) system and bar.

Information, 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, www.fivehappiness.com

Antoine’s summer special

Historic Antoine’s Restaurant kicks off the season with its latest campaign “Hot Summer Days, Cool Summer Specials.” For $20.11, one can get a three-course lunch special Monday through Saturday. The meal features a choice of appetizer, including Oysters 1-1-1 featuring the Oysters Rockefeller [pictured with Chef Michael Regua], entrée, dessert and 25-cent featured martini.

The Hermes Bar hosts happy hour Monday through Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Drink specials include $4 house brands, $3 imported beers and $2 domestic beers, and from 9:30 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, the bar hosts live music.

Information, 713 Rue St. Louis, 581-4422, www.antoines.com.

Making groceries on Harrison Avenue

Lakeview Grocery serves Lakeview families by offering a variety of products ranging in prices. The grocery strives to be family-friendly and offers mini-grocery baskets for children shopping alongside their parents. It offers a self-serve deli, a bakery, floral departments and selection of family-sized prepared grab-and-go foods. The renovated store has a retro feel with an infusion of modern touches, including new addition Harrison Cove.

Harrison Cove offers fresh home-style prepared foods including a breakfast bar, salad bar, poor boy shop and hot meals to-go. It features indoor and outdoor seating and features special seasonal fresh boiled seafood, barbecue and fish fries, as well as a variety of beers and wines by the glass.

Information, 801 Harrison Ave., 293-1201, www.lakeviewgrocery.com.

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