5 Fifty 5 Restaurant 555 Canal St., 553-5638, French Quarter. B, L, D daily. This restaurant in the Marriott Hotel offers innovative American fare such as Lobster Macaroni and Cheese and Seasonal Gulf fish with crab and Mache Salad with Abita Amber-braised greens and boudin. Many of the dishes receive an additional touch from their wood-burning oven. $$

7 on Fulton 701 Fulton St., 525-7555, CBD/Warehouse. B, L, D daily. Chef Justin Pittenger takes over the reins at this upscale and contemporary dining destination in the Warehouse District. $$$

9 Roses 1100 Stephen St., 366-7665, Gretna. L, D Sun-Tues, Thurs-Sat. The extensive Vietnamese menu specializes in hot pots, noodles and dishes big enough for everyone to share. Great for families. $

13 Restaurant and Bar 517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345, Faubourg Marigny. L, D daily. Open until 4 a.m. Late-night deli catering to hungry club-hoppers along Frenchmen Street. Bar and excellent jukebox make this a good place to refuel. $

Abita Brewpub 72011 Holly St., (985) 892-5837, Abita Springs. L, D Tue-Sun. Northshore microbrewery famous for its Purple Haze and Turbodog brews serves up better-than-expected pub food in their namesake eatery. “Tasteful” tours available for visitors. $$ 

Acme Oyster House 724 Iberville St., 522-5973, French Quarter; 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056, Metairie; 1202 N. Highway 190, (985) 246-6155, Covington. L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

Aloha Sushi 1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021, Warehouse District. L, D Mon-Sun. A large list of rolls, hot rice bowls, Asian Inspired soups, salads, cocktails and more. Visit daily between 4-7 p.m. for Sake Hour : half-priced sake and three rolls for the price of two. $$

Andrea’s Restaurant 3100 19th St., 834-8583, Metairie. L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sun. Indulge in excellent osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that is both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$

Antoine’s 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, French Quarter. L Fri, D Mon, Thurs-Sat, Br Sun. This pinnacle of haute cuisine and birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller is New Orleans’ oldest restaurant. Private dining rooms are available. $$$

ARNAUD’S 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, French Quarter. D daily, Br Sun. Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brulot tableside at this storied Creole grande dame in the Quarter; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$

Asian Pacific 3125 Esplanade Ave., 945-1919, Mid-City. L Tue-Fri, D Sat-Sun. Asian fusion spot along historic Esplanade Ridge features sushi along with interesting Filipino-influenced dishes. $$

Augu St Moon 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129, 899-5122, Uptown. L, D Mon-Sat. Lots of vegetarian offerings and reasonable prices make this dependable Uptown Chinese/Vietnamese a popular choice for students and locals alike. Take-out and delivery available. $

Austin’s 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 888-5533, Metairie. D Mon-Sat. Mr. Ed’s newest upscale bistro serves contemporary Creole fare, including seafood and steaks. $$$

Bacchanal Fine Wines and Spirits 600 Poland Ave., 948-9111, Bywater. L, D daily. Br Sat-Sun. Sunday guest chef dinners at 6 p.m. with rotating “Rock Star Chefs” from all over town. Cheese and cured meats always available and live music every night and during brunch. Extensive inexpensive wine selection. $$
BACCO 310 Chartres St., 522-2426, French Quarter. L, D daily. Chef Chris Montero brings a New Orleans touch to traditional Italian cuisine: signature dishes include Bacco’s Lobster Ravioli and “Mr. Ralph’s” Ice Cream Sandwich. $$
Basil Leaf Restaurant 1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001, Uptown. D daily. Thai food with a contemporary spin is served in this date-friendly Riverbend establishment; private rooms available. $$

430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, French Quarter. L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef Susan Spicer’s nationally acclaimed cuisine is served in this 200-year-old cottage. Ask for a seat on the romantic patio, weather-permitting. $$$ 

The Beach House 2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., 456-7470, Metairie. L Tue-Fri, D daily. Gumbo, steaks, lobsters, burgers and seafood are accompanied by live music each and every night. $$

Begue’s Royal Sonesta Hotel
, 300 Bourbon St., 533-2278, French Quarter. B, L daily, Br Sun. Classical French dishes prepared with New Orleans flair in a lush garden setting. The Sun. champagne brunch is popular. $$$

Besh Steakhouse Harrah’s Casino, One Canal Place, 533-6111, CBD/Warehouse District. D Thu-Mon. Acclaimed Chef John Besh reinterprets the classic steakhouse with his signature contemporary Louisiana flair. $$$

THE BISTRO AT MAISON DE VILLE 733 Toulouse St., 528-9206, French Quarter. L, D Tues-Sat. Chef and Owner Greg Picolo has a deft hand with delicate paneed frog legs at this historic New Orleans institution. Other good choices include his house-smoked salmon rillettes and his duck sampler. $$$

BISTRO DAISY 5831 Magazine St., 899-6987, Uptown. D, Tues-Sat. Chef Anton Schulte and his wife Diane’s bistro, named in honor of their daughter, serves creative and contemporary bistro fare in a romantic setting along Magazine Street. The signature Daisy Salad is a favorite. $$

Blue Plate Café
1330 Prytania St., 309-9500, Uptown. B, L Mon-Sat. Great breakfasts and creative lunches are the hallmarks of this neighborhood spot nested between Coliseum Square and the Warehouse District. The Ignatius sandwich comes equipped with 10 inches of paradise. Breakfast is served all day on Saturdays. $

The Bombay Club Prince Conti Hotel
, 830 Conti St., 586-0972, French Quarter. D Tues-Sat. Popular martini bar appointed with plush British décor features live music during the week and late dinner and drinks on weekends. Elegant nouveau Creole menu includes items such as Apple and Creole-Mustard Soaked Pork Loin. $$$

Bon Ton Cafe 401 Magazine St., 524-3386, CBD/Warehouse District. L Mon-Fri, D Fri. A local favorite for the old-school business lunch crowd. Specializes in local seafood and Creole dishes. $$

Brennan’s  417 Royal St., 525-9711, French Quarter. B, L, D daily. The institution that turned breakfast into a celebration and introduced Bananas Foster to the world is one of the city’s most storied destinations. Enjoy a brandy milk punch in the courtyard while you’re there. $$$

723 Dante St., 861-7610, Uptown. D Tue-Sat. Chef Frank Brigtsen’s nationally-famous Creole cuisine makes this cozy Riverbend cottage a true foodie destination. $$$

Broken Egg Cafe 200 Gerard St., (985) 231-7125, Mandeville. B, Br, L daily. Breakfast-centric café in turn-of-the-century home offers a sprawling assortment of delicious items both healthy and decadent. $ 
Broussard’s 819 Conti St., 581-3866, French Quarter. D Tue-Sat. Chef-owner Gunter Preuss brings his remarkable pedigree and years of experience to the table in offering up some of the city’s best Creole cuisine in an opulent French Quarter setting. $$$

Byblos 1501 Metairie Road, 834-9773, Metairie; 3218 Magazine St., 894-1233, Uptown. L, D daily. Upscale Middle Eastern cuisine featuring traditional seafood, lamb and vegetarian options. Save room for the belly dancers. $$

Café Adelaide Loews New Orleans Hotel
, 300 Poydras St., 595-3305, CBD/Warehouse District. B Mon-Sun, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. This offering from the Commander’s Palace family of restaurants has become a power-lunch favorite for businessmen and politicos. Also features the Swizzle Stick Lounge. $$$ 
Café Burnside Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Highway 942, (225) 473-9380, Darrow. L daily. Historic plantation’s casual dining option features dishes such as seafood pasta, fried catfish, crawfish and shrimp, gumbo and red beans and rice. $

Café Degas 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, Mid-City. L Wed-Sat, D Wed-Sun, Br Sun. Light French bistro food including salads and quiche make this quirky indoor/outdoor boîte a Faubourg St. John favorite. $$$

Café du Monde 800 Decatur St., 587-0835, French Quarter. This New Orleans institution has been serving fresh café au lait, rich hot chocolate and positively addictive beignets since 1862 in the French Market 24/7. Sightings of local wildlife a plus. $

Café Equator 2920 Severn Ave., 888-4772Metairie. L, D Mon-Sat. Very good Thai food across the street from Lakeside Mall offers a quiet and oft-overlooked dining option in a crowded part of town. Great appetizers include the beef and mint salad. $$

Café Freret 7329 Freret St., 861-7890, Uptown. B, L, D Fri-Wed. Convenient location near Tulane and Loyola universities makes this a place for students (and dogs) to indulge in decadent breakfasts, casual lunches and tasty dinners – and their A la Collar menu. $$

Café at Gambino’s 4821 Veteran’s Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3620. L Mon-Fri. Café nested in Gambino’s Bakery is a favorite local lunch spot featuring muffelattas, salads and soups. Afterwards, pick up some Italian cookies to take back to the office. $

Café Giovanni 117 Decatur St., 529-2154. D Mon-Sun. Live opera singers three nights a week rounds out the atmosphere at this Italian dining destination in the French Quarter. The menu offers a selection of Italian specialties tweaked with a Creole influence and their Belli Baci happy hour adds to the vibrant atmosphere. $$$

Café Luna 802 Nashville Ave., 269-2444, Uptown. B, L, D daily. Charismatic coffee shop in a converted house offers a range of panini sandwiches, caffeinated favorites and free Wi-Fi. Large veranda is a prime spot for people-watching along adjacent Magazine Street. $

Café Maspero 601 Decatur St., 523-6250, French Quarter. L, D daily. Tourists line up for their generous portions of seafood and large deli sandwiches. $$

Camellia Grill 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679,Uptown. B, L, D daily, until 1 a.m. Fri-Sat. The venerable diner has finally reopened following an extensive renovation and change in ownership. Patrons can rest assured that its essential character has remained intact and many of the original waiters have returned. Also, credit cards now accepted. $

Carmelo Ristorante  541 Decatur St., 586-1414, French Quarter. L Fri-Sun, D Tues-Sun. Italian trattoria in the heart of the French Quarter serves old world classics in a historic building overlooking the bustle of Decatur Street. Balcony dining available. $$

Carnaval Bar & Grill 2501 Canal St., 822-4639, Mid-City. L, D Daily. Low-key neighborhood spot features authentic Brazilian-style grilled meats and a Latin-inspired salad bar. Popular with area workers on their lunch break. $

CASAMENTO’S 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761, Uptown. L Tue-Sat, D Thu-Sat. The family-owned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed during summer. $

CC’s Coffee House Multiple locations in New Orleans, Metairie and Northshore. Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. ccscoffee.com. $

Chateau du Lac 2037 Metairie Road, 831-3773, Old Metairie. L, D Tue-Sat. The new location of this casual French bistro offers up classic dishes such as Escargot, Coq au Vin and Blanquette de Veau. A Provencal-inspired atmosphere and French wine round out the appeal. $$$

Checkered Parrot
132 Royal St., 592-1270, French Quarter. B, L, D Mon-Sun. Bring a little of Key West into your life. The Checkered Parrot is an upscale sports bar featuring a large menu; try their nachos, fajitas, wings in seven flavors wraps or burgers. Also features an outdoor patio. $

Chops Bistro and Martini Bar
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 218-8967, Metairie. L Mon-Fri, D Tues-Sat. Chops offers contemporary Creole cuisine in a sophisticated setting which overlooks the city from its perch along the Jefferson side of the 17th Street Canal. The martinis are dirty and the desserts are sweet. $$$

Clancy’s 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, Uptown. L Thurs-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Their Creole-inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$

Clementine’s Belgian Bistro
2505 Whitney Ave., 366-3995, Gretna. L Tue-Wed, D Thurs-Sat. Unbeatable mussels, crispy fries and dessert crêpes of all kinds from France’s northern neighbor. $$

Cochon 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123, CBD/Warehouse District. L Mon-Fri. D Mon-Sat. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski showcase Cajun and Southern cuisine at this Warehouse District hot spot. Boudin and other pork dishes reign supreme here, along with Louisiana seafood and real moonshine from the bar. $$

Commander’s Palace 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, Uptown. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sun, Br Sat-Sun. The Grande Dame in the Garden District is going strong under the auspices of Chef Tory McPhail. The turtle soup might be the best in the city, and their weekend Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$

Cooter Brown’s 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104, Uptown. L, D daily. Riverbend-area sports bar serves up the city’s largest selection of beers along with great bar food. The cheese fries are a rite of passage, and the Radiator’s Special poor boy makes for a great late night meal. $

Copeland’s 1700 Lapalco Blvd., 364-1575, Harvey. L,D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites like Cajun Popcorn Salad and Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$

4517 Veterans Blvd., 454-7620, Metairie. L, D daily. Dessert fans flock to this sweet-centric Copeland establishment which also offers an extensive lunch and dinner menu. $$$

Corky’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant 4243 Veterans Blvd., 887-5000, Metairie. L, D daily. Memphis-based barbecue chain offers good hickory-smoked ribs, pork and beef in a family setting with catering service available. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS 613 Royal St., 522-7261, French Quarter. Br, D daily. The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining  experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishessweeten the deal. $$

Crabby Jack’s 428 Jefferson Highway, 833-2722, Jefferson. L Mon-Sat. Lunch outpost of Jacques-Imo’s Chef and Owner Jack Leonardi. Famous for its fried seafood and elaborate poor boys including paneed rabbit and roasted duck. $$

Creole Skillet
200 Julia St., 304-6318, Warehouse District. L Mon–Fri, D Tues-Sat. Contemporary takes on Creole cuisine highlight the menu at this spot in the booming Warehouse District. Enjoy dishes with a twist such as Filet Rockefeller and a Bruschetta topped with pancetta and gulf shrimp. Creative lunch choices include a garlic-sautéed Shrimp Poor Boy dressed with lemon aioli. $$$

Crepes a la Carte 1039 Broadway St., 866-2362 Uptown. B, L, D daily. Open late. An extensive menu of tasty crêpes, both savory and sweet, make this a great spot for a quick bite for college students and locals alike. $

Crescent City Brewhouse 527 Decatur St., 522-0571, French Quarter. L Fri-Sun, D daily. Contemporary brewpub features an eclectic menu complimenting its freshly-brewed wares. Live jazz and good location make it a fun place to meet up. $$$

The Crystal Room Le Pavillon Hotel
, 833 Poydras St., 581-3111, CBD/Warehouse District. L, D daily. Franco-American cuisine with Louisiana influences is served in the elegant environs of the Le Pavillon Hotel. The Southern-style breakfast features their decadent Bananas Foster Waffle Le Pavillon. $$$
Cuvée 322 Magazine St., 587-9001, CBD/Warehouse. L, Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. The elegant restaurant pairs an impressive wine cellar with “continental” Creole cuisine. $$$

Dakota Restaurant 629 N. Highway 190, (985) 892-3712, Covington. L Thurs-Fri, D Mon-Sat. A sophisticated dining experience with generous portions. $$$

THE DELACHAISE 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, Uptown. D daily. Elegant bar food fit for the wine connoisseur; kitchen open late. Chef Chris DeBarr was New Orleans Magazine’s Best New Chef 2006. $

DICK AND JENNY’S 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, Uptown. D Tue-Sat. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$

Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, French Quarter. L, D daily, B Sat-Sun. Classic Creole dishes such as Louisiana Stuffed Redfish and Gulf Fish Amandine are served with classic Brennan’s style at this French Quarter outpost. Their extensive bourbon menu will please aficionados. $$$

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse 716 Iberville St., 522-2467, French Quarter. L Mon-Fri, D daily. Nationally recognized steakhouse serves excellent USDA Prime steaks and local seafood in an elegant New Orleans setting with the usual Brennan’s family flair. $$$

DOMIlise’s 5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126, Uptown. L, D Mon-Sat. Local institution and rite-of-passage for those wanting an initiation to the real New Orleans. Wonderful poor boys and a unique atmosphere make this a one-of-a-kind place. $

DOMINIQUE’S Maison Dupuy Hotel
, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800, French Quarter. D Tues-Sat. French-Caribbean menu includes Baby Conch Ceviche and Grilled Tamarind Glazed Whole Lobster. Desserts pack extra tropical punch with a Coconut and Mango Soufflé. $$$

Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery
14207 Chef Menteur Highway, 254-0212, N.O. East., L Wed-Sat. Vietnamese bakery and restaurant in the unique community of Versailles makes great Banh Mi sandwiches and interesting baked goods both savory and sweet. Unbeatable prices. $

Drago’s 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, Metairie. L, D Mon-Sat. Fat City seafooder specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Raucous but good-natured atmosphere makes this a fun place to visit. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$

Drago’s Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 561-0500, CBD/Warehouse District. L, D Mon-Sat. The famous Fat City seafooder now boasts an outpost in the CBD. The charbroiled oysters are even better than their reputation. $$

DRY DOCK CAFE 133 Delaronde St., 361-8240. Algiers. B Sun, L, D daily. Fancier daily specials have been added to the menu of this casual neighborhood seafood joint in historic Algiers Point near the ferry landing. Burgers, sandwiches and fried seafood are the staples. $$

El Gato Negro
81 French Market Place, 525-9752. B, Sat-Sun, L, D daily. Popular spot near the Frenchmen Street clubs serves up authentic Central Mexican cuisine along with hand-muddled mojitos and margaritas made with fresh-squeezed juice. The Pulled Pork Tamales are flavorful and if you want to go upscale you can have your corn tortillas stuffed with filet mignon. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$

601 Gallier St., 944-9272, Bywater. L Tues-Fri, D Tues-Sat, Br Sat-Sun. This funky and eclectic local restaurant draws rave reviews for its Praline Bacon and distinctive Southern-inspired brunch specials. $

Emeril’s 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, CBD/Warehouse District. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this Warehouse District landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$

Fat Hen Grill 5708 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 305-1980. B, L, D Daily. Breakfast gets re-imagined and dressed up at this Harahan diner headed by Chef Shane Pritchett, formerly of Emeril’s Delmonico. The house special is the Womlette, an omelet baked on a waffle. $$

FEELINGS CAFE 2600 Chartres St., 945-2222, Faubourg Marigny. D Thu-Sun, Br Sun. Romantic ambiance and skillfully created dishes, such as Veal D’Aunoy, make dining here overlooking the patio a memorable experience. A piano bar adds to the atmosphere as well. $$$

FELLINI’S CAFÉ 900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155, Mid-City. L, D daily. With décor inspired by its namesake Italian filmmaker, this casual indoor/outdoor spot on Carrollton Avenue serves large portions of reasonably-priced Mediterranean specialties such as pizza, pastas and hummus. $

Fiesta Latina 1924 Airline Drive, 469-5792, Kenner. B, L, D Tue-Sun. A big-screen TV normally shows a soccer match or MTV Latino at this home for authentic Central American food such as pupusas and baleadas. Tacos include a delicious, charred Carne Asada. $$

FIVE HAPPINESS 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, Mid-City. L, D daily. This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including their beloved mu shu pork and elegant house -baked duck. Large and bustling, it’s a popular choice for families as well. $$

737 Octavia St., 895-0900, Uptown. L, D daily. French classics including a tasty onion soup make this a nice place for a slightly upscale lunch while shopping along Magazine Street. $$

933 Decatur St., 525-1602, French Quarter. L, D daily. Locally-inspired Italian sandwiches such as Muffulettas and Genoa Salami poor boys are served here in the heart of the French Quarter. $$

209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, French Quarter. L, D Tue-Sun. Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this world-famous French-Creole grand dame in the Quarter. Tradition counts for everything here and the Crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$

GalLEY RESTAURANT 2535 Metairie Road, 832-0955, Metairie. L, D Tue-Sat. A great local place for seafood, both fried and boiled. Famous for its Softshell Crab Poor Boy, a Jazz Fest favorite. $$

Gautreau’s 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397, Uptown. D, Tues-Sat. Elegant upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics along with contemporary creations in a clubby setting nested deep within a residential neighborhood. $$$

Gelato Pazzo CaffÉ 8115 Oak St., 304-6908, Uptown.  L, D Mon-Sat. Newcomer to burgeoning Oak Street features real pressed Panini sandwiches along with its extensive selection of homemade gelato. $

THE GRILL ROOM Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 523-6000, CBD/Warehouse District. B, D daily; Br Sat-Sun. Jazz Brunch on Sunday with the Christopher Kohl Trio. New dinner dining concept featuring four culinary categories marks the return of a New Orleans classic at The Grill Room: Unadulterated, Steakhouse, Indulge and Southern. The Polo Club Lounge offers live entertainment. $$$

GW Fins 808 Bienville St., 581-FINS, French Quarter. D Daily. To ensure the best possible flavors at GW Fins, Owners Gary Wollerman and Tenney Flynn provide dishes at their seasonal peak by flying in products from around the globe. That commitment to freshness and quest for unique variety, are two of the reasons why the menu is printed daily. $$$

701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114, CBD/Warehouse District. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail before sampling Chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary bistro fare with classic Louisiana cuisine. The Chocolate Beignets are a favorite dessert. $$$

 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-2858, CBD/Warehouse District. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Fun and eclectic fusion menu features a mix of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines at this Warehouse District hotspot. Popular with both business lunch and evening crowd. $$

Horinoya 920 Poydras St., 561-8914, CBD/ Warehouse District. L, D Mon-Sat. Excellent Japanese dining in an understated and oft-overlooked location. The chu-toro is delicious and the selection of authentic Japanese appetizers is the best in the city. $$$

Hoshun Restaurant 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, Garden District. L. D daily. Hoshun offers a wide variety of Asian cuisines, primarily dishes culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Their Five-Pepper Calamari is a tasty way to begin the meal, and their creative sushi rolls are good as well. $$

House of Blues 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE, French Quarter. D Tues-Sat and show nights. Surprisingly good menu makes this a great compliment to the music in the main room. Nice patio seating is available as well. $$

Hunt Room Grill Hotel Monteleone
, 214 Royal St., 523-3341, French Quarter. D daily. Enjoy elegant dining and a great wine selection in the historic Monteleone hotel. $$$

Il Posto Italian Café 4607 Dryades St., 895-2620. B, L, D Tue-Sat, B, L Sun. Cheerful Italian Café specializes in pressed Panini sandwiches like their Milano featuring sopressata, Fontina, tomatoes and balsamic on ciabatta. Soups, imported coffee and H&H bagels make this a comfortable neighborhood spot to relax with the morning paper. $

Impastato’s 3400 16th St., 455-1545, Metairie. D daily. Bustling Italian on the edge of Fat City serves homemade pasta in a convivial atmosphere. Chef/Owner Joe Impastato greets guests warmly and treats them like family. The prix fixe options are a good way to taste a lot for not as much money. $$$

Irene’s Cuisine 539 St. Philip St., 529-8811. D Mon-Sat. Long waits at the lively piano bar are part of the appeal of this Creole-Italian favorite in the Quarter, beloved by locals. Try the Oyster Irene and Crabmeat Gratin appetizers. $$

IRIS 8115 Jeannette St., 862-5848, Uptown. D Mon-Sat. This inviting Carrollton-area bistro offers sophisticated fare in a charming, converted house. The Veal Cheek Ravioli is a winner. New Orleans Magazine’s Best New Restaurant 2006. $$

Jack Dempsey’s 738 Poland Ave., 943-9914, Bywater. L Tue-Fri, D Wed-Sat. Local favorite nestled deep in the heart of Bywater is known for its Stuffed Flounder and Baked Macaroni served in generous portions. $$

Jacques-Imo’s Cafe 8324 Oak St., 861-0886, Uptown. D  Mon-Sat. Reinvented New Orleans cuisine served in a party atmosphere are the cornerstones of this funky Oak Street institution. The Deep-Fried Roast Beef Poor Boy is heart-stoppingly delicious. The lively bar scene offsets the long wait on weekends. $$

Jamila’s Café 7808 Maple St., 866-4366, Uptown. D Tue-Sun. Intimate and exotic bistro serving Mediterranean and Tunisian cuisine. The Grilled Merguez is a Jazz Fest favorite and vegetarian options are offered. $$

J’anita’s 1906 Magazine St., 373-5337, Uptown. B, L, D daily. Breakfast, barbecue and beer are the cornerstones of this low-key and laid-back neighborhood joint. The smoked pork is tasty and their fish sandwich is a favorite. $

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565, French Quarter. L, D daily. Parrotheads and other music lovers flock to Jimmy’s outpost along the more local-friendly stretch of Decatur. Strong bar menu and stronger drinks keep them coming back. $$

Joey K’s 3001 Magazine St., 891-0997, Uptown. B Sat, L Mon-Sat, D Mon-Fri. A true neighborhood New Orleans restaurant with great daily lunch plates keeps it real along this rapidly-gentrifying stretch of Magazine Street. Red beans and rice are classic. $

The Joint 801 Poland Ave., 949-3232, Bywater. L Mon-Sat, D Wed-Sat. Some of the city’s best barbecue can be had at this locally owned and operated favorite in the Bywater. $

Juan’s Flying Burrito
2018 Magazine St., 569-0000, Uptown. L, D Mon-Sat. Hard-core tacos and super-massive burritos are served in an edgy atmosphere. $

Jung’s Golden Dragon  4417 Veterans Blvd., 887-6081, Metairie. Ignore the seedy bar in the ground floor of this building – this Chinese destination is a real find.
Along with the usual you’ll find spicy cold noodle dishes, tasty dumplings and a fantastic Beijing-style breakfast on the weekends. This is one of the few local Chinese places that breaks the Americanized mold. $$


Kabby’s Seafood Hilton New Orleans Hotel, 584-3880, Poydras Street at the Mississippi River. Br Sun. Great Sunday Jazz Brunch offers an excellent seafood menu in a picturesque setting overlooking the Mississippi River. Brunch offered on holidays as well. $$$

Kosher Cajun Deli and Grocery
3520 N. Hullen St., 888-2010, Metairie. L Mon-Fri & Sun, D Mon-Thurs. Great kosher meals and complete kosher grocery in the rear make this Metairie eatery a unique destination. The matzo ball soup is a winner and catering is available for parties of any size. $

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
416 Chartres St., 524-7394, French Quarter. D Mon-Sat. Paul Prudhomme’s landmark restaurant helped introduce Cajun food to a grateful nation. Lots of seasoning and bountiful offerings, along with reserved seating, make this a destination for locals and tourists alike. $$

Kyoto 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644, Uptown. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. A neighborhood sushi restaurant where the regulars order off-the-menu rolls.  $$

La Boca 857 Fulton St., 525-8205, Warehouse District. D Mon-Sat. This Argentine steakhouse in the blossoming Fulton Street corridor specializes in great cuts of meat along with inspired pastas and interesting wines. The provoleta appetizer is fantastic and the Vacio flank steak will ensure that you will be returning again, soon.

La côte brasserie 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350, CBD/Warehouse District. B, L, D daily. Fresh local seafood, international ingredients and a contemporary atmosphere fill the room at this chic hotel restaurant near the Convention Center. $$$

Lakeview Harbor  911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887. L, D Daily. Burgers are the name of the game here at this restaurant which shares a pedigree with Snug Harbor and Port of Call. Rounded out with a loaded baked potato, their half-pound patties are sure to please. Daily specials, pizza and steaks are offered as well. $$

Le Parvenu
509 Williams Blvd., 471-0534, Kenner. L Fri, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. The innovative and award-winning Creole menu changes nightly but includes dishes such as seafood crêpes and panned lobster. An excellent Sunday brunch is offered as well. $$$

La petitE grocery  4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, Uptown. D Tue-Sat. Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere quickly made this place an Uptown darling. The menu is heavily French-inspired with an emphasis on technique. $

LA PROVENCE 25020 Highway 190, (985) 626-7662, Lacombe. D Wed-Sun. John Besh upholds time honored Provençal cuisine  and rewards his guests with a true farm-life experience, from house-made preserves, charcuterie, herbs, kitchen gardens, and eggs cultivated on property, an elegant French colonial stucco house. $$$

La Thai Uptown 4938 Prytania St., 899-8886, Uptown. L, D daily. Uptown outpost of the Chauvin family’s ingredient-driven Thai-Cajun fusion cuisine. The Summer Rolls are good as is the Tom Kar Gai soup. Lunch specials are a good deal and vegetarian dishes are offered as well. $$

Latil’s Landing Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Highway 942, (225) 473-9380, Darrow. L Sun, D Thurs-Sun. Nouvelle Louisiane, plantation-style cooking served in an opulent setting features dishes like Rack of Lamb and Plume de Veau. $$$

Le Meritage 1001 Toulouse, 522-8800, French Quarter. D Tues-Sat. Style – as it’s name hints, this restaurant blends fine wines with Southern-flavored cuisine for a memorable fine dinning experience in a casual environment. Chef Michael Farrell’s well-rounded menu features suggested wine and food pairings, along with a full or half servings both by the glass and by the plate. Complimentary Valet Parking. $$

Le Parvenu 509 Williams Blvd., 471-0534, Kenner. L Fri & Sat, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. The innovative and award-winning Creole menu changes nightly but includes dishes such as seafood crêpes and panned lobster. An excellent Sunday brunch is offered as well. $$$

Le Salon Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 596-4773, CBD/Warehouse District. L Buffet Mon-Fri. Also, Afternoon Tea, Thu-Sun, Seating at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Formal afternoon tea with harpist or string quartet served in the sophisticated atmosphere of the WindsorCourt Hotel. A local mother/daughter tradition. $$

LIborio’s 321 Magazine St., 581-9680, CBD/Warehouse  District. L Mon-Sat, D Thu-Sat. Authentic Cuban favorites such as Ropa Vieja and pressed Cuban Sandwiches along with great specials make this a popular lunch choice. $$

Li’l Dizzy’s 1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997, Mid-City. B Mon-Sat, L Mon-Fri. Spot local and national politicos dining at this favored Creole soul restaurant known for homey classics like fried chicken and Trout Baquet. $

3637 Magazine St., 895-1636, Uptown. L, D Tue-Sat. Chef John Harris’s innovative menu draws discerning diners to this highly-regarded bistro on Magazine Street. Desserts are wonderful as well. $$$

Lola’s 3314 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946, Mid-City. D daily. Garlicy Spanish dishes and great paella make this artsy Faubourg St. John boîte a hipster destination. $$

Lüke 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840, CBD. BB, L, D daily. John Besh and executive chef Steve McHugh characterize the cuisine ‘Alsace meets New Orleans in an authentic brasserie setting. Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, house-made patés and abundant plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$

MADRID 300 Harrison Ave., 482-2757, Lakeview. D Mon-Sun. A taste of Spain in the suburbs. Paella is a house specialty along with hot and cold tapas, zippy garlic shrimp and cool glasses of sangria. $

Mahoney’s 3454 Magazine St., 899-3374. L, D Mon-Sat. Along with the usual poor boys, this sandwich shop serves up a Grilled Shrimp and Fried Green Tomato version dressed with Remoulade sauce. Sandwich offerings are augmented by a full bar. $

MANDINA’S 3800 Canal St., 482-9179, Mid-City. L, D daily. Quintessential New Orleans neighborhood institution has finally reopened following an extensive renovation. Though the ambian is more upscale, the same great food and seafood dishes make dining here a uniquely New Orleans experience. Note: Cash only. $$
Maple Street Café 7623 Maple St., 314-9003, Uptown. L, Mon-Sat, D, Mon-Sun. Casual dinner spot serving Mediterranean-inspired pastas and entrées, along with heartier fare such as duck and filet mignon. $$

THE MARIGNY BRASSERIE 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472, Faubourg Marigny. L Mon-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Chic, neighborhood bistro with traditional dishes (Wedge of Lettuce salad, Oyster Loaf) and innovative cocktails (Cucumber Cosmo). Brunch means grillades and grits and a champagne jazz serenade. $$$

Martin Wine Cellar 714 Elmeer Ave., 896-7300, Metairie. L daily. Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, towering burgers, hearty soups, salads and giant, deli-style sandwiches. $

Mat & Naddie’s 937 Leonidas St., 861-9600, Uptown. L Mon-Fri, D Thu, Fri, Sat., Mon. Cozy converted house along River Road serves up creative and eclectic regionally-inspired fare. Crab cakes with cucumber slaw makes for a good appetizer and when the weather is right the romantic patio is the place to sit. $$

Mélange 921 Canal St., 524-1331, Downtown. B, L, D daily. This signature restaurant of The Ritz-Carlton is situated on the third floor lobby level of the hotel. Sample some authentic New Orleans cuisine. Enjoy your entrée while listening to legendary trumpeter Jeremy Davenport. $$$ 

Middendorf’s I-55, Exit 15, 75 Manchac Way, (985) 386-6666, Akers. L, D Wed-Sun. Historic seafood destination along the shores of Lake Maurepas is world-famous for its thinly-fried catfish filets. Open since 1934, it transitioned to its next generation of owners when Horst Pfeifer purchased it in 2007. More than a restaurant, this is a Sunday Drive tradition. $$

MILA 817 Common St., 412-2580, French Quarter. B, daily, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Latest offering from husband and wife chefs Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing focus on the fusion and evolution of the cuisines of Mississippi and Louisiana. Signature dishes include Oysters Rockefeller “Deconstructed” and New Orleans-style Barbecue Lobster. $$$

Mona’s Café 504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115, Marigny; 4126 Magazine St., 894-9800, Uptown; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8174, Uptown; 2820 E. Causeway Approach (985) 624-2977, Mandeville. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties like smoky eggplant dip (baba ganouj) and tender-tangy beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros, stuffed into pillowy pita bread or for platters. The comforting lentil soup with crunchy pita chips and desserts such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

, The Steakhouse The Shops at Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221, French Quarter. D daily. Quintessential Chicago steakhouse serves up top-quality slabs of meat along with jumbo seafood. Clubhouse atmosphere makes this chophouse a favorite of Saints players and businessmen alike. $$$

Mosca’s 4137 Highway 90 West, 436-9942, Avondale. D Tue-Sat. Italian institution near the Huey Long Bridge dishes out massive portions of great food family-style. Good bets are the Shrimp Mosca and Chicken à la Grande. Bring a big appetite and lots of friends. Note: Cash Only. $$

Mother’s 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, CBD/Warehouse District. B, L, D daily. Locals and tourists alike endure long queues and a confounding ordering system to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya. Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$

Mr. Ed’s Creole Grill 5241 Veterans Blvd., 889-7992, Metairie. L, D Mon-Sat. Ed McIntyre’s latest iteration on Veteran’s offers an assortment of burgers, seafood and classic poor boys for lunch and dinner daily. $ 

MR. ED’S RESTAURANT 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, Metairie. L, D, Mon-Sat. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop for lunch. $$

Muriel’s Jackson Square 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, French Quarter. L, D daily, Br Sun. Enjoy pecan-crusted drum and other New Orleans classics while dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-be-haunted establishment. $$

Naked Pizza 6307 S. Miro St., 865-0224, Uptown (takeout & delivery only). L, D daily. Pizza place with a focus on fresh ingredients and a healthy crust. Accepts college meal cards. The Mediterranean pie is a good choice. $

Napoleon House 500 Chartres St., 524-9752, French Quarter. Late L Fri-Wed. Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned European-style café serves local favorites: gumbo, jambalaya, muffulettas and for sipping, a serious Sazerac or refreshing lemony Pimm’s Cup. $$

NEW CITY GRILLE 2700 Metairie Road, 828-8484, Metairie. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Old Metairie has a great neighborhood dining option whose menu runs the gamut from great burgers to grilled redfish garnished with lump crabmeat. $$

NOLA 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, French Quarter. L Sat, D daily. Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedar-plank-roasted redfish; private dining. $$

Nuvolari’s 246 Gerard St., (985) 626-5619, Mandeville. D daily. Dark woods and soft lighting highlight this Northshore Creole Continental-Italian fusion restaurant famous for crabmeat ravioli, veal dishes, seafood specialties and delectable desserts. $$

ONE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061, Uptown. D Mon-Sat. Sleek black seating and herbaceous sage-colored walls, form a dining room where every seat is a view into the open kitchen and the chefs creating contemporary comfort food on a seasonally changing menu. The bar is also known for cranking out clever and cool cocktails. New Orleans Magazine’s Best New Restaurant 2005. $$

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, French Quarter. D daily. A sophisticated and casual wine bar serving bistro fare – seafood (bouillabaisse) and meats, soups, salads, a broad selection of cheeses, pâtés and a huge wine list. $

Palace Café 605 Canal St., 523-1661, CBD/Warehouse District. L Mon-Sat, D Mon-Sun, Br Sun. Spirited Dickie Brennan-owned brasserie with French-style sidewalk seating and house-created specialties of Chef Darrin Nesbit at lunch dinner and Jazz Brunch. Favorites here include crabmeat cheesecake, turtle soup, the Werlein salad with fried Louisiana oysters and pork ”debris” studded Palace Potato Pie. $$$

Parasol’s 2533 Constance St., 899-2054, Uptown. L, D daily. A neighborhood bar, unfussy but fine, with one of the best messy roast beef poor boys in town. The gumbo, cheeseburger poor boy and other sandwiches are also winners. Grab a local Abita beer or Barq’s root beer to wash it all down. $

Parkway Bakery and Tavern 532 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, Mid-City. L, D daily, closed Tues. An historic local eatery renowned for its roast beef and fried seafood poor boys. $

Pascal’s Manale 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, Uptown. L Mon-Fri, D daily. Vintage New Orleans neighborhood restaurant since 1913, and the place to go for the house-creation of barbecued shrimp. Their oyster bar serves icy cold, freshly shucked Louisiana oysters and the Italian specialties and steaks are also solid. $$

Paul’s Café 100 Pine St., (985) 386-9581, Ponchatoula. B, L daily. Best known for their strawberry daiquiris, Paul’s also cooks up satisfying egg breakfasts and lunches including all manners of sandwiches and poor boys. $

The Pelican Club
312 Exchange Place, 523-1504, French Quarter. D daily. Tucked into a French Quarter alley, Pelican Club serves an eclectic mix of hip food, from the gorgeous Seafood “Martini” to Clay Pot Barbecued Shrimp and a Trio of Duck. Three dining rooms available. $$$

Pellicano Ristorante
4224 Williams Blvd. #308, 467-2930. Kenner. D Tue-Sun. Global influences converge at this upscale newcomer to the Kenner dining scene, which features lobster poached in butter with lemon-verbena roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Other offerings include seared sesame-coated yellowfin tuna with a wasabi-remoulade sauce. $$$

PJ’s Coffee
Multiple locations throughout Greater New Orleans: www.pjscoffee.com. The city’s first iced-coffee spot that pioneered the coffee house experience in New Orleans and introduced us all to velvet ices, drinkable granitas and delicious, locally made Ronald Reginald vanilla. There’s a wide assortment of pastries and bagels are offered as well as juices and fresh ground or whole bean coffees. $

PORT OF CALL 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120, French Quarter. L, D daily. It’s all about the big, meaty burgers and giant baked potatoes in this popular Quarter bar/restaurant, unless you’re cocktailing only and then it’s all about the Monsoons. $

Praline Connection 542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934, Faubourg Marigny. L, D daily. Down-home dishes of smothered pork chops, greens, beans and cornbread are on the menu at this homey Creole soul restaurant. $$

Queen of the Ball 8116 Oak St., 430-5718, Uptown. L, D daily. Fruit-stuffed snowballs are the specialty of the house at this fun and funky Oak Street sweet shop.
Wi-Fi and coffee drinks broaden its appeal. $

Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, French Quarter. L, D daily. Bright, fun and bustling, chef Greg Collier cooks up a broad menu peppered with Big Easy favorites like BBQ Oysters, Blackened Redfish, and Double Chocolate Bread Pudding. $$

Ralph’s On The Park 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, Mid-City. D daily, L Fri, Br Sun. An exquisite modern interior, a view of City Park’s moss-draped oaks and beautiful contemporary Creole dishes such as Baked Oysters Ralph, Turtle Soup and Niman Ranch New York Strip. The bar gets special notice for superior cocktails. $$$

RED MAPLE RESTAURANT 1036 Lafayette St., 367-0935, Gretna. L, D daily. This West Bank institution since 1963, is known for its seafood, steaks, a great wine list and some of the best bread pudding around. $

Reginelli’s Pizzeria 741 State St., 899-1414, Uptown;  3244 Magazine St., 895-7272, Uptown; 5608 Citrus Blvd., 818-0111, Harahan; 817 W. Esplanade Ave., 712-6868, Kenner. L, D daily. Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are on tap at locations all over town. $$

Remoulade 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, French Quarter. L, D Mon-Sat. Granite-topped tables and a magnificent antique mahogany bar are home to the eclectic menu of Famous Shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled all-beef hot dogs and thin-crust pizza. $$

Restaurant August 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, CBD/Warehouse District. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh’s menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of Euro-flavor set in a historic carriage warehouse. For private gatherings the Penthouse with views of French Quarter is available. $$$

RESTAURANT PATOIS 6078 Laurel St., 931-4117, Uptown. D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. Provencal-inspired dishes feature interesting riffs employing fresh, local ingredients at this scene-y boîte tucked away in a residential Uptown neighborhood. $$

Ristorante Da Piero 401 Williams Blvd., Kenner. L, D Tues-Sat, 469-8585. Homemade pastas and an emphasis on Northern Italian cuisine make this cozy spot in Kenner’s Rivertown a romantic destination. $$

Rib Room Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7045, French Quarter. B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Old World elegance, high ceilings and views of Royal Street, house classic cocktails and Anthony Spizale’s broad menu of prime rib, stunning  seafood and on weekends, a massive Organic Brunch. $$$

Riccobono’s Panola Street Café 7801 Panola St., 314-1810, Garden District. B, L daily. This breakfast spot at the corner of Burdette and Panola streets has been waking up bleary college students for years. The omelets are good, as are the Belgium waffles. Offers daily specials as well. $

Rio Mar 800 S. Peters St., 525-3474, CBD/Warehouse District. L Mon-Fri. D Mon-Sat. Seafood-centric Warehouse District destination focuses on Latin American and Spanish cuisines. Try the bacalaitos and the escabeche. The tapas lunch is a great way to try a little of everything. Save room for the Tres Leches, a favorite dessert. $$

Ristorante Filippo 1917 Ridgelake Drive, 835-4008, Metairie. L Mon-Fri, D Tues-Sat. Creole-Italian destination serves up southern Italian specialties bathed in red sauces and cheese alongside New Orleans classics like pan-fried gulf fish and plump shellfish. For fans of uniquely New Orleans Italian hybrids, it doesn’t get any better than this. $$$

River 127 Wyndham New Orleans Hotel, 100 Iberville St., 566-7006, French Quarter. B, L, D daily. Continental cuisine with Louisiana flare in a dining room that overlooks the Mississippi River and French Quarter. Sunday Jazz/Champagne Brunch. $$$

ROCK-N-SAKE 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, CBD/Warehouse District. L Fri, D Tue-Sun. Enjoy fresh sushi along with contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in this hip, club-like setting in the Warehouse District. Open until midnight on weekends, this makes for a unique late-night destination. $$$

Rocky’s 3222 Magazine St., 891-5152, Uptown. L, D daily. Great gourmet pizzas (including a whole-wheat crust option), big salads and excellent sandwiches in a hot spot on Magazine Street. $$

Royal Blend Coffee and Tea House 621 Royal St., 523-2716, French Quarter; 204 Metairie Road, 835-7779, Metairie; 222 Carondelet St., 529-2005, CBD/Warehouse District. B, L daily. Known for their frozen Café Glace and a wide selection of coffees and teas, as well as pastries, daily specials and hearty breakfasts. $

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 3633 Veterans Blvd., 888-3600, Metairie. L Fri, D daily. 228 Poydras Street in Harrah’s Hotel, 587-7099, L, D daily. Filet Mignon, Creamed Spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this area steak institution, but there are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$

SAKE CAFé 2830 Magazine St., 894–0033, Uptown. L, D daily. Creative and traditional Japanese food in an ultramodern décor. Sushi and sashimi boats, wild rolls filled with the usual and not-so-usual suspects and a nice bar with a number of sakes from which to choose. $$

Saltwater Grill 710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640, Uptown. L, D Mon-Sun. Off the Uptown streetcar line, this casual seafood restaurant specializes in fresh Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico seafood and shakes up a great margarita. $

Savvy Gourmet 4519 Magazine St., 895- 2665, Uptown. L Tue-Sat, Br Sun. Cooking school, kitchenware store, kitchen design center, home of Slow Food and other foodie events, as well as a delicious café serving Farmers’ Market fresh salad, sandwiches and plate lunches crafted by Chef Corbin Evans. $

Slice 1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437, Uptown. L, D Mon-Sat. Right on the Avenue, order up slices or whole pizza pies done in several styles (thin and thick crust) as well as pastas, seafood, paninis and salads. $

Slim Goodies Diner 3322 Magazine St., 891-EGGS. B, L Daily. This diner on Magazine Street offers up an exhaustive menu heavily influences by local cuisine. Try the Creole Slammer, a breakfast platter rounded out with Crawfish Etouffee. The laid-back vibe is best enjoyed on the patio out back. $

Snug Harbor 626 Frenchman St., 949-0696, Faubourg Marigny. D daily. The city’s premier jazz club serves great cocktails and a dining menu loaded with steaks, seafood and big meaty burgers served with loaded baked potatoes. $$

Stein’s Market and Deli  2207 Magazine St., 527-0771, Uptown. B, L, D Tues-Sun. New York meets New Orleans on Magazine Street. The Reuben and Rachel sandwiches are the real deal and the half-sours and pickled tomatoes complete the genuine deli experience. $

Stella! 1032 Chartres St., 587-0091, French Quarter. D daily. Global cuisine with a Louisiana blush by native-son chef Scott Boswell. Dishes are always startling and inventive, lush and flavorful, from appetizer to dessert. The wine list is bold and the service “stellar.” Boswell was New Orleans Magazine’s 2005 Chef of the Year and Erik Veney, director of Kitchen Operations, was New Orleans Magazine’s 2003 Chef of the Year. $$$

Sucré 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311. Desserts nightly. Open late weekends. Inspired chocolates, elegant pastry and fabulous gelato draw rave reviews at this sophisticated new dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available. $

Sugar Park Tavern 800 France St., 940-6226, Bywater. D daily. Tucked into the hip Bywater area, the pizza here has become a cult classic likened to the eponymous pies of New York. $

Sun Ray Grill 619 Pink St., 837-0055, Old Metairie; 1051 Annunciation St., 566-0021, CBD/Warehouse District; 2600 Belle Chasse Highway, 391-0053, Gretna. L Mon-Sun, D Mon-Sun. This clever local chain offers a globally influenced menu with standout burgers, steaks, sesame crusted Tuna, sandwiches, salads and a swoon-worthy scallop soft taco. $$

SURREY’S CAFÉ AND JUICE BAR 1418 Magazine St., 524-3828. B, L daily. Laid-back café focuses on great breakfast and brunch dishes to accompany their fresh-squeezed juice offerings. Health-food lovers will like it here, along with fans of favorites such as peanut butter and banana pancakes. Note: Cash only. $

Tan Dinh 2005 Belle Chasse Highway, 361-8008, Gretna. B, L, D Wed-Mon. Roasted quail and the beef pho rule at this economical and excellent Vietnamese outpost. $

Theo’s Pizza 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554, Uptown. L, D daily. The thin, cracker-crisp crust pizzas are complemented by the broad assortment of toppings which include a lot of local ingredients. Unique renovation and cheap prices make this an economical choice along upscale Magazine Street. $

Tommy’s Cuisine
746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, CBD/Warehouse. D daily. Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery in the fashionable Warehouse District. Good appetizers include the namesake Oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, Pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$

Tony Angelo’s
  6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0880. Lakeview. D, Tues-Sat. Creole-Italian favorite serves up excellent fare in the completely restored Lakeview location. Ask Tony to “Feed Me,” if you want a real multi-course dining experience. $$$

Tout de Suite 347 Verret St., 362-2264, Algiers. B, L, D daily.  Neighborhood coffeehouse/café in historic Algiers Point offers a light menu of soups, salads and sandwiches for a quick meal or carryout. $

Trey Yuen 600 N. Causeway Blvd., (985) 626-4476, Mandeville. L Tue-Fri & Sun, D Tue-Sun; 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., 345-6789, Hammond. L Wed-Fri, D daily. Chinese cuisine meets with local seafood in dishes like their Szechuan Spicy Alligator and Tong Cho Crawfish; private rooms available. $$

Tujague’s 823 Decatur St., 525-8676, French Quarter. L, D daily. For over 150 years this landmark restaurant has been offering landmark Creole cuisine in the French Quarter. Favorites include a nightly six-course table d’hote menu featuring a unique Beef Brisket with Creole Sauce. $$$

Upperline 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, Uptown. D Wed-Sun. Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger and talented Chef Ken Smith make for a winning combination at this nationally-heralded Uptown favorite. The oft-copied Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade originated here. $$$

Vega Tapas Café 2051 Metairie Road, 836-2007, Metairie. L, D daily. Fun and innovative establishment offers fresh seafood, grilled meats and vegetarian dishes in a chic environment. Daily chef specials showcase unique ingredients and make this place a popular destination for dates as well as groups of friends. $$ 

Venezia 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991, Mid-City. L Wed-Fri, D Wed-Sun. Casual neighborhood Italian destination known for its excellent thin-crust pizzas.
Good lunch specials make this a popular choice as well. $$

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine 4411 Chastant St., 885-2984, Metairie. L Tue-Fri, D Tue-Sat; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, Uptown. L Tue-Fri, D Tue-Sun. Snug Italian boîte packs then in yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$

VIZARD’S 5015 Magazine St., 895-2246, Uptown. L, D Tues-Sat. Chef Kevin Vizard moves to Magazine Street bringing along his witty riffs on classic New Orleans dishes such as his Green Eggs and Ham appetizer. The sophisticated and social atmosphere also makes this a place to see and be seen. $$$

Wolfe’s 1041 Dumaine St., 593-9535, French Quarter. L Fri, D Tue-Sat. Chef Tom Wolfe has reinvented the former Peristyle, opening up the doors for full expression of his inventive, contemporary New Orleans cuisine. The menu changes seasonally and is always filled with surprises. Complimentary valet. $$$

Wolfe’s in the Warehouse 859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882, CBD/Warehouse District. B, L, D daily. Chef Tom Wolfe brings his refined cuisine to the booming Fulton Street corridor. His Smoked Kobe Short Ribs are a good choice. $$$

WORLD’S HEALTHIEST PIZZA 6307 S. Miro St., 865-0224, Uptown (takeout & delivery only); 8120 Hampson St., 865-0221, Riverbend. L, D daily. Pizza place with a focus on fresh ingredients and a healthy crust. Accepts college meal cards. The Mediterranean pie is a good choice. $

The Olde College Inn 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, Uptown. D Tue-Sat. The Carrollton institution moved next door into brand-new digs but serves up the same classic fare, albeit with a few new upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$

Yuki Izakaya  525 Frenchmen St. D Tues–Sun. Authentic Japanese Izakaya serves small plates to late-night crowd at this unique destination on Frenchman. Try the Hokke Fish or the Agedashi Tofu. An excellent sake menu rounds out the appeal, as does the sexy, club-like ambiance. $

Zoë Restaurant 333 Poydras Street, 2nd Floor, W New Orleans Hotel, 207-5018. B, D Daily, L Mon-Sat. Sleek modern setting compliments a creative new tapas menu by Chef Roberto Bustillo. Try the fried eggs with Spanish Chorizo and Potatoes. Other dishes include seared sea scallops with creamy Tuscan corn grits and mushroom ragout and braised Kobe beef short ribs with a mushroom ragout, Black Truffle essence and fresh potato pancake. $$$


Bittersweet Confections 5331 Canal Blvd., 484-0780, Mid-City. Freshly baked cookies, cupcakes and specialty cakes. Serving handmade chocolate truffles, fudge, caramels, gelato, ice coffee, chocolate dipped strawberries and fresh squeezed lemonade. Children’s birthday parties, chocolate tasting parties, custom chocolates and truffle party bars, call for details. $

Blue Frog Chocolates 5707 Magazine St., 269-5707, Uptown. French and Belgian chocolate truffles and Italian candy flowers make this Magazine Street boutique a great place for gifts.

Gambino’s Bakery
Multiple locations. 885-7500, www.gambinos.com. This local bakery chain has become part of the fabric of New Orleans. Famous for its Dobergé cakes, King Cakes, Red Velvet cakes and icing-enrobed petite fours. Their Italian cookies and pastries are delicious. Nationwide shipping is available as well. $-$$

Magic Seasonings Mail Order (800) 457- 2857. Offers Chef Paul Prudhomme’s famous cookbooks, smoked meats, videos, seasonings and more. On-line shopping shop.chefpaul.com  makes browsing a breeze.

St. James Cheese Company 5004 Prytania St., 899-4737, Uptown. Specialty shop offers the city’s best selection of fine cheeses, wines, beers and related accouterments. Look for wine and cheese specials every Friday. $


Dorignac’s Food Center
710 Veterans Blvd., 834-8216, Metairie. Variety of ready-to-serve items including fresh deli meats and cheeses, a great butcher shop, plus one of the city’s best assortments of wine and liquor.

Langenstein’s Supermarket 1330 Arabella St., 899-9283, Uptown; 800 Metairie Rd., 831-6682, Metairie. Known for its variety of full-service grocery items including kosher products and gourmet-to-go choices like its famous “Popeye Dip” and barbecue ribs.

Martin Wine Cellar 714 Elmeer St., 896-7300, Metairie; 3500 Magazine St, 899-7411, Uptown; 2895 Highway 190, (985) 951-8081, Mandeville. (Deli available at Metairie location only.) Known as New Orleans premier wine and gourmet-food shop since 1946. Special wine tastings with guest speakers inform and enlighten as well.

Whole Foods Market
5600 Magazine St., 899-9119, Uptown; 3420 Veterans Blvd., 888-8225, Metairie. Fresh produce, seafood, meat, domestic and imported cheese, wine and beer, fresh-roasted coffee, natural body and nutrition items, rotisserie, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, salad bars, entrées, side dishes, soups, cakes and desserts are offered.


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