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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - C

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CC'S COFFEEHOUSE
Citywide; www.communitycoffee.com
This local coffeehouse chain uses its own roasted blends in both hot and iced specialty drinks. There also are gourmet teas and fruit smoothies. Baked goods include muffins, pastries, brownies, scones and bagels. Many locations offer free wireless Internet. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

C'EST LA VIE BISTRO
4206 Magazine St., 304-6497; www.cestlaviebistro.com
This unassuming bistro focuses on traditional French dishes such as steak frites and cassoulet. Mussels a l'Auvergnate are served with blue cheese sauce and french fries. Pork tenderloin is served with creamy Dijon sauce, ratatouille and potato au gratin. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CADDYSHACK
3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799
Visit Caddyshack on a Monday for traditional red beans and rice. Friday seafood specials include fried fish, shrimp or oysters. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE 91
91 French Market Place, 596-2022
Chicken Parmesan features Italian-seasoned chicken over pasta. The Fisherman's Platter includes shrimp, oysters, calamari and a choice of a catfish or tilapia, plus fries. Reservations accepted. Delivery available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ADELAIDE AND SWIZZLE STICK BAR
300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com
The char-grilled skirt steak is served with lime and chili tomatoes, hand-pulled mozzarella, basil chimichurri and jalapeno pepper jelly. Jumbo seared sea scallops are served with beluga lentils, smoky sea salt, grapefruit, crunchy pancetta and brown butter vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE AMELIE
912 Royal St., 412-8965; www.cafeamelie.com
Step through a pretty French Quarter courtyard to find Cafe Amelie. A jumbo lump Louisiana crab cake is served over organic greens with a tarragon-citrus drizzle. The jerked pork tenderloin is served with mango-pepper glaze, wilted spinach and Old Mill grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE AT THE SQUARE
500 St. Charles Ave., 304-7831; www.cafeatthesquare.com
Pasta dishes include three-cheese Alfredo with grilled chicken. Crab cakes, cucumbers, boiled egg and tomato top a salad of mixed greens. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CAFE B
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 934-4700; www.cafeb.com
Top Cafe B entrees include hanger steak with garlic fries and bearnaise. Grilled Gulf fish is served with wild mushroom confit. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE BEIGNET
311 Bourbon St., 525-2611; 334B Royal St., 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com
The Bourbon croissant is a sandwich of tuna, bacon and white cheddar on a toasted croissant with lettuce, tomato and pickles on the side. The Cajun hash browns are made with andouille, potatoes, bell peppers and red onions and served with a scrambled egg and French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE D'CAPPUCCINO
4041 Williams Blvd., Suite B8, Kenner, 443-2299, www.cafedcappuccino.com
This cafe offers coffee drinks, chai tea and the menu includes salads and sandwiches. Popular items include chicken salad, the club salad and the club sandwich. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DEGAS
3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635; www.cafedegas.com
This casual cafe serves refined French cuisine. The cognac duck fois gras terrine has a black truffle center and is served with toasted brioche crostini and blackberry-balsamic gastrique. The half Maine lobster Thermidor is baked with Parmesan and herb gratin and served with brandy and mushroom duxelle. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE DIBLASI
1801 Stumpf Blvd., Suite 4, Terrytown, 361-3106; www.cafediblasi.com
Brascioloni is veal round stuffed with meat and cheeses and simmered in tomato sauce. Crabmeat and spinach cannelloni features fresh pasta filled with creamy spinach and jumbo lump crabmeat with Italian cheese sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DITALI'S
2104 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, 361-0058; www.ditalis.com
The pasta Ditali features a chicken breast sauteed with onions, fresh mushrooms and broccoli and served over penne pasta with white wine sauce and Parmesan. Cheese steak hoagies are topped with onion, bell peppers and provolone. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DU MONDE
Citywide; www.cafedumonde.com
Cafe au lait and beignets topped with powdered sugar are the signature combination at Cafe du Monde. The original location on Jackson Square has been open for a century and a half, and there are satellite locations throughout the New Orleans area. Drink options include iced coffee, fountain drinks and orange juice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CAFE EAST
4628 Rye St., Metairie, 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.com
Thai red snapper features pan-roasted snapper served with artichokes and potatoes in green curry sauce. The Cafe East trio is a stir-fry combining shrimp, beef, chicken, mushrooms and okra in spicy sauce. Delivery available for dinner. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ENVIE
1241 Decatur St., 524-3689; www.cafeenvienola.com
The spinach and feta wrap is a two-egg omelet with sauteed mushrooms, onions and spinach, all wrapped in a tomato tortilla. Breakfast in a go-cup combines two scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, grits, sausage and gravy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE EQUATOR
2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772; www.cafeequator.com
Lava beef or pork features sauteed slices of meat in Thai sauce. Ginger tori combines sauteed chicken, mushrooms and vegetables in ginger sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ETIENNE
423 10th St., Gretna, 309-4072; www.cafeetienne.com
Catfish pecan meuniere features a farm-raised fillet dusted in flour, pan-seared and drizzled with pecan meuniere sauce. Fried green tomatoes are topped with poached spicy shrimp and house-made remoulade. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE FLEUR-DE-LIS
307 Chartres St., 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.com
The fleur de lis omelet combines crawfish tails, pepper Jack cheese, bell peppers and onions and is topped with Cajun crawfish sauce. The muffuletta panino is made with hickory-smoked ham, Genoa salami, melted provolone cheese and Italian olive salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE FRERET
7329 Freret St., 861-7890; www.cafefreret.com
The voodoo burger is a half-pound patty topped with provolone, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles and Creole mayonnaise on a toasted ciabatta bun. The muffuletta features layers of mortadella, ham, provolone, Genoa salami and house-made olive salad. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE GIOVANNI
117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
Chef Duke LoCicero dubs his cuisine New World Italian. Giovanni's cannelloni is stuffed with pork, veal, beef, cheese, eggplant and pine nuts. Chicken a la Roma is a chicken breast stuffed with Italian sausage, spinach and Fontina and topped with rustic-style roasted tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE GRANADA
1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612; www.cafegranadanola.com
The sea scallop brochette features flame-grilled scallops, cherry tomatoes, onions and bell peppers on a rosemary skewer. Patatas bravas is a traditional dish of potatoes sauteed in spicy tomato sauce and topped with garlic aioli. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE HOPE
1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 756-4673; www.cafehope.org
The marinated hanger steak is pan seared and served with a side of yams. Crab cakes are served on a bed of greens. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE LYNN
3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.com
Baked eggplant is stuffed with shrimp, crabmeat, sauteed vegetables, Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. The pan-seared quail is served with demi-glace, vegetables and potatoes. All entrees come with a salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE MASPERO
601 Decatur St., 523-6250; www.cafemaspero.com
Casual Creole favorites such as jambalaya and red beans and rice fill the menu at this eatery. The muffuletta features layers of ham, salami, pastrami, Swiss cheese and olive salad. Other sandwich options include roast beef or pastrami on a bun. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE MINH
4139 Canal St., 482-6266; www.cafeminh.com
The watermelon crabmeat martini is made with diced watermelon, Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat, avocado, jalapenos and cilantro and served with crispy shrimp chips. Beef short ribs are braised with lemon grass and five spices and served with garlic mashed potatoes and Asian slaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE NAVARRE
800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828
Thin-crust pizza is topped with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, spinach, artichokes, feta and mozzarella over garlic-basil sauce. The sausage jalapeno Benedict piles poached eggs, jalapenos and sausage on English muffins with hollandaise and comes with grits or hash browns. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

CAFE NOMA
New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 482-1264; www.cafenoma.com
Cafe Noma serves sandwiches and items like flatbread pizza topped with manchego, sweet peppers, roasted garlic and caramelized onions. Panini choices include Boar's Head turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, mayo and tarragon-Dijon mustard on ciabatta bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CAFE PONTALBA
546 St. Peter St., 522-1180
The Cajun combination features red beans and rice with smoked sausage, jambalaya and a cup of gumbo. Ragin' Cajun pasta includes shrimp, crawfish and andouille in spicy cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE RALPHIE
5024 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 889-7770
The cafe offers breakfast in the morning, burgers and a changing menu of entrees for lunch. The Ralphie burger is a 7-ounce Angus chuck patty on French bread toasted with a sauce of Parmesan, garlic, oregano, beer and mayo, and additional topping options include bacon, guacamole and jalapenos. Grilled Atlantic salmon is served over mixed greens with avocado, tomato, basil, Romano cheese and roasted garlic vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Wed.-Fri., lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RANI
2917 Magazine St., 895-2500; www.caferanimagazine.com
Grilled redfish Chandeleur is topped with citrus shrimp and cream sauce. The Jamaican Jerk salad consists of chicken breast over spinach, apples, grapes, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes and blue cheese tossed with pepper jelly vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CAFE RECONCILE
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.cafereconcile.org
White beans and shrimp are served over rice in creamy white sauce spiced with thyme and black, white and cayenne peppers. Eggplant Jennifer is eggplant stuffed with shrimp and breadcrumbs, topped with Parmesan cheese and served with sides like mac and cheese, smothered okra or jalapeno corn bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROMA
1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.com
The Roma special sandwich is an Italian loaf filled with pepperoni, salami, ham, cheese, black olives and mushrooms. Chicken Caesar salad is tossed with house-made Caesar dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ROSE NICAUD
632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300; www.caferosenicaud.com
The coffeeshop offers coffee drinks, baked goods and a limited food menu. The jerk chicken wrap is dressed with spring greens, provolone and red onions. Pomegranate salad features spring mix tossed with toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds, manchego cheese and tamarind vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAFE ROYALE
3343 Metairie Road, Suite 1, Metairie, 304-8438; www.caferoyale.vpweb.com
The Philly Gentilly panini features ham, roast beef, onions and mushrooms with a choice of dressing. The Hawaiian chicken salad features grilled chicken, pineapple, peppers, onions and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CAFE SOULE
720 St. Louis St., 304-4636; www.cafesoule.com
Salad crevette features sauteed Louisiana shrimp, carrots, red onions and julienne peppers on spring greens. The crepe de fraises et creme is filled with sliced strawberries and creme anglaise. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFFE! CAFFE!
3547 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 267-9190; 4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-4845; www.caffecaffe.com
The avocado salad features Gorgonzola, walnuts, orange slices and red onions mixed with mango vinaigrette. The chipotle chicken wrap contains grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, crispy lettuce and house-made chipotle sauce in a whole wheat or spinach wrap. No reservations. Clearview Parkway: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. North Hullen Street: breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFFE LATTE DA
5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0051; www.caffelatteda.com
This cafe serves salads, soups, wraps, sandwiches and burgers. The California turkey wrap features avocado, spring mix and tomatoes on a sun-dried tomato tortilla. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAJUN GRILL & BAR
2325 N. Hullen St., Suite 100, Metairie, 831-0095; www.cajungrillandbar.com
Try the New Orleans sampler, with portions of jambalaya, red beans and rice, shrimp Creole, gumbo and fried catfish. The Super Seafood platter combines fried fish, shrimp, oysters and soft-shell crab, stuffed shrimp, salad, fries and a vegetable. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB AND GRUB
116 Baronne St., 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.com
This pub features Louisiana favorites such as duck and andouille gumbo and po-boys stuffed with everything from shrimp to alligator sausage. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CAMELLIA CAFE
525 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-6211; 69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6314; www.thecamelliacafe.com
Popular starters like fried mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers pave the way for a chef's salad loaded with turkey, cheese, tomatoes and bacon. The seafood pasta combines rotini noodles with shrimp and crawfish cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAMELLIA GRILL
540 Chartres St., 522-1800; 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679
Take a seat at the counter and enjoy diner food and service New Orleans-style. Muffulettas and fried catfish are two of Camellia Grill's special sandwiches. Order a slice of pecan pie warmed on the grill. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $ 

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA
516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.com
Along with specialty drinks, this coffeehouse offers Columbia Street Market sandwiches, including tuna salad with cheddar and avocado on wheatberry bread. Biscotti are among items baked in-house. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CANAL STREET BISTRO
3903 Canal St., 482-1225; www.canalstreetbistro.com
The Canal Street omelet combines chorizo, potatoes, spinach, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and bacon with two eggs and comes with grits or potatoes and whole grain toast or a biscuit. The chipotle steak is a 9-ounce filet stuffed with grilled chipotle peppers, topped with chipotle tomato sauce and served on an open-face quesadilla with wilted spinach on the side. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CANSECO'S MARKET
1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5979; 3135 Esplanade Ave., 322-2595; 5217 Elysian Fields Ave., 218-7048; www.cansecosmarkets.com
The deli section of these groceries has sandwiches, rotisserie chickens, salads, cheeses and hot items to go. Baked goods include bread, pastries, donuts and more. The Cuban sandwich is loaded with roasted pork and ham and is pressed crisp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

CAPDEVILLE
520 Capdeville St., 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.com
The gastropub has rock 'n' roll-themed decor and a creative menu. The truffled mac and cheese is made to order and combines brown butter, sage, Molinari pancetta, peas, Parmesan and white truffle oil. The pork cakes are served over stone-ground grits with pork jus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CARMELO RISTORANTE
1901 Hwy. 190, Suite 7, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844; www.ristorantecarmelo.com
The hand-cut veal Sorrentina is sauteed with eggplant and prosciutto, and topped with fresh mozzarella in white wine sauce and served with vegetables. Grouper Leonora features a pan-roasted fillet topped with Louisiana shrimp, artichokes and mushrooms in light lemon-butter sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CARMO
527 Julia St., 875-4132; www.cafecarmo.com
The Rico is a grilled plantain patty topped with melted panella cheese, spicy passion fruit pork, salsa fresca, avocado and tangy sweet Rico sauce. Acaraje is a black-eyed pea fritter stuffed with spicy cashew and peanut paste, shrimp and salsa fresca. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CASAMENTO'S RESTAURANT
4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; www.casamentosrestaurant.com
Char-broiled oysters are topped with garlic-butter sauce and Parmesan. The oyster loaf features fried oysters between two pieces of buttered thick Texas toast. The seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crabmeat and okra. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Cash only. $

CAYOUDLE'S
10367 Airline Hwy., St. Rose, 466-8813
The Cajun Cuban sandwich combines ham, turkey, salami and Cajun-style slow-roasted pork on an 8-inch toasted French roll. The bayou beef sandwich is dressed with bacon, jalapenos and melted Swiss cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CENTRAL GROCERY
923 Decatur St., 523-1620; www.centralgroceryneworleans.com
This Italian grocery serves its famous muffuletta by the half or whole loaf. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHAD'S BISTRO
3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 838-9935; www.chadsbistro.com
The seafood Napoleon layers crabmeat between fried eggplant medallions on a bed of angel hair pasta topped with shrimp au gratin. The artichoke cakes are pan-seared seasoned artichoke hearts topped with crabmeat and bacon-Parmesan sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD
8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-3700; www.charliesseafoodrestaurant.com
The catfish and grits features mustard-and-cornmeal fried catfish with cheddar cheese stone-ground grits and Creole sauce. The veal Parmesan is paneed baby white veal served with marinara sauce and pasta bordelaise. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHARLIE'S STEAK HOUSE
4510 Dryades St., 895-9323; www.charliessteakhousenola.com
This traditional steakhouse serves big cuts of beef and a la carte sides. The wedge salad features iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, shaved onions and the restaurant's signature blue cheese dressing. The Charlie is a 32-ounce thick-cut T-bone served on a sizzling hot platter. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHATEAU CAFE
139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-1777; 701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 461-9819; 3501 Chateau Blvd., Suite E4, Kenner, 465-9444; www.chateaucafe.com
Chateau Cafe serves omelets, waffles, pastries and breakfast sandwiches on biscuits or croissants in the morning. During the day, it serves burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and daily specials. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. West Esplanade Avenue: breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHATEAU DU LAC BISTRO
2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-3773; www.chateaudulacbistro.com
Pan-roasted sea scallops are wrapped in a crisp crepe and topped with vanilla-butter sauce. Roasted red and gold beets are paired with seared foie gras and finished with arugula, toasted walnuts, sun-dried cranberries and sherry vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHECKERED PARROT
132 Royal St., 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.com
Cream cheese-stuffed jalapenos are deep fried and served with ranch and marinara sauce. The Buffalo chicken sandwich is a fried chicken breast tossed in a choice of hot, medium or mild sauce and served with salad, fries, yellow rice or chips. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE
501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847
Whether you are waiting for a load of laundry or listening to a band, Checkpoint Charlie can sate a hungry appetite. The grilled chicken breast sandwich is served on a bun. A burger seasoned with Cajun spices comes with a side of potato tots topped with melted cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CHEESESTEAK BISTRO
528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793; www.thecheesesteakbistro.com
The cheese steak deluxe features grilled sirloin, onions, peppers, mushrooms and provolone on a seeded French loaf. Bistro eggs Benedict rest poached eggs atop grilled English muffins or French bread with ham and hollandaise and come with grits or a hash brown casserole on the side. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHERRYBERRY FROZEN YOGURT & SHAVED ICE
1901 N. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 231-7606; 1950 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 110, Harvey, 267-4764; 3348 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 322-2118; www.cherryberryyogurt.com
Get finely shaved ice topped with fruit, vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of condensed milk. More than 100 yogurt flavors are rotated, including seasonal choices such as eggnog and cake batter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHIBA
8312 Oak St., 826-9119; www.chiba-nola.com
Chiba serves sushi and innovative Japanese dishes. The satsuma-strawberry roll combines yellowtail, pickled jalapenos, mango and tempura flakes and is topped with scallop, strawberries, wasabi tobiko and satsuma-ponzu sauce. Miso glazed grouper is a fillet marinated in miso, topped with Dijon sauce and served with gingered green beans and micro wasabi sprouts. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CHICKEN SUE'S
203 W. Harrison Ave., 371-5546
Order the restaurant's signature fried chicken with baked macaroni, potato salad or smothered green beans. The City Park po-boy combines roast beef and creamy baked mac and cheese topped with brown gravy. Other options include hot tamales, stuffed artichokes and deli sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CHICKIE WAH WAH
2828 Canal St., 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com
The kitchen at this smoke-free music venue is currently operated by Garage Pizza. The Cutlass Supreme pizza is topped with ground beef, Italian sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, black olives, ham and house-made sauce. Crawfish and spinach rolls are a popular appetizer. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA ORCHID
704 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428; www.chinaorchidneworleans.com
Sliced beef is sauteed with onions and peppers in brown sauce and served over brown rice. Lightly battered fried fish is topped with sweet-and-spicy sauce and served with steamed broccoli and shrimp fried rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHINA ROSE
3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 887-3295In addition to Chinese-American fare, China Rose offers a traditional Chinese menu by request. Its dumplings are pan fried and crisped with egg. The China Rose special is a marinated half duck sauteed with bell peppers and served with brown sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ 

CHOPHOUSE NEW ORLEANS
322 Magazine St., 522-7902; www.chophousenola.com
The richest steak at this traditional steakhouse is a marbled 22-ounce bone in ribeye. Cold-weather lobsters are broiled and served with drawn butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CHRISTINA'S EMPRESS OF CHINA
429 Wall Blvd., Suite 8, Gretna, 392-3939
Popular menu items include egg rolls, crab Rangoon and fried rice. Emperor's lo mein combines chicken, beef and shrimp over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CHURROS CAFE
3100 Kingman St., Suite 104, Metairie, 885-6516
The namesake churro is a sweet, fried dough stick, Cuba's version of the beignet. The ropa viejo features shredded beef simmered in red gravy and served with white rice and black beans. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CIRO'S COTE SUD
7918 Maple St., 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.com
Cotes d'Agneau grillees aux herbs de Provence is a grilled rack of lamb with Provencal herbs and vegetables. Les moules frites is a large bowl of steamed mussels served with pommes frites and a choice of marinieres, curry, Provencal or blue cheese sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

CITY DINER
5708 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 309-7614; 7801 Airline Drive, Metairie, 941-7002; 3116 S. I-10 Service Road East, Metairie, 831-1030; www.citydiner.biz
Breakfast is available all day, and the lunch and dinner menus include salads, pasta, fried seafood, sandwiches, burgers and diner classics like meatloaf or country-fried steak topped with gravy. The crawfish and andouille hash browns are topped with Cajun cream sauce. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CLANCY'S
6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111; www.clancysneworleans.com
Tucked away on an Uptown corner, Clancy's is known for its contemporary Louisiana cuisine. Lobster is served with creamy risotto, and smoked pork loin is topped with green peppercorn demi-glace. Brie melts over fried oysters served on a bed of wilted spinach. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 301-1113; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.com
The sayadia samak features tilapia or shrimp marinated in herbs, lemon and garlic, then sauteed with vegetables and served with rice. The baby lamb shank is cooked in tomato sauce, mixed with braised vegetables and served with couscous or pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CLOVER GRILL
900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com
Stop into this retro-style diner anytime of day for a burger grilled under a hubcap or other hearty fare. Biscuits and gravy is an open-faced biscuit smothered in country gravy. Battered chicken-fried steak comes with two eggs, toast and hash browns or grits. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

COCHON
930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.com
Cochon serves refined and innovative versions of Cajun classics. The Louisiana cochon is pork served with turnips, cabbage and cracklings. Braised country-style ribs are served with brown rice, pickled mushrooms and beets. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COFFEE RANI
234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; 3517 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com
The cafe tops spinach and artichoke dip with Parmesan and tomatoes and serves it with warm pita chips. The black bean burger is a bean and corn patty on a wheat bun with grilled zucchini and eggplant, roasted red peppers, red onions, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, provolone and pepper Jack cheeses and chipotle mayo. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

COLD STONE CREAMERY
624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Elmwood, 736-5037; 70380 Hwy. 21, (985) 871-1470; www.coldstonecreamery.com
The Brownie a la Cold Stone features a warm brownie with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, pecans and whipped cream. The Birthday Cake Remix combines cake batter ice cream, fudge, rainbow sprinkles and a brownie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE COLUMNS — ALBERTINE'S TEA ROOM
3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com
Crawfish Monica macaroni is made with penne pasta, sauteed crawfish and spicy Alfredo sauce. The Rock Cornish hen is stuffed with wild rice. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COMMANDER'S PALACE
1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com
Calvados-lacquered Mississippi quail is stuffed with smoked pork belly and charred jalapeno boudin and served with bacon-braised greens. A tasting menu, titled "Passport to Creole Seafood," features dishes from all the countries that influence Creole cuisine and includes cracked stone crabs, redfish rissole and pesto-grilled swordfish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

COMMON GROUNDS
335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200
Lightly fried crab cakes are served with honey-mustard sauce or remoulade. Get a seared or grilled tuna steak with ginger butter, french fries and sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

THE COMPANY BURGER
4600 Freret St., 267-0320; www.thecompanyburger.com
The house specialty at this burger joint is the namesake Company Burger, assembled with two patties, bread-and-butter pickles, American cheese and red onions. Diners also can opt for lamb or turkey burgers, hot dogs made by Cochon Butcher or pork belly corndogs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

COOP'S PLACE
1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net
Hearty rabbit and sausage jambalaya is made with tomatoes, onion, bell pepper and Cajun seasonings. Smoked duck quesadillas come with orange marmalade sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

COOTER BROWN'S TAVERN
509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com
The tavern serves raw oysters and a wide array of domestic and imported beers. The Radiators special sandwich includes shrimp, oysters and a combination of cheeses on French bread. The Bayou Philly combines alligator sausage, shrimp, peppers, onions and pepper Jack and American cheeses, all on open-faced French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COPELAND'S
citywide; www.copelandsofneworleans.com
Copeland's offers a diverse menu including seafood, pasta, burgers, steaks, ribs, po-boys, salads and Creole favorites. Jambalaya pasta combines shrimp, chicken, andouille, smoked sausage, mushrooms, peppers and bowtie pasta in spicy jambalaya sauce. Shrimp Ducky features strips of duck breast sauteed in burgundy-mushroom sauce over rice or linguine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO
2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955; 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com
Blackened shrimp fettuccine Alfredo is topped with shaved Parmesan served in an herb-cheese pizza bowl. The cheesecake menu includes a variety of flavors, including favorites like white chocolate strawberry. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

COPPER MONKEY BAR & GRILL
725 Conti St., 527-0869
Copper Monkey offers wraps, burgers, steaks and some New Orleans staples like gumbo and red beans and rice. Burgers can be topped with American, provolone, pepper Jack, cheddar, Swiss or blue cheese and bacon, avocado, mushrooms or peanut butter. Rib-eyes and filets mignon come with mashed potatoes or fries and a house or Caesar salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

COQUETTE
2800 Magazine St., 265-0421; www.coquette-nola.com
Coquette constantly updates its menu, and dishes include soft-shell crab with pork belly. Cochon du lait is served with sweet potato puree, Brussells sprouts and apple marmalade. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CORKY' S RIBS & BAR-B-Q
4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000; www.corkysbarbq.com
Memphis-style ribs are served either basted in sauce or dusted with dry rub then are hickory-smoked. Other barbecue options include turkey, chicken and beef brisket. For sides, there are sweet potato fries and baked potatoes topped with cheese and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER CAFE
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, 454-1008
The house-cooked roast beef comes dripping with gravy in a po-boy. The seafood platter for two includes two cups of gumbo, two salads, stuffed jalapeno poppers, onion rings, crab balls, hush puppies, shrimp, oysters, catfish, shrimp and two baby soft-shell crabs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CORNER OYSTER
BAR500 St. Peter St., 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.com
The menu includes Cajun-accented dishes like the crawfish-chicken "homerun," a chicken breast topped with crawfish, mushrooms and peppers over white rice. Zesty alligator sauce piquant is served over rice. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

COSCINO'S PIZZA ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1817 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinospizza.com
The appetizer sampler features chicken wings and strips, eggplant and mozzarella sticks and garlic bread. The grilled chicken Caesar calzone is topped with Caesar dressing and Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

COULIS
3625 Prytania St., 304-4265
Eggs Benicio is Cuban-style eggs Benedict with jalapeno-cheddar corn cakes topped with pulled pork, two poached eggs and hollandaise. The Coulis crispy is a grilled Cuban sandwich combining pulled pork, smoked ham, pickles, Gruyere cheese, mustard and chipotle mayonnaise on sourdough bread and is served with coleslaw. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THE COUNTRY CLUB
634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com
Chipotle-lime marinated chicken breast is served on a toasted bun with bacon and melted cheese. It comes with a choice of fries or salad. Black-eyed pea hummus made with tahini and lemon juice goes on focaccia bread in a sandwich dressed with spinach, roasted red peppers and grilled red onions. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COUNTRY FLAME
620 Iberville St., 522-1138
Country Flame is an inexpensive cantina offering a mix of Mexican and Cuban favorites. The ropa viejo is a traditional Cuban version of stewed shredded beef over rice. The classic Cuban sandwich features pressed ham, roasted pork and cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COURT OF TWO SISTERS
613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com
This spacious French Quarter restaurant offers its take on classic Creole cuisine. Fried oysters Rockefeller features corn-fried Louisiana oysters served over baked Herbsaint creamed spinach with chopped bacon and bearnaise. The veal Oscar tops veal cutlets with asparagus, sauteed lump crabmeat and tasso hollandaise and comes with mashed new potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and brunch daily. Credit cards. $$$

COURTYARD GRILL
4430 Magazine St., 875-4165; www.courtyardgrillnola.com
The baba ghanoush appetizer comes with layers of sliced eggplant and baba ghanoush topped with sauteed onions, fresh garlic, chopped tomatoes, mint and kalamata olives. For a taste of Persian cuisine, try zereshk polo, a dish of chicken with saffron sauce over basmati rice made with cranberry and barberries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

COWBELL
8801 Oak St., 298-8689; www.cowbell-nola.com
Chef Brack May serves gourmet versions of casual dining favorites. Grilled Gulf fish tacos are served with black beans, arroz verde and cilantro-lime crema. The midnight skirt steak is topped with black bean sauce and comes with roasted plantains and Fidel's mango salsa. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CRABBY JACK'S
428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722
This Jefferson lunch counter serves chef Jacques Leonardi's creative take on casual Creole dishes and po-boys. Remoulade tops the fried green tomato po-boy on Gendusa's French bread. Slow-roasted duck po-boys are served dressed and dripping with gravy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CRAZY JOHNNIE'S STEAKHOUSE
3520 18th St., Metairie, 887-6641; www.crazyjohnnies.net
One of Johnnie's popular specials is the 12-ounce New York strip topped with bordelaise and served with mashed skin-on red potatoes. The grilled 8-ounce ahi tuna fillet is served with wild rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE CREOLE CREAMERY
4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., 482-2924; www.creolecreamery.com
Green Fairy absinthe ice cream is mixed with chopped Valrhona chocolate and candied orange peel. Winter ale and spicy peanut ice cream is flavored with cinnamon, orange zest, ginger spicy habanero and jalapeno-infused peanuts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE CREOLE GRILLE & BAR
5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992; www.thecreolegrille.com
The grilled pompano fillet is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and white wine-lemon-butter sauce and served with steamed vegetables. Andouille-crusted oysters are served with mixed greens and Crystal-honey-butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CREPES A LA CART
1039 Broadway St., 866-2362; www.crepecaterer.com
Le Club is made with turkey, mozzarella, bacon, baby spinach and tomatoes in a house-made crepe. The raspberry melba crepe is filled with raspberries, cream, orange marmalade and angel food cake. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE
527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
The brewpub serves flash-fried calamari tossed with pepperoncini peppers, kalamata olives, roasted garlic and red pepper aioli. Gulf grouper is served with naan bread, avocado, tomato, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, cabbage, poblano peppers, mango mayo and sweet potato fries. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT CITY GRILL
101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272
Crescent City Grill's chicken and waffle special consists of a Belgian waffle topped with half a fried chicken. The Fisherman's platter combines fried fish, oysters and shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT CITY STEAK HOUSE
1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com
Classic cuts of beef are dry-aged and served with sides like creamy gratin or shoestring potatoes. Bread pudding comes loaded with raisins and peaches and is topped with brandy sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CRESCENT PIE AND SAUSAGE COMPANY
4400 Banks St., 482-2426; www.crescentpieandsausage.com
House-made sausages star at this neighborhood eatery. The Red Baron seafood jambalaya includes beer-braised Louisiana shrimp, okra and French bread. Bart's black jambalaya contains braised pork, chicken, sausage and black-eyed peas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CROISSANT D'OR
617 Ursulines Ave., 524-4663; www.crossaintdornola.com
The patisserie serves coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, assorted mousses and cakes. Order flaky, buttery croissants with almond paste or fruit fillings. Quiche Lorraine is a frequent quiche of the day. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

CRYSTAL ROOM AT LE PAVILLON
833 Poydras St., 620-8899; www.lepavillon.com
Herbsaint oysters are fried and served over grilled tomatoes with tasso and spinach cream. The baby rack of lamb is served with almond-mint pesto, a vegetable and a starch. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS
2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7766; 5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005; www.cucosmex.com
Chimipoquitos are miniature deep-fried burritos. Vegetarians can try the Meatless in Seattle burrito, a medley of corn, cheese, beans, rice, lettuce, onions, peppers, pico de gallo and ranchero sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CURE
4905 Freret St., 302-2357; www.curenola.com
The contemporary cocktail bar offers Sazerac-roasted almonds and roasted butternut squash tartine finished with feta cheese and fried sage. The truffle butter poached shrimp is served with cassoulet puree, roasted tomatoes and toast. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

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