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ANGELI ON DECATUR
1141 Decatur St. 566-0077

Angeli's late hours make it a popular stopping point for revelers looking for an infusion of energy along lower Decatur Street. The Mystical pizza tops a thin crust pie with goat cheese, roasted garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes, and there are plenty of pastas and sandwiches to go around. Limited delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily; open 24 hours Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

ANTONIO'S WINE CELLAR
601 Terry Pkwy., Gretna 361-1332

If you get excited at this wine store and have to sample the wares right away, you can bring a bottle over to the restaurant and ask that it be served with your meal. The kitchen puts a new spin on pasta and seafood dishes, like the homemade ravioli stuffed with lobster and shrimp and covered in Parmesan cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Friday and Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 888-5533
This restaurant is 'Mr. Ed² McIntire's new Metairie outpost, and neighbors have greeted its arrival warmly. The veal Austin is a house specialty, topped with crabmeat and mushrooms, as is the Chicken Roulade Marsala, which is stuffed with prosciutto, Boursin cheese, spinach and basil. No reservations. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

BELLA LUNA
914 N. Peters St. 529-1583
www.bellalunarestaurant.com
The magnificent view might distract diners from the innovative fare created by Chef Horst Pfeifer. Try the bronzed Atlantic salmon, topped with Gulf shrimp beurre blanc and wilted baby spinach, or the roasted loin of lamb, sliced, herbed, topped with shallots and garlic gravy, and accompanied by homemade sausage and a crescent of gratin potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

THE BOMBAY CLUB RESTAURANT & MARTINI BISTRO
830 Conti St. 586-0972
www.thebombayclub.com

The Bombay Club prides itself on its sophisticated groove, and not just because of the nightly piano music and a drink menu dominated by some 115 martinis. There's also the ambitious menu, highlighted by the pepper-seared ostrich filet, which is served on a bed of grilled leeks and apple smoked bacon with roasted fingerling potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, late-night Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

BOBBY G'S
5050 Williams Blvd., Treasure Chest Casino, Kenner, 443-8000
The chef's nightly specials, for $12.95, are no gambling matter at this restaurant inside the Treasure Chest. Diners make sure-bet decisions on the baby back ribs (Wednesday), crabmeat gratin (Thursday), barbecue shrimp (Friday) veal chop (Saturday) or osso buco (Sunday). Dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CAFE NEGRIL
606 Frenchmen St. 944-4744
When Cafe Negril changed ownership last year it lost its Jamaican entrees, but Chef Wendy Smith has brought a more international flare to this Faubourg Marigny spot. Try the ahi tuna, marinated in soy sauce and ginger and served over fettuccine with a tequila lime butter, or grab a burger or a salad in the midst of a busy night. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wednesday through Friday, dinner Saturday though Sunday, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

COBALT
333 St. Charles Ave. 565-5595
www.cobaltrestaurant.com

With its elegant decor and Chef Brack May's broad definition of Southern cuisine, Cobalt has been a real hit with foodies. At dinner, try the jerk rubbed pork porterhouse with rum-baked black beans, served with sweet fried plantains. At lunch, get one of the best deals downtown with the gourmet blue plate specials, priced at $10. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE BISTRO

2001 St. Charles Ave. 593-9955
4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 454-7620
www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com

Start your Copeland's experience with one of the specialty cocktails, like the Twister: coconut rum with slices of fresh peach. The menu combines local ingredients with an eclectic influence, resulting in appetizers like the Cajun egg rolls, stuffed with tasso and crawfish, and the Bangkok pasta dish, where shrimp and sun-dried tomatoes are tossed with angel hair pasta and soy broth. The cheesecake needs no introduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CRYSTAL ROOM
833 Poydras St. (Le Pavillon Hotel) 581-3111
www.lepavillon.com
Any meal is made special by the Crystal Room's aura of regal elegance, where the enormous chandelier and painted columns look like they came straight from Versailles. Lunch offers a gourmet pasta and salad bar, and dinner brings treats like the corn and andouille chowder and the rich flavors of beef Burgundy. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HERBSAINT BAR & RESTAURANT
701 St. Charles Ave. 524-4114
The menu focus is a contemporary take on French-American 'bistro² food; the backdrop is composed of affordable yet distinctive wines and a spirited, informal atmosphere. Executive chef and co-owner Donald Link (along with Susan Spicer) prepares dishes such as shrimp with green-chile grits cake, and confit of Muscovy duck leg with dirty rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

INDIGO
2284 Bayou Rd. 947-0123
www.indigonola.com
Chef Jared Katz's award-winning cuisine has characteristics of modern French and regional cuisines. His emphasis on classic cooking techniques shows in his plates of seared foie gras served with caramelized shallots and drizzled with port reduction and sauterne gastrique. Dine al fresco on rabbit saltimbocca or Creole osso buco in the historic setting of a former French plantation. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

KABBY'S ON THE RIVER
2 Poydras St. (Hilton Hotel) 584-3880
Along with last year's renovation, Kabby's renovated the menu as well. Soon-to-be favorites include the sesame yellowfin tuna appetizer and the chicken grillades and grits consisting of pan-roasted chicken breast with grillades sauce, Romano cheese, polenta cakes and roasted bell peppers. Opt for the cherries jubilee or bananas Foster, and have your dessert flambeed tableside. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

LAFAYETTE SPORTS CLUB
628 St. Charles Ave. (Lafayette Hotel) 410-2582
The Doyle Restaurant Group, which brought us The Wine Loft and Huey's 24/7, continues to expand with this upscale sports bar. Chef Drue Vitter (Huey's, Sugar Magnolia) focuses on fresh grilled seafood, salads and daily specials, while diners check out sports on the 12 screens. (Coming soon: Rasputins, a Russian cuisine restaurant, opening next door after Mardi Gras.) Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

LILETTE
3637 Magazine St. 895-1636
www.americascuisine.com/neworleans/lilettemenu.html
From the ashes of a dilapidated laundromat rose the place star chef John Harris calls home. This season he's offering the Alaskan king crab claws with passionate butter, and the sauteed day boat cod with chanterelles. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LULU'S
307 Exchange Alley 525-2600
www.eatatlulus.com
Lulu's has made its reputation by using some of the freshest ingredients available, mixed with some of the best service in town. For lunch, try the seared salmon sandwich with crisp bacon, fresh tomatoes, avocado and farmer's cheese. All the vegetables are purchased fresh daily at the local Farmers Market. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

LULU'S IN THE GARDEN
2203 St. Charles Ave. (Garden District Hotel) 586-9956
Lulu's latest addition to the New Orleans' restaurant scene builds on Lulu's proven formula. For a hearty breakfast, try their 'souffle-style² French toast sticks, which come with homemade honey butter and maple syrup. Pastry chef Anne Weatherford keeps the desserts and pastries kicking with a menu that changes weekly. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

MAPLE STREET CAFE
7623 Maple St. 314-9003
Couples in search of a good meal and a romantic atmosphere flock to this Uptown neighborhood restaurant. The oysters amandine appetizer draws raves for its roasted almonds and beurre blanc sauce. For lunch, there's the light and airy angel hair pasta and wild portobello mushrooms with olive oil and garlic. In the evening, try the house filet mignon, topped with portabello mushrooms and a balsamic demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $$

NOLA
534 St. Louis St. 522-6652
www.emerils.com
A follow up to his highly successful Emeril's, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse offers a younger, looser version of his cuisine at NOLA. Start the fun with almond-crusted Plaquemines Parish oysters and follow with the exciting bamboo-skewered teriyaki filet mignon tips. Dessert selections include the NOLA Buzz Bomb and chicory coffee creme brulee. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE
720 Orleans Ave. 523-1930
The menu, like the large selection of wines, never goes flat because it is updated seasonally. Currently, offerings include a 12-oz. center-cut pork chop served with blue cheese and apple cornbread, haricot verts (fancy French green beans) and rosemary and fig demi-glace. For starters, consider the Boursin cheese ravioli served with wild mushroom and sweet vermouth reduction. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SPORTING HOUSE CAFE
916 Lafayette St. 561-0605
www.sportinghousecafe.com

The Sporting House Cafe is housed in a former bordello, and it definitely gets into the spirit of the building's racy tradition. The management is teasing us with the promise of a new menu in February. Until then, each lunch features a daily special, and there's an expansive menu of salads, soups and sandwiches. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Delivery available. Lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

STEVE'S DINER
828 Gravier St. 522-8198
Opened two years ago, this downtown breakfast and lunch establishment serves two special dishes. The spicy Gulf shrimp salad is served on a bed of baby mixed greens with avocado, corn, blue cheese, sunflower seeds and a sesame ginger dressing. A number of low-carb items dot the menu, most notably the bronzed catfish with a lemon-butter shrimp sauce. Breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. No reservations. Credit cards. $

VICTOR'S GRILL
921 Canal St. (The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans) 524-1331
www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/new_orleans

Victor's Grill features a menu of steaks, lamb, veal, chicken and fresh Louisiana seafood. Select a salad or seasonal appetizer before ordering from the grill. Dessert options include chocolate layer cake and baked Alaska. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily; dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

THE WINE LOFT

752 Tchoupitoulas St. 561-0116
www.thewineloft.net

First and foremost a wine bar, the Loft also offers a great menu of accompanying foods and desserts. Owner Jason Doyle presents such delicacies as escargot bourguignonne, wrapped in a pastry shell and drizzled with Herbsaint cream, and the baked brie en croute, served with grilled seasonal fruit and a black walnut vinaigrette. Reservations recommended for parties of eight or more. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

ZEA ROTISSERIE CAFE
1655 Hickory Ave., Harahan 738-0799
For a hot, hearty meal, try the rotisserie platter: an 8-oz. serving of the meat of the day with two side dishes, or a half chicken and 6-oz. serving of meat with side dishes. Meats of the day include sliced pork with rosemary and sliced beef with mushroom-burgundy glaze; side dishes include corn grits, rosemary potatoes and sweet potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE & GRILL
1401 W. Esplanade Ave. (The Esplanade Mall), Kenner 468-7733
This Esplanade Mall location of the popular eatery allows shoppers to replenish with a choice of daily soups, meats and even tea specials. The chicken tortilla soup is recommended for its crunchy tortilla strips. Meat options vary from pork to lamb to beef. Before heading back to the shops, try a mango or strawberry-kiwi iced tea. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
DEANGELOS is happy to bring its tradition of Italian - cooking to New Orleans. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • DEANGELOS is happy to bring its tradition of Italian cooking to New Orleans.

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