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CAFE DEGAS
3127 Esplanade Ave. 945-5635
www.cafedegas.com
This romantic French bistro honors the painter Edgar Degas with impressionistic swirls of flavor. The French onion soup and pate plate are popular starters, and the veal Parmesan with lemon-caper butter sauce will leave you smiling. Look for the fresh catch of the day, which is lightly sauteed in butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

CIRO'S COTE SUD
7918 Maple St. 866-9551

It's easy to make a meal of a thin-crust pizza loaded with fresh toppings, but other options shouldn't be ignored. Try the penne pasta with shrimp, crawfish tails and scallops sauteed in a creamy curry sauce, or go all out and try the stuffed Cornish game hen wrapped in bacon. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$

THE FRENCH TABLE
3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 833-8108
www.frenchtableonline.com
The secret's out on this classic French bistro with is traditional coq au vin, and elegant dover sole prepared tableside. This winter, the chef is featuring whole steamed Maine lobsters. Typical French desserts abound with creme brulee, chocolate mousse and the berries sabayon. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

LA CREPE NANOU
1410 Robert St. 899-2670
The crepes are the crowning achievement of this chic bistro -- the crabmeat and spinach is a particular favorite -- but there are lots of other choices as well. Start with the onion soup, a classic French onion soup in a caramelized onion broth with croutons and melted Swiss cheese. Bring your friends in for La Fondue, featuring three kinds of cheeses. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA PROVENCE
25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe
(985) 626-7662

www.laprovencerestaurant.com
For more than three decades, Chef-owner Constantin Kerageorgiou has been serving French-regional meals at this Northshore outpost. Early dinners include a special three-course meal for $14.95, with choices that include Hareng Marine: marinated herring served on a bed of potato salad with a confetti of diced tomatoes, Moroccan olives, red onions and parsley. You can also opt for the prix fixe offering for $29.95 after 7 p.m., or you can choose from an a la carte menu. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

LOUIS XVI RESTAURANT FRANCAIS
730 Bienville St., (St. Louis Hotel) 581-7000
www.louisxvi.com
Gorgeous interior meets impeccable service and cuisine to make Louis XVI a unique and wholly luxurious dining experience. Try the filet de boeuf Wellington with a perigourdine sauce accompanied by fingerling potatoes. There's also the salade de homard du Maine, featuring imported lobsters from Maine with avocados, tomate confit and a tarragon vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MARTINIQUE BISTRO

5908 Magazine St. 891-8495
Come join Chef-owner Hubert Sandot at his laidback, elegant and newly painted French/Caribbean restaurant. With an ever-changing menu, diners have a lot to look forward to in addition to the plush courtyard. Try one of their signature varieties of steamed mussels or the nightly fish, cooked in a beurre blanc sauce. Martinique Bistro also boasts an expansive wine list. Reservations recommended. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

MEAUXBAR BISTRO
942 N. Rampart St. 569-9979

This new French bistro with an Asian influence opened up about a month ago in a former grocery at the corner of St. Philip and North Rampart streets. Order wines by the glass or the bottle and get started with a country pate with Roquefort and Brie de Meaux cheeses, then sample that Asian influence with coconut shrimp with red curry sauce and sticky rice. Even meatier options include braised lamb shanks, center-cut pork chops and steak frites (a 10-oz. New York strip). No reservations. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

MIDI
614 Canal St. (JW Marriott Hotel) 527-6712
www.midirestaurant.com
Midi's French countryside decor and fantastic cuisine have been attracting tourists and locals alike. There's Lafitte Blue Crab and Crawfish Cake with a poached pear in Chambord sauce. For breakfast, try the classic egg Sardou with Louisiana herb-rubbed steak, creamed spinach and basil Hollandaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RENE BISTROT
817 Common St. (Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel) 412-2580
www.renebistrot.com
Complete the cuisine of Chef Rene Bajeux with an acclaimed wine list that's affordable and accessible, with more than 140 bottles, mostly of French and Californian vintage. The braised rabbit on the bone with basil cream and lemon ricotta gnocchi is not to be missed, and the sauteed sweetbreads with morel mushrooms pack a flavorful punch. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

ZOE BISTROT
333 Poydras St. (W Hotel) 207-5018
www.zoebistrot.com.
A meal at Zoe is an occasion worth dressing up for, if only to match the beauty on your plate. Shrimp and wild mushroom pasta is a favorite lunchtime dish, and in the evening, sample the redfish amandine, sauteed in brown butter and finished with lump crabmeat. Barbecue shrimp with fried cheese grits is a Sunday specialty. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$$
Embarrassment of riches: HOOTERS serves up - myriad bar favorites, including sandwiches, oysters - and Buffalo wings. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cheryl Gerber
  • Embarrassment of riches: HOOTERS serves up myriad bar favorites, including sandwiches, oysters and Buffalo wings.

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