1525 St. Charles Ave. 520-8100; 1401 W. Esplanade Ave. (The Esplanade Mall), Kenner 468-7733; 1655 Hickory Ave., Harahan 738-0799; 4450 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 780-9090 (restaurant and brewery)
Zea features an eclectic menu abundant with succulent roasted meats from the rotisserie, including a roasted garlic and herb glazed chicken, ribs — wet, dry, or Thai and a rotating roster of roasted meats, including pork, lamb and beef. The Metairie location also serves beer brewed on the premises. Reservations accepted at the St. Charles Avenue location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

333 Poydras St. (W Hotel) 207-5018
The rich colors, mood lighting and elegant setting make this a romantic spot for dinner for two. The menu features eclectic updates on traditional French brasserie fare, including a lobster shepherd's pie, crisp onion tarts and delicately prepared seafood. Try a whimsical dessert such as the Pink Poodle or French Float. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

8210 Oak St. 861-2224Catering to a customers who range from college students to bohemian to Goth to vegan, this grotto-like coffee house serves a full line of espresso drinks, coffee, hot and ice teas, Brazilian matzah, cold cereal and organic oatmeal, pastries, pita and hummus. All drinks can be made with whole, skim, rice or soy milk. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

808 Iberville St. 565-5520;
Escape the Bourbon Street crowds in Tenney Flynn's nationally acclaimed barbecue haven. Rustic and cozy décor suits the down-home cuisine. Slow-cooked meats include ribs, cochon du lait (pulled pork), chicken, andouille and brisket. Meat plates (pick one or two) are served with two sides, including baked beans, mustard greens, potato salad, coleslaw, or baked potato. Sandwiches and salad also available, as is a "debris gumbo." No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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