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Ma Momma's House of Cornbread, Chicken & Waffles
5741 Crowder Blvd., Suite A3, (504) 244-0021;
Breakfast dishes such as grits and omelets can be ordered all day. Creole favorites include red beans and rice, fried catfish, shrimp and grits, smoked sausage and more. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Magasin Vietnamese Cafe
4201 Magazine St., (504) 896-7611;
The menu includes pho, spring rolls, bun and more. Lemon grass chicken banh mi is dressed with butter, julienne vegetables, cilantro and jalapenos. The Vietnamese crepe contains pork, bean sprouts, onions and is topped with grilled shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Magazine Po-Boy and Sandwich Shop
2368 Magazine St., (504) 522-3107
The eggplant Parmesan po-boy is dressed with red gravy and provolone cheese. The muffuletta po-boy is filled with Chisesi ham, Genoa salami, olive salad, Swiss and provolone cheeses. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Magnolia Grill
1122 Decatur St., (504) 566-6003;
The Magnolia special is a triple-decker sandwich layered with turkey, bacon, ham, American and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread. Pain perdu features three slices of French bread, two eggs, two sausages and two strips of bacon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Mahony's Po-Boy Shop
3454 Magazine St., (504) 899-3374;
The Peacemaker layers fried oysters, bacon and cheddar cheese on Leidenheimer French bread. Grilled jumbo shrimp and fried green tomatoes are served with remoulade on Leidenheimer bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mais Arepas
1200 Carondelet St., (504) 523-6247;
The restaurant specializes in Colombian flatbread sandwiches known as arepas. Arepa carnicera is filled with skirt steak, red beans, avocado and plantains. Ceviche de camaron is made with jumbo shrimp, lemon and lime juices, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, jalapenos and avocado. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Mandina's Restaurant
3800 Canal St., (504) 482-9179; Azalea Shopping Center, 4240 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883;
The menu includes Creole and Italian dishes. Gulf fish amandine is served with french fries. Traditional turtle soup is topped with sherry. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Manhattan Jack
4930 Prytania St., (504) 897-5551;
The cafe serves doughnuts, apple fritters, buttermilk drops, croissants and bagels, and weekend selections also include cinnamon rolls, quiche Lorraine and blueberry crumb cake. Grilled Benton's country ham fills a sandwich dressed with Bartlett pear and brie. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Manning's Eat - Drink - Cheer
519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8072;
manningsnolaThe Archie burger features a patty made with ground Louisiana beef and brisket dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and red onions and is served with fries. Southern nachos are yellow and blue corn chips topped with machaca (shredded beef), pico de gallo, cheese sauce, jalapenos and sour cream. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mano's Po-Boys
6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, (504) 734-0922;
Mano's special po-boy is served hot and features Cajun-seasoned turkey breast, Chisesi ham, roast beef and Swiss and American cheeses on Leidenheimer French bread. The Saints special breakfast sandwich includes two eggs, a choice of ham, applewood-smoked bacon or sausage and cheese on a bun, toast or French bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Maple Street Patisserie
3138 Magazine St., (504) 309-9283; 7638 Maple St., (504) 304-1526; 8300 Earhart Blvd., (504) 265-8905;
Baked goods include muffins, turnovers, brownies, cupcakes, croissants and breads such as ciabatta, sourdough and whole wheat. Menus vary by location, and sandwiches include Black Forest ham and brie at the Maple Street location and house-smoked pastrami at the Magazine Street location. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar
715 St. Charles Ave., (504) 581-6333;
The menu includes seafood and classic Italian dishes. Braised pork cheeks are served with mushrooms, Marsala and veal demi-glace over angel hair pasta. Tritone pasta is topped with lobster, shrimp and crab and sherry sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Mardi Gras Zone
2706 Royal St., (504) 947-8787;
The grocery store serves sandwiches and entrees from the deli counter. Pizzas are baked in a wood-burning oven. House-made breads include Kalamata olive loaf. Pepperoni pizza includes ricotta, basil and fresh tomatoes on a hand-tossed crust. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Diners enjoy lunch at Marigny Brasserie. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Diners enjoy lunch at Marigny Brasserie.

Marigny Brasserie
640 Frenchmen St., (504) 945-4472;
Fried green tomatoes are topped with shrimp remoulade. Pork belly is braised in pineapple and agave reduction and served in tacos. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

2900 Chartres St., (504) 598-5700;
Chef Ian Schnoebelen's menu combines Italian and South Louisiana dishes. House-made bresaola (air-dried beef) is served with arugula, lemon, olives and Parmesan. Potato gnocchi come with cauliflower, bacon and Gorgonzola piccante. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mark Twain's Pizza Landing
2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-8032;
Innocents Abroad pizza includes Genoa salami, Italian sausage, Peruvian artichokes, Roma tomatoes and basil. Local grilled shrimp with butter and garlic are served on toasted French bread. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Market Cafe
1000 Decatur St., (504) 527-5000;
Crawfish beignets are deep-fried fritters filled with crawfish and served with Cajun dipping sauce. The Taste of New Orleans platter includes gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1041 Dumaine St., (504) 522-5478;
The grande plateau fruits de mer platter includes raw oysters, chilled shrimp, jumbo lump crab remoulade, scallop ceviche, chilled Maine lobster, cocktail sauce, lemon-caper vinaigrette and mignonette sauce. The Mississippi rabbit entree features braised legs and grilled loin with Robert sauce, spaetzle and greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Martin Wine Cellar
3827 Baronne St., (504) 894-7444; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, (504) 896-7350;
The Baronne Beast features rare roast beef, ham, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise served hot or cold on French bread. Sena salad is made with oven-roasted chicken, field greens, golden raisins, blue cheese, pecans and Tabasco pepper jelly vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Mat & Naddie's
937 Leonidas St., (504) 861-9600;
Grilled venison Denver leg Norske comes with Norwegian lefse, cauliflower puree, watercress sauce and lingonberry sauce. Roasted banana with green lentil flour curry paste is a vegan appetizer that comes with a cashew cream and cilantro-mint-tomato relish. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Mattina Bella
421 E. Gibson St., Covington, (985) 789-0708;
The Iron Man omelet includes egg whites, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and avocado with sides of salsa and potatoes or grits. Blue crab Benedict features sauteed jumbo lump crabmeat, green onions, mushrooms, poached eggs and hollandaise on an English muffin. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Maurepas Foods
3200 Burgundy St., (504) 267-0072;
The roasted chicken leg quarter comes with a slow-poached egg, greens and grits. Cookie sandwiches feature mint chocolate chip ice cream between chocolate cocoa cookies served with ranger cookie bites. Reservations accepted. Dinner Thu.-Tue., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Maximo's Italian Grill
1117 Decatur St., (504) 586-8883;
Garlic grilled shrimp are prepared with herbs and seasonal vegetables. Pasta Rosa features Gulf shrimp tossed with house-made fettuccine, tomatoes, spinach and shrimp-infused cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

2027 Magazine St., (504) 309-3401;
Achiote-braised pork shoulder and grilled shrimp are served with lemon guajillo sauce, refried beans, queso fresco and orange and red onion salad. Rib-eye anticucho is served with bacon-wrapped quail and pork carnitas over saffron rice with crab and Spanish chorizo. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

McAlister's Deli
The club sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard on toasted wheat bread. The Spud Max potato is loaded with ham, turkey, bacon, melted Swiss and cheddar cheeses, olives, scallions and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Meals From the Heart Cafe
1100 N. Peters St., Suite 13, (504) 525-1953;
Crab Cake Passion is lump crabmeat served with mixed greens, tomatoes and garlic-lemon remoulade. Gluten-free, low-sodium gumbo combines okra, shrimp, turkey sausage and chicken in organic broth with tomatoes, red onions, bell pepper, garlic and celery. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

942 N. Rampart St., (504) 569-9979;
Pork belly and scallops come with kimchi vinaigrette, cashews and sherry-orange gastrique. Louisiana Gulf fish amandine is served with rice pilaf and Louisiana green beans. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Melba's New Orleans Po-boys
1525 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 267-7765;
The menu includes signature dishes like the 9th Ward gumbo with smoked sausage and chicken, hot sausage and french fry po-boys and chicken wings. The shrimp po-boy is loaded with fried Louisiana shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Melius Bar & Grill
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-9446;
The Austin Smokehouse burger features a half-pound ground sirloin patty slathered in hickory sauce. The burrito chicken wrap is made with chicken breast, house-made Buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and cheddar. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mellow Mushroom
1645 Hwy. 190, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 327-5407; 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 644-4155; 8227 Oak St., (504) 345-8229;
The Crawfish Bread appetizer tops grilled bread with Cajun butter, crawfish, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, green onions and remoulade. The Ragin' Cajun pizza features a queso base, caramelized corn, red onions, roasted red peppers and crawfish. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Melting Pot
1820 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-3225;
The Classic fondue dinner includes Angus sirloin, Memphis-style barbecued pork medallion, Pacific white shrimp, herb-crusted chicken breast and teriyaki-marinated sirloin. The French Quarter features filet mignon, Cajun-seasoned shrimp, andouille and Cajun-seasoned chicken. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MeMe's Bar & Grill
712 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 644-4992;
MeMe's serves steaks, chops and Louisiana seafood. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp are prepared in their shells and served with a peppery lemon, garlic and butter sauce. Char-grilled Louisiana oysters are topped with butter, Parmesan and parsley. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tues.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Mena's Palace
200 Chartres St., (504) 525-0217;
Baked chicken is served with dirty rice and beet salad. The muffuletta is served warm on French bread topped with house-made olive salad. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Messina's Runway Cafe
6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., (504) 241-5300;
Jimmy Wedell seafood pasta features Gulf shrimp, Lake Pontchartrain crabmeat, crawfish and fresh herbs over angel hair pasta. The breakfast menu includes pain perdu, crab cakes Benedict, omelets, waffles and more. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Mid City Pizza
4400 Banks St., (504) 483-8609;
The pizzeria serves thin-crust pies topped with many local ingredients, including Chisesi ham and sausage from Terranova Brothers. Diners can build their own calzones or pies from a list of toppings, or try a special such as the Mid City Meat Monster, which is loaded with pepperoni, ham, bacon, meatballs and hot sausage. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mid City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517;
Shrimp and grits poppers features crisp balls of shrimp and cheesy grits. Buffalo frog legs are prepared like hot wings and served with spicy sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

30160 Hwy. 51 South, Akers, (985) 386-6666;
Chef Horst Pfeifer's restaurant specializes in thin-sliced, cornmeal-crusted fried catfish served with fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies. Barbecued oysters are served on the half shell. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Midway Pizza
4725 Freret St., (504) 322-2815;
Pigs in a blanket features Italian sausage, mozzarella and caramelized onions wrapped in dough and served with tomato-basil relish and Creole mustard-jalapeno sauce. The Kingpin pizza is topped with house meatballs, caramelized onions, shaved Parmesan and green onions. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli
133 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-2668
Roast beef is slow-cooked and served dressed on Binder's French bread. The muffuletta comes with ham, Genoa salami, mortadella, Swiss and provolone cheeses and house-made olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mikimoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881;
Seared flounder is cooked with butter, garlic, black pepper and soy sauce and served with broccoli and asparagus. Pepper tuna salad combines tuna, seaweed and special sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Pere Marquette Hotel, 817 Common St., (504) 412-2580;
The menu focuses on seasonal ingredients and updated Southern dishes. Blackened Gulf drum is served with orzo jambalaya and lemon butter. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp are sauteed Gulf shrimp served over grits. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Milano's Pizzeria
3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, (504) 780-7500;
Artichoke pizza is topped with garlic sauce, mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomatoes, mozzarella and feta. Grilled chicken breast tops a salad of lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, mozzarella and honey-mustard dressing. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Milk Bar
710 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-3310; 1514 Delachaise St., (504) 891-9361The Clooney's Choice sandwich includes chicken, avocado, tomato, roasted red peppers, red onions, mozzarella, cilantro and lemon mayonnaise. The Shrimply the Best sandwich features sauteed shrimp with Roma tomatoes, pesto, mozzarella and lemon mayonnaise. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

125 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 267-4199;
The menu of traditional Filipino dishes includes chicken adobo, featuring thighs braised with garlic, pepper, vinegar and coconut milk and served with white rice. Sisig is pork face sauteed with chicken liver, citrus, soy sauce, garlic and ginger and served with a sunny-side up egg, garlic rice, charred lime and toyomansi citrus-soy sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868
Hot and cold Spanish tapas are available from the bar's upstairs kitchen. Goat cheese croquetas are lightly fried goat cheese balls served with caramelized onions and honey. Coca de la casa is crispy flatbread topped with local greens, tomatoes, garlic and manchego cheese. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

5100 Freret St., (504) 218-5534;
Moon crepes feature rice flour and beer batter crepes topped with pork, shrimp and onions. The Meat Lover's baguette is a banh mi stuffed with barbecued pork, ham, a meatball, pate and Vietnamese butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Mr. B's Bistro
201 Royal St., (504) 523-2078;
Barbecue Gulf shrimp are served in their shells with butter and Worcestershire sauce and French bread for dipping. Gumbo ya ya is a country-style gumbo with chicken and sausage. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House
512 Bienville St., (504) 309-4848; 3117 21st St., Metairie, (504) 833-6310;
The Fish House seafood platter for two includes shrimp, Gulf oysters and two stuffed crabs. Char-broiled oysters are topped with garlic butter and Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mr. Ed's Restaurant
910 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 463-3030; 1001 Live Oak St., Metairie, (504) 838-0022;
Stuffed bell peppers are filled with shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish. A fried half chicken plate includes a breast, thigh, wing and leg, plus salad and french fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mister Gregory's
806 N. Rampart St., (504) 407-3780;
Croissants are made in house every day. The French dip sandwich features rare roast beef, caramelized onions and Gruyere on a toasted French loaf and is served au jus. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Mr. Gyros Greek Restaurant
3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-9228;
Moussaka combines eggplant, potatoes, meat sauce and bechamel. The gyro plate comes with roasted potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mr. John's Steakhouse
2111 St. Charles Ave., (504) 679-7697;
The selection of steaks includes porterhouses, rib-eyes and New York strips, and a lobster tail is an optional addition. The Who Dat shrimp appetizer features bacon-wrapped Gulf shrimp stuffed with crabmeat served with a sweet Thai chili sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Mr. Poor Boy Restaurant
10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, (504) 737-1170
Grilled or fried catfish comes with house-made eggplant sauce and two sides. The roast beef po-boy features slow-cooked roast beef dressed to order on Leidenheimer French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Miyako Japanese Seafood & Steak House
1403 St. Charles Ave., (504) 410-9997;
The Spicy Girl roll features deep-fried white fish, snow crab and cucumber topped with pepper tuna, green onions and ponzu sauce. The Shaggy Dog roll combines fried shrimp tempura, avocado and snow crab and is topped with crab sticks, eel sauce and spicy mayo. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mizado Cocina
5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 885-5555;
Tamale de pato features slow-roasted Peking duck, salsa borracha, pineapple-jalapeno glaze, crema, Cotija cheese and cilantro. Atun tiradito includes sliced raw Gulf tuna, citrus ponzu, melon, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno and roasted pumpkin seeds. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Mo's Pizza
1112 Ave. H, Westwego, (504) 341-9650;
Mo's toasted muffuletta is filled with house-made olive salad, Italian cold cuts and provolone cheese. The all-meat pizza features pepperoni, Italian sausage and sliced meatballs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mojo Coffee House
1500 Magazine St., (504) 525-2244;
; 4700 Freret St., (504) 875-2243;
Mojo offers two African bean varieties from Ruby Roasters, Kenya Gatuyaini and Rwanda Gitesi, offered as a pour over, aeropress or Japanese-style pour over iced coffee. The Magazine sandwich features ham, apples, brie and Creole mustard. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Mona Lisa
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-6746
Mardi Gras pasta combines shrimp and spicy red cream sauce over linguine. Paneed veal is seasoned with Italian herbs and served with linguine Alfredo. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Mona's Cafe
504 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-4115; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8175; 3901 Banks St., (504) 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., (504) 894-9800;
The menu includes gyro, falafel, hummus and more. Gyro plates come with tahini, hummus, salad and pita. Za'atar bread is a small flatbread topped with olive oil, oregano, sumac and sesame seeds. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

900 Harrison Ave., (504) 224-2633;
Chef Susan Spicer's menu combines ingredients and dishes from around the globe. Sauteed sweatbreads are served with green garlic puree, roasted Chiogga beets, tarragon salsa verde and shoestring potatoes. Vegetable enchiladas are filled with smoked mushrooms, sweet potatoes, squash and ancho and chipotle chilies, topped with queso blanco and tomatillo sauce and served with pickled onion and herb salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Monster Po-Boys
1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-9183
Grilled shrimp rotini is served with garlic butter sauce. Roast beef po-boys are filled with house-made roast beef. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

514 City Park Ave., (504) 482-6845;
Crispy fried P&J oysters are served with MoPho mayonnaise, Easter egg radish and pickled blue cheese. Slow-roasted lamb neck and beets in green curry are served with smoked tofu and Creole cream cheese roti. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Morning Call
City Park, Timken Center, 56 Dreyfous Drive, (504) 300-1157; 3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-4068;
Beignets are made with the same recipe Morning Call has used since the original coffee stand opened in the French Market in 1870. The short menu of Creole dishes includes gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

Morton's The Steakhouse
The Shops at Canal Place, 365 Canal St., (504) 566-0221;
orleansThe traditional steakhouse menu includes large steaks and chops, shrimp, Maine lobster and a la carte sides. A 12-ounce bone-in filet is topped with blue cheese butter and served with caramelized onions. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Mosca's Restaurant
4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, (504) 436-8950;
Baked oysters Mosca features Louisiana oysters covered with Italian seasonings and breadcrumbs. Chicken a la grande is a whole chicken sauteed with white wine, garlic, rosemary and Italian seasonings. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

Mother's Restaurant
401 Poydras St., (504) 523-9656;
Diners line up at the counter to order po-boys and Creole favorites such as jambalaya, red beans and rice and crawfish etouffee. The Ferdi po-boy is loaded with roast beef debris, baked ham, shredded cabbage, pickles, mayonnaise and yellow and Creole mustards. Jerry's jambalaya is made with chicken, sausage, vegetables, tomatoes, herbs and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Ms. Juicy Lucy's
133 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 598-5044;
The Juicy Gitti burger is an 8-ounce Angus beef patty stuffed with sauteed mushrooms, onions, garlic and Swiss cheese and served with shoestring fries or Zapp's potato chips. The Juicy Jerky Turkey features turkey in jerk sauce with sauteed onions, mushrooms, garlic, mozzarella, provolone and mango chutney served with fries or chips. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Mulate's Cajun Restaurant
201 Julia St., (504) 522-1492;
Catfish Mulate's is grilled catfish topped with crawfish etouffee and served with jambalaya, house-made coleslaw and a twice-baked potato. Stuffed catfish Cecilia features a grilled catfish fillet stuffed with crabmeat dressing and served with jambalaya, coleslaw and a twice-baked potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Munch Factory
6325 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 324-5372;
Blackened redfish is served on lightly fried yellow grit cakes and topped with creamy crawfish sauce. NOLA crab cakes feature three sauteed jumbo lump crab cakes topped with remoulade. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Muriel's Jackson Square
801 Chartres St., (504) 568-1885;
Pecan-crusted puppy drum is served with roasted pecans and Louisiana crabmeat relish. Goat cheese-filled crepes are topped with sauteed Gulf shrimp in a buttery sauce of chardonnay, onions, tomatoes and bell peppers. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

My Thai Cuisine
2104 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 365-5525;
mythainolaThai favorites include pad thai, curries and spring rolls. Seafood papaya includes shrimp, calamari, mussels and crushed peanuts. The Red Ocean special features lightly battered and fried soft-shell crab topped with shrimp, scallops, vegetables and coconut sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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