4617 Sanford St., Metairie 457-0065
This cheerful tavern sets out to prove that baby boomers aren't yet over the hill, and the crowds of people who gather every night for a game of darts or foosball, a burger and a beer seem to be conclusive evidence. The burgers are a hefty 10 ounces, and the ribeye steaks clock in at 12 ounces. If you're just looking for a snack, step to the chicken tenders or French fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

4905 Canal St. 488-7357
Billed as the last living thing on Canal Street, the 'Corner hops with its 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour. But don't forget the equally hopping grill, like the 8-oz. grilled tuna steak served in a sandwich or a salad, or the 10-oz. Beachburger with mushrooms, cheddar and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

115 Focis St., Metairie 831-6725
Night owls flock to the Blue Moon, where they know they can find grub at the oddest hours of the night. For the midnight munchies, order up a grilled chicken or grilled tuna Caesar salad, a burger, or something from the breakfast food selection. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

201 N. Carrollton Ave. 484-0525
The folks in the kitchen know their way around a barbecue pit, and the heaping plates of barbecued ribs and the overstuffed barbecue shrimp po-boys give testament to their talents. After the dining room closes for the night, you can still snack on nachos and other pub favorites as you enjoy a beer at the bar. Reservations recommended. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

1648 Gentilly Blvd. 948-7050
The Fair Grounds welcomes Brooks' to the neighborhood, and Brooks' responds from across the street with the Seahorse Burger: a half-pound sirloin patty cooked to perfection and seasoned and dressed to order. Or there's the Yardbird Tenders, featuring all-white-meat chicken lightly fried and served with zesty honey mustard, tangy sweet and sour, creamy ranch or barbecue sauce (take your pick). No reservations. Late-night daily. Credit cards. $

3236 Magazine St. 891-1516
The beers on tap at this Uptown spot come from all over the world to meet your taste buds; there are British ales, Irish stouts, German pilsners and Belgian wheat ales. For a snack, try the Beer Shrooms, fried beer-battered mushrooms served with honey mustard dressing. The half-pound burgers will give you the energy to stay till closing time, whenever that may be. Look for a Mid-City branch to open in the near future. No reservations. Lunch Friday through Sunday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

400 Dauphine St. 523-1936
When you're ready to rock around the clock, Deja Vu is there for you with the booze you need to keep your spirits up and the food to keep your body going. For snacking, try the spicy chicken egg rolls or hot wings with your choice of five sauces. If you're looking to sit down and dig into a meal, opt for the fried crawfish salad, blackened tuna salad or a three-egg omelette. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

1128 Tchoupitoulas St. 558-0900
This unpretentious tavern is tucked away near the I-10 overpass, but those in the know come by for cheerful lunches and relaxing happy hours when the Abita flows freely. The po-boys, salads and half-pound Dino burger cover the basics, and the legendary Fried Martini presents a martini glass full of cheese-stuffed and deep-fried green olives to snack upon. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

800 N. Rampart St. 596-6914
When people think of Donna's, they think first of the great brass band music that comes pouring out of this little neighborhood joint almost every night. But the barbecue pork and beef ribs come to mind just a second later, since ³Mista BBQ² Charlie Sims has such a special touch at the pit. No reservations. Dinner Thursday through Monday. Credit cards. $


5535 Tchoupitoulas St. 891-8500
Whether or not you're a smoker, you'll find something to please at this laid-back hangout, where the music is always live and there's never any cover charge. For a special treat, come by when Leigh ³Little Queenie² Harris is singing. The menu runs to appetizers like baked brie with walnuts and fruit and sandwiches like the grilled portobello mushroom sandwich. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

3400 Hessmer Ave., Metairie 780-2266
The rotating lunch specials are always popular here. But don't forget the stuffed peppers with baked macaroni, salad, veggies and bread. Or the Deli Delight: grilled chicken breast with sauteed mushrooms and onions over angel hair pasta, red gravy, salad, and a veggie. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

600 St. Peters St. 525-8544
Architecture buffs like to visit Ernst to check out the pressed tin ceiling in the 150-year-old building, and now with the newly restored Piazza d'Italia across the street they have another reason to stop by. The menu features local favorites, such as pecan-crusted catfish, as well as plenty of burgers and bar snacks. If you can't make the first happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., catch the second one from midnight to 3 a.m. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

4841 Tchoupitoulas St. 895-6784
Many Uptown night owls pack into F&M for late-night eats. Munch on deluxe cheese fries with cheese, chili, shallots and jalapenos. Other club fare is offered with cheese sticks, specialty hot dogs and filling fajitas. This place heats up late and you can work off that meal by dancing on the billiard tables. No reservations. Late-night Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

4330 St. Charles Ave. 895-9582
College scenesters know Fat Harry's as a late-night hangout with a rockin' juke box, while young professionals remember its lunch specials and happy hour. The menu runs to burgers and bar fare, including Buffalo wings, po-boys, and hearty platters of cheese fries served with ranch dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


3716 Downman Road 240-1991
Foucha's Food & Spirits has a pretty extensive menu with a wide range of selections from the stuffed bell peppers to the pork chops. In between you'll find the traditional po-boys, catfish platters and Creole shrimp dishes that this area is known for. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, early dinner Monday through Wednesday, dinner Thursday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

1200 S. Clearview Pkwy. (Elmwood Village Shopping Center), Elmwood 731-6000
This memorabilia-encrusted sports bar offers up some great barbecue selections as well as the usual bar-and-grill fare. Not to be missed are the large platters of smoked brisket, pork, chicken and the famed baby back ribs. With each platter you get buttery Texas toast and a choice of two sides: coleslaw, barbecue beans, potato salad, French fries or corn on the cob. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

5130 Freret St. 891-4080
Not for the faint of heart, the Tuck's Burger is a hand-packed half-pound, all-beef burger with cheese, served with regular or sweet potato fries. Beef isn't all that's king here; grilled chicken and fresh salads round out the menu as well. No reservations. Dinner Monday through Friday, late-night Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $

6600 Morrison Road 242-9829
This newcomer to the eastern New Orleans restaurant scene serves up a varied menu from assorted po-boys to crispy fried chicken. Hungry late at night? No problem -- Gabby's kitchen and bar are open until 5 a.m. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

8117 Maple St. 861-0067
Warm up this winter with G.B.'s homemade Texas-style chili. Monday nights still mean appetizer specials including potato skins, chicken quesadillas, nachos, Buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks and chicken tenders. Though juicy burgers with crispy fries are the norm here, you can find plenty of fresh seafood and thick steaks to fill you up. No reservations. Lunch Friday through Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4 Galleria Blvd. (Wyndham Hotel), Metairie 620-941
You don't expect to find a brick oven in most hotel restaurants, but this one serves up pizzas like the popular grilled chicken pizza with sun dried-tomatoes and goat cheese. Chef Scott Hensley likes to round out his menu with thick grilled porterhouse pork chops, stuffed jumbo shrimp and delectable crawfish cakes. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$

1201 Burgundy St. (inside Cosimo's) 525-HELL (4355)
Devilishly good gourmet pizzas would even tempt Gabriel at Hell's Kitchen. Fiendishly juicy burgers grilled on the ³flaming pit² are just as sinful. Late into the night you can order a South of the Border pizza with the cream cheese dough and spicy ground beef or relish the spinach and artichoke vegetarian pizza. Netherworld libations can be found at the Cosimo's Bar. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

301 N. Peters St. 522-9222
2781 Belle Chase Hwy., Gretna
4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-0160
Football, basketball and hockey are all good reasons to hang out at this sports bar this winter, but the quesadillas, chili and famously spicy wings will warm you right up. Grab a Cuban sandwich or Philly cheese steak and a beer and watch the games and/or a Hooter girl or two. Reservations for large parties only. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

2133 St. Charles Ave. 522-2145
Pursue any activity -- laundry, video games, darts, foosball, pool -- with a cocktail and Igor's straight-ahead New Orleans bar food: a spicy Cajun Burger, a half-pound Igor Burger, a hot sausage sandwich, or those free red beans and rice (cooked with ham) on Monday nights. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

4437 Magazine St. 891-6105
The signature dish here is the Buddha Burger, a half-pound patty seasoned with Igor's Creole spices and served with steak-cut fries. Buddha Belly also offers munchies including jalapeno poppers, cheese fries and chicken nuggets. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Visa/MC. $

501 Esplanade Ave. 949-7012
Live music is what separates this Igor's bar from the pack -- watch a mixed bag of up-and-coming rockers onstage as you enjoy the half-pound Charlie Burger, jalapeno poppers, mini-pizzas, chicken nuggets or cheese fries. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

2 Poydras St. (Hilton Hotel) 584-3880
Kabby's Sport Edition Grille benefited from the renovation of the adjoining restaurant with a new menu. Standard sports bar fare is still available but now trendy paninis, the warm Italian pressed sandwiches, are entering the picture. Speaking of which, any of your favorite sports teams can be viewed on the 52 televisions while noshing on bar food reclined in a plush chair. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

5243 Canal Blvd. 488-0100
Word is getting around the Lakeview area about the recently opened KJ's generous portions of lunch and dinner plates. Drop in for lunch and try out KJ's Special Sandwich, a barbecue chicken breast smothered with grilled ham and onions, your choice of cheese and a side item. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4801 Magazine St. 897-3448, 895-8117
Daily specials combine with live music at this popular spot. Monday features chicken salad sandwiches with chips, Tuesday is chicken parmesan, Wednesday is a choice of shrimp quesadillas or shrimp tacos (favorites of regular customers), Thursday is meatloaf and Friday is fresh grilled catfish and macaroni. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, all night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

1625 St. Charles Ave. 523-6538
The party never stops (24/7, 365 days a year) at this popular St. Charles Avenue hangout. This part of the Igorian empire serves up the same classic patties as its sister locations (Check Point Charlie's, Buddha Belly, etc.), such as the classic and spicy Cajun Burger, cooked to order and covered with Tony Chachere's. Local service industry types flock to this late-night joint for great bar fare, laundry facilities and the weekend karaoke sessions at the wee hours of the morning. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

5129 Canal Blvd. 483-7930
Some say the dead walk the earth around this neighborhood bar, located on cemetery grounds. Wash down an exceptional hearty steak sandwich with a cold one or try one of their signature cheeseburgers. After months of renovation, McNulty's is back to serve up tasty bar grub to service industry crowds and locals looking for a little dark ambience to wet their gullets and fill their bellies. No reservations. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

1701 Lake Avenue, Metairie
Grab a drink to wash down some of the best bar fare at this Metairie drinking hole or catch one of the local pool and dart teams in action. There's the popular Patty Melt, essentially a tasty burger on Texas toast with tomatoes and cheese, and you can substitute the meat for chicken. During the week, plate lunches such as red beans and rice on Mondays and grilled chicken on Tuesdays are available daily and stop by for Happy Hour, featuring $1.50 Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers every day. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


4139 Canal St. 486-8200
Locals praise this Mid-City neighborhood restaurant for its laidback atmosphere and great hamburgers. For those with cash to spare, ask for the Big Bucks Burger: at $150, the burger comes topped with mushrooms, sour cream and caviar, includes a complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon and assures you a picture on the wall. Huge salads abound. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

514 Toulouse St. 529-1317
Get into the spirit of this Celtic pub by knocking back a Guinness or single malt and listening to live Irish music (including the fiddling of owner Danny O'Flaherty on Fridays and Saturdays) while you treat your taste buds to traditional standards of shepherd's pie or thick beef stew made from an old family recipe. Can't decide? Get a little of both in the Ulster Combo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

2027 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-9540
Sip an imported brew and enjoy free red beans and rice on Mondays after 8 p.m. Or go for what the regulars order: an Oscar burger with cheese and mushrooms served with a baked potato packed with butter, bacon, chives and sauteed mushrooms. The yellowfin tuna steak with dill tartar sauce is another favorite, served as a plate dinner or on a sandwich. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner late-night daily. Credit cards. $

538 Hagan Ave. 482-3047
Located just off the end of Bayou St. John in Mid-City, the recently opened Parkview Bakery & Tavern is a study in new-retro ambience highlighted by a newly designed, antique wooden bar greeting customers at the entrance. Sandwiches, both traditional and po-boys, dominate the menu along with salads -- the roast beef po-boy cannot be ignored. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards accepted soon. $

444 St. Charles Ave. (Hotel Inter-Continental) 585-5401
Located in the Hotel Inter-Continental, Pete's offers an upscale take on traditional pub grub including a Cajun chicken salad, Louisiana crabcakes, pepperoni and cheese pizza, burgers, a Reuben sandwich or a turkey club with your choice of onion rings, fries or a fruit salad. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

838 Esplanade Ave. 523-0120

Yep, Port of Call is known for its giant burgers, but the options don't end there. The management of this fun, funky joint swears the filet mignon rivals that of five-star steakhouses, and the overstuffed baked potatoes are a meal unto themselves. Pizzas are a popular choice, too, as are salads with homemade dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

852 S. Peters St., 593-9393
The Red Eye boasts a kitchen that offers a number of items, by far the most popular being the variety of burgers made from beef ground on-site. The grilled tuna steak is also a favorite choice. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Monday through Saturday, dinner and late-night Sunday. Credit cards. $

3449 River Road, Jefferson 837-7118 or 834-4938
Outside of a popular list of bar-food staples such as burgers and wings, a rotating list of menu specials are top choices at the always-lively Rivershack. They include a fried-green-tomato salad with crabmeat and a crab-and-wonton salad with sesame-peanut dressing and sweet peppers. Enjoy the many beers on tap. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1855 Dock St. 729-4442
From the fine folks behind the Rivershack Tavern in Jefferson comes this similarly themed restaurant. Chef Ryan Knight, who comes over from Rene Bistrot, is developing a specials repertoire to go along with the salads, po-boys, steaks and seafood. Start with the blackened shrimp remoulade salad with a homemade dressing, then try panini sandwiches (Philly, Southwestern, the veggie, etc.). No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 831-4002
Sidelines is a destination for sports fans -- come for the game and stay for dinner and drinks. Choose from the burgers and tuna off the grill or, for lighter fare, try the Caesar salad with homemade dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, with discounted prices for anyone in the service. Credit cards. $

4345 Williams Blvd., Kenner 466-4069
This new bar and grill (in the former Lucky Lee's location) keeps things sporting: pool and dart leagues, tabletop video games, and a 60-inch TV for sports viewing. If you're hungry, try the Speakeasy Burger, a fresh 10-oz. burger made to order. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3941 Houma Blvd., Metairie
Located near East Jefferson Hospital, Stitches (get it?) welcomes 2004 with a Friday night steak night, an 8-oz. rib eye with garlic mashed potatoes for $7.95. The popular Buffalo chicken sandwich topped with ranch or blue cheese dressing is held over by popular request from 2003. The weekday happy hour features drink specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Saturday. Credit cards. $

1827 Front St., Slidell (985) 639-3335
1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 626-1161

The Colossal Jack Hamburger is a half-pound of meat cooked to order and topped with sauteed onions and pepper Jack cheese; choose fries or homemade potato salad as your side. Or enjoy the Cajun Sunset burger, served with a sunny-side-up egg and your choice of cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $


635 S. Roman St. 522-0440

Tucker's specialties include the Big Tuck: a half-pound of ground beef stuffed with pepper Jack and American cheeses and bacon, battered and fried, then topped with barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese. The menu also features daily specials, po-boys, sandwiches -- including a Cajun Reuben, a Cuban and a Club -- and salads. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, lunch and early dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $


401 Andrew Higgins Drive
The Ugly Dog's barbecue offerings include, of course, ribs and pulled-pork sandwiches. The menu rounds out with all-vegetarian side dishes, such as the tangy coleslaw. During weekday happy hours (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday), domestic beers go for $1.25 and imports for $2.25. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


727 St. Peter St. 522-1125
There are more than 15 varieties of hamburgers here, but the most unusual has to be the Peanut Butter and Bacon Burger -- a burger with the namesake items plus mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and red onions. Wash it down with more than 50 varieties of tequila, then retreat to the upstairs ³secret room² on a late weekend night to toast your gourmet discovery. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $
For classic Italian fare in a friendly environment, - Metairie knows where to find SALVATORE - RISTORANTE. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • For classic Italian fare in a friendly environment, Metairie knows where to find SALVATORE RISTORANTE.

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