4250 Hwy. 22, Suite B., Mandeville (985) 624-2300The menu changes every couple of months, and the chef will add lasagna soon. Currently, a favorite item is panko-crusted veal topped with jumbo lump crabmeat butter sauce and served with grilled vegetables and Yukon gold smashed potatoes. For starters, consider New Orleans-style barbecue crab claws with grilled focaccia bread. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington 985-892-3712;
Combining global flavors with Louisiana charm, the Dakota has been a premier Northshore dining destination since 1990. Dakota's lump crabmeat and brie soup is justifiably famous. Some seasonal choices for spring include truffled oysters grill, served in their shells with truffled garlic-rosemary butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch weekdays, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

1944 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 392-2242; 4320 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 888-0129; 2201 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 885-1332; 1504 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 726-0099; 5861 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson 734-0060; 68083 Hwy. 59, Mandeville (985) 809-2133; 805 Newport Drive, Laplace (985) 652-5227;
Founded in Gretna in 1973, Danny & Clyde's quickly grew into a popular local chain with its overstuffed po-boys turning up all over town. Fried seafood po-boys are the major specialty, as are muffulettas and wraps. Drop in at breakfast for a scrambled egg and cheese po-boy. Lean ham, roast beef and turkey provide lighter options. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

736 Dante St. 861-3121;
The menu at this lovely Riverbend café starts with temptations like blue crab and sweet corn soup with rosemary oil or grilled Gulf shrimp and stone-ground grits with andouille Òred eye gravy.Ó Entrees include the decadent trois mignons Ñ three petite beef tenderloin filets served on caramelized onion mashed potatoes and topped with pork debris, Stilton cheese sauce and marchand du vin. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

1713 Lake Ave., Metairie 831-4141;
The Giant Seafood Platter certainly lives up to its billing at this legendary Bucktown seafood house, where the platter does indeed tower to giant proportions with fried crab balls, shrimp, catfish, oysters, soft-shell crab and French fries. Boiled crawfish, shrimp and crabs are available seasonally, and salads, fish entrees and sandwiches add diversity to the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

400 Dauphine St. 523-1931;
Open 24/7, D — ja Vu serves up its famous Eggwich with eggs, ham and cheese on English muffin and its huge half-pound burgers topped with bacon, chili or your choice of dressings around the clock. Other specialties at this French Quarter tavern include gumbo, overstuffed po-boys and breakfast burritos. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880
New ownership is at the helm of this beloved Uptown café , but they aren't messing with success as they maintain the same chef, menu and neighborhood feel. Regulars still loyally line up in the patio to wait their turn in the intimate, barge-board paneled dining room for dishes like the sinfully rich pain perdu with duck and brie, duck four ways, fork-tender braised brisket with cheddar mashed potatoes and crispy chocolate fritters. Vegetarians also still do well here ordering meatless, off-the-menu specials. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown 391-1711; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, Algiers 367-0227
Muffulettas are the prominent marquee act at DiMartino's two West Bank locations, but they may not necessarily be the familiar New Orleans sandwich of Italian meats and cheese. There's a seafood muffuletta, for instance, and also a roast beef muffuletta, both dressed with olive salad just like the classic rendition. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1128 Tchoupitoulas St. 558-0900
Burgers, salads and bar-food munchies keep patrons at this popular after-work spot in the Warehouse District coming back for more and staying late into the night. The bar pours a cold beer and mixes up potent martinis as well. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse 393-1160
For New York-style pizza with a thin crust and generous toppings, locals head for this Belle Chasse pizzeria. Another specialty of the northeast turns up on the menu with Philly-style cheesesteak Ñ thin ribbons of steak grilled up with cheese, onions and peppers on a long roll. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

110 Carondelet St. 523-6614
Flavors of the Big Easy and the Middle East come together at this long-time CBD diner, specializing in beignets for breakfast and gyros, souvlaki and falafel at lunch. Specials like red beans and rice, marinated pork chops and quarter- or half-chicken plates with rice and bread bring particular value to the inexpensive menu. Try the bread pudding for dessert. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

118 Harbor View Court, Slidell (985) 645-3625;
Dock devotees have been coming back for the burgers, chicken sandwiches and cheesy nachos on the limited menu in effect at this waterfront watering hole. Look for a return of the kitchen's popular seafood dishes later in the season. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1820 Dickory Ave., Jefferson 736-9666
While this neighborhood restaurant may not be on the dockside, the fresh seafood served here surely has recent memories of it. The provisions don't linger long here, however, as patrons keep the kitchen busy frying up the popular seafood platters, featuring Louisiana oysters, shrimp and soft-shell crabs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1001 Toulouse St. (Maison Dupuy Hotel) 522-8800;
Chef Dominique Macquet changes the menu regularly to take full advantage of seasonal ingredients in his Louisiana-influenced contemporary French cuisine. Citrus spice-crusted pheasant breast is stuffed with braised veal cheeks and morel mushrooms and is served with its own juice, sweet potato gnocchi and young vegetables. Pastries, bread and pastas are made fresh daily on site. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 834-8216;
Juicy rotisserie chickens offer a quick meal solution for lunch or dinner, while fresh daily soups, hot wings, sandwiches, quiche and lasagna all provide quick meals on the go. Don't pass up the landmark grocery's bakery near the prepared food section either Ñ cakes, pastries and breads have people crossing town again and again for repeat visits. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

2239 Willliams Blvd., Kenner 441-5600; 4150 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 833-9349; 6633 Airline Drive, Metairie 734-0301; 10701 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-9678; 12179 US Hwy. 90, Luling (985) 785-6836
Burgers, eggs with bacon, grits and biscuits and fruit pies are the pillars of Dot's menu, where specialties like the Dotwich with scrambled eggs, cheese and sausage on a grilled buttermilk biscuit add more personality. Whether you're after a late-night fix or a rise-and-shine breakfast, Dot's is the classic diner experience. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

8236 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse 433-4333
Seafood is the stuff at Double Dragon, where specials like lobster in a variety of sauces, whole steamed Hunan fish and a wide variety of shrimp dishes keep locals coming back and foodies crossing parish lines. Double Dragon can also turn out the full gamut of Chinese-American favorites, from dumplings and soup to fried rice and lo mein. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 888-9254;
All that sizzles is not steak, as this legendary Metairie seafood house proves with each order of its famous charbroiled oysters. Shucked fresh, gilded with butter and seasonings and grilled over raging flames, the aromatic beauties are served snapping hot and irresistible. No reservations. Lunch weekdays, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

133 Deleronde St., Algiers Point 361-8240;
Hop off the Algiers Point ferry and into this neighborhood tavern where the kitchen turns out sandwiches, seafood platters, big salads and tempting bar munchies. Take on the half-pound Bestbank burger or the crawfish pasta in a creamy sauce topped with Parmesan cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. $

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