4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784
The late-night bar scene at F&M's is legendary. People converge late at night to keep the good times rolling after leaving events and parties all over the city. After dancing on top of the legendary pool table in front, they head to the grill in the back. The limited menu includes burgers, quesadillas and possibly the best cheese fries in town. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582
This rowdy college favorite is a perennial destination for parade-watching. The beer's cold and bar food favorites include burgers, spicy Buffalo wings and excellent cheese fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

530 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7121;
This cozy Metairie bistro features a little Sicilian flair. The veal saltimbocca features veal medallions sautŽed with fresh mushrooms and Italian herbs, crowned with prosciutto and mozzarella and flamed with Marsala wine. The frutti di mare rounds up crab claws, oysters, mussels, fish, shrimp, crawfish tails and calamari and sautees them with garlic and fresh herbs, then finishes the dish with a seafood stock reduction. The lunch menu includes po-boys filled with meatballs, roast beef or smoked ham. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9704
Fazzio's offers Italian-Creole fusion with everything from shrimp remoulade and crab cakes to fettuccini Alfredo with crawfish. Opt for angel hair pasta topped with Italian sausage, meatballs or crabmeat in cream sauce, all served with a house salad. Signature entrees include chicken or veal picatta, Marsala or parmigiana. Golden fried soft-shell crabs amandine or served with crabmeat créme are available in season. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

2600 Chartres St., 945-2222;
Feelings offers refuge in a quaint and warm environment in an historic home in the Marigny. Dinner features Gulf fish Nicholas, which places grilled shrimp over a fillet of Gulf fish brushed with Dijon mustard and served with creamed spinach. The blue cheese steak is a grilled 6-oz. filet topped with melted cheese and complemented by sautŽed mushrooms. Brunch offers eggs Benedict or Florentine, steak and eggs. Peanut butter pie is the signature dessert. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776;
"Fast and flavorful" could be the motto of this Uptown taqueria where a crowd full of university students lines up to order tacos al pastor, chorizo quesadillas and carnitas plates for a few bucks a pop. Everyone visits the condiment bar of salsas and pickled vegetables while melon drinks wash down the spicier selections. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4938 Prytania St., 895-1330
Relocated from its longtime home in the French Quarter, Felix's brings its same focus on cold, salty, fresh oysters to its Uptown location. The kitchen also pays attention to the oyster and other local seafood options, giving customers choices of fried seafood platters, pasta, etouffee and jambalaya dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

900 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2155
This spacious Mid-City haunt features pastas, sandwiches and pizzas with a heavy Mediterranean influence. The chicken portobello roll has a unique red pepper sauce. For an appetizer, try the spicy tomato dip. Enjoy your meal on the outdoor patio during nice weather. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1612
Fiesta Bistro combines the flavors of Spain and Latin America. The paella is slow-cooked saffron rice studded with shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, chunks of chicken and peas. Also try the vegetarian versions of the paella. Another specialty is the twice-braised lamb shank, which uses both white and red wine before the shank and the reduced juices are served with carrots and potatoes. There are many tapas dishes to choose from as well as fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, flautas, tacos and more. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

2440 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 468-2384
Pupusas are always invited to the party at Fiesta Latina. These house specialties are thick corn disks with fillings like cheese or crunchy pork and covered with a tart cabbage slaw. Chicken and beef fajitas are served on sizzling hot plates and tropical fruit juices wash it all down. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Checks and cash. $

45 French Market Place; 1136 Decatur St., 528-9566
Fiorella's has entrances on both the French Market and Decatur Street sides for convenient access to this lower-Decatur institution. The kitchen is known for its seasoned version of Southern fried chicken. Diners have a choice of white or dark meat and a side like French fries, mashed potatoes, red beans or baked macaroni. There are also daily specials and po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1377 Annunciation St., 566-1950;
A converted historic firehouse in the Lower Garden District sets the scene for contemporary and eclectic cuisine that speaks with a California accent. For lunch, try braised beef brisket served with wasabi mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, crispy fried onion rings and red wine veal reduction. The seared scallops on the dinner menu are dusted with fennel and served with rice noodles in a curry tarragon cream complemented by a fennel salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

725 Iberville St., 552-4446;
Dining in a South American style of steakhouse is a unique experience. Meats are continually cooked on skewers and then wait staff brings those hot items around to diners and slices off portions. The meats include many different cuts of beef, pork and lamb as well as chicken, sausages and exotic game meat like ostrich. Meals include sides like rice and beans, and there is a salad bar-like buffet of vegetable and salad items. Large desserts feature sweet tropical flavors. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935;
The always-happening Five Happiness specializes in regional Chinese cuisine for dining in, pick-up or delivery. Daily lunch specials include a choice of soup, shrimp fried rice and a fried wonton. For dinner, try the Triple Dragon, a trio of chicken, beef and shrimp simmering in hot garlic sauce. All dishes can be altered for preferred heat level. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

737 Octavia St., 895-0900;
Flaming Torch is a classic French bistro in an intimate spot just off of Magazine Street. At lunch or dinner, guests dine on coq au vin made with half a free-range chicken slowly braised in red wine with apple-smoked bacon, shallots and root vegetables. The Crevettes Sazerac features jumbo shrimp cooked with red bell pepper, herbs, saffron, Pernod, Peychaud's Bitters, rye whiskey and beer and is presented on slices of toasted French baguette. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

2600 Royal St., 947-8358
This funky Marigny coffeeshop isn't a full-service restaurant, but it does offer pastries and a nice variety of coffees and teas as well as lunch and dinner items that range from Middle Eastern to Tex-Mex dishes. Take your pick between falafel and roast beef or chicken and bean burritos. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

2101 Paris Road, Chalmette, 276-9095;
This bakery and pastry shop offers a wide variety of cakes as well as lunch service. The menu boasts items like shrimp salad or grilled chicken as either sandwiches, wraps or on top of salads. The Flour Power salad tosses mixed greens with strawberries, goat cheese, candied nuts and balsamic vinaigrette and tops it with grilled chicken. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

2101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8216
Fong's Triple Treat is a combination of shrimp, roast pork, chicken and a stir-fried mix of Chinese vegetables, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. General Fong's chicken batter fries white-meat chicken and serves it with a spicy sauce. For hot and spicy options, there are several Hunan and Szechuan dishes. Cantonese-style family dinners are also available for as few as two people and include entrŽe choices plus rice or chow mein, a choice of soups, almond or fortune cookies and tea or coffee. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 731-6000
This sports bar boasts a startling array of international draft and bottled beers, plus an extensive menu of appetizers, sandwiches, thin-crust pizzas and salads. The hickory slow-smoked ribs are served with Texas toast and a choice of sides. The Black Forest sandwich is a hefty pile of sliced turkey, smoked bacon and Monterey Jack cheese, dressed and spiced with honey mustard. Several big-screen TVs ensure that you won't miss the game while you're boozing or snacking. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards $

100 Marina del Ray Drive, Madisonville, (985) 792-4000;
Sip a cold one and watch the river flow by or sit down with a menu that ranges from boiled seafood to gumbo, salads to sandwiches. The Mighty River Burger is a 9-oz. patty topped with sautŽed mushrooms and onions, bacon and Swiss or cheddar cheese. Specialty sandwiches highlight the menu, including the oyster, bacon and Swiss po-boy. Or try shrimp or oysters sautŽed with butter, garlic and green onions and served over angel hair pasta. Live music Friday nights. Reservations accepted. Credit cards. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. $$

933 Decatur St., 525-1602;
This family-owned restaurant sticks with the classics that have kept it going for more than 30 years. Try the Snapper Jack, a deep-fried fillet smothered in shrimp, crawfish and crab over pasta. There are sandwiches, Italian pasta dishes, and a hefty rib-eye. Newer dishes include fettuccini Alfredo with shrimp, veal marasla and corn and crab bisque. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

321 Arabella St., 899-9146;
A local legend for its boiled seafood and casual New Orleans classics, Franky & Johnny's has the vibe of the neighborhood joint down pat, from the lively bar in front to the nostalgic jukebox in the corner. Start with the fried bell pepper rings before taking on a platter of spicy boiled crawfish, fried chicken, alligator pie or a fried seafood po-boy. Muffulettas are also back. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1001 Decatur St., 525-7879
The French Market Restaurant offers a bounty of boiled and fried seafood from the Gulf. The Bayou Platter is a popular option to get a taste of everything local. Opt for a table on the balcony overlooking the French Market and dig the ever-present jazz combo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1001 Toulouse St., 581-7836;
picture windows looking out on the Quarter, the Bistro is a bright place to enjoy Creole favorites like crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo, crab and crawfish cakes or shrimp Creole. Sandwich options include grilled chicken, BLTs and po-boys of fried shrimp or roast beef. For dessert, dig into pecan pie a la mode, créme brulee or Creole cheesecake. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

7625 Maple St., 862-6363; www.frescocafe.usPizza is the hallmark here, but don't forget about Fresco's Middle Eastern specialties like the Greek salad or the spinach and feta triangles. Try the chicken portobello stromboli with mozzarella, portobello mushrooms and a spicy red pepper sauce, or the popular Italian stromboli with sausage and cheese. Daily specials. Reservations for big parties only. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

5130 Freret St., 891-4080;
This is a convenient place for both scholar and slacker to grab beers, eat some food and watch a game or two. The kitchen offers the usual suspects of cheese fries, fried poppers, nachos and quesadillas. For those looking for a tasty burger, try the Western burger, a pound of beef with pepper-jack cheese and all the fixings. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303;
Located right on the Tchefuncte River, Friends Coastal is a scenic spot to enjoy seafood and local favorites. The Cajun lobster is actually a Maine lobster boiled with spices. The seafood lasagna layers pasta with spinach and Gulf seafood. Redfish on the half shell is cooked skin on and topped with crabmeat and a key lime buerre blanc. Land lovers can dig into quesadillas and penne pasta jambalaya topped with cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

2800 Manhattan Blvd., Suite B, Harvey, 361-9099; 3400 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 888-9600
Frosty's signature bubble tea is a unique Asian drink. There are sweet and familiar flavors like strawberry and mango or try the jasmine green tea with jellied lychee or the avocado shake. For more solid fare, the cafŽ has sandwiches and salads as well as Vietnamese dishes such as the spring rolls. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 834-5646
This casual neighborhood restaurant features a familiar lineup of Italian and seafood staples such as boiled and fried shrimp, fish dishes, veal parmigiana and stuffed manicotti. There is also fried chicken, red beans on Monday and hot gumbo every day. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

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