5381 Magazine St., 899-6987
Jumbo lump crab dressed with horseradish aioli and paired with chilled roasted beets is an elegantly composed starter.
Hoa Hong/Nine Roses
1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665
No place offers more, or fresher, herbs for its goi cuon, Vietnamese rice paper-wrapped spring rolls.
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., 872-9868
Red, mellow piquillo peppers are stuffed with a cool dollop of herbed goat cheese.
217 Camp St., 587-7720
A sampler of chilled soups includes small servings of gazpacho, melon soup and vichyssoise.
800 S. Peters St., 525-3474
The kitchen prepares four types of ceviche, and offers a combination sampler with all of them.