HAAGEN-DAZSRiverwalk Mall, 861-2500The name Haagen-Dazs is, of course, synonymous with luscious ice creams, but this Riverwalk franchise also offers a variety of coffee drinks, including rich lattes and frothy cappuccinos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT8116 Hampson St., 865-1634This neighborhood sushi bar offers a refreshing respite for shoppers from the many nearby boutiques or an energizing stop before a night out on the town. Hana is known for extra-large special rolls using combinations of salmon, tuna, snow crab, cucumber, avocado, egg and shrimp tempura. You can always challenge the sushi chef to surprise you with his own creations. Reservations for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARBOR SEAFOOD3203 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-6454Boiled crawfish and seafood are popular at this busy Kenner seafood market and restaurant. Combo baskets come filled with fried shrimp, oysters and other fish or try the eggplant pirogue, which features eggplant topped with fried seafood and a creamy crawfish sauce. Po-boys are also popular options at Harbor. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARD ROCK CAFé415 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.comRock 'n' roll memorabilia is just as much a signature of this international dining mainstay as good, solid American fare like cheeseburgers and hot fudge sundaes. The New Orleans location offers Cajun and Creole-inflected dishes local flavor. Artifacts from Crescent City icons like Fats Domino and Dr. John are displayed on the walls alongside guitars and memorabilia from rock legends. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards $$

HEAVENLY HAM5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-5100; www.heavenlyham.comPigs may not have wings, but the ham sandwiches fly out of the Uptown branch of this popular deli and catering business. Smoked turkey, roast beef and ham salad, among other selections, are available on croissants, whole grain loaves or French bread. Box lunches come complete with a drink and a cookie. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HENRY'S BAKERY & DELI2313 St. Claude Ave., 944-2622Miss Henry will tell you that she tries to give her guests everything they could want. That means sno-balls during hot summer months. Every day, however, breakfast starts with a solid platter of eggs, grits, choice of meat and toast. The menu of hot lunch plates includes a stewed Cornish hen with butter beans or mustard greens, stuffed peppers, baked macaroni, smothered chicken and smothered pork chops. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards $

HERBSAINT BAR AND RESTAURANT701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114; www.herbsaint.comDonald Link cooks modern Creole cuisine infused with European influences at this casually elegant restaurant. Savor sautŽed shrimp with eggplant and jalapeno accents, seared pork with medjool dates and mint, or sample any of the excellent small plates on the menu. Dijon-horseradish beef short ribs and fried frog legs are favorites. There's Mexican chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

HERO'S ALL AMERICAN GRILL4700 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 845-1000You might expect the All American burger to be a standout at the All American Grill, and it is, but all of the burgers are made with the same Black Angus beef. The menu also offers wraps, salads and chicken tenders. The Buffalo chicken ranch wrap combines chicken tenders in a spicy Buffalo sauce with lettuce, tomatoes and ranch dressing. On the green side of the menu, try chicken Caesar salad with creamy Caesar dressing. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

HERSHEY'S ICE CREAM PARLOR 70456 Hwy. 21, Suite 400, Covington, (985) 809-7445 Seems folks named "Hershey" have a way with sweets. But other than an unerring sweet tooth, the Covington ice cream parlor shares nothing with the candy bar maker. These Hersheys draw on 112 years of experience, churning out contemporary flavors such as Cappuccino Crunch and Moose Tracks alongside old-fashioned vanilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

HICKORY CHICORY CAFé1827 Hickory Ave., River Ridge, 738-2220Formerly Planc Coffee and Tea, this renamed and revamped cafŽ will soon be known as "Home of B's Dippin' D's" -- mini-cake doughnuts that kids (and kids at heart) can dip into trays of chocolate and other confections. New owner Micheline Brettel still plans to serve specialty coffee, pastries, salads and sandwiches and will also offer one hot plate lunch special daily. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge, 738-1508The pit-masters at Hillbilly get distinctive flavors from hickory wood. A dry seasoning rub sets the succulent ribs apart. Also try brisket, pulled pork, smoked boudin sausage by the link and the huge hamburger known as The Belly Buster, which is served with a baked potato. If red meat isn't for your palate, the chicken salad offers a cool alternative. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HILLERY'S ON TOULOUSE827 1/2 Toulouse St., 571-2888; www.hotelstmarie.comThe classically appointed dining room and courtyard of this French Quarter bistro offer an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. While the menu changes daily, some popular items include shrimp and oyster brochette, filet mignon with three peppercorn demi-glace and Maytag blue cheese gravy or the double-cut pork chop with corn pudding and honey wine glaze. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner nightly, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

HIP STIX ASIAN FUSION870 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-2858Thai and Vietnamese favorites fill the menu at Hip Stix. The Thai coconut chicken curry is a mildly spiced stew of chicken, potatoes, carrots with fresh herbs and bread for dipping in the sauce. The housemade crab rangoons are stuffed with fresh crabmeat and cream cheese and served with a sweet chili sauce. Other options include spring rolls and egg rolls, po-boys, noodle dishes, Korean-style short ribs served with jasmine rice as well as kimchi and Chinese-style entrees of beef and broccoli and stir-fried vegetables and tofu. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOBNOBBER'S CAFé5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie 734-8448; www.hobnobbercafŽ.com The creamy corn and crawfish bisque is a winner at this neighborhood eatery. Another signature dish is the catfish fillet with crawfish sauce. And there is always red beans and rice on Mondays. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

HONEY DEE'S2001 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 464-1991Burgers and po-boys are the mainstays of this Kenner diner. Some of the house specialties include Cajun-injected deep-fried chicken. The seafood platter overflows with shrimp, catfish, oysters and crab cakes and is complemented by vegetables and a starch. Some snacking options include potato skins, fried eggplant or mushrooms, mini-muffulettas or a sampler that combines three of the choices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

HOOKAH CAFé500 Frenchmen St., 943-1101; www.hookah-cafŽ.comWhile there is some fusion going on at Hookah CafŽ, it's not on the menu. The smoking den still features flavored tobaccos in hookahs and a variety of DJs spinning throughout the week, but the menu is primarily focused on tapas-size contemporary Louisiana dishes with some Middle Eastern accents. Appetizers range from charcuterie and cheese boards to hummus and tabouleh seasoned with mint and lemon. Some more familiar local dishes include fried green tomato Napoleon made with shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. Eggplant pirogue cradles either chicken or lamb with a black peppercorn cream sauce in a shell of fried eggplant. Reservations recommended. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

HOOTERS2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 889-0160; 4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 393-7177; Best known for its wings, Hooter's restaurants are bright and lively places to graze on piles of crunchy fried chicken wings and other "Hootersizers" while gazing at sports. Televisions and orange Hooters logos and gear cover the walls. Dig into piles of nachos, quesadillas, Buffalo chicken strips or a combination platter. The chicken wings are served with mild, medium, Three Mile Island or 911 sauce. For main courses, there are burgers, a variety of sandwiches, salads and seafood. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HORINOYA920 Poydras St., 561-8914Artistic presentations of sushi and hard-to-find sushi bar exotica like monkfish liver are the hallmarks of this chic downtown Japanese restaurant. Horinoya turns out lunch specials for quick mid-day meals, but it also features a menu of both raw and cooked cuisine that is worth extensive exploration in the evening. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HOUMAS HOUSE PLANTATION40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, 891-9494; www.houmashouse.comOnce known as the Sugar Palace for the opulence it reflects, Houmas House today is both an Ascension Parish destination for tours of its historic property and exquisite meals at Latil's Landing restaurant. House specialties include the rack of lamb Burnside with caramelized shallots or the black drum over lobster ravioli with baby tomatoes, oysters and crawfish cream sauce. The plantation's CafŽ Burnside serves casual lunches as well. Reservations recommended. Lunch daily at CafŽ Burnside. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

HOUSE OF BLUES225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.comTo match the juke joint dŽcor, the House of Blues devotes much of its menu to Southern cooking and New Orleans classics. It's hard to stay low-down and blue when there are Tennessee-style slow-smoked baby back ribs to be had, served with a Jim Beam barbecue sauce with mashed sweet potatoes and turnip greens. For dessert, there's white chocolate banana bread pudding with Jack Daniels créme anglais. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, 889-2301 Houston's is renowned for its spinach and artichoke dip, a menu of steaks, barbecue ribs, seafood and sandwiches. The teriyaki glaze on the Hawaiian-style rib-eye is genuinely luau-worthy. The selection of seafood hails from the Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific waters. Houston's also has a large wine list and a casually elegant vibe. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

HUGH'S WINE CELLAR4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, (985) 626-0066; You can stop by Hugh's to sip wine during on-site tasting parties, or you can sit for a spell and enjoy a menu that includes a number of soups, salads and sandwiches. The menu features a big messy sandwich of Black Angus pulled beef with a horseradish-Dijon sauce served on either sourdough or wheat baguettes. Or choose a bottle from the large wine selection and enjoy it with the patŽ and cheese plate. Reservations accepted. Lunch and light early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

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