Mid City/Gentilly


214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1465;
Angelo Brocato's celebrated its 101st birthday by reopening in Mid-City. The ice cream, gelato and spumoni-maker is back in business, offering 24 homemade flavors, including the ever-popular lemon ice, as well as signature pastries, Italian cookies, cannolis and biscotti. On the warm side, the caf — offers espresso, cappuccino and caf — au lait. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3125 Esplanade Ave., 945-1919
A renovated cottage with a wraparound porch and views of huge live oak trees is home to this eclectic and friendly Asian caf — serving sushi and many cooked dishes. Try an Asian version of "chip and dip" by dunking fried wonton wafers into the tuna tartar and its special sweet and spicy sauce or reel in the "cream mermaid" for fried wonton skins stuffed with Louisiana shrimp and cream cheese. Remember to BYOB. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 484-7390
Just off Bayou St. John, this cute coffeehouse offers a full range of coffee drinks, pastries and desserts like cheesecake, deep-dish apple pie and tiramisu. The morning menu includes breakfast burritos, bagels and eggs. For lunch, there are chicken Caesar salads, shrimp and chicken pasta, sandwiches, wraps and pizzas. No reservations. Breakfast lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

4905 Canal St., 488-7357
The Beachcorner is a busy bar that has a big selection of bar food to graze on, plus burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. The list includes French fries, fried mushrooms, wings, black bean quesadillas, cheese sticks, fried shrimp, stuffed peppers, sweet potato fries and more. It's open for lunch and stays open well past midnight when there's a lively crowd. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

2000 Esplanade Ave., 304-8594
Breakfast at Beauregard starts with sandwiches like the Sammy with fried eggs, a choice of meats, tomatoes and cheese, or the Mexican scramble with tomato, onion, jalapeno peppers and jack cheese. The deli roasts its own pork for the garlic pressed Cuban sandwich, also topped with ham, Swiss cheese and pickles. The menu includes hot roast beef sandwiches, burgers, a shrimp salad and a chicken melt with bacon, tomato, sweet onion, lettuce and mayo. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

200 City Park Ave., 486-2559
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5153 Canal Blvd., 488-4191;
This Mid-City hangout offers a huge selection of draft beers with a full menu of pub grub. A favorite among students and sports fans, the pub serves enchiladas, burgers, sandwiches and a variety of other items meant to appease an unsettled stomach. Try the chipotle marinated fish tacos or lightly breaded chicken fingers while watching the big game. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635;
This French bistro offers the ambience of al fresco dining without the risk of rain-outs on its cozy, covered patio. Cheese boards and wine start casual meals at this personable restaurant, followed by dishes like crab salad with shaved fennel, baby arugula, grapefruit and tarragon vinaigrette. Entrees like saut — ed veal liver with smoked bacon and caramelized onion bordelaise add heft to a menu of French classics. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch 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. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4840 Bienville St., 483-9949;
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4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9550;
Juan's puts a Creole spin on its Latin cuisine, and is proud to serve Louisiana shrimp in dishes from tacos to quesadillas to wraps. With its Mid-City location now reopened, you can head to either Juan's location to build your own burrito, eat chips or sip margaritas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888
The bar at Liuzza's invites Saints fans to come watch the game Sundays, staying open from noon to 5 p.m. There's also live music on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some favorites on the menu remain the same however: the "breathtaking" roast beef, garlic oyster and barbecue shrimp po-boys and gumbo. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3636 Bienville St., 482-9120;
Freshly renovated after Katrina, this landmark neighborhood restaurant is back and as good as ever. Beers and soft drinks still come in Liuzza's famous frosted mugs, and in the always-bustling dining room customers chow down on the Frenchuletta — Liuzza's own take on the muffuletta served hot on a formidable length of French bread with housemade olive salad. The popular crawfish Telemachus also is back, with crawfish in cream sauce over pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946
Seafood, meat or combination paellas are the specialty at Lola's. Studded with chicken and sausage or shrimp, scallops and mussels, they are available for one or large enough for several people to share. The menu also includes dishes like ceviche, saut — ed mushrooms and garlic soup as appetizers. Lola's offers wine, but diners are still welcome to bring their own bottles to enjoy on the patio while they wait or with their meals in the bright, cozy dining room. No reservations. Dinner nightly. Cash only. $$

3125 Esplanade Ave., 872-0278
The Market has occupied the site of the former Mid-City Whole Foods and brings its own touch to a fresh salad bar, daily choice of four soups and reach-in counters of sandwiches, wraps, potato salads, sushi rolls and more. From the deli counter, the Market offers po-boys made to order, and plate dinners of dishes like meatloaf or fried chicken. The gelato bar features all homemade flavors. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133;
Fit some classic dinner fare in between bowling and dancing at Rock 'N' Bowl. There are burgers, cheese fries and classic late-night Americana to keep the good times rolling in Mid-City. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3901 Banks St., 482-0661
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5055 Canal St., 488-3676
The house blend at Nolajava is a full-bodied dark roast. Other caffeinated options include espressos, lattes, cappuccinos and mochas. Baked goods like croissants and brownies are popular treats. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1534 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 293-9393;
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538 Hagan St., 482-3047
The bar on the Bayou St. John side of this old-school po-boy shop hosts a solid roster of live music Thursday through Saturday nights. On the other side, the kitchen prepares New Orleans cuisine, with roast beef and shrimp po-boys the most popular items — perfect with cold bottles of Barq's. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

900 City Park Ave., 488-1000;
This historic and elegant building on City Park features a contemporary Creole menu by executive chef Gus Martin. Starters include the Crystal oysters — andouille crusted and fried, then tossed in a Crystal butter sauce. For dinner, try the paneed veal with mushrooms. The sunset dinner special offers three courses and a glass of wine for $30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free valet parking is available. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

133 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-1571
No matter what time of day it is, you can get a cold beer and a good meal at Rooster's. It opens at 7 a.m. for breakfast and serves food and drinks until late at night. Besides the steady bar fare of burgers, sandwiches and fried appetizers, it goes a step beyond with barbecue shrimp, daily specials and seafood platters. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

204 S. Saratoga St., 585-1775
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514 City Park Ave., 482-8397;
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3700 Orleans Ave., 324-9663;
Stylish yet casual decor sets the mood at Sun Ray Grill, where an eclectic menu provides a melting pot of dishes from around the globe and close to home. Signature dishes include Thai barbecue chicken in a spicy glaze with coconut rice and cucumber salad, ahi tuna steaks crusted with black and white sesame seeds and the Sierra Madre pork chop — a 16-oz. cut basted with Grand Marnier and ancho chili glaze, served with potatoes and roasted corn. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600
This Mid-City bar expanded its kitchen when it reopened and now offers a full range of pizzas, calzones, muffulettas and salads. Shrimp Florentine pizza is one of the popular specialty pies. Salads include a Caprese salad with mozzarella, basil and toma tomatoes, and pesto shrimp and pasta Caesar salad. Toasted sandwiches include a meatball sub and a hot ham and cheese melt. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150
This family-run seafood market offers a lunchtime affirmation of the recovery of its Gentilly neighborhood as regulars and those working in the area pour in for fried and boiled seafood. The po-boys are made on bread delivered from John Gendusa's Bakery next door, and the crabs, shrimp, crawfish and fin fish are fresh from local waters. Try a generously piled seafood combination platter with crinkle-cut fries or take home a pint of marinated boiled crabs. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Galley Seafood has a bounty of boiled crabs, shrimp and - more. - TRACIE MORRIS SCHAEFER

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