901 Louisiana Ave. 891-5271
Locals love the casual atmosphere and real Southern cooking at this cafe on the edge of the Garden District. Some say the fried green tomatoes here are among the best in the city, and Creole favorites include the amberjack topped with crabmeat and beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, breakfast and brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $$

1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Good food for a good cause, what could be better? At the Reconcile, at-risk teens and young adults learn the restaurant business first hand, and diners are eating up the results. The menu goes through New Orleans classics and beyond. Try the brie cheese po-boy with roasted red peppers, or the Monday special of meatloaf with jalapeno cornbread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

4330 Magazine St. 895-9761
Loaf around all you want inside one of Uptown's favorite neighborhood restaurants; the oyster loaf features a baker's dozen golden-brown fried oysters stacked between two large pieces of Texas toast (also known as pan bread). No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Checks. $$

8016 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie 467-9316
If you're on your way to the airport but haven't yet had your fill of Louisiana cooking, stop at this convenient spot (just off Williams Boulevard) for a shrimp or oyster po-boy on sesame-seeded French bread. You can dine in or get it to go, and experience the cognitive dissonance of getting your last taste of Louisiana at 30,000 feet. The gumbo and potato salad are local favorites. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner
Come Back Inn II is all about the muffaletta, which features smoked ham, Genoa and cotto salami, Swiss and provolone cheeses, and the signature homemade olive salad (feeds two easily). Also consider the Julia: fried seafood (your choice) over angel hair pasta topped with a rich cream sauce with crabmeat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie 454-1008
The kitchen staff at the Corner Cafe invite you to try the seafood platter for two, with its heaping piles of crab balls, hush puppies, shrimp, oysters, catfish, stuffed jalapenos, onion rings, stuffed shrimp, popcorn shrimp, baby softshell crabs and two servings of gumbo. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 833-2722
Many a shopper at the seafood market have gotten overwhelmed by hunger and darted over to a table at Crabby Jack's, where the boiled and fried seafood is as fresh as can be. The soups deserve special attention, with crab chowder, turtle soup and duck and andouille gumbo all at the top of the list. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

601 Gallier St. 944-9272
The construction along Chartres Street hasn't detoured patrons of Heidi Trull's popular breakfast and lunch spot. The eggs Elizabeth feature buttered French bread grilled and topped with ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. The constantly changing lunch specials bring all manner of fresh salads and seafood to your plate. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, brunch Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $


3443 Esplanade Ave. (Park Esplanade Apartments) 821-8939
The residents of the Park Esplanade apartments are grateful to have such a dependable restaurant just downstairs. Friday nights cater to Catholics with crabcakes and fried flounder, and the pea soup, oysters, onion rings and shrimp salad all make great snacks. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

321 Arabella St. 899-9146
Plastic tablecloths, a worn but friendly bar, and locals eating enormous softshell-crab po-boys with the legs hanging out of the bread is what you'll find at Franky and Johnny's. Patrons flock to this favorite neighborhood hole-in-the-wall for hearty local fare at bargain prices: red beans and rice, po-boys, boiled or fried seafood platters and other down-home dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie 834-5646
This neighborhood gem offers casual dining and home-cooked meals to faithful regulars. Family ownership guarantees continuing commitment to timeless classics like Southern fried chicken and plates of speckled trout. No one goes away without having the bread pudding in rum sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3001 Magazine St. 891-0997
No one goes away hungry after feasting on the daily all-you-can-eat catfish platter or an overstuffed po-boy. On particular weekdays, daily specials such as the trout Tchoupitoulas, meatloaf, or liver and onions can be savored at lunch or dinnertime. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast Saturday, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

3701 Iberville St. 488-6582
Dine al fresco while savoring a house-roasted turkey or ham po-boy. The new menu features chicken Marsala with sauteed chicken, mushrooms and onions in a Marsala cream sauce. The tomato basil soup is made daily. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$

911 Harrison Ave. 486-4887
This neighborhood hangout offers burgers, steaks, pizza and seafood dishes. Hearty appetites go for the seafood platter, which boasts bountiful servings of softshell crabs, crabcakes, catfish, shrimp and oysters and is served with a Super Salad slathered with house dressings (Roquefort is a favorite). No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

1518 N. Lopez St. 943-8667
It's a safe bet you'll be pleased with your meal every time at this quintessential New Orleans neighborhood dining spot near the Fair Grounds. Local classics such as Creole gumbo keep regulars coming back. It's made with sausage, chicken and lots of seasonings as well as fresh sauteed shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, lunch and dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $

234 N. Telemachus St. 488-3714
This Mid-City staple has been serving locals and business denizens alike. Try the Frenchulatta, an overstuffed muffaletta on French bread, or ask for the House Special, an eggplant casserole with meatball pasta. If you get there in time, ask for the green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade sauce. Popular homemade soup options include the cream of shrimp and artichoke. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


5000 Old Gentilly Road 942-2400
Breakfast is served throughout the day. Try the EggSelence, with two eggs, hash browns or grits, choice of meats, and toast or biscuit. If you're craving seafood, ask for the Maloney's Giant Seafood Platter, loaded with catfish fillet, crabcakes, stuffed shrimp, fried jumbo shrimp, seafood stuffing, jambalaya, oysters and steamed veggies. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday, open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $


340 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville (985) 626-9047
This Mandeville spot offers many breakfast plates, the most popular being its egg platters such as the eggs Sardou, Benedict and Florentine. For those who want a little more kick in the morning, there's the Cajun eggs Benedict with crawfish sausage. To revive your day at noon, Mande's dishes out hot plate lunches with combinations including crawfish etouffee with rice or eggplant, baked chicken, salad and seafood. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $


3200 St. Claude Ave. 947-9553
Mandich has been serving its popular version of Creole cooking to Bywater for years. The roasted pork loin is paired with local sweet potatoes and soaked in onion gravy. Also consider the grilled yellowfin tuna with lemon sauce and Cajun popcorn, aka fried crawfish tails. The turtle soup comes from a family recipe. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

3800 Canal St. 482-9179
This classic neighborhood restaurant has been pleasing locals and tourists alike with its impeccable service (dig the waiters in their burgundy jackets) and reliable culinary offering for more than seven decades. Try the trout meuniere and the trout amandine. To top it all off, dive into a sweet serving of bread pudding covered in rum sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $


1001 Live Oak St., Metairie 838-0022
Since 1989, this casual, family-friendly neighborhood restaurant has been serving up the works such as seafood stuffed bell peppers, full of crawfish tails and crabmeat. For a fish dinner, try the paneed trout, topped with crabmeat, green onions and mushrooms. Homemade desserts available. No reservations. Credit cards and checks. $$


1838 Napoleon Ave. 895-4877
Pascal's is the place everyone knows invented the barbecue shrimp dish, served with the heads on and prepared in Pascal's signature, spicy and tangy sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie 831-1248
R&O's fun, family atmosphere can offer the whole gang the chance to share classics such as the stuffed artichoke and Italian salad. The roast beef po-boy is a house specialty and seafood dishes, such as the barbecue shrimp. Pizza is always a top choice, whether it's made to order or a specialty pie such as the meatball. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wednesday through Monday. Credit cards. $

4501 Eve St. 822-9858
Wednesdays is but one of the days to drop in on the Inn, thanks to the barbecue special: smoked ribs/brisket or pork shoulder, or any combination of the above served with baked beans and potato salad. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $

7801 Panola St. 314-1810
A friendly place to linger over coffee and a meal, Panola's favorites are the eggs Pontchartrain, a Louisiana twist on eggs Benedict with crawfish saute in place of Canadian bacon. If you prefer sweet to savory, try the Belgian waffles and pancakes -- plain, strawberry, blueberry or banana nut. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

5725 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan 733-3000
The catfish Smilie is a fresh, tenderloin catfish sprinkled with Italian bread crumbs, shrimp, green onions and baked with a butter wine sauce. The veal Augie is a panned veal sauteed on a skillet and topped with lumped crabmeat and a Hollandaise sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards. $$

5325 Franklin Ave. 288-9370
Teddy's has been known for its home-style cooking since 1961, especially its roast beef, which is slow-cooked overnight and served with gravy made from scratch. The grill also features po-boys and plate lunches, which include pepper steak on Tuesdays and stewed chicken on Wednesdays. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

1238 Baronne St. 523-8571
Start off with fried oysters with blue cheese dressing or the creamy oyster brie soup. The shrimp Uggie is a popular entree, with shrimp marinated and sauteed with crushed red peppers, hot sauce, onions and bell pepper. New dishes include the grilled shrimp wrapped in bacon and served with a sweet potato souffle. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday and some Saturdays. Cash only. $$

3016 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-3683
Rock 'N' Bowl owner John Blancher has taken over and left most of the menu the same. The oyster loaf that's advertised on the outside wall is a specialty, as are oyster omelettes, avocado and shrimp salad, and fried green tomatoes topped with shrimp remoulade. Not surprisingly, Blancher is adding music to the menu, with Sunday brunches often featuring the fiddling wunderkind Amanda Shaw. No reservations. Breakfast Sunday, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $$

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