II TONY'S RESTAURANT
105 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie 831-0999; www.two-tonys.com
Fixtures of the local restaurant scene for more than 50 years, the Montalbano family's II Tony's is fixed up and back in action in Bucktown near the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. House favorites like the grilled shrimp pasta Mediterranean beckon, as do traditional Italian fare and local seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$.
7 ON FULTON
700 Fulton St. (Riverfront Hotel) 525-7555
The latest venture from veteran restaurateur Vicky Bayley, 7 on Fulton recently opened in the Warehouse District's new Riverfront Hotel. Chef David English's menu features crispy-skin duck breast with dirty rice of duck confit, Gulf grouper with shellfish over Southern-style paella and grilled Angus New York strip with braised short ribs and oxtail mushroom ravioli. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
517 Frenchmen St. 942-1345
The sister establishment to the legendary pub Molly's at the Market down the street, 13 is a neighborhood joint that keeps the good times rolling late into the night with its own lively bar scene and a kitchen turning out both familiar and offbeat favorites. Tater-tots are a specialty, for instance, and the kitchen lately has prepare big, steaming tamales and spicy boudin sausage. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night dinner daily. Credit cards. $