1068 Magazine St., 529-1466
Now at home underneath the elevated Crescent City Connection approach, Warehouse District Pizza serves up pies with traditional red sauce or the house specialty spicy sauce. The Millennium Special includes filet mignon, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, mozzarella and feta cheese. Lunch plates like shrimp Creole with rice, salad and bread on Fridays add more variety to the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433;
This Marigny mainstay serves up fresh, colorful sushi creations and cooked Asian favorites from its kitchen. The Wasabi honey shrimp brings an addicting sweet-spicy crunch in a velvety cream sauce, while the black bean mussels are spiked with jalapenos, bell pepper and onions. The light-tasting rice paper rolls and the Frenchmen roll offer different sushi combinations. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$

804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-385
5Situated along the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, this cozy cafŽ invites guests to have a seat inside or linger on its picturesque front porch. Mediterranean-inspired linguine with Gulf shrimp is prepared with olives, capers and feta. Desserts are homemade. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

450 Laroussini St., Westwego, 347-9187;
Operated by a swamp-tour company, this family-friendly West Bank cafŽ offers cooked versions of the fauna visitors might witness on a wildlife outing. Alligator sausage and fried frog legs start off the appetizer menu. Mainstays like blackened fish or shrimp come in generous portions. Mardi Gras pasta mixes shrimp and crawfish tails in a spicy sauce. The Swamp Spider is a soft-shell crab fried to a golden brown. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Fri. and Sat. Credit cards. $

336 Camp St., 592-0223
Welty's greets early risers with coffee, tea, bagels, pastries, croissants, grits and hearty breakfast platters, which include eggs, a choice of meat, grits, toast or biscuit. A range of salads, including the popular Asian chicken salad, and sandwiches with deli meats like pastrami topped with a horseradish sauce are offered for lunch. Welty's offers rotating daily plate lunch specials. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; 5600 Magazine St., 899-9119;
The nation's largest natural foods grocer has a long history in New Orleans, and its two locations in Uptown and Metairie offer a wide range of gourmet and organic products. The various food stations and deli cases offer dishes like Sonoma chicken salad with pecans, grapes and celery, and citrus-marinated salmon served with peppers and olives for a Mediterranean accent. Other prepared foods include soups, pizza, sandwiches and much more. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

639 Loyola Ave., 525-4044;
The Whole Hog approach starts with the belief that everything goes better with barbecue meat. Start with the barbecue nachos or get barbecue on top of salads. For entrees, the selection includes pulled pork, brisket, full and half slabs of ribs, pulled chicken meat and half chickens. The Whole Hog Platter rounds up pork, brisket, three beef ribs, baked beans, coleslaw and dinner rolls. A choice of six different barbecue sauces ranging from sweet to tangy to spicy are already on the tables, or head to the counter and ask for the super-hot Volcano sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705
Winston's Pub is a comfortable spot to grab a drink, a burger or any of the restaurant's platters. The Forrest Hills burger is a lean half-pound patty grilled over an open flame with a choice of Swiss, cheddar or Monterey cheese and a side of waffle fries, sweet potato fries or beer-battered onion rings. The 10-oz. New York strip is grilled to order and served with garlic mashed potatoes and a side salad, and on Monday only, it's available for just $8.95. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600;
This Mid-City bar expanded its kitchen when it reopened after Katrina and offers a full range of pizzas, calzones, muffulettas and salads. The shrimp calzone is a sort of pizza dough turnover stuffed with shrimp, roasted mushrooms and garlic, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan cheese, and is served with a marinara sauce on the side. The barbecue shrimp sandwich is made with New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp served on toasted bread with either Creole potato salad or cold pesto pasta salad on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882
This sleek, stylish Warehouse District restaurant is a showcase for a modern approach to traditional French and Creole cuisine. To see what it's all about, try chef Tom Wolfe's creation called Duck-Duck-Goose, a crispy leg of duck confit with foie gras-stuffed sausage, a duck crackling truffle tart, sweet-potato-wrapped asparagus and a port wine-infused duck demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244;
The crust at this delivery-only business makes all the difference in the world . A special fiber-rich crust is healthier for you than you need to know, but everything on top looks perfectly decadent. The Cajun Throwdown piles on the andouille sausage, alligator sausage, shrimp and bacon. The Mediterranean pizza is also popular. Sides include breadsticks and salads. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

WOW Cafe specializes in chicken wings, but the wide selection of sauces makes all the difference. Whether you pick up an eight-piece box or the party-friendly 1,000-piece spread, WOW wings come with a choice of sauces like the honey barbecue, Thai peanut sauce, various heat levels of Buffalo sauce, coconut curry, sweet and sour, teriyaki and many others. The Wingery also serves wraps, burgers, salads, quesadillas, chicken tenders and fajitas. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

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