Warehouse District


700 Fulton St., 525-7555
Located inside the River Front Hotel, hotel guests and locals are invited to enjoy a meal seven days a week. Start the day with a Chef's Omelet, which should be renamed Your Omelet since it includes anything the diner desires. The lunch menu includes a baby spinach salad with crispy oysters and andouille sausage. For dinner, try dishes like grilled redfish with calamari, fennel and arugula. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

535 Tchopitoulas St., 599-2111
Tourists might not expect New Orleans to be a great place for Cuban cuisine, but that would change if they knew about Azul. Who could resist sea scallops, pan-seared in sesame seed oil, topped with lump crabmeat in a Spanish saffron sauce and drizzled with white truffle oil; or the slow-roasted pork with bitter oranges, garlic, mojo sauce, seared over black beans and jasmine rice? Reservations recommended on weekends. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

300 Poydras St. (Loews Hotel), 595-3305;
Start with a cocktail at the swanky Swizzle Stick Bar and follow it with an elegant meal in the dining room. Local ingredients are featured throughout the menu, including the crab and cheese in the the Fleur de Lis Crab Tart. The sweet meat from Des Allemands is folded among melted leeks, oyster mushrooms, and fleur de lis cheese from Bittersweet Plantation in Donaldsonville. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123;
This newcomer to the Warehouse restaurant scene has quickly made its mark. The in-house boucherie features a half-dozen pork preparations, including andouille sausage, fried boudin balls, and hog's head cheese. Graze your way through the small plates, sampling and sharing oven-roasted oysters, fried chicken livers, and spoonbread topped with okra and tomatoes. Entrees include roasted fish "fisherman's style" and beef brisket with horseradish potato salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900
It's solid pub grub at this Warehouse tavern. Burgers, cheesesteaks, chicken Caesar wraps and crawfish etouffee mix on the menu with a variety of sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393;
Emeril's is such a part of the local landscape that ESPN set up cameras to watch the staff cheer during the Saints victory over Atlanta during Monday Night Football. Classic dishes of andouille-crusted redfish and banana cream pie from the city's most famous chef are the reason why. Reservations required. Lunch Fri., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

600 S. Peters St., 525-8544
The extensive offerings at Ernst Cafe can be enjoyed at nearly every hour of the day. Start off with an appetizer of smoked salmon or oyster Rockefeller before heading into entrees of local favorites such as shrimp Creole or roasted duck. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

200 Poydras St., 522-2739
Now that the Harrah's Hotel has developed Fulton Street into a brick promenade, Gordon Biersch has additional beer garden-style space outside. The brewery crafts several European-style beers on site and the menu offers a little bit of everything, from pizzas and salads to sandwiches and pastas, red beans to meatloaf, gumbo to southwestern-style egg rolls. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Riverwalk Mall, 861-2500
Of course Haagen-Dazs offers its own brand of ice creams in a full line of decadent flavors, but it also sells coffees like the Barista: coffee, mocha and dulce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114;
Chef Donald Link crafts polished contemporary Louisiana cuisine at his Warehouse District restaurant. The Muscovy duck leg confit and braised beef short ribs are both refined takes on more traditional dishes. The duck legs are pan-seared until crisp and served over dirty rice with a citrus gastrique. The short ribs are seared until crispy and served over a potato pancake with a Dijon horseradish dressing. Experiment with housemade spaghetti served with cured pork cheek with a fried-poached egg. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sun. Credit cards $$$

857 Fulton St., 525-8205
The owners of the nearby Latin American seafood restaurant RioMar designed this new steakhouse along the lines of the famous eateries of Buenos Aires, so expect hearty portions of beef and other Argentine specialties. The gaucho platter is a great way to start, offering samples of chorizo, sweetbreads, beef skewers and empanadas. A selection of pastas changes day by day, but the steaks are the main event, grilled for an irresistible texture and served with a selection of chimichurri sauces. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350;
With a beautiful marble-top bar winding its way through the artfully inspired La Cote Brasserie in the Warehouse District Renaissance Arts Hotel, seafood is the natural highlight. The chilled seafood tasting platters typically include a selection of oysters on the half-shell, chilled shrimp and cold salads like tuna or salmon in a vinaigrette or a variation of remoulade. Entrees include dishes like whole roasted fish. The tuna poke salad is a Hawaiian specialty of raw tuna. There are also plenty of meat dishes. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995;
This surf shack features cold beer, margaritas and fruity cocktails to complement a menu of burgers, burritos and casual fare from a mix of Mexican and California cooking. The Baja tortilla rolls feature grilled chicken, black beans, cheese and avocado rolled into a flour tortilla and cut in sushi roll-like slices and served with homemade salsa and sour cream. The Cali burger is made from ground white turkey meat on a wheat bun with avocado, onions and sprouts and is served with a side salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

201 Julia St., 522-1492;
Mulate's offers a range of Cajun country favorites plus founder Kerry Boutte's own special dishes, all to the sounds of live Cajun bands in the evening. Catfish Mulate's is a lightly flowered and grilled catfish filet topped with crawfish etouffee and served with chicken and sausage jambalaya, saut — ed fresh vegetables and a twice-baked potato. There is a range of fried or grilled seafood entrees, including blackened fish, crabmeat au gratin and the Cajun seafood platter with stuffed crab, fried crawfish tails, butterflied shrimp, fried catfish, frogs legs and oysters. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

852 S. Peters St,. 593-9393;
Nothing fancy here, just reliable pub grub. Whether for lunch or before a night on the town, Red Eye's burgers, meat pies, broccoli bites, and cheese fries are satisfying and affordable. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

600 St. Charles Ave., 274-0105
Chef Raymond Toups, formerly of the Rib Room, is in the kitchen of the new Restaurant Anatole on the ground floor of the Lafayette Hotel. The entrees include some seafood and chop house classics with French accents, like the aged rib-eye, the filet mignon flamed with cognac, the roast loin of lamb or center-cut pork chop. Seafood options include Gulf shrimp, Maine diver scallops and Atlantic salmon. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

228 Poydras St., 533-6117;
Best known for his love of Mediterranean cuisine, which informed his original restaurant Olives, chef Todd English has opened Riche in Harrah's new hotel to feature fine French cuisine. From the French onion soup topped with gruyere cheese to escargot bourguigonne and frog legs Provencal, English's executive chef presides over a list of classic dishes. Entrees include a bouillabaisse, whole fish preparations, steak frites and specials from the rotisserie. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit Cards. $$$

800 S. Peters St., 525-3474;
The Latin-influenced seafood is the hallmark of Rio Mar, whether it's one of the daily fresh fish specials, or the mandatory ceviche appetizer. But the menu ranges to turf items as well, such as the hangar steak with chimichurri sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

823 Fulton St. 581-7253;
Known for its ,hopping scene and sleek design, Rock-n-Sake has been socking it to local sushi lovers for years. Some of the stars on its menu include the LSU roll made with tempura shrimp and cream cheese topped with crab, tuna, avocado and eel sauce and the Volcano roll with crabstick and cucumber topped with a mountain of baked seafood, spicy mayo and eel sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

1051 Annunciation St. 566-0021;
Stylish yet casual décor 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. $$

870 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-2858
This neighborhood hangout offers a lively bar scene, contemporary styling, flat-screen TVs for sports and a kitchen turning out casual crowd pleasers like the chicken Caesar wrap. Check out "steak night" on Thursday or Friday for a rib-eye with mashed potatoes and garlic French bread for $14.99. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103;
A deceptively simple menu delivers nuanced cuisine at Tommy's, which blends Italian and French Creole dishes in a warm, welcoming environment. Oysters Tommy is baked in the half-shell with cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper sauce, and smoked duck breast is sliced over spinach and drizzled with orange reduction for a rich salad. Entrees like soft-shell crab with linguini, seared lamb chops with rosemary port wine demi-glace and eggplant seafood casserole turn first-time visitors into regulars. Reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459
In a nice relaxed "saloon" atmosphere — they don't have a player piano, but they do have pool tables and video games — patrons can enjoy a game or two, a few drinks and some good barbecue. The menu boasts a monster half-pound pulled pork sandwich, a delicious rotisserie chicken sandwich, beef brisket, and barbecue platters complete with a choice of side dishes. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329
This gregarious Australian pub turns Warehouse District chic upside down with its casual, friendly atmosphere summoning the spirit of Down Under and a menu of "tucker" — or grub. Shepherd's pie with ground beef, vegetables and red wine gravy topped with garlic mashed potatoes and cheese could fill an Outback-sized appetite, while jambalaya and pizzas satisfy more locally oriented palates. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

1068 Magazine St., 529-1466
This longtime Warehouse District favorite moved closer to the Crescent City Connection, but regulars know there's no change in the distinctive, handcrafted pies. Try your favorite toppings with the house special spicy sauce, or go for one of the lunch plates like shrimp Creole with rice, salad and bread on Fridays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882
Chef Tom Wolfe's newest restaurant debuted in the summer of 2005 and got back into action later that fall serving locals and guests of the Marriot Hotel near the Convention Center. The clean-lined, contemporary dining room features some distinctive Wolfe creations, including "duck-duck-goose" — a combination of pastrami-cured duck breast, pan-seared leg of duck confit and foie gras studded with housemade duck sausage. For his panko-crusted fish, Wolfe first brines a fillet of local redfish, breads it and sears it before it is plated with smoked gouda veloute, sauteed spinach and fried garlic cloves. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

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