Spring Restaurant Guide

00:00 September 24, 2013
By: David Vicari

African

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Bennachin invites the Big Easy to try a "taste of Africa." This family-friendly spot serves up generous portions of authentic African comfort food. Don't forget it's B.Y.O.B. Try the Sisay Singho and see what African comfort food is all about. 1212 Royal St. • 522-1230 • bennachinrestaurant.com

American

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City Diner is a great place for an anytime dining experience. They have perfected the art of diner food with a local twist. Whether it's stuffed pancakes or good ol' Jambalaya, City Diner will satisfy your appetite around the clock, seven days a week. Metairie, Harahan, CBD • citydiner.biz

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Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland's is an exciting dining experience the whole family will love. No meal should end without a slice of their signature turtle cheesecake. Try the Blackened Shrimp Alfredo. Metairie, Uptown • 593-9955 • copelandscheesecakebistro.com

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Crescent City Brewhouse invites you to savor food and music while enjoying a cold brew. Brewing thirst-quenching German beers, this brewhouse features an impressive 17-barrel in-house brewery, as well as fl avorful Louisiana cuisine. 527 Decatur St. • 522-0571 • Crescentcitybrewhouse.com

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Daisy Dukes creates a true southern atmosphere while providing a memorable Cajun dining experience for a great price. With their 24-hour service, you can enjoy a Fried Shrimp Po-boy or a heaping stack of pancakes anytime of the day, everyday. French Quarter, CBD, Metairie • daisydukesrestaurant.com

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Gattuso's offers family-style dining and catering, as well as event space, conveniently located in the Gretna historic district. This neighborhood favorite is a great place to stop on the West Bank. Grab the Chicken Carrot Salad for a light and delicious meal. 435 Huey P. Long Ave. • 368-1114 • gattusos.net

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Gordon Biersch combines authentic craft beer with sophisticated gourmet food. A tall glass of Golden Export lager and the legendary Garlic Fries are the perfect start to any meal. Try the Kobe Black & Bleu for a delicious twist on an American favorite. 200 Poydras St. 522-2739 • gordonbiersch.com

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House of Blues is known for being more than just a legendary music venue. Great for lunch, dinner, or Gospel Brunch, their menu will entertain you on and off the stage. Pair your plate of Shrimp and Grits with a Sinful Sangria— you're welcome. 225 Decatur St. • 310-4999 • houseofblues.com

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Joey K's is best known for their classic home-style cooking and daily specials. Located in the heart of world-famous Magazine Street, Joey K's is the perfect spot to stop in for some Red Beans & Rice while shopping or exploring. Try their famous Shrimp Magazine for a treat. 3001 Magazine St. • 891-0997 • joeyksrestaurant.com

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Juicy Lucy's has an interesting spin on the classic burger. Instead of dressing your bun with all the fi xings, Lucy's transforms its toppings into stuffi ng. Bring a friend and try the Juicy Fu-lotta; a burger the size of a muffelatta! You won't want to miss it. Mid-City, Metairie • 598-5044 • msjuicylucy.com

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Katie's Restaurant and Bar is the place for you if you are looking for a menu fi lled with gems like Po-Boys, Burgers, and Pizzas. They've got it all, served up in a cozy neighborhood setting. Grab the Panko Crusted Red Fish Noel for a delicious dinner. 3701 Iberville St. • 488- 6582 • katiesinmidcity.com

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Ma Momma's House is soul food at its best. The relaxed feel of the atmosphere and the smell of cornbread will have you feeling right at home. And don't worry, because it's affordable. The Pork Chops with Red Beans is where it's at. 5741 Crowder Blvd. • 241-2548 • mamommashouse.com

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Manning's caters to all sports fans. While watching your favorite team on one of their 30 flat screen TV's, this spot serves up fan favorites with a Creole twist. Try a New York Strip with Brabant Potatoes and see what we're talking about. 519 Fulton St. • 593-8118

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Phil's Grill is a family owned burger joint that has been voted "Best Burger" six years in a row. With toppings and choices galore, it's easy to build your own specialty burger. You haven't tried the best burger because you haven't built it at Phil's yet! Metairie, Harahan • phils-grill.com


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Willie Mae's Scotch House cooks some of the best comfort food in the South. This New Orleans hole-in-the-wall is famous for their unbeatable fried chicken, refreshing sweet tea, and fresh cornbread. The Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes is the best you'll ever have. 2401 St. Ann St. • 822-9503

Asian

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5 Happiness offers traditional Chinese cuisine that can be enjoyed by delivery, carryout, or as a sit-down meal in its ornate interior setting. Caution: the Sesame Chicken Platter is dangerously delicious! 3605 S. Carrollton Ave. • 482-3935 • fivehappiness.com

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Green Tea offers an extensive menu of authentic Hunan and Szechuan Chinese cuisine. Green Tea promises the freshest ingredients in town and all dishes are prepared in vegetable oil, so you will be eating healthy for sure. Try one of the Chef's Specialties. 1116 Louisiana Ave. • greenteanola.com

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Jazmine Café is known for great food, for an even better price, serving classic Vietnamese dishes like Pho, Vietnamese Meatball Po-boy and a variety of noodle salad bowls. Try their Spicy Mango Salad with Tuna joined by an Absolut Blue or Absolut Green Martini. 614 S. Carrollton Ave. • 866-9301 • Jazminecafe.com

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Kakkoii Japanese Bistro offers sushi rolls, Chicken Teriyaki, and even wonderful soups and salads. Enjoy the big game over a drink at the bar with your friends. For a sweet and spicy combo, try the Maple-Hill Roll with a Blue Crush Martini. 7537 Maple St. • 570-6440

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Kyoto has become a well-loved Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar for their inventive specialty rolls. Their chefs pay attention to detail, cutting only the finest pieces of fresh fish. Try the Sashimi Platter for some of the freshest sushi you'll ever have. 4920 Prytania St. • 891-3644 • kyotonola.com

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Kyoto II offers welcoming service, classics like the California Roll, and new creations like the Funky Margarita Roll and Unforgettable Roll. And who doesn't love their complementary noodle salad! The J Pop and the Rodeo Roll are perfect for sushi fans new and old. 5608 Citrus Blvd. • 818-0228

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La Thai has been voted best Thai restaurant by Where Y'at readers for the past six years, creating both traditional and modern Thai cuisine. The Crispy Oysters served with jumbo shrimp and crabmeat, topped with a sweet chili soy glaze will leave your taste buds tingling. 4938 Prytania St. • 899-8886 • lathaiuptown.com

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Mikimoto serves up authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi, as well as a wide selection of hot and cold sake along with several specialty cocktails. Dine in, order out, or ask for delivery. Order the Sashimi Platter for some of the best sushi in town. 3301 D. Carrollton Ave. • 488- 1881 • mikimotosushi.com

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Miyako is the destination for delicious Japanese hibachi with a side of fire-fueled theatrics. Their chefs will prepare an entire meal right before your eyes, and if that doesn't get you excited, try out their full sushi bar. The Spicy Girl Roll is great with a Typhon drink! 1403 St. Charles Ave. • 410-9997 • japanesebistro.com

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Ohm Lounge has an upscale Asian lounge and restaurant for the perfect first stop of a night out on the town. Show up for a few Asian small plates, and stay to experience their extensive sake menu. You will literally be saying OMG when you try the OMG Shrimp. 601 Tchoupitoulas St. • 335-1760 • ohm-lounge.com

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Origami, founded by three master sushi chefs, offers a fresh take on sushi, with several signature rolls featuring surprise ingredients such as mango and Japanese squash. The Soft Shell Crab appetizer is a great start to an even greater dinner. 5130 Freret St. • 899-6532 • sushinola.com

Bars with Great Food

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Backspace Bar and Kitchen's literaturethemed bar offers up author-inspired drinks alongside an eclectic menu of Southern-style dishes. Head there for a little inspiration, or even just to feel like a character in a great old novel. The Whitman Roast Beef will surely leave you satisfied. 139 Chartres St. • 322-2245 • backspacenola.com

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Balcony Bar Café is one of Magazine Street's best spots for a bite, drinks, and a friendly crowd. Hang out at the bar, or head upstairs to their outdoor balcony with friends while overlooking the neighborhood's lively nightlife scene. Be sure to try the Chicken Quesadillas. 3201 Magazine St. • 894-8888

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Barcadia has a fried PB&J, 44 beers on tap, and an entire wall of 80's arcade games that you can play for just a quarter. Throw in a gourmet burger and it's no wonder Barcadia has become a CBD hotspot. Order the Green Chili Cheeseburger for a zesty kick. 601 Tchoupitoulas St. • 335-1740 • barcadianeworleans.com

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Bourbon Heat has quickly established itself as a premiere Bourbon Street spot for drinks, dancing, and an all-around great time. They've got a great happy hour and stellar food to go with. Try the Oysters Rockefeller charbroiled and Oyster with Parmesan Cheese. 711 Bourbon St. • 324-4669 • 711bourbonheat.com

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Buffa's Bar and Restaurant is the perfect spot for great entertinament, including a Sunday jazz brunch, Wednesday Open Mic Night, or just to chat with some friendly folks. Start things off with the Boudin Balls or some Fried Green Beans before trying the Buffa's Cheeseburger. 1001 Esplanade Ave. • 949- 0038 • buffasbar.com

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Déjà Vu offers up a variety of comfort food choices, including breakfast served 24 hours a day—the perfect complement to any late night in the French Quarter. Jump-start your day with the Cajun Omelette or the Chef Salad if you want a light brunch. 400 Dauphine St. • 523-1931 • dejavulnola.com

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Dino's Bar and Grill is a great Warehouse District establishment for anything from lunch to a late-night hang with friends and other locals. They've got 2-for-1 mixed drinks on Fridays and a great ladies' night on Saturdays. 1128 Tchoupitoulas St. • 558-0900

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Little Gem Saloon's historic space lets you take a step back in time to the early days of jazz. They've got live music, and their menu showcases the best of what's in season. Try the Grilled Rabbit Loin with rabbit cauliflower gratin topped with pickled apple cabbage preserve. 445 S. Rampart St. • 267-4863 • littlegemsaloon.com

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Mid-City Yacht Club is not just an awesome neighborhood bar, it's an awesome neighborhood bar with a delicious new menu that will have you saying, "Holy Crab Balls!" Try their Lucky Burger stuffed with bacon and mushroom with cheese fries. 440 S St. Patrick St. • 483-2517 • midcityyachtclub.com

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Parasol's Bar and Restaurant is famous for great drinks and a rollicking St. Patrick's Day Block Party. With fantastic food as well, it's no wonder they just celebrated their 60 th anniversary. The overstuffed Roast Beef Po-boy is sure to leave you satisfied. 2533 Constance St. • 302-1543 • parasolsbarandrestaurant.com

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Poppy's Time Out Sports Bar is the ultimate place to catch a game, with 21 huge fl at-screen TVs and 20 beers on tap. Stop in and try their take on the classic New Orleans Hurricane. Try the fi nger-licking-good hot wings and the Slugger sandwich. 500 Port of New Orleans Place • 247-9265 • poppystimeoutsportsbar.com

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Rivershack Tavern serves a little bit of everything with a side of live local music. This honky-tonk is known for its tacky ashtrays and unique leg barstools. The Crispy Soft Shell Crabs are so fresh they might just crawl right off the plate. 3449 River Rd. • 834-4938 • therivershacktavern.com

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Shamrock has it all: Foosball, Air hockey, Shuffl eboard, Ping-pong, Bowling, Pool tables and more! The best part: No kids allowed to hog all the fun games. When you take a break from gaming, try the Chicken, Cheese and Mushroom Sandwich. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave. • 301-0938 • shamrockparty.com

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Tracey's Irish Restaurant and Bar is the original Irish Channel bar. With 20 TVs, this is the hot spot to watch any sport. Have a pint or two, and don't even think about leaving without trying either the Roast Beef Po-boy or the Oyster Sandwich with a side of fries. 2604 Magazine St. • 897-5413 • traceysnola.com

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Victory Bar is perfect for an after-work cocktail, the fi rst stop on a night out, or that special date night. Come in for the Drink of the Day and stay for the Truffl e Popcorn. Experience the Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps or the Bacon Wrapped Scallops. 339 Baronne St. • 522-8664 • victorycocktails.com

BBQ

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Squeal is not your average barbeque. This Uptown location is known for adding its own "New Orleans style" twist to BBQ. Their barbecue sauce and fresh, zesty ingredients are truly incredible. Come in and try the BBQ Pork Tacos, smoked to perfection. 8400 Oak St. • 302-7370 • squeal-nola.com

Café

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Breads on Oak is more than just a bakery, serving a fantastic breakfast and lunch that will have you coming back for more. A favorite of Uptowners and students alike, they offer plenty of vegan and gluten-free alternatives. 8640 Oak St. • 324-8271 • breadsonoak.com

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Café Amelie is known for having one of the most beautiful courtyards in the Quarter. Dine in and enjoy an array of signature cocktails for Sunday brunch or a romantic dinner celebration. Order the Pan Roasted Salmon for delectable goodness. 912 Royal St. • 412-8965 • cafeamelie.com

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Café Soule is dedicated to satisfying its customers with delicious cuisine. The dishes offered are the perfect combination of where New Orleans meets France. Try the Shrimp Creole with the French New Orleans sauce. Bon appetite. 720 St Louis St. • 304-4636 • cafésoule.com

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Carmo Tropical Café & Bar is proud to be vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly. They serve dishes inspired from around the world with top-quality local ingredients. Order the Burmese Tea Leaf Salad with Cajulia to sip on for some healthy, tasty cuisine. 527 Julia St. • 875-4132 • cafecarmo.com

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EAT prides itself in preserving the heart of New Orleans by creating Cajun and Creole dishes. EAT uses the freshest of seasonal seafood and produce from local farmers and fishermen. The butter beans with shrimp are absolutely delicious! BYOB! 900 Dumaine St. • 522-7222 • eatnola.com

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ONE Restaurant and Lounge has a dining atmosphere that is the perfect balance between sophistication and intimacy. Choose a glass off of their extensive wine menu or a hand crafted cocktail, and order the Pan Seared Sea Scallop with Foie Gras and Blueberry Jam. 8132 Hampson St. • 301-9061 • onerestaurantnola.com

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Petitè Amelie specializes in "cuisine rapide." Just a few doors down from Café Amelie, it's extension, Petite Amelie serves up a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Stop by and try a waffl e melt for breakfast or a Tarragon Chicken Salad for lunch. 900 Royal St. • 412-8065 • cafeamelie.com/petite-amelie

Cajun/Creole

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Antoine's Restaurant's world-renowned French-Creole cuisine has made it a hot spot for sophisticated dining since 1840. Their Hermes Bar is a "can't miss." Order the Pompano Pontchartrain with lump crabmeat for some Cajun goodness. 713 St. Louis St. • 581-4422 • antoines.com

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Charlie's Restaurant specializes in Cajun-Creole cuisine and some of the city's best gumbo, but offers over 300 different menu items daily to guarantee something to satisfy every taste bud. With so much to choose from, you can't go wrong with a seafood dish. Don't miss out. 6129 E. St. Bernard Hwy. • 682- 9057 • Charliesrestaurantla.com

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Copeland's of New Orleans is a great restaurant if you're looking for a casually festive atmosphere, local cuisine and delicious homemade dessert, adding their touch to traditional Louisiana recipes. The Crab Cakes and Shrimp Alfredo are addicting! Covington, Metairie, Kenner, Slidell, West Bank • 831- 3437 • copelandsofneworleans.com

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Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro is known for its delicious bistro cuisine, classy French Quarter ambiance and extensive wine list. Savory plates like the Herb Scented Rack of Lamb is something you just have to try! 720 Orleans Ave. • 523-1930 • Orleansgrapevine.com

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Serendipity blends fresh local ingredients with a master chef's touch to create amazing food. The connection of sophisticated deocor and classic dishes create a memorable dining experience. Start things off with the Seafood Slider and then order the Braised Short Ribs. 3700 Orleans Ave. Ste. A-3 • 407-0818 • serendipitynola.com

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Tableau, Dickie Brennan's newest restaurant, features private dining rooms, balcony dining with a view of Jackson Square and courtyard seating. Or sit front-row at the open kitchen, as your meal is prepared before your eyes. Don't miss the Asparagus Seafood Salad. 616 St. Peter St. • 934-3463 • tableaufrenchquarter.com

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Vacherie is known for its authentic Cajun food. Located in the Hotel St. Marie in the heart of the French Quarter, Vacherie's dishes are inspired from the small town, Vacherie, LA. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a drink from the bar. 827 Toulouse St. • 207-4532 • vacherierestaurant.com

Italian

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Amici is bringing coal fi red pizza Uptown. Serving up authentic Italian cuisine, this restaurant and bar has a build your own pizza special that is like no other. Come in for lunch, dinner or 1/2 priced martinis and complimentary meatballs every Thursday. 3218 Magazine St. • 300-1250 • amicinola.com

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Eleven 79 serves up classic Italian dishes with a touch of New Orleans fl avor. Come out to this reconstructed 1800s merchant's cottage to enjoy great wine, a cozy dining atmosphere and an array of fantastic daily dinner specials. For a memorable meal try the Osso Bucco. 1179 Annunciation St. • 299-1179 • eleven79.com

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Pascal's Manale Restaurant invented Barbeque Shrimp and to this day no one can touch their recipe. Celebrating 100 years, come in with a healthy appetite and enjoy some raw oysters from their stand up bar while waiting for your table. 1838 Napoleon Ave. • 895-4877

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Red Gravy makes Italian comfort food with rich fl avors stirred into every bite. Famous for their brunch, it's their homemade pastas and famous marinara gravy that keeps patrons coming back. Try the Pork Belly Ragu and fi nish things off with the Baba Au Rhum dessert. 125 Camp St. • 561-8844 • redgravycafe.com

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Venezia is a classic Italian restaurant bringing home cooking to Mid City. With hot pizza pies cooked in a stone oven, you are bound to smell what Venezia is cooking. The Veal Cannelloni will leave you asking for more. 134 B. Carrollton Ave. • 488-7991 • venezianeworleans.com

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Vincent's is a classic spot for an authentic Italian meal. It offers a casual setting, but the food, and wine are anything but low key. Who says Italians only eat pasta? Order the Soft Shell Crab with Jumbo Lump Crab Cake for a little seafood with some Italian flavor. Metairie, Uptown • vincentsitaliancuisine.com

Latin

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Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill delivers Cuban and Latin-styled dishes, great drinks and entertainment nightly. Enjoy some fresh air with your meal and a specialty cocktail out on the patio. The Grilled Jerked Artic Sea Bass will give you some flavor that you will enjoy. 437 Esplanade Ave. • 252-4800 • mojitosnola.com

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Nacho Mama's prides itself on being a restaurant Mama would be proud of. Have a seat, hydrate with Mama's famous Mojo-Rita and munch on some Macho Nachos. Order the Fajita wrap for some grilled chicken or beef goodness. 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy. • 736-1188 • nachomamasmexicangrill.com

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Rita's Tequila House features over 135 different tequilas and the best Margarita in the French Quarter. This hot spot also offers great Tacos, Fajitas and a Mexican Pizza like no other. Stop by and try the Paella Plate with a Sangria Margarita or a Lightening Blue Martini. 417 Bourbon St. • 298-8227 • ritastequilahouse.com

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Taco Del Mar has been buzzing with fantastic fish tacos since the Mexican-influenced restaurant first opened its doors in California in 1992. Release your "Inner Baja" with hand-rolled tacos, quesadillas and burritos. Get the Super Meat Nachos or build your own at the Nacho Bar. Surf's up! CBD, Chalmette, Mid City

Middle Eastern

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Lebanon's Café is sure to satisfy your Middle Eastern food fix. Bring your own wine or beer and enjoy the friendly attentive service. The Rosemary Lamb Chops with Hummus and Rice will have you coming back. 1500 S. Carrollton Ave. • 862-6200 • lebanonscafe.com

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Pyramids Café is a great Uptown spot for fresh, authentic, and healthy Mediterranean cuisine. You can dine in, take out or order delivery online. If you're a first-timer, try the Gyro Plate or the Vegetarian Platter alongside some Turkish coffee. 3151 Calhoun St. • 861-9602 • pyramidscafeneworleans.com

Pizza and More

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Mellow Mushroom is best known for their creative pies, but the menu also offers giant calzones and hoagies. Start things off with the Bruschetta appetizer before the Kosmic Karma pizza. Metairie, Uptown • mellowmushroom.com

Po-Boys and More

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Domilise's Po-Boys and Bar is known as a New Orleans institution. Family-owned for more than 70 years, it is the perfect spot for a roast beef po-boy. At Domilise's, you'll find true local flavor. The Shrimp Po'Boys here are amazing. 5240 Annunciation St. • 899-9126

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Parkway Bakery and Tavern has a variety of options from seafood to vegetarian. Stop in on Mondays for a Fried Oyster Po-Boy, or any day of the week for one of their top-notch Roast Beef Po-Boys. 538 Hagan Ave. • 482- 3047 • parkwaypoorboys.com

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Short Stop Po-Boys serves up fresh crispy crinkle-cut fries and "King Size" savory po-boys daily. Feeling indecisive? Try a ½ Oyster and ½ Shrimp po-boy! Order early and late, Short Stop features a convenient drive-thru window for phone-ahead orders. 119 Transcontinental Dr. • 885-4572 • shortstoppoboys.com

Seafood

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Crazy Lobster Bar and Grill is a onestop-shop for New Orleans-style eats and drinks. Sip on a Tropical Hurricane and try their raw or chargrilled oysters. The Bounty of the Sea is so incredible, it will leave your taste buds swimming. 500 Port of New Orleans Pl. • 569-3380 • thecrazylobster.com

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Deanie's Seafood is a local favorite for fresh Louisiana seafood. They serve up giant seafood platters in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that's become a staple of New Orleans culture. The Barbeque Shrimp are the best! French Quarter, Metairie • deanies.com

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Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House is one of the city's premiere destinations for fantastic local seafood. Featuring one of the best bourbon menus in the world, go for the Black and Gold Oysters for a Saint-sational treat. 144 Bourbon St. • 522-0111 • bourbonhouse.com

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Landry's Seafood philosophy is simple: serve up Gulf Coast fl avor in a distinctive dining environment. Stop in at their S. Peters Street location for a satisfying meal. The Barbeque Shrimp are so tasty that you might just fall out of your chair. French Quarter, Lakeview • landrysseafood.com

Steak House

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Crazy Johnnie's Steakhouse, located in Metairie, has been serving up high-quality seafood and steaks to the New Orleans area for over 20 years. A great spot to go with the family or friends to watch the big game, try the Filet Mignon with the Johnny Potatoes! 3520 18th St. • 887-6641 • crazyjohnnies.net

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Crescent City Steak House has been serving the best prime beef in New Orleans for the past 79 years. Their steaks sizzled in butter will leave your mouth watering. The 10 oz. fi let mignon with wrapped bacon is any meat lover's paradise. 1001 North Broad St. • 821-3271 • crescentcitysteaks.com

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