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Summer Restaurant Guide

00:00 June 25, 2013
By: Staff
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CBD/ Warehouse District

Barcadia

601 Tchoupitoulas St. 335-1740, barcadianeworleans.com

Come eat, drink, and play at this bar and grill. Chow down with their burgers, salads, and famous fried PB&J. Quench your thirst with their collection of beers, and play a variety of fun and exciting '80s arcade games to top the evening off.

Carmo Tropical Café & Bar

527 Julia St. 875-4132, carmo.com

Carmo features tradition-inspired dishes from the Caribbean, Africa, and South America in a cozy setting. They serve fantastic entrees and vegetarian offerings, wonderful exotic juices, and signature cocktails. Whether you're vegan, carnivorous, or trying to eat gluten-free, Carmo has something to offer for everyone.

Crazy Lobster Bar and Grill

500 Port of New Orleans Place 569-3380, thecrazylobster.com

Craving your favorite fresh seafood? Look no further than the Crazy Lobster, right on the banks of the Mississippi River near Spanish Plaza. Enjoy everything from freshly shucked oysters to fried catfish po-boys and their famous steamed seafood bucket…all while listening to live authentic New Orleans music.

Dino's Bar and Grill

1128 Tchoupitoulas St. 558-0900

Featuring great food, drinks, and a friendly staff, Dino's knows how to keep the party going. With the jukebox playing songs spanning across several decades, this Dean Martin-themed gem is the perfect place to grab burgers, salads, and fantastic fries for lunch, dinner, or late-night.

Eleven 79

1179 Annunciation Street 299-1179, Eleven79.com

Venture out to a reconstructed 1800's cottage-like setting to enjoy Eleven 79. This restaurant serves a combination of exquisite Italian and New Orleans cuisine. Enjoy a great wine list along with pasta and salad choices and fantastic daily dinner specials. Do not leave before ordering a delicious dessert!

Gordon Biersch

200 Poydras St. 552-2739, gordonbiersch.com

Leading the pack in German craft brewing, Gordon Biersch combines authentic beer with mouth-watering cuisine. Each batch of brew is created in adherence to the Reinheitsgabot, or German Purity Law. Try the Hefeweizen (once reserved only for Bavarian royalty) with seared ahi or a gorgonzola bone-in ribeye. Prost!

Manning's Restaurant

519 Fulton St. 593-8118

With over 30 flat-screen TVs, a mega-projector, and living roomstyle seating, Manning's is the place to be for the next big game. Not your average sports bar, Manning's takes care of sports fans and refined palates alike, offering classic steaks, innovative burgers, and Creole comfort food.

Ohm Lounge

601 Tchoupitoulas St. 335-1760, ohm-lounge.com

This modern Asian lounge serves an array of delicious dishes along with handcrafted cocktails. Enjoy delicious unique creations including taro chips, house-made kabocha dumplings, tuna tacos, and much more. Enter on Lafayette Street and take in a new kind of taste.

The Patio at Le Citron Bistro

1539 Religious St. 504-717-8239

Enjoy a great seafood dining experience on Sunday afternoons at The Patio at Le Citron Bistro. Revel in fantastic boiled seafood including crabs, shrimp, and crawfish while sipping cold beverages with family and friends. Joe Segreto of Eleven 79 fame is the man behind The Patio, so you know that it will first class.

Poppy's Time Out Sports Bar

500 Port of New Orleans Place 247-9265, poppystimeoutsportsbar.com

Ready to get rowdy? Cheer on your favorite team at Poppy's Time Out Sports Bar, where the Category 5 Hurricane (a signature drink featuring 151 rum) has been known to rev up the crowd. If rum's not on the menu, pair any one of their 20 beers on tap with the Triple Double burger and enjoy the game on 21 huge flat-screen TVs. Break!

Red Gravy

125 Camp St. 561-8844, redgravycafe.com

Dreamt up by a little Italian girl from New Jersey, Red Gravy takes Italian comfort food to the next level. With rich flavor drizzled, sprinkled, and stirred into every bite, it's no wonder that the famous marinara "gravy" keeps patrons coming back for more. Open for lunch and dinner on the weekends, this hot spot also serves a unique brunch fusing Italian flavor with grits and eggs.

Victory Bar

339 Baronne St. 522-8664, victorycocktails.com

Come out to enjoy comfortable lounging and appetizers to go quench your taste buds. Victory Bar serves unique items such as shrimp spread, stuffed mushrooms, bacon wrapped scallops, a variety of delicious pizzas and more. Relax in a cool and calm setting while indulging in their original small plates, and let the aroma of the room do the rest. 


Warehouse Grille

869 Magazine St. 322-2188, warehousegrille.com

With an expansive menu that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with 40 beers on tap and an amazing patio, Warehouse Grille has got it all. Their brunch menu is especially delicious, and is perfect for a relaxed breakfast on the patio. Whether you are going out for the night, or recovering from the last, Warehouse Grille is the place to be.

ELMWOOD / HARAHAN

Kyoto II

5608 Citrus Blvd. 818-0228

A meal at Kyoto II begins with a complimentary noodle salad and warm, welcoming service. Go with something classic like a California Roll, try something different like the Funky Margarita Roll, or skip the raw fish altogether and check out the made-to order Rodeo Roll with steak. With gourmet rolls at reasonable prices, Kyoto II diners will leave happy!

Nacho Mama's

1000 S. Clearview Pkwy. 736-1188, nachomamasmexicangrill.com

Nacho Mama's prides itself on being a restaurant your mama would be proud of. The secret ingredient in classics like their Macho Nachos? Love, of course! Don't miss their Baja or Caribbean-style tacos with a Blue Lagoon Margarita on the rocks. Or two. Is it Cinco de Mayo yet?

FRENCH QUARTER

Antoine's 713

St. Louis St. 581-4422, antoines.com

A sophisticated spot to see and be seen in the Quarter, Antoine's is a great spot for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Their Hermes Bar also offers some of the best cocktails in New Orleans. In addition to the acclaimed Gin Fizz and Oyster Sampler (2 Rockefeller, 2 Bienville, and 2 Thermidor), Hermes also features a daily happy hour and live music on Friday and Saturdays.

Backspace Bar and Kitchen

139 Chartres St. 322-2245, backspacenola.com

This literature-themed joint teeters on the edge of the French Quarter, where it beckons locals, tourists, and industry professionals to stop by. Try "Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon" (absinthe and champagne). Or just stick to what you know, and take advantage of $3 Abita bottles all day! With books and booze, it's a win/win either way.

Bennachin 1212

Royal St. 522-1230, bennachinrestaurant.com

Bennachin invites the Big Easy to try a "taste of Africa". The familyfriendly spot feels like home and boasts authentic African comfort food. With a unique menu, there is lots to try, but the Akara (blackeyed pea fritters), Sisay Singho (baked chicken leg with spinach, coconut rice, and plantains), and the homemade Ginger Drink are a couple of their specialties.

Café Amelie

912 Royal St. 412-8965, cafeamelie.com

Named after the first American Princess of Monaco, Café Amelie offers fresh, delicate flavors and a great atmosphere. The 150-yearold courtyard is the perfect place to appreciate all the enchantments of the Quarter while sipping an Elysian Fields Forever (strawberryinfused Ketel One, fresh lime, mint and prosecco) paired with a Cochon du Lait.

Crescent City Brewhouse

527 Decatur St. 522-0571, crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Brewing thirst-quenching German beers according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, Crescent City Brewhouse features an impressive 17-barrel in-house brewery. From pilsner to weiss beer, these flavorful beverages go hand in hand with perfected Louisiana cuisine, like Southern Crispy Duck and Crabmeat-Stuffed Shrimp.

Déjà Vu

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400 Dauphine St. 523-1931, dejavunola.com

If you're craving french toast for dinner or breakfast, Déjà Vu has got you covered. Open 24 hours a day, Déjà Vu makes sure its patrons get what they want, day or night. They've been voted by Where Y'at readers as "Best Late Night Dining" the past two years. Oh yeah and Bloody Mary's are only $5!

EAT

900 Dumaine St. 522-7222, eatnola.com

Louisiana native Jarred Zeringue is passionate about farm-to-table dining. Using seasonal produce and local seafood, the EAT cuisine supports traditional fishing and farming culture in Louisiana. Start the night with an appetizer of fried green tomato remoulade, then try a fresh Redfish Filet or Crawfish Pie. Come try their great Sunday Brunch and don't forget they are BYOB!

Jax Brewery Bistro and Bar

620 Decatur St. 337-6671, jacksonbrewerybar.com

Jax Brewery Bistro Bar presents live entertainment for all tastes. From Irish music to jazz brunch and a calendar of local storytellers, Jax will leave guests impressed. With two stages, a second floor scenic patio, plus a happy hour that features an appetizer + premium cocktail for only $10, Jax is no doubt a French Quarter gem.

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro

720 Orleans Ave. 523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com

In the shadow of the St. Louis Cathedral, Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro offers a classy ambiance and an extensive wine list to both visitors and locals alike. Using seasonal ingredients and recommended wine pairings, guests can expect to savor elegant plates like the slow-cooked Creole Court Bouillon or fresh Stuffed Flounder.

Pie, Pizza, and Pastas

814 S. Peters St. 528-2743, piepizzaandpastas.com

Offering gourmet pizza day and night, Pie can satisfy your latenight appetite. With an extensive menu, including pasta, wraps, salads and sandwiches, Pie is more than just a pizza oasis. Want the authentic experience? Try the Cajun-style Swamp Thing pizza, with alligator sausage, duck sausage, sweet onions, and Cajun tomato sauce.

Rita's Tequila House

417 Bourbon St. 298-8227, ritastequilahouse.com

Louisiana's only tequila house (in fact, one of four in the U.S.), Rita's boasts over 135 different tequilas. Awarded Best Margarita in the French Quarter, it doesn't hurt that this fiesta hot spot also offers yuca (a South American staple) poppers, great tacos, and marinated carne asada. 1 tequila…2 tequila…3 tequila…more?

JEFFERSON

Rivershack Tavern

3449 River Rd. 834-4938, therivershacktavern.com

Rivershack Tavern has a little bit of anything you could ever want, and a seemingly endless supply of crawfish. They have great food and entertainment to suit all tastes. Whether you want to go watch the big game or you're interested in seeing some live music, Rivershack Tavern is the place to go.

MARIGNY/ BYWATER

Buffa's Bar and Restaurant

1001 Esplanade Ave. 949-0038, buffasbar.com

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Buffa's is always a great destination. With delicious omelets at their jazz brunch, or burgers and live entertainment at night, Buffa's is a Marigny staple that has been around since 1939. "You've got cravings, we've got answers" is a Buffa's motto that keeps the customers coming back for more.

METAIRIE

Crazy Johnnie's Steakhouse

3520 18th St. 887-6641, crazyjohnnies.net

Crazy Johnnie's Steakhouse is known for its high quality steaks and great seafood. Thought by many to have the best prime rib in town, Crazy Johnnie's has been a Metairie hot spot since 1987. At affordable prices, the quality of their steaks is unmatched by their competitors and is undoubtedly what has drawn so many to keep coming back for more.

Short Stop Po-Boys

119 Transcontinental Dr 885-4572, shortstoppoboys.com

Crispy crinkle-cut fries and savory po-boys are in abundance at Short Stop. Whether it's lunch or dinner time, their food will satisfy. King-sized BBQ roast beef and smoked sausage po-boys fill even the hungriest eaters, but if that isn't enough, try the stuffed crab or the potato salad.

Spudly's Super Spuds

2609 Harvard Ave. 455-3250, spudlys.com

Spudly's serves up potatoes like you've never seen before. Stuffed full of seafood or meaty goodness, there are countless options for you to choose from. Whether you want a traditional baked potato stuffed full of all the regular toppings, or a Super Pizza Spud stuffed full of pepperoni and cheese, there is something for everyone at Spudly's.

MID-CITY

Crescent City Steak House

1001 N. Broad St. 821-3271, crescentcitysteaks.com

If you're going out for a nice steak dinner, Crescent City Steak House will suit your needs. Serving all USDA hand-cut steaks dryaged in-house, the quality and variety of the cuts offered are sure to satisfy the palate of any steak connoisseur. Crescent City Steakhouse has all the old-school style and flavor that you want in a steakhouse; you can even reserve your own private booth.

Five Happiness

3605 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-3935, fivehappiness.com

Five Happiness is everything that a Chinese restaurant should be. It has a huge menu to choose from and always has great service. Whether you just want egg rolls and fried rice delivered to you, or you want to go out and have a nice dinner, Five Happiness is one of the freshest restaurants around.

Katie's Restaurant and Bar

3701 Iberville St 488-6582, katiesinmidcity.com

Katie's Restaurant and Bar has a menu filled with gems like the crawfish beignet: a beignet stuffed full of jalapeños, onions, crawfish, and three kinds of cheese. On top of this, Katie's also serves a bevy of po-boys, burgers, and pizzas. If you can't decide what to eat, then Katie's may just be the place for you, because they've got it all.

Mandina's

3800 Canal St. 482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com

If you're looking for delicious family-style food, then Mandina's is what you are looking for. A busy and bustling restaurant with Italian flavors, Mandina's is well known for its decadent shrimp remoulade and delicious turtle soup. The classic family-feel of Mandina's is sure to set you in a good mood, and the food is sure to satisfy.

Parkway Bakery and Tavern

538 Hagan Ave. 482-3047, parkwaypoorboys.com

Parkway Bakery & Tavern is a part of New Orleans history; it was built in 1911 and has been thriving ever since. Specializing in po-boys, Parkway chef Justin Kennedy has been featured on Food Network's "Chopped" for his skills. With options from seafood to vegetarian po-boys, Parkway has long been noted as one of the best places to get this classic New Orleans sandwich.

Serendipity

3700 Orleans Ave. Ste. A-3 407-0818, serendipitiynola.com

Chef Chris Barr creates a unique style of flavoring in his menu at Serendipity. Blending Caribbean, Cajun, and Creole influences this fine dining restaurant results in some seriously good food. With entrees like Lamb Baklava and other exotic pairings, this restaurant is a crucial destination for anyone who is interested in exquisite food.

Shamrock

4133 S. Carrollton Ave 301-0938, shamrockparty.com

Shamrock is the ultimate nightlife spot for anyone who is a kid at heart. There are so many different activities and games at Shamrock. You can shoot pool, play Ping-Pong or air hockey, and the grill is excellent as well. If you are looking for a place to get drinks, food, and entertainment, then this is the place for you.

Venezia

134 N. Carrollton Ave. 488-7991, venezianeworleans.com

Venezia is a classic little Italian restaurant dishing out real home cooking. Since 1957, Venezia has been serving up pizza and Italian classics to the New Orleans community. The eggplant parmesan is savory, and their pizzas are thin-crust style. The pizzas are cooked in a stone oven and are made in the traditional Italian style.

Willie Mae's Scotch House

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2401 St. Ann St. 822-9503

Willie Mae cooks some of the best comfort food in the entire South. The fried chicken is legendar. This place is famous for making food better than you ever expected it could be. With sides of cornbread muffi ns and red beans and rice, Willie Mae's Scotch House is a New Orleans staple that everyone should visit.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

City Diner

Metairie, Harahan, CBD citydiner.biz

City Diner is a great place to get breakfast at one of its many locations around New Orleans. Try one of their giant pancakes or any of their nonbreakfast options. City Diner is open late-night and is a great place for anyone who wants breakfast for dinner, as they will happily cater to your needs.

Copeland's

Covington, Metairie, Kenner, Slidell, West Bank

831-3437, copelandsofneworleans.com

Copeland's offers a taste of New Orleans cuisine and follows the traditional recipes that have made New Orleans a culinary mecca for foodies. The menu is full of classics like blackened redfi sh and shrimp remoulade. Copeland's is a great restaurant if you're looking for traditional New Orleans cuisine.

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro

Metairie, Uptown 593-9955, copelandscheesecakebistro.com

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro has a lot of diversity in its menu and features cuisine infl uences from several different countries. The Cajun Crawfi sh Macaroni and Cheese is rich and creamy. Voted "Best Desserts" by Where y'at readers, Copeland's cheesecake selection and dessert options are extensive and not to be missed.

Daisy Dukes

French Quarter, CBD, Metairie daisydukesrestaurant.com

Daisy Dukes has late-night hours and an assortment of food that is sure to satisfy your midnight snack needs. Crawfi sh at two in the morning is just one service that this restaurant provides, but they also have loads of other great meals, like hot wings and pork chops. Whether you're out late partying or just craving a midnight snack, Daisy Dukes is the place for you!

Deanie's Seafood

French Quarter, Metairie deanies.com

With multiple locations, Deanie's is known for some of the best seafood in New Orleans. They are popular for their huge shrimp platters and fried seafood. Deanie's has two convenient locations in Bucktown and the heart of the French Quarter.

Italian Pie

Multiple metro locations 266-2523, italianpie.com

Looking to try a new specialty pizza? Try Italian Pie. Not only do they serve warm oven-baked sandwiches and fresh pasta, but fantastic pizza options like the Chicken Alfredo and Garlic Shrimp. Check out their lunch specials starting at just $7.95! Stop by the Bevande Bar at their uptown location on Prytania Street for a great bar scene.

Izzo's

Harvey, Covington, Metairie izzos.com

With multiple locations in Louisiana, and more rolling out soon, Izzo's Illegal Burrito is taking over! Serving only the freshest ingredients and offering great service and tons of options, it's obvious why Izzo's lives by the motto "Rolling you a Better Burrito". Head to Izzo's with your friends and family for an affordable meal that will be enjoyed by all.

Juicy Lucy's

Mid-City, Metairie 598-5044, msjuicylucy.com

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. Try the Juicy 9th Ward stuffed with mushrooms, onions, garlic, and aged bleu cheese for the ultimate experience. Juicy Lucy's also features fantastic sides along with great drinks.

Landry's Seafood

French Quarter, Lakeview landrysseafood.com

Landry's provides distinctive dining and fresh fish for every season. It's so good that they insist you will want to drop anchor. Truly inspired by the local assortment of goods from the Gulf, you won't want to leave without trying the fresh caught redfish or mahi mahi.

Mellow Mushroom

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Metairie, Uptown mellowmushroom.com

Mellow Mushroom is known for their creative pies. Delicious combinations like the Magical Mystery Tour pizza incorporate interesting aspects like a pesto-based crust and tons of all your favorite toppings. Check it out and see why their motto is "Love at first bite." Visit both the Veterans Boulevard and Oak Street locations to see unique artwork that is sure to inspire.

Phil's Grill

Metairie, Harahan phils-grill.com

Phil's Grill has been voted the Best Burger by Where Y'at readers for six years in a row. With toppings and choices galore, it's easy to build your own grilled-to-perfection specialty burger. Phil himself might even be around, reminding diners of his well-loved customer service. Don't miss their fantastic shakes made with New Orleans Ice Cream.

Vincent's

Metairie and Uptown vincentsitaliancuisine.com

Often voted Best Italian Restaurant, Vincent's is a classic destination for a great, authentic Italian meal. Their renowned specialties and dishes, and their romantic neighborhood atmosphere make them a city favorite where both locals and tourists come back for more.

New Orleans East

Ma Momma's House

5741 Crowder Blvd 241-2548, mamommashouse.com

Home of Southern specialties like their famous fried chicken, Ma Momma's House is soul food at its best. Sides like mac and cheese, red beans with dirty rice, and Katrina Wings make sure there is something for everyone on the menu. It's affordable too, so you can come back as many times as you want without breaking the bank.

St. Bernard/Violet

Charlie's Restaurant

6129 E. St. Bernard Hwy. 682-9057, charliesrestaurantla.com Charlie's has over 300 different menu items. This includes their daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a variety of freshly made specials. Their award-winning gumbo has become a staple in St. Bernard Parish. With some of the best service around and unique local artwork, Charlie's can handle your wedding, birthday party, or reunion with ease.

Uptown

Balcony Bar Café

3201 Magazine St. 894-8888

Balcony Bar is a popular hub for tasty eats, strong drinks, and a balcony that hosts some lively crowds when the sun goes down. Although smokers can stock up at the cig machine, they no longer permit smoking indoors. Come by and order a slice, then pick it up in the kitchen—just like at home!

Breads on Oak

8640 Oak St. 324-8271, breadsonoak.com

Breads on Oak prides itself on being one of the few bakeries in New Orleans that uses organic and all-natural ingredients. If you are looking for a great place to enjoy some baked goods, this is the place. But more than just a bakery, Breads on Oak serves a fantastic breakfast and lunch that will have you coming back for more. Don't miss their superb vegan options.

Domilise's Po-Boys and Bar

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5240 Annunciation St. 899-9126

Family-owned and operated for over 70 years, Domilise's is known as a New Orleans institution and the perfect place to get an roast beef poboy, or a seafood po-boy. Featured on the Food Network, these tasty sandwiches go great with an ice-cold mug of beer, or a classic bottle of Barq's.

Gott Gourmet

3100 Magazine St. 373-6579, gottgourmetcafe.com

With a menu described as "Casual Gourmet," Gott Gourmet offers just that: great, unique, homemade food at fine dining standards with a neighborhood twist. Check out their daily specials and fan favorites like the Original Chicago Style Hot Dog or the Shrimp BLT Wrap. Recently voted as "Best Place for a Salad" by Where Y'at readers.

Grille by the Hill

6106 Magazine St. 899-4880, grillebythehill.com

A romantic atmosphere for a date night, Grille by the Hill has delicious appetizers like the Shrimp and Crab Martini and entrees like the New Iberia Short Ribs. The dining room is reminiscent of the French Quarter so diners can soak in that French Quarter feel without leaving Uptown. Grab a drink next door at Monkey Hill before or after your meal.

High Hat Café

4500 Freret Street 754-1336, highhatcafe.com

Partake in the cooking blend of the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans dishes all wrapped into one. This café serves nothing but the best fresh and delicious catfish, shrimp, gumbo and more. Also enjoy their full bar of fine wine, beers, and cocktails while relaxing at this neighborhood café of lovely dining.

Jazmine Café

614 S. Carrollton Ave 866-9301

Serving classic Vietnamese dishes, like their Vermicelli Noodle Bowls and Saigon BBQ Shrimp Skewers, Jazmine Café is the perfect place for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. With authentic flavors and reasonable prices, Jazmine is the perfect place for a delicious meal.

Joey K's

3001 Magazine St. 891-0997, joeyksrestaurant.com

Joey K's is best known for their classic homestyle cooking and wide array of daily specials. Whether you are in the mood for red beans, jambalaya or an oyster po-boy, this favorite of Uptown is sure to leave your taste buds satisfied. For the insatiable appetite, try their all-you-caneat catfish.

Kyoto

4920 Prytania St. 891-3644, kyotonola.com

Kyoto has become well-loved in New Orleans for their delicious specialty rolls, like the Funky Margarita and Hot Box. Their master chefs pay attention to detail, cutting only the finest pieces of fresh fish. Even if you aren't a fan of sushi, you might enjoy the Beef Asparagus Roll and/or tempura veggies.

La Thai

4938 Prytania St. 899-8886, lathaiuptown.com

Voted Best Thai Restaurant for the past six years, La Thai creates both traditional and modern Thai cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. Their savory and delectable flavors make it obvious as to why locals keep returning for more!

Lebanon's Café

1500 S. Carrollton Ave. 862-6200, lebanonscafe.com

This cultural hub for Lebanese flavors offers all of your favorite dishes, like falafel, hummus, mujadra, and chicken shawarma. Bring in your own wine or beer and enjoy the familystyle service of the Middle East in a beautiful atmosphere. Lebanon's Café is also BYOB, which makes it the perfect spot to bring your favorite wine or beer.

Miyako

1403 St. Charles Ave. 410-9997, japanesebistro.com

Miyako is a great spot for special occasions. With highly trained hibachi chefs ready to put on a show, you can watch your food cook right before your eyes. There is also a full menu that includes sushi and Japanese specialties like yakisoba. With great cuisine at affordable prices, Miyako is a great spot for the whole family.

N'Awlins Jazz Café

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4206 Magazine St. 309-0771

A classic Cajun/Creole diner, the décor here is fun and funky. New Orleans music keeps the dining experience entertaining, plus the menu has a large selection of unique items, like the Spicy Lobster Po-Boy and the Alligator Burger. Adventurous patrons can also try their signature hot sauce.

Nirvana

4308 Magazine St. 894-9797, insidenirvana.com

Nirvana serves up delicious Indian cuisine with a mixture of vegetarian and meat based dishes. Consistently selected as the best and most popular Indian restaurant in town. Their $9.95 lunch buffet remains one of the very best deals in town.

Origami

5130 Freret St. 899-6532, sushinola.com

Origami is a sushi restaurant but also so much more. With the experience of several master chefs, their sushi classics are sure not to disappoint. Along with traditional sashimi and nigiri sushi Origami also features some exciting signature rolls like the Funky Margarita Roll, which has Crawfi sh layered with Tuna and Guacamole.

Parasol's Bar and Restaurant

2533 Constance St. 302-1543

Parasol's is best known for their overstuffed roast beef po-boy, which has become a local staple. Smothered in gravy, this sandwich makes Parasol's a perfect choice for dining. Grab a pint and help them celebrate 60 years of great po-boys and service. Parasol's is a great spot to spend a summer day.

Pascal's Manale

1838 napoleon Ave. 895-4877

Pascal Manale's invented BBQ shrimp. Want to try their signature dish? Come in with a healthy appetite and they will set you up with a bib, hot loaf of fresh French bread, and a well thought-out wine list. Grab some oysters at their stand-up bar before your meal, don't forget to check out their wall of celebs on the way out!

Saucy's

4200 Magazine St. 301-2755, saucysnola.com

The name says it all. A nice addition to the Magazine street dining scene, where locals go to satisfy their pulled pork and dry rubbed rib cravings. It's ByOB, so bring your own beer and the waitstaff will make sure it stays cold for you while you're indulging in juicy BBQ.

Ted's Frostop

3100 Calhoun St. 861-3615

With golden waffl e fries, made-to-order burgers, fresh salads, and wraps, Ted's Frostop makes sure there is something for everyone, including ice-cold root beer in the iconic Frostop mug. This classic drive-in-style burger joint also offers pinball.

Tracey's Irish Restaurant and Bar

2604 Magazine St. 897-5413, traceysnola.com

Tracey's is the original Irish Channel bar. With 20 TVs, it is a great place to watch the game, relax with a pint, or even get a little rowdy. Tracey's has a large selection of gourmet po-boys, salads, and handcrafted soups. Don't miss the famous roast beef po boy that many swear is the best in town.

Vincent's

Metairie and Uptown vincentsitaliancuisine.com

Often voted Best Italian Restaurant, Vincent's is classic destination for a great, authentic Italian meal. Their renowned specialties and dishes, and their romantic neighborhood atmosphere make them a city favorite where both locals and tourists come back for more.

WEST BANK

Gattuso's

435 Huey P. Long Ave. 368-1114, gattusosdeli.com

Conveniently located in the Gretna historic district, Gattuso's offers family-style dining and catering as well as hosting events. Specials like two-for-one spaghetti and meatball Mondays and pint night on Thursdays have kept this neighborhood bar and restaurant packed.

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