Gar­den District/ Lower Gar­den District

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CARIBBEAN ROOM

Eclec­tic. This Gar­den District gem was re­cently re­opened by John Besh with chef Chris Lusk at the helm. Like the dé­cor, the menu melds old and new, with long-pop­u­lar fa­vorites like Mile High Pie join­ing mod­ern ad­di­tions, such as wagyu beef and beet tartare. Jack­ets re­quired; jeans dis­cour­aged. $$$ L(F), D (daily); Su brunch. www.the­caribbean­room.com. 2031 St. Charles Ave., 504.323.1500. Map 1, D3

COM­MAN­DER’S PALACE

Cre­ole. This beloved turquoise palace is a shrine for food wor­ship­pers. Chef Tory McPhail car­ries on the Bren­nan fam­ily tra­di­tion of ad­ven­tur­ous food based on Cre­ole prin­ci­ples, served in a courtly at­mos­phere. $$$ L (M-F), D (nightly); jazz brunch (Sa-Su). www. com­man­der­spalace.com. 1403 Wash­ing­ton Ave., 504.899.8221. Map 1, D4

COQUETTE

French. What do you get when you mix tra­di­tional Louisiana cook­ing with spicy Ital­ian and re­fined French? Coquette, where chef Michael Stoltz­fus’ menu changes daily but is al­ways stel­lar with stand­outs like the must-have crab cakes mak­ing re­peat ap­pear­ances. $$$ L (W-Sa), D (M-Sa); Su brunch. www.co­quet­tenola.com. 2800 Magazine St., 504.265.0421. Map 1, D4

EMERIL’S DELMONICO

Cre­ole. Lo­cated on the St. Charles street­car line, this el­e­gant circa-1895 restau­rant now serves chef Emeril La­gasse’s mod­ern takes on Cre­ole clas­sics. Start with the house-made char­cu­terie, be­fore mov­ing on to dry-aged steaks, shrimp Borde­laise or rein­vented drum me­u­nière. $$$ L(F), D (nightly). www.emer­ils.com. 1300 St. Charles Ave., 504.525.4937. Map 1, D3

FRENCH TRUCK COF­FEE

Cof­fee. Named for the vin­tage Citroën ve­hi­cles it uses for de­liv­er­ies, French Truck es­tab­lished a loyal fol­low­ing as the city’s first mi­cro-ros­ter. Fine cof­fees and killer cold brews dom­i­nate at its cool cafés. $ Open daily.

www.frenchtruck­cof­fee.com. 1200 Magazine St., 504.298.1115. Map 3, A7; 504.298.1115. Map 1, D4

MIYAKO SUSHI BAR & HIBACHI

Ja­panese. Hi­bachis are the draw here, but sushi lovers will be just as happy. Dex­ter­ous hibachi chefs wow guests, pre­par­ing lob­ster, prime rib, scal­lops and more. Sushi, sashimi and tem­pura are also on the menu. $$ L (Su-F), D (nightly). www.miyakonola.com. 1403 St. Charles Ave., 504.410.9997. Map 1, D3

ROOT/SQUARE ROOT

Con­tem­po­rary. Two hip restau­rants in one. Up­stairs the fo­cus is on chef Phillip Lopez’s con­tem­po­rary twists on culi­nary stan­dards and cre­ative char­cu­terie. Down­stairs cen­ters around 16 seats flank­ing an open kitchen and Lopez’s multi-course tast­ing menu (on­line reser­va­tions only). $$$ D (Tu-Sa). www.square­root­nola.com. 1800 Magazine St., 504.309.7800. Map 1, D4

SU­CRÉ

Dessert. This chic spot is worth a visit for the dé­cor alone. But while you’re there, might as well try some of the el­e­gant chocolates and musthave mac­arons. $ Open daily. www.shop­su­cre.com. 3025 Magazine St., 504.520.8311. Map 1, D4; 622 Conti. St., 504.708.4366. Map 3, F4; Lake­side Shopping Cen­ter, 3301 Veter­ans Blvd., Me­tairie, 504.834.2299. Map 1, C2

TUR­KEY AND THE WOLF

Eclec­tic. Sand­wiches are the menu main­stay at this ca­sual café: fried baloney with Amer­i­can cheese and hot mus­tard, chicken fried steak, crab meat and crab-boil pota­toes served open-faced. Don’t miss the wedge salad with blue cheese and “ev­ery­thing bagel” crunchies. $ L, D (W-Su). www.turkeyandthe­wolf.com. 739 Jack­son Ave., 504.218.7428. Map 1, D4

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