Gar­den District/ Lower Gar­den District

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ATCHAFALAYA Cre­ole. Look for the giant ca­st­iron skil­let out­side of this up­scale neigh­bor­hood eatery and menu stand­outs such as free-form crab ravi­oli and pan-seared Gulf fish with twice-cooked fin­ger­lings and Vi­dalia onion beurre blanc. $$$ D (nightly); Br (Th-M). www.atchafala­yarestau­rant.com. 901 Louisiana Ave., 504.891.9626. Map 1, D4

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. $$$ L (M-F), D (nightly); jazz brunch (Sa-Su). www. com­man­der­spalace.com. 1403 Washington Ave., 504.899.8221. Map 1, D4 COQUETTE French. What do you get when you mix tra­di­tional Louisiana cook­ing with spicy Ital­ian and re­fined French? Coquette, where chef Michael Stoltz­fus’ menu changes daily but is al­ways stel­lar with stand­outs like the must-have crab cakes mak­ing re­peat ap­pear­ances. $$$ D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). www.co­quet­tenola.com. 2800 Mag­a­zine St., 504.265.0421. Map 1, D4 DISTRICT Cof­fee. Donuts. Slid­ers. Brew. That’s the way District bills it­self, and that’s ex­actly what you’ll find at this kicked-up cof­fee shop: craft-style donuts with ro­tat­ing fla­vors (try the Viet­namese cof­fee va­ri­ety), sa­vory slid­ers and ni­tro-brewed cof­fee on tap. $ B, L, D (daily). www.donut­sand­slid­ers.com. 2209 Mag­a­zine St., 504.570.6945. Map 1, D4 JACK ROSE Con­tem­po­rary. This bold, con­tem­po­rary space in the toney Pon­char­train Ho­tel turns out play­ful ver­sions of fa­mil­iar foods. Think ta­ble­side Cae­sers of kale and cau­li­flower or squid-ink pasta with shrimp in a cayenne-kicked bar­be­cue sauce. Cool cock­tails; gor­geous desserts. $$$ L (F), D (WSu); Br (Su). www.jack­roser­estau­rant.com. 2031 St. Charles Ave., 504.323.1500. Map 1, D4

POKE LOA Hawai­ian. This bright spot of­fers buildy­our-own poke bowls of tuna, yel­low­tail, salmon and/or tofu cubes atop fresh greens and rice, veg­gies and ar­ray of gar­nishes (edamame, fish roe, etc.). $ L, D (daily). www.eat­pokeloa.com. 3341 Mag­a­zine St., 504.309.9993. Map 1, D4; 939 Girod St., 504.5671.5174. Map 3, B4

TURKEY AND THE WOLF Eclec­tic. Sand­wiches are the menu main­stay at this ca­sual café: fried baloney with Amer­i­can cheese and chips, chicken fried steak, crab meat and crab boil pota­toes served open-face. Don’t miss the wedge salad with blue cheese and “ev­ery­thing bagel” crunchies. $ L (WM). www.turkeyandthe­wolf.com. 739 Jack­son Ave., 504.218.7428. Map 1, D4

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