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THE AMER­I­CAN SEC­TOR Amer­i­can. A nos­tal­gic homage to war­time clas­sics with gourmet twists, the menu at this Na­tional WWII Mu­seum eatery features such kicked-up throw­backs as Frito pie served in the bag and “Vic­tory Gar­den” car­rot cake. $$ L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). www.ww2eats.com. 945 Mag­a­zine St., 504.528.1940. Map 3, B6

AUC­TION HOUSE MAR­KET Eclec­tic. Sis­ter to St. Roch Mar­ket, this bright, modern food hall of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of ven­dors and fla­vors, from fresh lo­cal seafood to In­dian, Egyp­tian and Hawai­ian-in­spired cuisines. $ B, L, D (daily). www.auc­tion­house­mar­ket. com. 801 Mag­a­zine St., no phone. Map 3, C6 BRIQUETTE Seafood. Con­tem­po­rary coastal is the catch at this sprawl­ing Ware­house District space. Fol­low the lob­ster-an­douille tamale with a lump crab-and-pick­led mir­li­ton salad then dive into broiled sea scal­lops with ched­dar grits or a grilled whole red­fish. $$$ L (M-F), D (nightly). www.bri­quet­tenola. com. 701 S. Peters St., 504.302.7496. Map 3, C6 CHOP­HOUSE NEW ORLEANS Steaks. For­get the stan­dard sauces and heavy sides; the fo­cus at this

up­scale-ca­sual steak­house is on its top-qual­ity, USDA prime-only meats. An un­com­pli­cated menu, easy­go­ing at­mos­phere and live en­ter­tain­ment make Chop­house a cut above. $$$ D (nightly). www.chop­house­nola.com. 322 Mag­a­zine St., 504.522.7902. Map 3, D5

COCHON Louisiana. Many restau­rants pro­fess to be “bet­ter than your mama’s,” but chefs Don­ald Link and Stephen Stry­jew­ski’s lives up to the claim with haute twists on sim­ple stan­dards, such as rab­bit and dumplings. The ad­ja­cent Cochon Butcher of­fers sand­wiches and house-cured meats. $$ L, D (daily). www.co­chon­restau­rant.com. 930 Tchoupi­toulas St., 504.588.2123. Map 3, B7 COM­PANY BURGER Amer­i­can. Adam Bi­der­man’s award-win­ning burger joint sticks to the ba­sics, which makes it all the bet­ter. Hand­ground beef, turkey or lamb pat­ties topped with Amer­i­can cheese; house­made mayo and pick­les; fresh-baked buns. $ L, D (daily). www.the­com­pa­ny­burger.com. L, D (daily). 611 O’Keefe St., 504.309.9422. Map 3, C4; L, D (W-M). 4600 Fr­eret St., 504.267.0320. Map 1, D3 COMPÈRE LAPIN Caribbean. A na­tive of St. Lu­cia, chef Nina Comp­ton’s island up­bring­ing is ev­i­dent

in dishes such as conch cro­quettes, roasted jerk corn and cur­ried goat with plan­tain gnoc­chi. For dessert? $$ L, (M-F); D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). www.com­pere­lapin.com. 535 Tchoupi­toulas St., 504.599.2119. Map 3, C6

CRAZY LOB­STER Seafood. Huge buckets of steamed seafood is the draw at this river­front restau­rant, where the lob­ster never runs out, the rest of the crowd can dig into some spicy Ca­jun fare and you can all while away an af­ter­noon watch­ing the ships sail by. $$ L, D (daily). www.the­crazy­lob­ster.com. Span­ish Plaza (Poy­dras St. at the river, across from Har­rah’s), 504.569.3380. Map 3, E7 EMERIL’S Louisiana. Emeril La­gasse’s flag­ship sets the course for the La­gasse em­pire. Opened in 1990, this is where the cel­e­brated chef cre­ated many of his clas­sic dishes, in­clud­ing bar­be­cued shrimp, an­douille-crusted drum, ba­nana cream pie and more. $$$ L (M-F), D (nightly). www.emer­ils.com. 800 Tchoupi­toulas St., 504.528.9393. Map 3, C6 FLAMINGO AGOGO Eclec­tic. This sprawl­ing space features a mas­sive pa­tio, 35 taps pour­ing beer, wine and batched “flock­tails” and late-night bites un­til 2 am. Grab a Gulf fish torta

or flat­bread at lunch, or go big with Hawai­ian steak kabobs for din­ner. $$ L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). flamin­gonola.com. 869 Mag­a­zine St., 504.577.2202. Map 3, B6

HERBSAINT French. One of the city’s premier fine din­ing spots. The award-win­ning menu changes fe­quently, with en­trées rang­ing from con­fit of Mus­covy duck leg with dirty rice and cit­rus gas­trique to chili-glazed pork belly with Bel­uga lentils and mint. $$ L (M-F), D (M-Sa). www.herbsaint. com. 701 St. Charles Ave., 504.524.4114. Map 3, C5 JOHNNY SÁNCHEZ Mex­i­can. Squash blos­som ta­cos, pig ear chi­laquiles, oc­to­pus toas­tadas—this isn’t your stan­dard taque­ria fare. Celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez’s hip eatery puts con­tem­po­rary spins on au­then­tic Mex­i­can cui­sine. $$ L, D (daily). www.john­ny­sanchezrestau­rant.com. 930 Poy­dras St., 504.304.6615. Map 3, C4 JOSEPHINE ESTELLE Ital­ian. At this ca­sual Ace Ho­tel eatery snap­per crudo with browned but­ter dances el­e­gantly be­tween raw and cooked, the pas­tas are toothy and each dish has some beau­ti­fully sur­pris­ing el­e­ment that lingers long af­ter the meal. $$ B (M-F); L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). www.josephi­neestelle.com. 600 Caron­delet St., 504.930.3070. Map 3, C5 MAYPOP Viet­namese. Chef Michael Gu­lotta (MoPho) ex­pands on his Asian-fu­sion food theme in a bright, open space with an in­dus­trial-ter­rar­ium vibe. Tear pieces of warm roti bread to scoop whole roasted pump­kin, ap­ple and house coppa, or go spicy with vin­daloo chicken. $$$ L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). www.may­poprestau­rant.com. 611 O’Keefe St., 504.518.6345. Map 3, B4 MERIL In­ter­na­tional. Emeril La­gasse’s new ca­sual din­ing venue is re­flec­tive of the celebrity chef’s world trav­els, with a glo­be­trot­ting menu fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from Ja­panese-style bar­be­cue to pork rib tamales. $$ L, D (daily). www. emer­il­srestau­rants.com/meril. 424 Girod St., 504.526.3745. Map 3, C6 PÊCHE Seafood. Don­ald Link and Stephen Stry­jew­ski (the award-win­ning team be­hind pork­cen­tric Cochon) have an­other win­ner on their hands. The fo­cus here is on chef Ryan Pre­witt’s sim­ple seafood grilled over hard­wood coals... and it couldn’t be bet­ter. From the raw bar to the whole grilled fish, you can’t go wrong. $$ L, D (daily). www.pecher­estau­rant.com. 800 Mag­a­zine St., 504.522.1744. Map 3, C6 POPPY’S TIME OUT SPORTS BAR & GRILL Amer­i­can. Sports fans will score here. Along with gourmet burg­ers, per­son­al­ized piz­zas and a va­ri­ety of wings, this river­side restau­rant and bar features 22 beers on tap, live mu­sic and big-screen TVs. $$ B, L, D (daily). www.the­crazy­lob­ster.com. Span­ish Plaza (Poy­dras St. at the Mis­sis­sippi River across from Har­rah’s Casino), 504.247.9265. Map 3, E7 RED GRAVY Ital­ian. This cozy brunch bistro is known for its tra­di­tional Ital­ian dishes and notso-typ­i­cal break­fast and lunch spe­cials. Try the Si­cil­ian egg pie or can­noli pan­cakes. Skil­let cakes, waffles, over­stuffed sand­wiches, hand­made pasta and baked goods round out the menu. $$ Open W-M. www.red­gravy­cafe.com. 125 Camp St., 504.561.8844. Map 3, E5 SEA­WOR­THY Seafood. This chic off­shoot of New York’s Grand Banks oys­ter bar casts a wide net, serv­ing up fresh bi­valves from the Gulf, along with East and West coast va­ri­eties and other sus­tain- ably sourced seafood. Caviar, creative cock­tails and a stel­lar wine se­lec­tion round out the menu. $$ D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). www.sea­wor­thynola.com. 630 Caron­delet St., 504.930.3071. Map 3, C5

TSUNAMI Sushi. At this sprawl­ing sushi em­po­rium the usual sushi sus­pects sit menu-side with funky items like cala­mari “fries.” Big ap­petites will want to hit the “Sumo Rib­eye.” $$ L, D (MSa). www.serv­ing­sushi.com. 601 Poy­dras St., 504.608.3474. Map 3, C5

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