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BAC­CHA­NAL Eclec­tic. This combo wine re­tail shop/ bar/live mu­sic venue is also a full-blown restau­rant. Dive into “in­ter­na­tional bistro” fare, while lo­cal bands per­form in the shady back­yard. $$ L, D (daily). www.bac­cha­nal­ 600 Poland Ave., 504.948.9111. Map 1, E3

BY­WA­TER AMER­I­CAN BISTRO Amer­i­can. The menu at this ca­sual neigh­bor­hood spot fo­cuses on lo­cal, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents. Farro risotto with mush­rooms and minted bread­crumbs, fried Gulf oys­ters with oys­ter gravy and jas­mine rice; try the rab­bit curry. $$ D (W-Su); Br (Sa-Su).­wa­t­er­amer­i­can­ 2900 Chartres St., 504.605.3827. Map 1, E3 THE COUN­TRY CLUB Louisiana. Known for its swim­ming pool, this long-pop­u­lar By­wa­ter hang­out also of­fers ca­sual fine din­ing. Dive into big-fla­vored small plates (crab­meat beignets, clams and chorizo), sal­ads, sand­wiches or full-on en­trees, such as chateau­r­briand for two. $$$ L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). www.the­coun­tryclub­newor­ 634 Louisa St., 504.945.0742. Map 1, E3 EL­IZ­A­BETH’S Amer­i­can. “Real food done real good” is the motto at this homey neigh­bor­hood spot, which draws loyal lo­cals as well as na­tional food­ies. Two words to re­mem­ber: pra­line ba­con. $$ B, L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa); Br (Sa-Su). www.eliz­a­beths-restau­ 601 Gal­lier St., 504.944.9272. Map 1, E3 THE JOINT Bar­be­cue. This funky By­wa­ter fave is slim on frills but big on slow-cooked bar­be­cue (pulled pork, beef brisket, juicy ribs) and gen­er­ous sides. $ L, D (M-Sa).­ 701 Mazant St., 504.949.3232. Map 1, E3 PALADAR 511 Con­tem­po­rary. Cal­i­for­nia cook­ing New Orleans-style means lots of frilly sal­ads and fish left au na­turel. Piz­zas, smartly topped with farm eggs, sum­mer squash and the like, take cen­ter stage on the menu. $$ D (W-M); Br (Sa-Su). www.pal­ 511 Marigny St., 504.509.6782. Map 3, J5 PALOMA CAFÉ Latin. This cozy By­wa­ter cor­ner spot puts out smart, Latin-in­spired dishes. The fried cod frit­ters, chorizo-and-egg bis­cuits, mojo-roasted pork on fried green plan­tains and flan are all top picks. $ B, L (M-Sa); D (nightly); Br (Su). www.palo­ 800 Louisa St., 504.304.3062. Map 1, E3 POKECHAN Hawai­ian. The or­der at this pretty oa­sis-of-a-restau­rant is build-your-own bowls of fresh greens, rice, veg and raw fish. Cooked op­tions in­clude salt-flecked kaarage (fried chicken) and ten­der un­agi (eel). $ L, D (daily). www.poke-chan. com. 2809 St. Claude Ave., 504.571.5446. Map 1, E3

PRA­LINE CON­NEC­TION Cre­ole. Soul food at its best, in­clud­ing the Con­nec­tion plat­ter (fried pick­les, okra, and chicken liver), red beans ’n’ rice, pork chops, seafood plat­ters and three kinds of greens. $ L, D (daily). www.pra­linecon­nec­ 542 French­men St., 504.943.3934. Map 3, J5

ST. ROCH MAR­KET Eclec­tic. Dat­ing to 1875, this long-shut­tered mar­ket­place re­cently re­ceived a mas­sive makeover. The stun­ning space features 13 food ven­dors, along with a bar and both in­door and out­door din­ing. $ L, D (daily). www.strochmar­ 2381 St. Claude Ave., 504.609.3813. Map 1, E3

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