Andy’s Bistro. Metairie: 3322 N. Turnbull Dr. 504-455-7363.
American Casual

Andy’s Bistro. Metairie: 3322 N. Turnbull Dr. 504-455-7363.

Andy’s Bistro Metairie: 3322 N. Turnbull Dr. 504-455-7363. Map.Nice Casual.AE DS MC V Website ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS Most of the signs show a logo much like that of the chef’s Italian place. But don’t expect to see him or much of his food here. (And these days, this may be a good thing.) This location is tied with the restaurant space on the downtown river corner of Prytania and Robert in the number of restaurants that have come and gone over the years. But with the landlord also being the…

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Cowbell. Riverbend: 1200 Eagle St. 504-866-4222.

Everything about Cowbell cries out for a battered, hand-painted wooden sign in front that says, “Last Chance For New Orleans Food!” Cross that railroad track, and you have indeed left the city, in a neighborhood that does indeed resemble the End Of The World. The place is such a wreck (an intentional design statement) that it places in the mind the idea that you could find a cleaner and more comfortable place to eat with food as good. This is largely an illusion, but something they should consider. More to come. . .[divider type=""]

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Bistreaux. Metairie: 3838 N Causeway Blvd (Marriott Hotel). 504-836-5258.

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The restaurant of the Marriott Hotel at Lakeway Place (astride the southern foot of the Causeway), the Bistreaux functions almost entirely as a convenience for guests in the hotel and people who work in the Lakeway office building. That said, the menu gives more choices than you might expect, and even has a touch of New American hipness in its offerings, and even a French-accented dish here and there. The captive clientele allows the kitchen and dining room to put forth a bigger effort than one might expect–but at time to be less than perfectly consistent. It is not uncommon at dinner for one to have the entire place to oneself. The Sunday brunch buffet has a fairly strong following among Metairie locals. More to come. . .[divider type=""]

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Legacy Kitchen. Metairie: 759 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504-309-5231.

Legacy Kitchen Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 759 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504-309-5231. Map.Casual.AE DS MC V Website ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS As much as people like to reminisce about a past that never really was, with all the bad parts removed from the Good Old Days, retro restaurant concepts have never done especially well. It’s tough enough for restaurants that really are old to keep a balance between their traditions and the demands of the modern market. It’s a greater stretch still for a former Shoney’s to pretend that…

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5Fifty5. CBD: Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal. 504-553-5638.

5Fifty5 CBD: Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal. 504-553-5638. Map.Nice Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Connected to a busy lobby, it looks like the dullest kind of hotel restaurant. Every morning, it’s full of people having a quick buffet breakfasts before they head out. The rest of the day it’s uncrowded, sometimes to the point of emptiness. But behind the wall is a kitchen of surprising ability, easily able to deliver a dinner comparable to those in the city’s best-known hotel establishments. This would be a four-star restaurant if…

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Zea. Slidell: 173 Northshore Blvd. 985-273-0500.
American Casual

Zea. Slidell: 173 Northshore Blvd. 985-273-0500.

Zea Slidell: 173 Northshore Blvd. 985-273-0500. Map.DressyAE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Zea is a very useful restaurant if you have a family of people with widely disparate ages and tastes. Its offering are good across a very wide span, from hamburgers to rotisserie. It’s also strong in its salads, seafood, and sides. The moderate prices and pop-American, chain-style environments also defeat whining, while still bringing interesting food to the table. WHAT’S GOOD Zea is, to quote its advertising tagline, a restaurant for American food. But it has…

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Gordon Biersch Brewery. CBD: 200 Poydras. 504-552-2739.
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Gordon Biersch Brewery. CBD: 200 Poydras. 504-552-2739.

Gordon Biersch Brewery CBD: 200 Poydras. 504-552-2739. Map.Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY New Orleans doesn’t have many brewpubs, but the number seems to be rising now that the Saints have been doing so well. Any time there’s a big game, a host of television sets show it, and Gordon Biersch packs to the rafters. It’s typically a young crowd, who are there for the beer and the standard American eats: burgers, salads, pastas, tacos, and steaks, all given a little twist by the corporate kitchen. A few…

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American Sector. Warehouse District: 945 Magazine St. 504-528-1940.
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American Sector. Warehouse District: 945 Magazine St. 504-528-1940.

American Sector Warehouse District & Center City: 945 Magazine St. 504-528-1940. Map.Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Restaurants in museums are not the dull snack bars they used to be. The American Sector is the restaurant of the excellent World War II Museum in the Warehouse District, with a menu that surveys 1940s retro cooking. The approach is whimsical and nostalgic, but the kitchen takes its cooking seriously, reviving dishes that haven’t been popular in a long time, with current ingredients and techniques. The style is somewhere between…

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Martin Wine Cellar Deli. Metairie: 714 Elmeer. 504-896-7350.
American Casual

Martin Wine Cellar Deli. Metairie: 714 Elmeer. 504-896-7350.

Martin Wine Cellar Deli Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 714 Elmeer. 504-896-7350. Map.Casual.AE MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY When the deli urge hits, Martin Wine Cellar’s Deli immediately comes to my mind. It’s among the very few sandwich shops in New Orleans that understands the concept of New York-style deli sandwiches. And they’re equally adept at making New Orleans-style sandwiches. If you’re an avid winelover, you’re almost certain to encounter others of your happy ilk, often with bottles open on the table. WHAT’S GOOD No sandwich maker in…

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Zea. Harvey: 1121 Manhattan Blvd. 504-361-8293.
American Casual

Zea. Harvey: 1121 Manhattan Blvd. 504-361-8293.

Zea Harvey: 1121 Manhattan Blvd. 504-361-8293. Map.DressyAE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Zea is a very useful restaurant if you have a family of people with widely disparate ages and tastes. Its offering are good across a very wide span, from hamburgers to rotisserie. It’s also strong in its salads, seafood, and sides. The moderate prices and pop-American, chain-style environments also defeat whining, while still bringing interesting food to the table. WHAT’S GOOD Zea is, to quote its advertising tagline, a restaurant for American food. But it has…

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Zea. Covington: 110 Lake Dr. 985-327-0520.
American Casual

Zea. Covington: 110 Lake Dr. 985-327-0520.

Zea Covington: 110 Lake Dr. 985-327-0520. Map.DressyAE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Zea is a very useful restaurant if you have a family of people with widely disparate ages and tastes. Its offering are good across a very wide span, from hamburgers to rotisserie. It’s also strong in its salads, seafood, and sides. The moderate prices and pop-American, chain-style environments also defeat whining, while still bringing interesting food to the table. WHAT’S GOOD Zea is, to quote its advertising tagline, a restaurant for American food. But it has…

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Zea. Metairie: 4450 Veterans Blvd. (Clearview Mall). 504-780-9090.
American Casual

Zea. Metairie: 4450 Veterans Blvd. (Clearview Mall). 504-780-9090.

Zea Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 4450 Veterans Blvd (Clearview Mall). 504-780-9090. Map.DressyAE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Zea is a very useful restaurant if you have a family of people with widely disparate ages and tastes. Its offering are good across a very wide span, from hamburgers to rotisserie. It’s also strong in its salads, seafood, and sides. The moderate prices and pop-American, chain-style environments also defeat whining, while still bringing interesting food to the table. WHAT’S GOOD Zea is, to quote its advertising tagline,…

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Zea. Lee Circle Area: 1525 St. Charles Ave. 504-520-8100.
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Zea. Lee Circle Area: 1525 St. Charles Ave. 504-520-8100.

Zea Uptown 1: Garden District & Environs: 1525 St Charles Ave. 504-520-8100. Map.DressyAE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Zea is a very useful restaurant if you have a family of people with widely disparate ages and tastes. Its offering are good across a very wide span, from hamburgers to rotisserie. It’s also strong in its salads, seafood, and sides. The moderate prices and pop-American, chain-style environments also defeat whining, while still bringing interesting food to the table. WHAT’S GOOD Zea is, to quote its advertising tagline, a restaurant…

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Zea. Kenner: 1325 West Esplanade Ave. 504-468-7733.
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Zea. Kenner: 1325 West Esplanade Ave. 504-468-7733.

Zea Kenner: 1325 West Esplanade Ave. 504-468-7733. Map.DressyAE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Zea is a very useful restaurant if you have a family of people with widely disparate ages and tastes. Its offering are good across a very wide span, from hamburgers to rotisserie. It’s also strong in its salads, seafood, and sides. The moderate prices and pop-American, chain-style environments also defeat whining, while still bringing interesting food to the table. WHAT’S GOOD Zea is, to quote its advertising tagline, a restaurant for American food. But it…

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Zea. Harahan: 1655 Hickory Ave. 504-738-0799.
American Casual

Zea. Harahan: 1655 Hickory Ave. 504-738-0799.

Zea Harahan: 1655 Hickory Ave. 504-738-0799. Map.Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Zea is a very useful restaurant if you have a family of people with widely disparate ages and tastes. Its offering are good across a very wide span, from hamburgers to rotisserie. It’s also strong in its salads, seafood, and sides. The moderate prices and pop-American, chain-style environments also defeat whining, while still bringing interesting food to the table. WHAT’S GOOD Zea is, to quote its advertising tagline, a restaurant for American food. But it has…

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Snug Harbor. Marigny: 626 Frenchmen. 504-949-0696.
American Casual

Snug Harbor. Marigny: 626 Frenchmen. 504-949-0696.

Snug Harbor Marigny: 626 Frenchmen. 504-949-0696. Map.Casual.AE MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY One of the pivotal establishments in the lively restaurant and club row in the Marigny, Snug Harbor excels as both a casual restaurant and a live music club. The two parts are separate, and you can enjoy one without the other. The restaurant’s history as an outpost of the hamburger and steak specialist Port of Call keeps those items front and center. But seafood has always loomed at least as large on the menu, and is in fact…

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