401 Andrew Higgins Drive 569-8459;

The Ugly Dog offers a casual spot for lunch after a morning at one of the local museums, or dinner before a night on the town. Barbecue fans will appreciate the meat-and-two plates; choose from pork, beef, ribs, or sausage. Sports fans can get a fix on all the games with nine TVs to choose from. Reservations accepted, but not necessary Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


1413 Upperline St. 891-9822;

This Uptown bastion of Creole cooking — and self-proclaimed birthplace of fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade — is heralded by its loyal local following and tourists. Owner Joanne Clevenger warmly greets all visitors, and you'll feel as if you've stepped into her living room. Chef Ken Smith serves up New Orleans classics with a deft hand. One favorite: Tom Cowman's Famous Roast Duck with Garlic Port or Ginger Peach Sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$


4861 Magazine St. 895-5858;

A range of sandwiches, panino, wraps, salads and soup are available to accompany gourmet coffees, teas and chais available. The grilled veggie panini offers a garden of variety with black olives, onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomato-basil pesto, mozzarella or provolone cheese, saut — ed garlic-butter sauce and feta cheese on your choice of sourdough, wheat or chiabatta bread. The restaurant plans to open 24 hours on weekends in the near future. No reservations. Delivery available soon. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $