500 N. Thread St., Covington

(985) 893-4412

You're in for an egg-straordinary experience with omelettes such as the Floridian, made with crabmeat, cream cheese and Monterey Jack cheese. Other favorites include the Castine sandwich -- scrambled eggs, ham and asparagus piled on a croissant -- as well as veggie sandwiches and a wide selection of burgers. Delivery available for parties of 10 or more. Reservations accepted Monday through Friday. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $


315 N. Hwy. 190, Covington

(985) 898-0500

1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 469-6500

1220 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan 734-0042

3142 W. Hwy. 190, Hammond

(985) 419-2220

3701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 455-0755

4005 Gen. DeGaulle Drive 361-9700

Applebee's menu starts with dependable American cuisine, then takes excursions all over the globe for a dining experience the whole family will enjoy. Homebodies will like the country-fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and country gravy, while explorers will like the spicy chicken fajitas with warm tortillas and Southwest rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $ $


6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Four Points by Sheraton), Metairie


At the Bayou Cafe, hotel guests get prepped for a full day of touring and revelry with a full breakfast buffet every Saturday and Sunday. Every day of the week brings steaming plates of New Orleans classics such as gumbo and red beans and rice, as well as American favorites such as the Philly cheese steak. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie 885-1407

Come for the food, stay for the karaoke that starts around 7 p.m. on most nights. The rotating dinner specials include steak on Tuesday and Saturday, fried catfish on Wednesday, and boiled lobster on Friday. The lunch menu boasts similar variety. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $


2701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner 468-0172

3010 Holiday Drive 394-2805

3434 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-0664

When it's Irish cheer you want, Bennigan's is the place to go, where there are milkshakes for the kiddies and Guinness on tap for the adults. Steaks get special treatment here: try the sirloin marinated in Jameson whiskey or the filet sprinkled with blue cheese. The fish and chips are also a winning choice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


1025 Dealers Ave., Jefferson 818-2121

Restaurateur Billy Kraus serves soul and Cajun food, including Billy's Combo Special, a heaping plate of creamy red or white beans and sausage served over rice with two pieces of fried chicken and a salad. Also try the stuffed eggplant, with shrimp, seasonings and vegetables. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Wednesday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $


200 Gerard St., Mandeville

(985) 624-3388

The original outpost of the Broken Egg five-restaurant chain has all the breakfast and lunch staples Northshore residents have depended on for years, including such delights as the bananas Foster French toast, blackberry grits, and shrimp salad. Delivery available for parties of 10 or more. Reservations accepted Tuesday through Friday. Breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $


1036 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace

(985) 652-3544

Bull's Corner is a cheerful hangout where beef and beer often go down the hatch together. Try the 6-oz. filet Norton accented by rich portobello mushrooms and blue cheese sauce or the fried alligator tenderloin with remoulade sauce. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $


3162 Dauphine St. 944-4445

Bywater BBQ's all-day breakfast is something special, going beyond the expected eggs any style to omelettes, crepes, frittatas and huevos rancheros. Get your barbecue in chicken, pork, or beef form, all slathered with homemade sauce and accompanied by baked beans and coleslaw. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, brunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $


3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie


This casual eatery is the perfect lunch stop in the midst of a busy day, and it's also a great place to unwind with a cold beer or cocktail in the afternoon. The rotating specials include Monday's red or white beans with rice, served with pork chop, veal or sausage, and Tuesday's hamburger steak and shrimp-stuffed peppers. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $


3445 Prytania St. 891-5773

This neighborhood restaurant gives locals just what they want -- tasty food and cold beers at a nice price. Seafood staples include the barbecue shrimp po-boy, the fried oyster salad, and a sweet corn and crab bisque. Serious carnivores will love the ribeye steak and hamburgers. Enjoy the leisurely Friday happy hour, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


197 Westbank Expwy. (Oakwood Shopping Center), Gretna 364-1047

4141 St. Charles Ave. 891-3200

The St. Charles location of Cannon's has been an Uptown favorite for 18 years, and the West Bank location continues the tradition. Start with the turtle soup or the popcorn shrimp salad, then move on to the duck a l'orange. For a grand slam seafood delight, try the softshell crab stuffed with spinach and crabmeat and topped with creamy crawfish sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


634 Louisa St. 945-0742

The Country Club serves up simple lunch food for the patrons hanging around the heated pool or relaxing in one of the lounges. The homemade quiches are popular, as are the mini muffaletta sandwiches made on sun-dried tomato bread and the Snacka De Mama, a hot-pressed sandwich with cappicola and smoked provolone. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


339 W. Harrison Ave. 484-6460

The hand-tossed pizza special features two medium pizzas for just $9.99, and you can buy your fried chicken by the box. The barbecue ribs are smothered in sauce and served with baked beans, coleslaw and a buttermilk biscuit. Reservations accepted for large groups. Lunch and dinner daily. Delivery available. Credit cards. $


6264 Argonne Blvd. 488-1377

As the name implies, chicken (fried, baked or barbecued) and ribs (by the pound) are given special attention. The menu also features daily specials, children's dinners, and a hearty selection of po-boys and seafood platters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $


5151 Canal Blvd. 486-8600

Dolly's helps you start your day with breakfast sandwiches and grits, a favorite combo for people rushing off to work with empty stomachs. Later in the day, try the specialty meatball po-boy or a chicken platter, where the chicken is either fried, barbecued or served rotisserie style. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


45 French Market Place 528-9566

Fried chicken and comfort food have never gone out of style here. Daily specials are served up in addition to traditional po-boys and gumbo. Thursday nights are reserved for vintage Bingo with a twist and music from the namesake band. No reservations. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards. $


5219 Elysian Fields Ave. 288-8979

UNO students love to slurp down the Purple Cow milkshake, a concoction of root beer and French vanilla ice cream. Hungry crowds opt for burgers, sandwiches and seafood platters. You'd be hard pressed to find another college eatery that makes its own sausage, veggie burgers and onion rings from scratch. Delivery available for orders of $7 or more. No reservations. Breakfast Monday through Friday; lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday and Saturday. Credit cards. $


418 N. Peters St. 529-5617


This ubiquitous restaurant chain features burgers and rock 'n' roll memories. The trademark music memorabilia adorns the walls in this outpost, yet features a balcony overlooking the French Quarter to remind you that you are in New Orleans. The diverse menu goes far beyond just burgers with offerings of fish, pasta, chicken, salads and much more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


1755 St. Charles Ave. 524-1578

4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-2301

This busy stylish chain serves generous sit-down meals at reasonable prices. Be prepared to wait for a table by the large windows before you enjoy one of their overflowing salads while you watch the streetcar pass at the Uptown location. The diverse menu offers an array of ribs, steaks, fish and burgers. Round out your meal with a tasty apple-walnut cobbler. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


141 Chartres St. 524-0493

This French Quarter haunt attracts college kids, police officers and other locals in the know. Belly up to the weathered bar or have a seat and order their celebrated Reuben or an 8-oz. filet mignon sandwich. Other familiar favorites such as pizza and burgers grace the menu. No reservations. Delivery available at night. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-7888

Plate dinners such as seafood platters, fried chicken and pasta dishes are available. Try the specialty po-boys -- hollowed-out French bread breaded and deep-fried after being stuffed with your choice of spicy shrimp jambalaya; crawfish, shrimp and eggplant; roast beef and Swiss; meatball mozzarella; or ham and cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Friday. Credit cards and checks. $


800 Iberville St. (Chateau Sonesta Hotel) 586-0800

Start off your day in this corner of the Chateau Sonesta with their continental breakfast cart -- fresh fruits and berries and fresh baked pastries. Dine a la carte with breakfast right off the griddle or enjoy New Orleans-style classics like eggs Pontchartrain or blackened steak and eggs. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily. Credit cards. $


1940 Dauphine St. 943-1460

La Peniche has lots to offer and offers it just about all the time, but they're particularly proud of the omelette specials throughout the week. Whether you're there for lunch or dinner, dig into the Seafood Boat, which features a grilled loaf of bread that's hollowed out to become a vessel for mounds of fried shrimp, oysters and fish. Bring a friend, though; it's made for two people and is served with French fries and coleslaw. No reservations. Open 24 hours, except from 2 p.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Thursday. Credit cards. $


8847 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 468-3663

The menu changes daily at this Metairie staple of home-style Cajun and Creole cooking. Try the famous seafood pies or traditional dishes with a little extra love such as gumbo or jambalaya in this buffet-style eatery. Call the menu hotline (468-3800) to check out what's next. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $


1641 Louisiana Ave. 899-6162

Asian cuisine meets American cooking at Mama's, which boasts one of the most affordable menus in town to satisfy any taste. They have daily fried chicken specials such as the two-piece with a side and drink for $2.99. If you're in the mood, try some of the best turkey necks in town. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Takeout available. No credit cards. $


1901 Audubon St. 862-7656

This local market and deli features breakfast all day, sno-balls all year and Southern-style home-cooked blue plate specials daily. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $


614 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-9301

At this quirky cafe, owner Mo Kahn serves up his legendary breakfasts all through the night and morning, closing for a break only in the afternoon. For a meal that will stick to the ribs, try the breakfast special of two eggs, pancakes, ham or bacon, and grits, or get the rib-eye steak with eggs and hash browns. The seven varieties of omelettes present plenty of options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, and late-night daily. Credit cards. $


132 Carondelet St. 558-0099

At this CBD spot run by the folks who own Nacho Mama’s, chicken rules in the form of the Buffalo Chicken Wrap, a flour or wheat tortilla stuffed with romaine lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, carrots, celery, blue cheese, spicy Buffalo chicken and a choice of ranch or blue cheese dressing. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $


1120 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-1414

Come hungry and be sated by generous portions such as those found on the fried catfish pecan plate, which includes strips of catfish rolled in floured pecan dust, deep-fried until crispy and served with mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable and side salad. There also are daily soup and plate-lunch specials. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $


301 Baronne St. 522-5242

634 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-9741

710 Terry Pkwy., Gretna 433-4111

1375 Gause Blvd., Slidell

(985) 646-1600

3020 Severn Ave., Metairie


8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 461-9840

Part of the fun of this kid-friendly restaurant is that servers provide a pile of peanuts and don’t mind the mess of shells on the floor. Peanuts aren’t the main draw; it’s signature items such as barbecue shrimp eggrolls and Mike’s crawfish cakes, which are lightly breaded and drizzled with mildly spicy Monica sauce. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards $


104 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell (985) 646-0566

533 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna 391-1063

1701 W. Thomas St., Hammond

(985) 419-0556

2222 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie


2609 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson


3200 Paris Road, Chalmette 271-6860

3800 S. Carrollton Ave. 482-0775

4150 Gen. De Gaulle Drive, Algiers


4403 Chef Menteur Hwy. 282-7198

5700 Read Blvd. 246-0412

8908 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 467-4224

69008 Hwy. 190 Service Road, Covington (985) 892-9994

The offerings at this national chain change from day to day and from location to location, but there’s always a vast buffet of vegetables, meats, seafood, pastas, soups, salads and desserts. Serving everyone from the carb-conscious to meat-and-potato lovers to vegetarians, Piccadilly is a no-brainer for a family on a budget. Dine in or take out. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards, checks. $


869 Magazine St. 525-9301

Party it up on the “beach” volleyball court or during ladies’ lingerie shows, and munch on such bar food as mozzarella sticks, chicken wings and jalapeno poppers. Heartier appetites can dig into the “Big Wong” burger with everything, or a bowl of jambalaya. Eat and drink on the cheap on Wednesdays’ Dollar Burger Night, which also features $1 cocktails. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $


3729 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-5464

Spuds are the main event at Potato King, of course, but this eatery also serves appetizers, soups, salads, po-boys, hamburgers and plate entrees such as hamburger steak. On the tater side, the King¹s Combination is a loaded baked potato stuffed with shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, cheddar cheese and chives. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $


535 Tchoupitoulas St. (Ambassador Hotel) 527-5271

Under new management, Protocol has revamped its menu and bar list to bring a West Coast feel to the place (just check out the martini list, with its 52 versions of the classic-turned-trendy cocktail). The new menu focuses on lighter fare, such as a baked brie appetizer, fish tacos, fresh seafood and meats, and salads. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


124 Lake Marina Ave. 283-4582

3100 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-8575

Taste the time-honored barbecue tradition of Louisiana here with cochon de lait dinners; the slow-roasted pork leg comes served with a salad and your choice of beans, coleslaw, baked potato or French fries. Burgers and steaks, especially the rib eye and sirloin, are house favorites. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


3524 Severn Ave., Metairie 455-2266

While distinctly American in many fashions, Riccobono¹s also honors Sicily in its menu. Order the oysters Riccobono, baked in a casserole with mushrooms, green onions, Italian breadcrumbs, garlic, white wine, olive oil and Parmesan cheese and served with spaghetti bordelaise. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$


5131 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero 341-3636

Beef is usually what¹s for dinner at this West Bank staple. The Roadie is a 13-oz. sirloin marinated in Jim Beam whiskey and served with sizzling onions and a side salad. For an appetizer, try the crabcakes -- Maryland crabcakes served with chipotle ranch dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


2483 Royal St. 944-6666

The big chatter lately is that Schiro¹s has new washers, to add to the luster of this one-stop, multi-function grocery store, laundrette, bar and restaurant. Do your laundry, pick up some groceries, hang out with an icy drink, and chomp down a nice burger, wrap, steak, or salmon -- all under one roof. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Credit cards. $


2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie

455-SPUD (7783)

Spudly¹s motto is 'a meal in a baked potato.² The Pizza Spud is stuffed with spiced pepperoni and Italian sauce, then topped with mozzarella and chives. The Super Duper has shrimp, crab and crawfish in a baked potato garnished with cheddar cheese and cheese sauce. Soups, salads and burgers are also on the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


1433 St. Charles Ave. 523-9823

The St. Charles Tavern never closes -- it serves up breakfast, beer, or burgers at any hour. Just hop off the streetcar and a few minutes later, you can be digging into crawfish cakes topped with remoulade sauce or redfish Emily topped with Monica-style crawfish cream sauce. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $


610 Tchoupitoulas St. 299-8188

Tucked away in an old brick building in the Warehouse District, Sweet Olive Cafe has garnered a reputation for fresh, inventive lunches at everyday prices. The Good Veggie sandwich piles baked eggplant, oven-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and black bean hummus on whole wheat bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch weekdays. Credit cards. $


5050 Williams Blvd., Treasure Chest Casino, Kenner, 443-8000

The Buffet, on the second floor of Treasure Chest¹s Entertainment Complex, has been completely renovated and features lots of local cuisine favorites. Friday is Seafood Night, while Saturday is Prime Rib Night. Club members receive a dollar-off discount with membership card. No reservations. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards. $$


3100 Toledano St. 821-0508

This recently opened restaurant knows how eclectic New Orleans diners can be, so it¹s ready with classics like red beans (and white beans) and rice with sausage, along with fried pork chops and chicken. Also sink into the ribeye steak po-boy, with the meat smoked on an open pit, sliced thin and topped with Swiss and American cheese, a brown sauce, pimentos, bell peppers and onions. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $


1600 N. Hwy. 190, Suite No. 1, Covington (985) 898-4WOW

2890 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville (985) 674-2WOW

3100 Severn Ave., Metairie 888-1322

4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 889-WOW3

'World of Wings² makes a lot of people say 'Wow.² Wings are the way to go here, served with just about every imaginable sauce. Also try the Monterey, a chopped salad with grilled or fried chicken over mixed lettuce, tomatoes, tortilla strips, Jack and cheddar cheese with a honey lime and peanut vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $