Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 561-0500

The waitstaff at this breezy hotel sports bar are dressed as referees, but instead of decisions, they deliver a large array of bar food for snacking, plus burgers and sandwiches. The bar is also fully prepped and ready to go with specialty cocktails. Signed jerseys and memorabilia line the walls, hanging between big-screen TVs broadcasting multiple sporting events at once. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730

Creative sushi rolls set Kanno apart. Some of the house specials include the South Beach roll, which includes crab, tuna and avocado but no rice. On the extravagant side, the lobster dynamite roll combines spicy snowcrab, lobster tail meat and wasabi cream sauce. There is also a range of sushi and sashimi pieces. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


165 Hwy. 21, Madisonville, (985) 845-9940

Restaurateur Keith Young's family has been satisfying the steak craving in Slidell for many years. More recently, his restaurant has been broiling steaks at the other end of the North Shore in Madisonville. In an elegant dining room, guests can indulge in chops and seafood, but extra-large steaks remain the focus of the menu, including a 24-oz. strip and a towering filet mignon. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$


3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701

Kenner Seafood is both a seafood market and a restaurant offering boiled crawfish and prepared dishes. Prepared dishes include the seafood boat made from a hollowed-out bread loaf loaded with fried catfish, shrimp, oysters and crawfish and accompanied by French fries. Select from shoft-shell crab, catfish, shrimp or crawfish Marie, which consists of fried seafood served over angel hair pasta with a crabmeat cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$


349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489

Kim Son offers a long list of Vietnamese dishes and Cantonese and Szechuan style Chinese dishes. Since opening, one of the house specialties has been the Bo 7 Mon, a seven-course extravaganza of Vietnamese-style beef dishes. The meat comes cooked and served a variety of ways -- with flavors of basil, cilantro, lemon, onion and fish sauce adding extra flavors. Other popular Vietnamese fare includes rice and noodle soups and vermicelli dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $


601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4383

This bustling buffet restaurant offers many dishes from a wide variety of Asian cuisines. Chinese standards comprise the greatest number of dishes, with regulars like beef with broccoli and sweet-and-sour chicken. There also are dishes from Thailand, some Japanese specialties and plenty of sweet desserts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


3540 18th St., Metairie, 888-0654

Korea, or at least its flavors, proves to be just a short drive away in central Metairie at this exotic restaurant. The menu includes fried whole fish marinated in soy, garlic and onions and many selections come with samplings of kimchee, the traditional Korean side dishes of various pickled and spiced vegetables and cabbage. There is plenty of beef and seafood and some items are cooked on grills embedded in the tables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Sat, dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$


3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.com

Kosher Cajun is your connection for New York-style corned beef, hot pastrami and chopped liver delicatessen sandwiches. Match up matzoh ball soup with a Reuben with hot corned beef or a Rachel, which serves turkey on toasted rye with sauerkraut and Russian dressing. The J&N special combines hot corned beef and pastrami on New York rye bread with deli mustard, horseradish and coleslaw and is served with a barrel pickle on the side. Deli side dishes include potato latkes, barrel pickles and knishes of potato, sweet potato and broccoli. Entrees include grilled chicken breasts, lamb chops and steaks. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., early dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit Cards. $$


2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911

Ride by Koyo's for a roast beef po-boy made with slow-roasted beef cooked in-house, sliced thin and dressed to order. There's also fresh grilled seafood from the Gulf. Try amberjack, yellowfin tuna or mahi mahi served on sandwiches or platters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$


6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; www.kozcooks.com

Koz's offers a wide selection of po-boys, soups, salads and dinner specials, especially with fried seafood. Garlic-stuffed roast beef is cooked daily for po-boys served with gravy. Fried chicken plates come with a choice of side dishes like baked macaroni, chili cheese fries, onion rings or potato salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $


416 Chartres St., 524-7394; www.kpauls.com

Paul Prudhomme-protégé Paul Miller is keeping the flavors of South Louisiana fresh at this legendary French Quarter restaurant. He's giving redfish a break and blackening pork chops instead. Hot out of a cast-iron skillet, they're stuffed with cheese and basil, then finished with mushrooms and Zinfandel. The turtle soup and gumbo (made with house andouille) are among the city's best. Miller tweaks the menu regularly, so check in often. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$


116 Bourbon St., 523-4030

Krystal offers burgers, hot dogs and corn dogs and breakfast around the clock. Meal combos include burgers, cheeseburgers, bacon cheeseburgers and chili-cheese dogs. Fries that can be topped with chili and cheese are a perfect conclusion to a late night out. No reservations. Open 24-hours. Credit cards. $


4920 Prytania St., 891-3644

Kyoto's many Uptown devotees have been coming to devour rolls upon rolls of sushi, crunchy tempura and tender noodle bowls for years. Specialties like the Sara roll are as appealing to the eye as the appetite, featuring spicy shrimp and avocado with a crunchy chili sauce on top, while the combination chirashi sushi bowl is enough to sate even the biggest appetite. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit Cards. $$