For more than 30 years, Star Steak and Lobster House's doorman Joey has been opening the restaurant's door to fill the French Quarter sidewalks with the aromas of aged USDA prime steaks and buttery lobster. After passing through the entryway, patrons can take their seats at sleek wooden tables to share Cajun gator sausage with creole sauce and housemade Louisiana crab cakes glazed with crawfish and mushroom cream sauce. Signature dinner entrees include slow-roasted prime rib and the Cajun filet mignon stuffed with crab, lobster, shrimp, and crawfish tails. To complement the food's lively flavors, every Wednesday through Sunday night bands perform jazz, blues, and classic rock tunes while bartenders mix black-cherry-peach mojitos and pour pint glasses of beer into other pint glasses until infinity is achieved.
Texas de Brazil blends the steak-centric cuisine of Texas with the traditional churrasco method of slow-roasting meat over an open flame grill to form a luscious meaty mélange. The full dinner ($39.99) marches out a cavalcade of choice cuts, allowing diners to welcome continuous windfalls of flavorful proteins. Brandish your table's provided card, green on one side, red on the other, and it will function as a meat traffic light that summons servers to either send stacks of seasoned beef, pork, or lamb skewers or halt plate traffic like a decorated culinary crossing guard. Or feel free to substitute greens for the grill by stepping into the sprawling salad-bar conga line ($24.99), two-stepping through toothsome goodies such as imported cheeses, steamed asparagus, and dozens of other hors d'oeuvres.
At Sabores Dominican Restaurant, passionate chefs with years of experience dazzle taste buds, olfactory lobes, and eyeballs with saffron-hued seafood paellas, pastelito pastries, and tender morsels of braised chicken or roast pork. Like a gentle lullaby blown through a conch trumpet, the bill of fare sends brains on a dreamlike vacation to the tropics, tempting diners with specimens of authentic Dominican cuisine such as the fried plaintain mofongo, or rich, meaty sancocho stew. Light notes of sweetness cut through the savory undertones of each dish as guests pair their sandwiches, soups, and cutlets with bowls of creamy tres leches or fruity papaya shakes.
At Churra's Brazilian Grill, guests chow down from a mouthwatering buffet of South American steakhouse cuisine, from tender steaks to traditional dishes and salads. Diners feast on morsels of rotisserie-roasted beef and sausages, sided with slivers of pineapple and melon, leafy greens, and ripe berries.
Against a backdrop of burnished wood walls, an intricately wrought gilded frame surrounds a Budweiser poster. This playful contrast between sophistication and informality extends to the rest of the dining room, where candles cast circles of light on crisp white tablecloths and a wood-beam ceiling as crowds enjoy live rock music played during happy hour.
When it comes to the cuisine, chefs prepare the same steakhouse fare they unveiled in 1969. Succulent slabs of steak cook on the grill alongside fresh seafood dishes, which are then topped with elegant flourishes such as crawfish rémoulade or jumbo lump crabmeat in the shape of a top hat.
Pie, Pizza & Pastas offers ample amounts of specialty pies and Italian comfort fare to rev up empty stomach engines. Peruse the menu, and begin your night with tasty starters such as lobster ravioli ($8.99) or tomato-basil soup ($4.50 for cup, $5.99 for a bowl) before jumping into the full-meal fray of pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, and calzones. Build your own pie from more than 20 options, or try out gourmet pizzas such as the Carnivore, a meaty monster pie topped with pepperoni, bacon, black-forest ham, Italian sausage, and Canadian bacon ($13.99 for a small, $18.99 for a large). Noodle your way out of leftovers with penne ala vodka, a sweet-onion vodka sauce tossed with penne pasta and marinated chicken ($14.99), or wrap mitts around the eggplant capriccio, topped with marinara, black olives, mozzarella, and feta ($8.99). Domestic ($3) or imported beers ($3.50) are also available to slake thirsty throats.