Fusing classic comfort food with zesty local favorites, the family-owned, 24-hour City Diner has captured the hearts and stomachs of hunger-hounds with a vast and inventive menu. Breakfast delectables such as the big breakfast sandwich ($5.99) and crab cakes Benedict ($10.99), served atop two seasoned polenta cakes, are available around the clock. New Orleans–inspired nourishment culls Crescent City cravings, with the Bottom of the Bowl ($10.99) melding shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat, and a Cajun cream sauce into a seasoned bread bowl. Other spicy seafood swims politely among land creatures in the diner's imaginative hash-brown creations, such as the crawfish and andouille plate ($8.99). Atop the list of burgers is the blue cheeseburger ($8.99), a tongue-tantalizing treat sure to be enjoyed by meat lovers and cannibalistic bovines alike.
Cajun Grill and Bar’s menu teems with New Orleans favorites. Po’ boys occupy a good amount of real estate on the menu: options include catfish, hot sausage patties, N’awlins hot ham and roast beef, or the combo—a mixture of shrimp, oyster, and catfish. Buried deep within the jambalaya is the traditional New Orleans flavor, along with shrimp, chicken, and sausage. The restaurant also serves plenty of seafood platters, including fried shrimp and catfish, and homemade desserts, such as the bread pudding with rum sauce, are a nice capper to every meal.
A hunk of brisket at VooDoo BBQ & Grill begins its journey suspended over a bed of pecan and oak logs. Coated in a dry rub of local spices, the meat slowly turns on a rotisserie rod for up to 16 hours, its skin crisping while the inside stays a warm pink. The chefs smoke all their beef brisket and pulled pork over logs from Louisiana-based trees to lend them the region's unique smoked flavor, even at the risk of confusing passing botanists. They lightly coat grilled sausages, chicken, and burgers in three signature sauces inspired by the state's Cajun recipes. To complement their menagerie of smoked and grilled meats, they sling a variety of southern sides such as corn pudding, greens, and potato salads. At each of the 13 locations, the aroma of roasting meat fills a space of dark-stained wood and wrought iron; dining rooms awash in a palette of reds, greens, and oranges buzz with the sounds of jazz and blues.
Offering a plethora of healthy handheld eats prepared with super-fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, Roly Poly’s menu has something to fit any discerning taste. Lunch on tongue-torpedoing sandwiches rolled in tortillas, toasty panini-like sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads. Sandwiches, such as a cold Cobb chicken salad roll, chicken Caesar roll, or hot-pressed hickory chicken, are served in 6” or 12” varieties ($3.95+). The Key West Cuban mix ($3.95+) comes stuffed with enough roast pork, baked ham, and turkey breast to soothe even the most vivacious meat eater's grumbling food sack.
Bozo's Restaurant's familial owners fill a traditional New Orleans–style menu with mouthwatering seafood dishes made using recipes passed from generation to generation for more than 80 years. Immaterial taste buds care nothing for pearls as they descend upon six cornmeal-battered oysters ($13.75). The stuffed crab brims with flavors and spices ($10.95), and Des Allemands's catfish arrives at tabletops individually pan-fried for each diner ($12.95). Broiled shrimp smuggle a house-made crab dressing past toothsome borders ($20.25), and the seafood platter assembles an entire cast of oysters, shrimp, catfish, and crabs to fill stomach vacancies and appease literal fat cats ($27.95). All entrees are accompanied by a choice of side dish to achieve full-fledged appetite cessation.
Coco Bamboo Pizzeria infuses traditional Italian fare and pizzas with tropical flair in an extensive menu of freshly prepared edibles. Fourteen-inch specialty pizzas, assembled atop dough made daily ($17.25), arrange toppings into symphonies of flavor on par with Mozart's Pepperoni Fugue #2; a Volcano chicken or shrimp pizza ignites palates with hot sauce and optional jalapeños, and the Tikis Supreme heaps italian sausage, green peppers, and five other toppings onto a sturdy base. Coco Bamboo's chef whips up sauce from scratch for each pizza and offers a wheat-crust alternative upon request. Sandwiches ($7.75) and wraps ($8.75) conceal permutations such as the Voodoo smoked house built around seasoned chicken or shrimp or the Tropical, which combines grilled chicken with pineapple and avocado.
Capri Blu Bar pours signature drinks and plates classic Italian fare inspired by renowned chef Andrea Apuzzo in a lively piano-bar setting. A range of cocktails satisfies patrons and persnickety secret agents alike, including the house-special Capri Blu martini and rum-kissed Crystal's Strawtini. The bar stocks a plethora of bottled beers as well as on-draught Newcastle, Kronenbourg 1664, and Abita Amber. To keep drinks from sipping themselves alone at the bar, Capri Blu whips up a plethora of accompanying appetizers, including antipasto classico, a Tarantella of mozzarella, prosciutto, salami, and gaeta olives twirling on garlic crostini. Eggplant Crabcake Andrea showcases eponymous ingredients and fresh herbs, and P.J. Oyster En Brochette swaddles broiled mollusks in leeks and bacon.