Tempt your taste buds

February 1, 2005

Great dining can be a New Orleans visitor';s main objective and probably should be with the endless mouth-watering options the city has to offer.Whether you're in the mood for authentic Cajun or Creole dishes or are looking for the perfect pasta, glance through these choices and find exactly what you crave.

American Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse

French Quarter, 716 Iberville St.

(504) 522-2467

Attire: Upscale casual

Credit Cards: All major

Hours: Lunch, Mon.-Fri. 11:30-2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Mon.-Sun. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30-10 p.m.

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe

French Quarter, 1104 Decatur Street

(504) 592-2565

Attire: Casual

Credit Cards: All major

Hours: Restaurant open 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Tavern open until midnight.

Cajun Alex Patout's Louisiana Restaurant

French Quarter, 720 St. Louis Street

(504) 525-7788

Attire: Upscale casual

Credit Cards: All major

Hours: Open daily at 5 p.m.

Antoine's

French Quarter, 713 St. Louis Street

(504) 581-4422

For 135 years the chefs at Antoine's have been preparing haute cuisine, and gourmets from all over the world have been patronizing the establishment. Getting a memorable meal at Antoine's is not difficult.

Attire: Upscale, ties suggested

Credit Cards: All major

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

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