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Café du Monde is a pilgrimage for some and a true "N'Awlins" experience for others. A French Market landmark, the café is renowned for its beignets, which are fried dough covered with powdered sugar. Since opening in 1862, Café du Monde has been the spot locals and tourists flock to for savory chicory coffee, café au lait and light pastry desserts. All can be enjoyed while soaking in the foot traffic of Jackson Square while sitting at the café.

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Louisiana cuisine rules here at this more casual Arnaud's-owned restaurant. Po'boys, boiled seafood and the best raw oysters in town. Try the homemade pepper vodka while sucking down raw oysters at the oyster bar. Then enjoy a great meal in the dining area.

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Casamento's Restaurant


This unpretentious neighborhood restaurant is a classic. Casamento's best and favorite entrees are those that center on anything oyster-related! In business for nearly 50 years, the food is good and the prices affordable. The restaurant also serves sandwiches and seafood entrees like crab and calamari. The decor features white tiles and mirrors and the staff is friendly. Open for dinner too.

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Lebanon's Cafe


Try the stuffed grape leaves or the kabobs at Lebanon's Café and you will be transported to the Middle East! The falafel and hummus are also not to be missed. Visit Lebanon's on a nice day and you might be rewarded with a street-side table, where you can watch the pedestrians running to catch the trolley. If you are a hearty soul, indulge in the Turkish coffee after your meal.

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A tiny room bustling with hungry diners, this neighborhood joint has been serving irresistible po-boys since the 1920s. A collection of vintage décor ranging from old Tabasco bottles filled with toothpicks, beer cans, newspapers and photos hints at the establishment's age. Nonetheless, few get tired of the tried and true menu, which offers scrumptious fillings such as pepper wiener and chili, fried shrimp, catfish, turkey, and sweet barbecue, all served on a hearty French bread, and hopefully, complemented by a cold beer.

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Petunia's


This restaurant occupies a 19th century Creole townhouse. Peach walls, white molding, antique ceiling fans and an original, coal-burning fire place adorn the adjoining dining rooms. The menu offers seven varieties of main course crêpes, such as the St. Francis, with shrimp, crabmeat and ratatouille cheese sauce, and the St. Peter with asparagus, cheddar, ham or chicken, and hollandaise. Other options include Cajun pasta with shrimp and andouille or seafood platters with fried okra or fries. An appealing breakfast destination as well, Petunia's offers a variety of interesting egg dishes, coffee drinks and other morning favs.

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Mother's has been a New Orleans tradition since the 1940's and it is still creating happy customers today. If you are looking for a hearty breakfast or a "meat and three" for supper and don't mind standing in line, this cafeteria-style eatery is sure to please. And do not miss the po' boys – natives claim Mother's sells the definitive version of the popular sandwich. Also a winner: the New Orleans style, chicory-flavored coffee.

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Clover Grill


For over 60 years this coffee shop has been feeding revelers from the nearby clubs and bars. Breakfast is served round-the-clock in case you sleep through the more conventional serving hours. If you are more in the mood for dinner food, try a burger – Clover Grill grills them up great! Follow your meal with the lemon icebox pie.

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If the muffuletta was the official sandwich of New Orleans, Central Grocery officially makes the best sandwiches in the city! For the uninitiated, a muffuletta is a loaf of bread layered with Italian meats and cheeses and crowned with a chopped olive mixture. Be warned that Central Grocery's sandwiches are huge – you might need to share with a friend. And if you want to sit down, get your sandwich to go – there is only a standing-room counter at the Grocery.

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Royal Blend Coffee & Tea Company


With medium and dark roast coffees, and herbal teas on tap, this is a popular French Quarter shop. The Royal Blend is quite aristocratic. The menu features a variety of drink options and includes dessert coffees ranging from flavored choices like Bananas Foster to creamy apricot. Drinkers can buy by the cup or order a few pounds to carry home. There is also a food menu that includes breakfast quiches and a selection of sandwiches for lunch. But it's the java and tea leaves that keep patrons coming back to the Royal Blend. The decor is cozy and features an enclosed courtyard with ponds and fountains.

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