What are the best neighborhood restaurants in New Orleans?

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Karen Dalton Beninato

The best neighborhood restaurants in New Orleans offer everything from seafood to soul food to Italian dining to a legendary barbecued shrimp dish. They are distinguished by warm service and a crowd that's happy to meet a new friend or see a regular.

Dooky Chase's restaurant is not just a dining experience, it's a chance to meet chef Leah Chase who fed the original Freedom Riders on their trips to New Orleans. She was the inspiration for the princess in Disney's "The Frog Prince", and is as much a part of the fabric of the city as her famous Gumbo z'herbes.

Elizabeth's is a hot spot in the Bywater for good reason – they live their slogan Real Food Done Real Good. From their popular weekend brunches to everyday dining, it's a must-stop for visitors and locals alike.

Mona Lisa's offers cozy Italian dining on a popular stretch of Royal Street off Governor Nicholls Street. Whip out the crayons and draw your own homage to the Mona Lisa on your paper tablecloth, or customize an order for a calzone as big as your head with ingredients ranging from shrimp to eggplant.

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