Fresco doesn't get talked about all that much in New Orleans and that's a shame. This unpretentious Italian-themed cafe boasts great wood fired pizzas and some very creative sandwiches. They have excellent specials on bottles of wine and pitchers of beer, depending on which night you go. The decor is nothing to shout about, but you're probably sitting outside anyway and not paying it any mind.
Ignatius could be Uptown NOLA's best kept secret. This little hole in the wall serves up fantastic creole staples like red beans and rice and crawfish etouffe at budget friendly prices. They recently got their liquor license suspended (for dubious reasons) so you currently can't get a bottle of Abita there which is a shame.
1434 S. Carrollton Ave.Jeannette St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Panchita's could be the best Mexican food restaurant in New Orleans. Their burritos are loaded full of deliciousness, including gaucamole and sour cream for no extra charge. Their table side salsa is killer. The space may be a little on the cozy side, but the welcoming service makes up for it.
Muriel's feels like eating in the dining room of an Antebellum mansion. They have an excellent $29 prix fixe. I thought the turtle soup was absolutely amazing. The service was prompt and extremely courteous. Dinner tends to be a bit dressy with most gentlemen wearing sport coats. Highly recommended for authentic creole cooking.