This charming bi-level corner spot in a tucked-away French Quarter section attracts plenty of locals. The chatty, efficient servers will make you feel like one of them. Trust them when they suggest the hearty, down-to-earth chicken and dumplings or the surf-and-turf stuffed red pepper. At brunch, eggs Dumaine are just what the hangover ordered. Note: Proximity to a nearby school means no liquor license, but they will gladly serve whatever you bring from nearby Matassa’s (1001 Dauphine St.).