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. We're also fond of its sister restaurant, Vacherie, in the Hotel Ste. Marie (827 Toulouse St.). 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.).