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For something very European yet very local—and completely different—try the Spanish fare at teeny Lola’s in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. Start with garlic soup (one of several good vegetarian options; another is refreshing gazpacho). Then get a sizzling platter of paella—we prefer the mussel-loaded combination. If there’s a wait, relax with a carafe of red or white sangria; if there isn’t, relax with a carafe of red or white sangria. Once you’re seated, service is prompt, though cooked-to-order paellas take about 30 minutes. Close with the silky homemade flan. A very good day can be had by ending up here after spending time in City Park or at the New Orleans Museum of Art.