Marjie's Grill

Top choice asian in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

In one word: brilliant. Marjie's is run by chefs who were inspired by Southeast Asian street food, but rather than coming home and doing pale imitations of the real thing, they've turned an old house on Broad St into a corner in Hanoi, Luang Prabang or Chiang Mai. With that said, there's a hint of New Orleans at work.

Coal-roasted fish has a flaky, wonderfully charred skin, while cornmeal-battered chicken goes down a treat with sambal and cane syrup. The simple pork steak is a godsend: sliced, wonderfully cooked and served with a small mountain of fresh herbs.