The most graceful surrender award goes to Michele's. Giving in to the inevitable, the coffee-themed restaurant has changed its mind and its name. A caffeine pioneer, this funky, personable little coffee bar found the niche before behemoth Starbucks and wannabe Coffee Haus came to the 'hood. So, drop a syllable, change your bar attitude, and voila! Welcome to Shell's, a New Orleans oyster bar, sort of. Oysters are not the only attraction here--the menu features pot roast, muffaletta, seafood--a range of home-cooking, Louisiana-style.
--Mary Brown Malouf
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Shells, 6617 Snider Plaza, 691-8164.