Beyonce Dines at Mother's Restaurant in New Orleans: PHOTO

beyonce getting ready for super bowl in new orleans

While the rest of the universe is still agonizing over her decision to use a pre-recorded rendition of 'The Star Spangled Banner' during Monday's inauguration, Beyonce is back in New Orleans tending to the business of getting ready for her Super Bowl Halftime extravaganza.

The singer shared a photo on her Instagram page that was taken this week while she was dining at Mother's Restaurant, famous for the 'World's Best Baked Ham.'

In a provocative pose, Jay-Z's wife peeks out from the top of a menu in a splayed finger pose.

The 31-year-old entertainer's performance will be viewed Feb. 3, 2013 by approximately 160 million people.  Fun Fact: More people tune in for the Halftime Show than actually watch the NFL Championship game.

Beyonce has not commented on the swirling controversy but many of her peers have come to her defense.  Aretha Franklin said, "She did a beautiful job with the pre-record."

Destiny's Child bandmate Michelle Williams offered up, "I will say this, it's not the first or the last time someone has had to lip-sync."

Jennifer Lopez told Jon Stewart on Tuesday night, "Sometimes it happens when you are in certain stadiums and certain venues and things, they do pre-record stuff because you're going to have that terrible slapback.  If I remember rightly, Whitney Houston was also recorded when she performed at the Super Bowl."

Former 'Idol' judge Steven Tyler said, "Beyonce's so hot she can do anything, let's get real."

Her biggest cheerleader turned out to be CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, who devoted a RidicuList segment to her detractors.

Photo:  Instagram-Beyonce