Fall Restaurant Guide Pt.2

00:00 September 21, 2012
By: David Vicari
Fall Restaurant Guide cont.

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Riccobono's Panola St. Café has smiling service, a comfortable vibe, and a menu that gives plenty of options, like their Crab Cake Benedict with Fresh Fruit. It's the friendly, Southern, easy breakfast kind of spot that every local hopes opens near their home. 7801 Panola st. • 314-1810

CAJUN/CREOLE

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Broussard's is a New Orleanian staple for fine dining and exquisite cuisine. Enjoy dishes with worldly influences including Caribbean, Indian, Creole and Cajun tastes. Try the Louisiana Seafood and Andouille Stuffed Mirliton. 819 Conti st. • 298-9434 • broussards.com

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Charlie's Restaurant, a Cajun Creole family restaurant features more than 300 menu items, including award-winning gumbo and po-boys. Try the barbecue shrimp pasta plate for some true Louisiana flavor. 6129 E. st. Bernard Hwy. • 682-9057 • charliesrestaurantla.com

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Copeland's is committed to ensuring that each dish served is true to the New Orleanian culinary tradition and providing the old standing Copeland family hospitality. Try the Veal Copeland served on a bed of linguine with shrimp and Tasso. Covington, Metairie, Kenner, slidell, Westbank • copelandsofneworleans.com

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Dijon brings romantic dining to the Lower Garden District with its quaint ambience. The food, contemporary French Creole, is a palatal delight. The Fried pickled shrimp w/ shaved fennel and pickled jalapenos is sure to make anyone's mouth water. 1377 Annunciation st. • 522-4712 • dijonnola.com

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Mandina's, a restaurant that has been serving food for more than 75 years, knows how to do things right. This family-owned restaurant has a homey atmosphere and a friendly staff. Stop by for one of the many New Orleans staples like the Grilled Shrimp Over Pasta Bordelaise. 3800 Canal st. • 482-9179 • mandinasrestaurant.com

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Johnny V's Grille on the Hill is a great neighborhood retaurant for the whole family. Located next to Monkey Hill, not far from Audubon Park, Johnny V's Grille on the Hill brings delicious fl avors and a friendly staff in a cozy yet upscale setting. 6106 Magazine st. • 899-4880

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Vacherie Named after a small town in Louisiana, Vacherie is the place to go for authentic Cajun food. Vacherie serves breakfast staples including Eggs Benedict. For lunch try the blackened alligator bites, sausage sliders with pickled onions, and Oysters Rockefeller with French bread. Vacherie also features daily specials. 827 toulouse st. • 207-4532 • vacherierestaurant.com

ITALIAN

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Pascal's Manale has been serving perfected trademark barbecue shrimp since 1913, cooked in a peppery butter sauce. The dress is casual and the vibe is lively. Grab one of the paper-covered tables, but if there's a wait to be seated, try out the famous oyster bar. 1838 Napoleon Ave. • 895-4877

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Red Gravy was started with a 10-yearold Italian girl's dream. Located in the CBD, Red Gray serves generous portions of pastas, sandwiches, salads and all the Italian favorites. The Lasagna Bolognese is a specialty item with homemade sauce and a different selection of pasta daily. 125 Camp st. • 561-8844 • redgravycafe.com

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Venezia is the perfect place for a home cooked Italian meal. A family-owned and operated restaurant, the stone oven produces some of the best pizza offered in New Orleans topped with fresh ingredients. Venezia promises a memorable dining experience for the whole family at a reasonable price. The current feature dish is the Trout Almondine. 134 N. Carrolton Ave. • 488-7991 • venezianeworleans.com

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Vincent's offers unique charm and a quaint setting at both of its locations. Vincent Catalanotto takes great pride in his family style of Sicilian cooking. For a true taste of Vincent's culinary ability, try the Succulent Seafood Medallions, a winner among the myriad of decadent dishes. uptown, Metairie • vincentsitaliancuisine.com

LATIN

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Izzo's, home of the Illegal Burrito, is now featuring its Illegal Salad as their signature dish. Romane lettuce with shredded cheese, tortilla strips and a choice of either Cilantro Ranch or Southwest Caesar dressing make this dish a favorite. Metairie, West Bank • 889-5505 • izzos.com

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Nacho Mama's is emphatic about customer service and the quality of the food. Nacho Mama's has everything Mexican from burritos, tacos, tortas and the Shrimp Chimichurri appetizer, which features five jumbo shrimp baked in fresh herbs and garlic served in a sizzling skillet. 1000 s. Clearview Pkwy. • 736-1188 • nachomamasmexicangrill.com

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Rita's Tequila House has been named among the Top 25 Tequila Bars in America. But drinks aren't all they have to offer; Rita's also serves award-winning fajitas and their signature dish, Ground Beef Enchiladas. Rita's Tequila House will definitely put spice into any day. 419 Bourbon st. • 298-8227 • ritastequilahouse.com

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Taco Del Mar, with their "Mission Style" Burritos inspired by the Mission neighborhood in San Francisco, is located walking distance from City Park. They combine traditional Mexican Cuisine with American seafood for a truly unique dining experience. Try out their Hard Shell Tacos, Mondito Burritos, Shrimp Tostada and more. Mid- City, Chalmette • 272-0557 • tacodelmar.com

MIDDLE EASTERN

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Lebanon's Cafe offers plenty of choices for a diner with a taste for Middle Eastern cuisine. Lebanon's serves generous portions of falafels, kabobs, shawarma and more at a fair price. Try the stuffed grape leaves with hummus while taking in the colorful decorations and people. 1500 s. Carrollton Ave. • 862-6200 • lebanonscafe.com

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Mona's Café has four New Orleans locations, which make it easy to find a Middle Eastern delight, no matter what part of the city. The Falafal plate includes fried ground chickpeas with spices, onions and parsley. Mona's menu also provides great vegetarian options, like the lentil soup. Marigny, Mid-City, uptown

PIZZA AND MORE

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Italian Pie has become a local favorite for their authentic Italian dishes and gourmet pizzas. Ask about the specialty Venetian Pizza, along with any one of their delicious appetizers or a dessert mousse shots. Multiple Metro Locations • 266-2523 • italianpie.com

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Mardi Gras Zone browse through some of the city's most interesting Mardi Gras memorabilia if there happens to be a wait. It's a quirky, fascinating place to visit and serves giant slices of great pizza. Stop in for one of their freshly made pizzas, which has local ingredients like the Vegan Harvest Pizza. 2706 royal st. • 947-8787

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Midway Pizza caters to fans of the deepdish pizza. Find many favorites at Midway, like the Margherita pizza and other traditional pies, but also innovative and interesting selections like the Money Pie. 4725 Freret st. • 322-2815 • midwaypizzanola.com

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Reginelli's has managed to create a modern restaurant without forgetting Italian roots. Located in many parts of the city, it's easy to stop in and grab a slice anywhere. Try the Classic Combo Pizza, a marinara-based pizza with mozzarella, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms and pepperoni. Multiple Metro Locations • reginellis.com

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Theo's is rated #1 Pizza Restaurant by Zagat's. Theo's has great pizza and drink specials covered. Stop in on a Wednesday for half-off wine night to enjoy with an Odyssey Pizza and stuffed breadsticks. uptown, Mid- City • theospizza.com

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Wit's Inn on Carrollton hosts parties, live music and lots of great food. Wit's Inn also offers seasonal crawfish parties of up to 100 people for booking. This Uptown Inn offers a wide selection of delicious salads and pizzas including their signature Hawaiian pizza and a Bahama mama to match. 141 N. Carrollton Ave. • 486-1600 • witsinn.com

PO-BOYS AND MORE

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Domilise's Po'Boy is a destination worth visiting. Known for their Po'boys Domilise's serves classics, such as the Pork Sausage, Roast Beef, Shrimp and Oyster and a specialty barbecued beef on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 5240 Annunciation st. • 899-9126

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Tracey's in the Irish Channel is the place to catch the Saints and a great roast beef Po-Boy or Buffalo wings, boudin balls and a salad. Make sure to grab some extra napkins and a couple pints before settling into the festive atmosphere. 2604 Magazine st. • 897-5413 • traceysnola.com

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Short Stop Po-Boys which started in 1966 as a corner grocery store, later realized their talent for serving great po-boys. Now with the use of crockpots, they serve more than 100 pounds of roast beef daily. Among the list of best selling po-boys is the Fried Oyster Po-Boy, fully dressed and delicious. 119 Transcontinental Dr. • 885-4572 • shortstoppoboys.com

SEAFOOD

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Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill offers a panoramic view of the mighty Mississippi and live music on the Spanish Plaza. Make sure to bring an appetite for the signature Royal Bucket for two filled with lobster, snow and Dungeness crab, clams, mussels and boiled shrimp. With The Crazy Lobster's seafood, cocktails and music, it's impossible to have a bad time. 500 Port of New Orleans Place • 569-3380 • thecrazylobster.com

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Deanie's Seafood Deanie's BBQ shrimp has been noted by Paula Dean as, "it's so good, it'll make your tongue want to slap your brains out!" Bring your appetite because Deanie's also prides themselves on big portions. Add some Grilled Oysters to an order of Barbecue Shrimp, and you'll be stuffed. French Quarter, Metairie • deanies.com

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Don's Seafood offers daily specials Monday through Thursday as well as two-for-one happy hour all day, every day. The lunch and dinner menus are filled with boiled and fried seafood sure to satisfy the Cajun in everyone. Remember to call ahead to this popular spot when you're craving the Crabcake topped with lump crabmeat. 4801 Veteran's Blvd. • 889-1550 • donsseafoodonline.com

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The Galley Seafood Restaurant has always been well known for boiled seafood selections but also serves standards like Shrimp and Grits. A quaint dining area keeps the masses waiting for the best seat in the house, but it's definitely worth the wait for some outstanding seafood. 2535 Metairie rd. • 832-0955

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Landry's Seafood has been serving seafood since 1947. Landry's is a family-oriented place, committed to the full gulf seafood experience. Visit Landry's and enjoy a Shrimp Fresca or browse Landry's selection of daily fresh fish. No seafood lover can pass up an outing to Landry's. French Quarter, Lakeview • landrysseafood.com

STEAKS

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Crazy Johnnie's Steak House has been serving the greater New Orleans area with delicious steaks and sides for more than 20 years. Having started cooking steaks in the parking lot, Johnnie's has always produced quality food for a great deal, including the prime rib au jus served with crazy potatoes. 3520 18th st. • 522-0571 • crazyjohnnies.net

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Crescent City Steak House has received excellent reviews and awards from Sports Illustrated and Zagat's. The steaks are all hand-cut and dry-aged in-house including the 10 oz. Bacon-Wrapped Fillet. Finish it off with an order of Bread Pudding for the total experience. 1001 N. Broad st. • 821-3271 • crescentcitysteaks.com

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