Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide
Feb 27 2018

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

By: Staff

African

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Bennachin offers African cuisine with a decidedly New Orleans twist. Those familiar with their delectable Jazz Fest fare, such as Poulet Fricassee (chicken on a stick) and Jama-Jama (sauteed spinach), can imagine the wonders emanating from their kitchen via signature lamb and tilapia dishes and much more. 1212 Royal St. | 522-1230 | bennachinrestaurant.com

American

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Apolline celebrates the best in local ingredients and offers one of the most memorable brunches in the city, with their famous Eggs Apolline and Confit Duck Bowl adorning the menu alongside bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Right now, you can try their featured recipe for house-made boudin. 4729 Magazine St. | 894-8881 | apollinerestaurant.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Bayou Hot Wings aims to please wing fanatics. There are 13 sauces to choose from: starting with the mild, yet delicious Bayou Sweet, to the intense, flavorful heat of the Bayou Beast. They also offer great alternatives like their Cochon de Lait Sandwich and the half-pound Bleu Bayou Burger with Bacon. 6221 S. Claiborne Ave. | 662-9933 | bayouhotwings.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

City Diner may sound like your average greasy spoon, but don’t let the name fool you. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 24 hours a day, they offer such stylized options as Crab Cake Benedict, Oysters St. John Hashbrowns, and the Alligator Sausage Po-Boy for you to chow down on. 3116 S. I-10 Service Road E. | 831-1030 | citydiner.biz

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

The Country Club specializes in distinctively modern Creole Cuisine, served in a charming Bywater cottage. Try their divine Crabmeat Beignets, followed by Pan-Roasted Louisiana White Shrimp with a side of Mascarpone Grits. It’s menus like these that make you glad you live in New Orleans. 634 Louisa St. | 945-0742 | thecountryclubneworleans.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Cuvee Bistro is perfect for the heartiest of appetites or the “wine and tapas”-lover. Located right next door to their sister establishment Briquette, the restaurant focuses on new concepts in sandwiches. You’ll be delighted with the Stuffed Breads (featuring savory Pulled Pork and Brisket Verde) or one of their Wrapped Up Egg Scramblers, with both bacon and andouille. 701 S. Peters St. | 985-778-2529

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Daisy Dukes now has four unique locations, each specializing in something different. While the 24/7 French Quarter location is home to terrific seafood platters and All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish (in peak season), their all-night hot spot in the CBD is sure to offer whatever else you may be craving. Multiple locations | daisydukesrestaurant.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant epitomizes the notion of a neighborhood eatery where you can get your drink on, too. Boasting a comprehensive appetizer menu and all kinds of mouthwatering burgers and sandwiches, they even find the time to dish out some impressive salads and seafood platters. 435 Huey P. Long Ave. | 368-1114 | gattusos.net

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Gordon Biersch is a brewery and a restaurant that can rightfully be called a master of both. Enjoy one (or more) of their flagship beers, before and after a lunch or dinner consisting of elegant entrees to please your palate, like the Chicken Schnitzel, Gorgonzola Ribeye, or Kobe Cheeseburger. 200 Poydras St. | 522-2739 | gordonbiersch.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Liberty Cheesesteaks has brought the unmistakably divine taste of a true Philly Cheesesteak to New Orleans and has created with it an all-new companion piece: the colby and cheddar cheese-drenched Wiz sandwich. In a town known for its po-boys, Liberty has stepped up to the plate with their superior subs and hoagies. 5039 Freret St. | 875-4447 | libertycheesesteaks.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles serves up fresh, delicious fried chicken and authentic Southern fare from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week. Join them for a fabulous country breakfast (served anytime) or just head over there to get yourself some of that chicken. You know you want it! 5741 Crowder Blvd. | 244-0021 | mamommashouse.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

The Mason Jar is casual American meets Southern, with local favorites like White Beans and Fried Catfish competing with Americana selections like Bacon-Wrapped Hamburger Steak and Angus Burgers with Garlic-Parmesan Fries. This family-friendly environment could very well become your home away from home. 4517 W. Esplanade Ave. | 323-2115 | masonjarkitchen.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Sala has a little of everything you’d expect from the Riccobono family of restaurants. Favorites include irresistible small plates like their Oysters Panné and large plates such as the Golden Fried Drum Almondine. They also feature an array of tacos, salads, and sandwiches, as well as impressive wine and cocktail menus for a truly special evening with family and friends. 124 Lake Marina Ave. | 513-2670 | salanola.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Spudly’s Super Spuds has a baked potato to satisfy all fans of America’s favorite side dish—only here, it’s the main course! And why not, when you can choose from scrumptious toppings like crabmeat, crawfish, and roast beef, and smother it in enough cheese to make Wisconsin proud. 2609 Harvard Ave. | 455-3250 | spudlys.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Tasty Treats Food Truck & Restaurant has quickly become one of the most popular food trucks in New Orleans, expanding into a comfortable dining area. It’s no wonder, with their inspired menu that includes the Steak and Shrimp Wrap, Crawfish Fries, and burgers and wings that will knock your socks off. Taste what New Orleanians have been raving about! 5000 Old Gentilly Rd. | 237-5875

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Ted’s Frostop is a real survivor. A symbol of Katrina’s devastation, their famous root beer mug/sign was turned upside down. Now it’s back upright where it should be, and they’re serving the same, delicious Loto Burgers and Rootbeer Floats that have defined New Orleans lunches. Enjoy a shake and fries, or try one of their po-boys or daily specials. 3100 Calhoun St. | 861-3615 | tedsfrostop.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Willie Mae’s Scotch House is the James Beard Award-winning destination for lovers of fried chicken, and is both a tourist attraction and New Orleans landmark. You’ll understand why when you delve into the late Willie Mae Seaton’s 50-year-old recipe, which is unmatched for flavor to this very day. 2401 St. Ann St. | 822-9503 | williemaesnola.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

WOW Café Doubletree combines everything you’ve ever loved about WOW Cafe & Wingery, plus so much more. Try their breakfast buffet, including delicious create-your-own omelettes. Or you can join them for a classic New Orleans brunch showcasing fresh Louisiana seafood. Any time is the right time here, and don’t forget about those wings! 300 Canal St. | 212-3250 | wowcafe.com/stores/double-tree-new-orleans

Asian

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Bao & Noodle has blossomed into a real gem in the Marigny/Bywater. The Northern China-inspired cuisine begins with their amazing, hand-pulled noodles and steamed buns (bao), and it simply flourishes from there. Menu staples include the Cumin Braised Lamb and Tea Smoked Duck. The unbeatable, family-friendly prices are just lagniappe for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. 2700 Chartres St. | 272-0004 | baoandnoodle.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Five Happiness is a chic yet authentic Chinese restaurant that has served locals for over 30 years. Their comprehensive menu includes the fabulous Moo Shu Deluxe, for those who like a variety of succulent meats in their platters (shrimp, chicken, and pork!), and house favorites such as the Shrimp with Honey Roasted Pecan or Sauteed Crawfish Tails. 3605 S. Carrollton Ave. | 482-3935 | fivehappiness.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Green Tea offers the best in decadent, delicious Chinese food. Try the Seafood Delight, featuring lobster, jumbo shrimp, and scallops sauteed in the chef’s special sauce, or the Dragon and Phoenix combo, bringing General Tso’s chicken and Spicy Shrimp together at last. You can even invite up to 30 of your closest friends for a memorable dining experience in their massive private dining room. 3001 Napoleon Ave. | 899-8005 | greenteanola.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Ikura welcomes back the hibachi tables by customer demand, for that thrilling dining experience that only a master hibachi chef can provide his patrons. Sushi lovers? Ikura’s specialty menu features an innovative selection based off of local favorites, including the Seafood Po-Boy Roll loaded with crawfish, fried shrimp, and fried soft-shell crab. College students with a valid I.D. receive 20 percent off their order. 310 N. Carrollton Ave. | 485-5658 | ikuranola.net

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Jazmine Cafe is the go-to place for Vietnamese cuisine along the St. Charles streetcar line. Try their terrific lunch specials for under $10, including the Soup and Po-Boy combo. Or, you can enjoy the Hot Pot (Vietnamese fondue) table-top cooking for a fun, family dining experience. 614 S. Carrollton Ave. | 866-9301 | jazminecafe.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Kyoto 2 is the premier spot for sushi and sashimi in the Elmwood area of New Orleans. Open for lunch and dinner, they feature popular chef’s creations, including the White Fish Carpaccio and the amazing No-Name Roll (which does not equal no flavor) with tuna, eel, salmon, and snow crab. 5608 Citrus Blvd. | Harahan | 818-0228

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

La Thai is thriving at their Uptown location, with a renovated dining room and a dynamic fusion of modern Thai cuisine and authentic favorites from their sharable Nit Noi menu. Seafood lovers will be in paradise with entrees such as the Crab Three-Ways (crab cake, soft shell crab, and jumbo lump crabmeat) and Chilean Seaass. 4938 Prytania St. | 899-8886 | lathaiuptown.com  

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Mikimoto knows their sushi—and every other form of Japanese cuisine, for that matter. Start off with a bowl of their famous Miso Soup and the delicious Who Dat Popper (deep-fried jalapenos stuffed with spicy salmon, snow crab, and cream cheese). The exclusive sushi menu features specialty rolls containing the likes of sea urchin and red snapper. 3301 S. Carrollton Ave. | 488-1881 | mikimotosushi.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Miyako is known for its entertaining hibachi chefs and the high-quality ingredients that speak for themselves, like flavorful New York strip steak and lobster. A great spot for large groups, Miyako offers a popular sushi menu that takes on a decidedly New Orleans flair, with selections like the Mardi Gras Roll, Po-Boy Roll, and Saints Roll. 1403 St. Charles Ave. | 410-997 | miyakonola.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Origami is proud of their three sushi chefs and it’s no wonder. Signature dishes from this kitchen include the Burning Man (pepper-crusted tuna and avocado) and the Funky Margarita (crawfish layered with tuna, salmon, and guacamole). A favorite of Tulane students, Origami’s vast appetizer menu is highlighted by a truly terrific Shrimp Tempura. 5130 Freret St. | 899-6532 | sushinola.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Tsunami lauds their sushi as containing the “freshest fish in the 504,” and the menu includes a delightful spin on fried seafood favorites like Ika Fries (calamari) and Oysters Agemono. Be sure to save room for dessert and indulge in the Tsinful Tsunami Chocolate Lava Cake or their award-winning Pancific Bread Pudding. 601 Poydras St. | 608-3474 | servingsushi.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Viet Orleans Bistro is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner in the heart of the CBD. Enjoy a mouthwatering Banh Mi Po-Boy while relaxing with a hot sake, glass of wine, or cold beer in the pleasant atmosphere of their dining room. The comprehensive sushi menu is highlighted by favorites like the Viet Orleans and Volcano rolls. 300 Baronne St. | 333-6917

Bars with Great Food

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Backspace Bar & Kitchen is a fantastic French Quarter spot. When you dive into such literary-themed sandwich creations as the Hemingway Cuban and the Whitman Roast Beef, you’ll understand why. If you’re a fan of old-school cocktails, then look no further than this celebratory retro establishment. 139 Chartres St. | 322-2245 | backspacenola.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant has one heck of a food menu and their 24/7 hours should allow for many repeat visits. Whether you’re in the mood for breakfast and one of their awesome omelettes, or looking for bar stalwarts like multiple varieties of chicken wings and burgers, Buffa’s will take care of any cravings. Hint: save room for the Chorizo Chili! 1001 Esplanade Ave. | 949-0038 | buffasbar.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Flamingo A-Go-Go has 7,000 square feet of the liveliest decor, with 45 beers on tap and a menu of outstanding local recipes. If it’s seafood you like, you owe it to yourself to indulge in the flavors of Marinated Blue Crab Claws and Bronzed Redfish (with garlic butter and dirty rice). Landlubber? The Chicken Fried Chicken with white gravy, mashed potatoes, and corn maque choux cannot be beat. 869 Magazine St. | 577-2202 | flamingonola.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

The Jimani is a bar that has everything: big-screen TVs for sporting events; trivia nights; over 100 beers to choose from; and last, but not least, an outstanding pub menu that keeps the patrons from having to go anywhere else! Start with a plate of Jimmy J’s Big Ass Nachos and progress to an array of po-boys, burgers, sandwiches, or even a full rack of St. Louis BBQ Ribs. 141 Chartres St. | 524-0493 | thejimani.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Mimi’s in the Marigny features split-level bars for different moods, and their first-rate tapas menu reflects that, with numerous selections for both vegetarians and meat-eaters. Choice selections include the Goat Cheese Croquettes and Coffee Kahlua Glazed Salmon. Or, order from Chef Hailey’s “Trust Me” menu, accentuated with fresh Louisiana produce and herbs. 2601 Royal St. | 872-9868 | mimismarigny.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

NOSH (New Orleans Social House) plays upon the small plates- (or tapas-) craze with flavorsome selections such as Lobster-Shrimp Tacos, Truffled Mac and Cheese, and Beef Short Rib Poutine (with Smoked Gouda). They even have a seafood bar where you can knock down Louisiana Gulf oysters, one after the other. Don’t miss the Bubbles Bar on Friday nights with champagne starting at $4! 752 Tchoupitoulas St. | 581-7101 | noshneworleans.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Ole Saint is the brainchild of New Orleans Saints legend Deuce McAllister, who wanted to bring Southern coastal cuisine to a relaxed bar atmosphere in the French Quarter, as a delicious alternative to standard bar fare. He certainly succeeded, with offerings like the Flash Fried Louisiana Oysters and Southern Catfish with White Beans and Shrimp, but you can also enjoy an Ole Saint Craft Burger here as well. 132 Royal St. | 309-4797 | olesaint.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Orleans Grapevine proves that fine food is best paired with the fruit of the vine, with over 375 wines to accompany your meal. Surf and Turf is a must here, with the Black Angus Filet and Maine Lobster Tail. But if you’re looking just for seafood (and ‘tis the season), the decadent combo of Pan-Seared Scallops followed by Oysters Orleans is guaranteed to leave you satisfied and guilt-free! 720 Orleans Ave. | 523-1930 | orleansgrapevine.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Parasol’s may be known for their to-die-for Roast Beef Po-Boy, but did you know about the other gems on this unmatched menu? From fried seafood baskets to red beans and rice to gumbo, there is iconic New Orleans comfort food for just about any palate. While you’re here, make it a point to order the Irish Sundae (potato salad with roast beef gravy and debris). 2553 Constance St. | 302-1543

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar showcases their love for sports fans with 21 TVs, over 20 beers on tap, and Hurricanes that are categorized in intensity from one to five! But what about the food, you ask? Well, there are Gator Bites (a hybrid of delicious alligator and andouille sausages), Blackened Shrimp Queso, 911 Fire Wings for the fearless, and so much more. 500 Port of New Orleans Pl. | 247-9265 | poppystimeoutsportsbar.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Rick’s Sporting Saloon has taken the combination of adult entertainment and culinary delights to new heights, for the “Ultimate Man Cave” on historic Bourbon Street. If you can’t make it to Two-Legged Taco Tuesday, the Baller Platter or Saloon Burger (a combination of short rib, brisket, and chuck) will do you just fine, while watching the big game on their massive 92-inch screen. 522 Bourbon St. | 552-2510 | ricks-saloon.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Rivershack Tavern brings the thrill and excitement of great food and drinks—along the bank of the Mississippi River—to its patrons. The home of the “tacky ashtray” and barstools with Hollywood’s most famous legs, Rivershack boasts daily lunch specials on weekdays from its kitchen. You simply can’t go wrong with their amazing “Shank You” Burger, a delicious half-pound combination of beef and hot sausage. 3449 River Rd. | 834-4938 | therivershacktavern.us

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Shamrock Bar and Grill is the biggest neighborhood bar in New Orleans, with 32 televisions, 23 pool tables, and so much more. The perfect place to catch a sporting event with some great drink specials on offer, Shamrock has a reasonably priced menu that is highlighted by a Buffalo Shrimp Platter with all the trimmings for $11, and a 12-ounce Ribeye with potato and salad for only $13! 4133 S. Carrollton Ave. | 301-0938 | shamrockparty.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

The Tahyo Tavern is the go-to establishment for canine lovers, where dog owners can dine or relax with a beer and their best friend. Don’t have a dog? Well, that’s no problem, since they are also known for their mouthwatering burgers, hand-cut French fries, and fried green tomatoes. Stop there for brunch and give the Bananas Foster Pancakes a try. You won’t be sorry! 1140 Decatur St. | 301-1991 | thetahyotavern.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Tracey’s Irish Bar and Restaurant is proud to offer delicious po-boys, cold beer, and specials. On Mondays, you can enjoy a plate of their Red Beans and Rice and $1 Raw Oysters. But if you’re feeling really hungry, order the Seafood Platter filled with Louisiana oysters, Gulf shrimp, and farm-raised catfish. 2604 Magazine St. | 897-5413 | traceysnola.com

Café

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Another Broken Egg Café is not just another breakfast/brunch/lunch eatery. Their extensive menu boasts succulent omelette creations such as the Floridian (topped with garlic butter-sauteed crabmeat) and Stan’s Mardi Gras Omelette (filled with crawfish, Gulf shrimp, andouille, and red peppers). Also, try one of their “Sweet Temptations,” like the Bananas Foster Belgian Waffle or Cinnamon Roll French Toast. Uptown | Lakeview | 301-2771 | anotherbrokeneggcafe.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Biscuits & Buns on Banks has the distinction of being voted into the top 10 biscuit purveyors in America by USA Today. Besides their biscuits being fluffy and delicious, the comfortable ambiance of this charming neighborhood eatery just adds to any meal. Try the Fried Andouille Sausage Hash Cakes, smothered in their house-made Creole cheese sauce. 4337 Banks St. | 273-4600 | biscuitsandbunsonbanks.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit prides itself on being the most affordable restaurant in Gretna, while serving savory meals that will make you a repeat customer. Where else are you going to get Seared Duck Breast for only $18? The extensive menu features everything: salads, seafood platters, sandwiches, and exotic appetizers like Turtle Soup and Frog Legs Provencal. 615 Kepler St. | 365-1225 | dawabbit.net

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Café Amelie is housed in the historic, 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House, for a lush, enchanting dining experience you won’t soon forget. The food is quite memorable as well, with standout lunch and dinner selections like the Cochon de Lait Sandwich on ciabatta and the Louisiana Crawfish Linguine. 912 Royal St. | 412-8965 | cafeamelie.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Café Carmo combines the flavors of West Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and South America with fresh, local ingredients, for a unique and exemplary take on vegetarian-friendly cuisine in New Orleans. From the sashimi appetizers to an array of fresh salads, they are also known for their signature Banquette Breads and terrific entrees (such as the Singapore Chili Shrimp). 527 Julia St. | 875-4132 | cafecarmo.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Café Degas is the embodiment of Gallic charm, for an experience formulated to recreate dining in the beautiful French countryside. Le Plateau de Fromage is an excellent appetizer in keeping with the mood, followed by La Salade Au Crabe, the Pan-Seared Rack of Lamb, or Lamb Merguez Sausage. C'est merveilleux! 3127 Esplanade Ave. | 945-5635 | cafedegas.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Café Navarre is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. Comfortable outdoor seating is a plus in this Mid-City establishment, where you can dine on fare like Eggs Cochon in the morning, or enjoy a po-boy, panini, or hamburger later on in the day, washed down with a Tito’s signature Bloody Mary. 800 Navarre Ave. | 483-8828 | cafenavarre.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Caffe! Caffe! has two locations serving you the soups, salads, sandwiches, and wraps that you can’t possibly live without. And dig this: check out their brand-new items like the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, served on a fresh-baked onion bun, and their Creamy Mac, a love letter to mac and cheese fanatics everywhere. They serve breakfast, too. Two Metairie Locations | caffecaffe.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Compére Lapin is named after a mischievous rabbit in Caribbean folklore from Chef Nina Compton’s childhood. Combining ingredients from her homes in St. Lucia and New Orleans, and her French and Italian culinary training, together make for a sensational fusion in these four cultures and more. Standouts include the Steak Tartare and Hot Fire Chicken. 535 Tchoupitoulas St. | 599-2119 | comperelapin.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Jimmy J’s Café is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and boasts some of the tastiest creations in the French Quarter. Try their flagship breakfast—Eggs Lafitte with andouille sausage, hollandaise sauce, and ratatouille. You also can’t go wrong with their “3 Little Pigs & The Big Bad Chicken,” a delicious sandwich combining battered chicken, bacon, Swiss cheese, and two kinds of ham. 115 Chartres St. | 309-9360 | jimmyjscafe.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Morning Call Coffee Stand can rightfully be considered a landmark New Orleans establishment, keeping customers happy for nearly 150 years. Everyone knows about their beignets and café au lait, but did you know you can also enjoy NOLA favorites like muffalettas and crawfish etouffée, 24/7, while relaxing in their courtyard? And the powdered sugar comes in cans, so use as much as you like! Multiple Locations | neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/morning-call

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Petite Amelie is the quick and easy extension to Café Amelie, serving fresh salads, sandwiches, coffee, take-home entrees, and more. Geared toward the people who live and work in the French Quarter, Petite Amelie has a spectacular marketplace selection of fresh olives, cheeses, sandwiches, and pastries. There’s even a juice bar! Perfect for the person on-the-go (aren’t we all?!). 900 Royal St. | 412-8065 | petiteamelienola.wordpress.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Riccobono’s Panola Street Café is the quintessential breakfast and lunch spot in the heart of Uptown, just a few blocks from Tulane. Try ordering from their Eggs Benedict menu, with favorites such as Crabcake Benedict and Eggs Pontchartrain, the latter featuring the divine flavors of crawfish sautéed with mushrooms and green onions. 7801 Panola St. | 314-1810 | panolastreetcafe.com

Italian

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

G’s Pizza has three unique locations serving you the best in gourmet, hand-tossed pies. You can get a Salmon and Caper Pizza on Bienville Street, the garlic-loaded Narcissist on Howard Avenue, and the Uptown Special (of course) on Magazine. You think you know pizza? Wherever you choose, be prepared for your taste buds to flip out over flavor profiles from fresh, quality ingredients. Multiple Locations | gspizza.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Josephine Estelle is the invention of chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, who are reimagining Italian cuisine steeped in Southern tradition. Their wide range of pastas share the stage with platters of duck breast, speckled trout, and veal porterhouse. The fabulous weekend brunch is an opportunity to try items from each of their menus. 600 Carondelet St. | 930-3070 | josephineestelle.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Mardi Gras Zone boasts the best of both worlds—specialty groceries and products concerning its namesake holiday—that New Orleanians just can’t live without! You won’t be sorry by picking up a slice (or more) of their incredible brick-oven pizza, or try local favorites like red beans and rice and hand-carved corned beef. Open 24/7. 2706 Royal St. | 947-8787 | mardigraszone.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Mosca’s Restaurant has been cooking up Italian specialties for over 60 years, thanks to the original founders Provino and Lisa Mosca. From familiar staples like Spaghetti and Meatballs and Chicken Cacciatore, to signature dishes like Oysters Mosca, every Mosca’s dish is prepared to order and served a la carte on family-style platters. 4137 U.S. Highway 90 West, Westwego, LA | 436-8950 | moscasrestaurant.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Pascal’s Manale turns 105 this year, and they still serve the most delicious BBQ shrimp you’ve ever (or never) had. You may prefer to have a seat at their world-famous oyster bar, where the mollusks just keep on shucking! Whether you crave seafood, a juicy steak, or a great Italian dish, this Uptown institution is sure to provide a memorable culinary experience. 1838 Napoleon Ave. | 895-4877 | pascalsmanale.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Red Gravy is one of those places you have to visit before work or during lunch for a dining experience to set your workday right. Choose from their amazing non-traditional breakfast platters, such as the Sicilian Egg Pie or the Uptown (meatball, two eggs, and red gravy). If lunch is your thing, they feature a wide array of French bread sandwiches and pasta delights. 125 Camp St. | 561-8844 | redgravycafe.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Reginelli’s Pizzeria was voted “Best Pizza” by readers of Where Y’at Magazine, and it’s not surprising, with delicious toppings that set them apart from your standard chain pizza (like fresh roasted garlic!). Speaking of the bulb, join them now for their seasonal Garlic Feast, featuring Boudin Pizza and Stuffed Peppers. Get $3 pints of Canebrake and NOLA Blonde on Mondays and Tuesdays. Multiple Locations | reginellis.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Venezia has been serving homestyle Italian cooking with a New Orleans twist since 1957, and their house specialties Fresh Fish Cynthia (topped with shrimp and crawfish in a dill cream sauce) and Eggplant Vatican (fried eggplant filled with shrimp and crawfish in a crabmeat cream sauce) are, quite simply, culinary dreams come true! Daily specials include Seafood Paella and Sauteed Cilantro Shrimp. 134 N. Carrollton Ave. | 488-7991 | venezianeworleans.net

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine specializes in marvelous, robust meals and flavors. They’re rightfully famous for their Corn and Crab Bisque, served in a toasted bread bowl. But you just haven’t lived until you’ve indulged in the Seafood Stuffed Pork Chop and the Veal and Spinach-Stuffed Cannelloni, the house specialty. Visit both locations for unique dining atmospheres. Metairie | Uptown | vincentsitaliancuisine.com

Mexican

 

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

El Taco Loco is certainly the new kid on the Carrollton block, but from the affordability and taste of their food, it’s obvious they know what they’re doing. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas … you name it. Choose from 10 different meats and a slew of toppings for an unmistakably well-seasoned, build-your-own-platter experience. You can find them in Mona’s old spot. 1120 S. Carrollton Ave. | 372-3224

 

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Juan’s Flying Burrito is a true success story with convenient locations all over town. The food speaks for itself, satisfying the most discerning of palates. You can’t go wrong with their signature “Flying” Burrito and enchiladas, but they also make healthy synonymous with delicious, with vegetarian options like the Green Goat Quesadilla. Multiple Locations | juansflyingburrito.com

Middle Eastern

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

The Halal Guys is a certified hit, dishing out the tastiest Middle Eastern-meets-Mediterranean fare. Whether it’s gyros you crave, or one of their hot Chicken and Rice Platters covered in their signature White Sauce, all of the flavors you love now come together in the utterly amazing Fries Sandwich. Plan a visit now to try the Spicy BBQ Chicken, available for a limited time only! Multiple Locations | thehalalguys.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Lebanon’s Café is known for their delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, served in one of the most gorgeous dining rooms you’re likely to ever sit in. In addition to the high quality shawarma and kabobs you’d expect to find, they also feature some amazing platters, such as the Rosemary Lamb Chops and Tuna Steak. As always, the restaurant encourages you to BYOB! 1500 S. Carrollton Ave. | 862-6200 | lebanonscafe.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Pyramid’s Café is a favorite of Tulane and Loyola students alike. Their menu prices are so budget-friendly, you’ll never have to choose between the falafel and the baba ganuj. All of the meats here are marinated to perfection, for outstanding kabobs, shawarma, and gyros. Try the Chicken Lula or Kafta Kabab. Get a free drink with each entree. 3149 Calhoun St. | 861-9602 | pyramidscafeonline.com

New Orleans Cuisine

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Antoine’s Restaurant has been a New Orleans landmark since 1840 and is the embodiment of authentic French-Creole dining. Home of the world-famous Oysters Rockefeller, Antoine’s also offers other signature dishes such the Filet de Gulf Poisson Amandine and Chateaubriand (center-cut beef tenderloin for two). Just remember to save room for Cerise (Cherries) Jubilée for dessert. 713 St. Louis St. | 581-4422 | antoines.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon Restaurant & Bar is sure to delight foodies and sports fans alike, with over 30 televisions to watch the game and an extensive menu to keep you coming back. Delicious house specialties include the Cajun Cannon Redfish. And if you’re up for it, take the Cannon Burger Challenge: a behemoth, seven-patty cheeseburger with all the trimmings for $49.95 (or free, if you can eat it all in 45 minutes or less!) 4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd. | 324-6841 | bobbyheberts.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Columns Hotel offers elegant dining overlooking historic St. Charles Avenue. Try the Double-Cut Pork Chop stuffed with Oyster Dressing, Eggplant St. Claire, or their famous Rock Cornish Hen filled with Wild Rice. This is Cajun/Creole cuisine at its finest, and they also serve one of the best Sunday brunches in the city. Call now for your Easter Sunday reservation. 3811 St. Charles Ave. | 899-9308 | thecolumns.com/dining

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Crescent City Brewhouse is a microbrewery in the French Quarter that just to happens to have one heck of a menu!  In addition, you can enjoy their eclectic art collection and live Jazz music from New Orleans Streetbeat…all in a beautifully restored French Quarter setting.  Of course, a visit here wouldn’t be complete without a sampling of one (or all) of their six flagship beers. 527 Decatur St. | 522-0571 | crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Crossroads at House of Blues celebrates Southern cuisine in all its spectacular forms. Regional dishes such as Delta Fried Chicken, Memphis Baby Back Ribs, and Low Country Shrimp and Grits adorn the menu. Mark your calendars for their weekly events: Friday’s seafood boil and live music, and Sunday’s world-famous gospel brunch. 225 Decatur St. | 310-4999 |  houseofblues.com/neworleans/menu

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Joey K’s is that Uptown staple that you can’t possibly live without. Classic New Orleans dishes like Chicken Fried Steak and Breaded Veal Cutlet (just like mama used to make) take their place alongside generous seafood platters. Every weekday has different specials to choose from, but every day is all-you-can-eat catfish day for only $13.95! 3001 Magazine St. | 891-0997 | joeyksrestaurant.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Mandina’s knows just how to delight their customers—by serving them large portions of homestyle Creole food for eight decades. You may be in the mood for their Muffaletta on French Bread or one of their signature seafood platters like Soft-Shell Crab Meuniere. Just expect your stomach and palate to be satisfied with whatever comes out of this master kitchen. 3800 Canal St. | 482-9179 | mandinasrestaurant.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

New Orleans Creole Cookery understands that great food and music go together. That’s why you can always enjoy the sweet sounds of live jazz while you sip a Category 1 thru 5 Hurricane and feast upon the spectacular creation known as a Seafood Tower (Crab Maison, Shrimp Remoulade, Shrimp Cocktail, Oysters on the Half Shell, Clams, and Mussels). 508 Toulouse St. | 524-9632 | neworleanscreolecookery.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

The Original Fiorella’s Café has become a legend in a city that prides itself for its fried chicken. Winner of both the 2016 and 2017 “Best Fried Chicken” award from the National Fried Chicken Festival, this spot is worth a visit with friends and family. Don’t miss their Italian classics and hot boiled crawfish as well. 5325 Franklin Ave. | 309-0352 | originalfiorellas.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Poppa’s Poor Boys is known for delighting the taste buds with New Orleans favorites like roast beef, fried shrimp, and hot sausage po-boys. But did you know they serve dinners, too? Try the Veal Cutlet with choice of mashed potatoes or baked mac and cheese, vegetable, salad, and bread. Now, that’s a meal! Don’t forget to get your boiled crawfish from their boil shop next door. 720 Claiborne Dr. | 832-8114

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

The Praline Connection doesn’t want you to be fooled by the name. Sure, they have the best pralines money can buy, but that’s for dessert. You can precede them with landmark Creole/soul food dishes like Stuffed Bell Peppers, Fried Chicken Livers, and Crowder Peas. Big appetites should check out the “Taste of Soul” with file gumbo, red beans and rice, fried chicken, ribs, and more. 542 Frenchmen St. | 943-3934 | pralineconnection.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Public Service (NOPSI Hotel) lives up to their name by serving delectable dishes in the joyous atmosphere of live entertainment. With appetizers like Braised Pork Belly and Blue Crab Dip, their entrees aren’t likely to disappoint. Bayou-Style Short Ribs are certainly a favorite, and if you only order one soup this year, make it the Lamb Stew Au Gratin, from a traditional Irish recipe. 311 Baronne St. | 962-6527 | publicservicenola.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Short Stop PoBoys has been a Metairie fixture for many years, serving as a one-stop shop for hungry sandwich-lovers. Perfect for Lent, their Soft Shell Crab King must be seen to be believed. If you aren’t that hungry, the hearty combination of catfish, shrimp, and oysters should suffice. Enjoy it with some of their award-winning seafood gumbo. 119 Transcontinental Dr. | 885-4572 | shortstoppoboysno.com

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Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Acme Oyster House has been specializing in the mollusk fan-favorite since 1910. With four area locations, you can have them shucked, in a shot glass, or chargrilled for a cheese and butter-laden delight. But, if you’re really looking for heaven on a plate, the Fish Pontchartrain topped with crabmeat, shrimp, and butter cream sauce is unparalleled in its sheer seafood decadence! Multiple Locations | acmeoyster.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Briquette offers contemporary coastal cuisine in a stylishly chic dining room. The open-air kitchen adds a welcome charm, especially when the picturesque entree arrives. Pork Porterhouse with a Bleu Cheese Crust and Crispy-Skin Steelhead Salmon are just a couple of highlights from an inspired dinner menu. 701 S. Peters St. | 302-7496 | briquette-nola.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill realizes there’s nothing finer than eating seafood in New Orleans, right in the atmospheric comfort of Spanish Plaza along the Mississippi River. Home of the Steamed Seafood Bucket and live music every day of the week, Crazy Lobster also offers a Stuffed Lobster with Crabmeat Dressing and Jambalaya that is perfect for first-timers. 500 Port of Orleans Pl. | 569-3380 | thecrazylobster.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Jaeger’s Seafood specializes in big seafood dinners, whether fried or boiled. An example of the latter would be The King’s Platter, which includes Maine lobster, snow crabs, boiled shrimp, potatoes, corn, jambalaya, house salad, and garlic bread. Lesser appetites should check out their famous Char-Grill LA Oysters. 901 S. Clearview Pkwy. | 818-2200 | jaegersseafood.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Landry’s Seafood, now open in the French Quarter, is where you can get those specialty fish dinners you only hear about: speckled trout, grouper, amberjack, the list goes on—all prepared broiled, grilled, or pan-seared. A real seafood-lover's dream restaurant, they feature terrific house specialties like Smoked Bacon-Crusted Scallops or Blackened Catfish Atchafalaya. Multiple Locations | landrysseafood.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Robin’s Wharf knows that exceptional seafood tastes good, whether you’re dining in the comfortable atmosphere of their Uptown location or right next to the water at their dockside Slidell restaurant. Catfish Christopher, served over cheesy mashed potatoes and covered in their house-made crawfish sauce, is a highlight at either location. Uptown | Slidell | robinswharf.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Seaworthy knows their oysters and has the distinction of having a full page of their menu dedicated to the 43 different varieties that they shuck. For those seeking a great fish dinner, try Redfish on the Half Shell with Chili Butter. Your experience will be accentuated by dining in a charming Creole cottage that was built in 1832. 630 Carondelet St. | 930-3071 | seaworthynola.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

The Catch Seafood Restaurant operates just as their name suggests, with fresh Louisiana seafood delivered to your table the way you want it. Try one of their overstuffed fried seafood po-boys for lunch and great recipes like the Blackened Catfish Nantua (smothered in a creamy crawfish sauce) for a classic New Orleans dinner. 310 Cleary Ave. | 407-3316

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco captures the authentic, dynamic flavors of Peruvian recipes (and their signature white brandy) for a culinary journey in the comfort of their Uptown location. Try one of their signature ceviches, made with fresh Gulf fish and shrimp, or Seco de Cordero, a traditional plate of lamb shank with cilantro sauce. 5015 Magazine St. | 267-7612 | titoscevichepisco.com

Vegetarian

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Seed demonstrates that vegan cuisine doesn’t need to sacrifice the flavors that exemplify New Orleans. The proof is in their pan-fried Eggplant Po-Boy or Creole Zucchini Wraps, outstanding comfort-food classics that will please just about anyone. Of course, appetizing favorites like the Roasted Carrot Avocado Salad and Three Bean Chili already show that good health can still equal good taste. 1330 Prytania St. | 302-2599 | seedyourhealth.com

Spring 2018 Restaurant Guide

Max Well equals max health, with delicious plant-based recipes to delight your stomach and well-being. Choose from their highly nutritious power bowls and salads, with seven homemade “Everyday” Dressings celebrating Earth’s rich offerings. Be sure to indulge in a bowl of their delectable Curried Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup. 6101 Magazine St. | 301-0510 | maxwellneworleans.com

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