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Summer Restaurant Guide

00:00 June 26, 2012
By: David Vicari
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Bennachin 1212 Royal St, 522-1230 Bennachin serves authentic African dishes with a distinct New Orleans flair. Nestled in the French Quarter, it exudes a casual atmosphere and extensive menu. The menu is filled with more than 50 entrées, including vegetarian options.


Bayou Hot Wings 6221 S. Claiborne Ave, 865-WING www.bayouhotwings.com For wings that have been marinated for more than 24 hours and come with a variety of sauces, Bayou Hot Wings should be on your list. It is a must for people who love chicken wings. You can also pick up some Bayou flavor with the fried shrimp, gator and frog legs.

Big Momma's Chicken and Waffles 5741 Crowder Blvd. # A3, 241-2548 bigmommaschickenandwaffles.com At Big Momma's, they don't serve anything they wouldn't serve to their mommas. They serve chicken and waffles so good, you'll keep on eating long after you're full. With a warm and friendly atmosphere in addition to the great food, you'll never want to leave!

Bombay Club 830 Conti St, 586-0972 thebombayclub.com In addition to its delicious food, the Bombay Club offers a relaxed and elegant atmosphere. With all the furnishings of a fine living room, it's a good place to enjoy a relaxing meal not too far from Bourbon Street It offers a wide selection of Nouveau Creole food.

City Diner Metairie, Harahan CityDiner.biz City Diner offers traditional diner fare, like burgers and fries, but with a southern twist. It also offers some New Orleans favorites, like jambalaya, red beans, and crawfish étouffée. City Diner is open 24 hours a day, so no matter when the craving hits, they're ready.

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Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro Metairie, Uptown copelandscheesecakebistro.com Don't let the name fool you: the Cheesecake Bistro has more to offer than just cheesecake. The menu has something to offer for anyone and everyone, including burgers, pizza, pasta, seafood, and so much more. Make sure you don't leave without dessert, though!

Daisy Dukes CBD, French Quarter, Metairie daisydukesrestaurant.com At Daisy Duke's they don't try to be fancy, just good. They're open 24/7, and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long. Menu items include omelets with anything from spinach to seafood, and all-youcan-drink Bloody Marys for only $8.

Gattuso's 435 Huey P. Long Ave., 368-1114 gattusosdeli.com Gattuso's is a classic New Orleans style deli serving up the classic Po-Boys; this past year they ranked first place at the Po-Boy Preservation Festival. Come by on Friday or Saturday evening and enjoy free live music, or any day between 4 and 7 p.m. for happy hour.

Gordon Biersch 200 Poydras St., 552-2699 GordonBiersch.com Gordon Biersch serves a selection of beer from its on-site brewery. You can take a tour of the brewery, and you can sit down and eat while you watch the game on one of their five plasma televisions. You can also enjoy your meal outside on the patio.

House of Blues 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE hob.com The House of Blues serves American classics, with a Louisiana twist. On Sundays they host a Gospel Brunch with unlimited champagne mimosas. The restaurant's walls are covered with folk art. Stop by for a bite before your next concert outing.

Huey's 620 Decatur St., 267-0244 hueysneworleans.com When Huey's opened in 2003, its goal was to serve classic American food with a New Orleans twist. They offer juicy burgers and fries as well as specialties like shrimp etouffée and jambalaya. Of course don't miss Huey's fantastic breakfast offerings!

Joey K's 3001 Magazine St, 891-0097 joeyksrestaurant.com Joey K's is a great restaurant to take a break from the day and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. With food like po-boys, seafood and red beans, they offer a perfect example of Louisiana-style cooking. You'll love their friendly attitudes and casual atmosphere.

Juicy Lucy's Mid-City, Metairie, 598-5044 Juicy Lucy's serves some of the juiciest burgers in town with a unique spin—the burgers are stuffed! You can get a burger stuffed with cheddar cheese and bacon, or mushrooms and garlic. They also have "Food on Stix", like pork, chicken, or the "Stix" of the day.

Katie's Restaurant & Bar 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582 katiesinmidcity.com Katie's is an old-school neighborhood restaurant.

It got a facelift for its post-Katrina re-opening, but at its heart, it's the same family-operated restaurant it was always meant to be. They serve a Sunday Brunch in addition to the regular menu of pastas, pizzas, and po-boys.

Manning's Restaurant 519 Fulton St., 593-8118 Manning's is living up to the excitement and reputation that is expected of the Manning family. The menu offers up Mississippi comfort food with Creole flavors and sports bar favorites. Whether you love food, sports or both, this is a place for you.

Spudly's Super Spuds 2609 Harvard Ave., 455-3250 www.spudlys.com Loaded takes on a new meaning at Spudly's. You can have your baked potatoes in one of 20 varieties. Beef it up for a Bucking Bronco, or Sea Two it. If vegetables are your thing, then try the Undefeated Veggie. With 20 choices, there's something for everyone.

Willie Mae's Scotch House 2401 Saint Ann St., 822-9503 Winner of the America's Classic Award from the James Beard Foundation, Willie Mae's serves up some of the best fried chicken in the country. Couple that with the cozy atmosphere, and it's just like eating with the family. Also be sure to try their butter beans and lemonade!


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Chiba 8312 Oak St., 826-9119 chiba-nola.com Chiba is a modern Japanese restaurant. They offer a variety of sushi with a little New Orleans flavoring. The atmosphere is simple, yet elegant, making it a great place to relax and enjoy your sushi.

Five Happiness 3511 S. Carrolton Ave., 482-3935 fivehappiness.com Five Happiness has an extensive menu filled with great Chinese food. They offer both delivery and takeout if you aren't in the mood for dining in. The reasonable prices make Five Happiness a great choice for large groups.

Green Tea 1116 Louisiana Ave., 899-8005 greenteano.com Green Tea's specialty is Mandarin and Cantonese. All of their food is cooked with vegetable oil, so it is free of cholesterol and saturated fats. They also offer brown rice instead of white. If you like Chinese and are trying to eat healthier, Green Tea is a great choice.

Jazmine Café 614 S. Carrolton Ave., 866-9301 jazminecafe.com Jazmine Café is located conveniently near the streetcar line. They have a menu with a wide variety that includes Asian-inspired po-boys, bubble teas and great options for vegans and vegetarians. Come by and visit this Vietnamese Uptown favorite.

Kyoto 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644 kyotonola.com Eating sushi is a great way to beat the heat during the summer. Kyoto is known for its creatively named rolls as well as their its ingredients and extra-large rolls. The service is great and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed.

Kyoto II 5608 Citrus Blvd., 818-0228 Kyoto II has a friendly staff, fresh fish and creative food. Its location near the Harahan AMC Palace makes it a great place to enjoy sushi before or after a movie. The prices are reasonable. Try fun specialties like the Unforgettable Roll and the Who Dat Roll.

La Thai 4938 Prytania St., 899-8886 lathaiuptown.com La Thai was selected Best Thai Restaurant in the city by Where Y'at. They are wel-known for giving Thai dishes a New Orleans twist and offer both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine. For a challenge, try some of their super-spicy dishes and savory sauces.

Miyako 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997 JapaneseBistro.com If Miyako's friendly environment is not enough to entice you, maybe the wide variety of sushi and entertainment offered will be. They have 30 different types of sushi with fantastic rolls and talented Hibachi chefs. Come by and treat all your senses to something special.

Sake Café 2830 Magazine St., 894-0033 SakeCafeUptown.us Sake Café provides a blend of traditional Japanese cuisine and New Orleans flavors. The patio is a beautiful atmosphere for outdoor dining, while inside it is sleek. They also offer a full-service bar and a daily cocktail hour.

Bars With Great Food

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Buffa's Lounge & Restaurant 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038 buffasbar.com Not far from the French Quarter is Buffa's, a genuine neighborhood bar that's been around since 1937. They serve great food, including breakfast and are open 24/7. Be sure not to miss Buffa's Back Room either. It hosts a great lineup of live music with no cover.

Déjà Vu 400 Dauphine St., 523-1931 www.dejavunola.com Looking for good food and a "Famous Bloody Mary"? Then stop by where the party goes on 24 hours a day. Come on in and it doesn't matter if you want 'Gator Balls, Catfish or Biscuits and Gravy with Sausage, they will cook it and you're sure to enjoy it.

D Mac's 542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy, 304-5757 dmacsbarandgrill.com D Mac's has a warm and inviting atmosphere, welcoming patrons to come relax during the day. It has exciting food as well as a game room. There are big screen TVs, a jukebox, and live music scheduled regularly. Hermes Bar at Antoine's 713 St. Louis St., 518-4422 antoines.com The Hermes Bar serves some of Antoine's best dishes, but also includes its own bar menu. The atmosphere is upscale, but still casual. They have great happy hour specials as well as live jazz every Friday at 5 p.m. …a great date spot!

Jigger's Bar and Grill 1645 Veterans Blvd., 828-3555 www.jiggersgrill.com Jigger's is a place where you can have a good burger and a beer while you watch the game on one of the many TVs. If you like it hot, there's a spicy Buffalo Fried Chicken sandwich with your name on it. At Jigger's, the food is fit to order along with the game.

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995 lucysretiredsurfers.com Lucy's is a little bit of California right here in the city. It's casual and a great place to relax. They serve local favorites and Cali-Mex dishes. To go along with the surfer-inspired menu, Lucy's offers specialty drinks.

Poppy's Time Out Sports Bar 1 Poydras St., 247-9265 poppystimeoutsportsbar.com With more than 20 big screen TVs, Poppy's is a great sports bar to come and cheer on your team! They have 20 beers on tap as well as specialty drinks like the classic New Orleans Hurricane. They serve pizzas, huge burgers, and hot wings with plenty of spices.

Rivershack Tavern 3449 River Rd., 834-4938 therivershacktavern.com With kitschy décor and tacky ashtrays, Rivershack Tavern doesn't take itself too seriously. They also have darts, pool, video poker and live music almost every night. They have an eclectic menu and daily lunch specials.

Shamrock Bar & Grill 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938 shamrockparty.com Shamrock Bar is all about fun. It's the neighborhoods largest bar, so there's plenty of space to play darts, foosball, ping pong, air hockey, pool, even skeet ball. There's also a great dance floor, and a big screen TV for sporting events.


Squeal BBQ 8400 Oak St., 302-7370 squeal-nola.com Squeal BBQ offers all the barbecue favorites, but with a New Orleans flair, putting their own twist on food you already love. Their special Squeal sauce goes perfectly with their super tender meat. Be sure to order one of their signature cocktails!


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Audubon Clubhouse Café 6500 Magazine St., 212-5280 auduboninstitute.org/visit/clubhouse-café Located in Audubon Park, the café offers a casual and comfortable atmosphere. The building is modeled after a historic Acadian home with a beautiful veranda where you can enjoy your meal. It's a perfect spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

EAT 900 Dumaine St., 522-7222 eatnola.com EAT is a rare French Quarter restaurant frequented by more locals than tourists. Their goal is to preserve local traditions, especially through food. Using farmfresh and local ingredients, their dishes are Cajun, Creole and other New Orleans favorites. They also feature the artwork of locals and encourage you to BYOB.

Apolline 4729 Magazine St., 212-5280 ApollineRestaurant.com Apolline is in a converted Uptown shotgun cottage, making it a charming and romantic place to eat. It has delicious, upscale American cuisine and offers boutique wine as well as handcrafted cocktails.

Café Amelie 912 Royal St., 412-8965 cafeamelie.com Café Amelie is set in the historic century-and-ahalf old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House. The wonderful Louisiana food and beautiful New Orleans courtyard combine to make an enchanting dining experience. Come try their award winning brunch on Sundays.

Café Soule 720 St. Louis St., 304-4636 cafesoule.com Café Soule serves French cuisine with New Orleans influence. This cute, casual café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as French pastries and wine. They specialize in crêpes, but you can't go wrong with eggs sardou, beignets, or French toast sticks either!

Carmo 527 Julia St., 875-4132 cafecarmo.com Carmo is a tropical café influenced by foods from around the globe. They not only use quality, local ingredients, but international seasonings as well. They offer fantastic—and healthy—vegetarian and vegan dishes. Visit this cozy café and try something new!

Cowbell 8801 Oak St., 298-8689 cowbell-nola.com With its rustic atmosphere, Cowbell brings a genuine country feeling to the city. They serve expertly seasoned burgers, and the outdoor seating gives you a choice to enjoy your meal down by the levee. They also have a full bar with a variety of specialty beers.

Elizabeth's Restaurant 601 Gallier St., 944-9272 elizabethsrestaurantnola.com Elizabeth's offers a casual and funky environment and is a great place to meet up with friends, host a party, or bring a date. It's best known for a delicious breakfast, but the other meals are great too! You can try their lunch and drink specials without feeling a pain in your wallet.

Gott Gourmet Café 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579 gottgourmetcafe.com Gott Gourmet makes a concerted effort to be green. They use only eco-friendly products and offer great organic options. It's been voted Where Y'at's Best Breakfast for several year's running. Try the grilled veggies and other healthy foods.

One Restaurant and Lounge 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061 one-sl.com One offers a unique contemporary take on Creole food. The dishes they serve are unlike any you've seen or tasted before. The atmosphere is simple, but sleek and sophisticated. Come by Monday-Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. for Happy Hour and get half off all appetizers and specialty drinks.

Press It Bistrot & Automat 935 Gravier St., (800) 928-3960 PressitBistrot.com Press It is a European-style café perfect for diners who are on-the-go. They provide both ready-made items and made-to-order food. Stop in for a quick wine or beer, all dispensed by a high tech taps.

Ur Way 3001 Tulane Ave., 304-1556 www.urwaynola.com Ur Way already known in Mid City for their excellent coffee and frozen yogurt programs, has just recently started serving lunch items. Come try their creative wraps, salads and sandwiches.


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Copeland's Covington, Metairie, Kenner, Slidell, Westbank copelandsofneworleans.com Copeland's is committed to continuing new Orleans' culinary traditions. They offer plenty of options for lunch, brunch, dinner and dessert, including their one-of-a-kind cheesecake.

Mandina's 3800 canal St., 482 9179 mandinasrestaurant.com mandina's has been serving new Orleans for more than 75 years. it's family-owned, providing the charm of a neighborhood restaurant. its Creole and italian dishes have become new Orleans staples.

Johnny V's 6106 Magazine St., 899-4880 johnny V's offers a contemporary French Creole menu created by Chef Ryan Hughes. Stop by for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Drink service is provided by the neighboring monkey Hill Bar. You'll want to keep an eye out for their exciting specials menu.


Pascal's Manale 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877 Pascal's has been family-owned and operated for generations. They're best known for their peeland-eat jumbo BBQ shrimp, but they also offer fine seafood and italian specialties. They use the freshest ingredients available. While waiting to be seated, try out the famous oyster bar!

Red Gravy 125 camp St., 561-8844 redgravycafe.com Red Gravy serves generous portions for both breakfast and lunch daily. Be sure to try their delicious pasta specials. if you can't leave the office for lunch, or just don't want to, no worries! Red Gravy delivers to both the French Quarter and CBD areas.

Venezia 125 N. carrollton Ave., 488-7991 venezineworleans.com Venezia has been family-owned and operated for four generations. The same recipes have remained throughout the years and keeps patrons coming back for more. Their hand-made, traditional pizzas are baked in a stone oven and are the stuff of legend.

Vincent's Uptown, Metairie www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com Looking for a fabulous italian meal? Try "the little italian place on the side street." Start with the famous corn and crab soup in a bread bowl. also try the house specialty, Veal and Spinach stuffed Cannelloni. Often picked as nOLa's Best italian restaurant.


izzo's 4316 Veteran's Blvd., 889-5505 izzos.com izzo's is the home of the "illegal Burrito," as well as a "Regular misdemeanor" and "Super Felony." They use only the freshest ingredients to create their fantastic mexican cuisine. in addition to metairie, there's a Harvey location opening soon—keep an eye out!

Nacho Mama's 1000 S. clearview Pkwy. #1016, 736-1188 nachomamasmexicangrill.com nacho mama's is determined to stand out from the usual mexican fare. a recent revamp of the menu has added new things like buffalo chicken nachos. Try the fresh and tasty mahi mahi Torta on authentic mexican bread and check out their margarita menu.

Rita's Tequila House 419 Bourbon St. 298-8227 ritastequilahouse.com Right on new Orleans' infamous Bourbon St .stands Rita's. The menu is simple, but delicious, taking Spanish cuisine back to the basics. Try the awardwinning fajitas, or one of the 135 different kinds of tequila Rita's has in house.


Lebanon's café 1500 S. carrollton Ave., 862-6200 Lebanon's menu offers plenty of choices for a diner who loves middle Eastern cuisine. They serve generous portions of falafels, kabobs, shawarma, and more at a fair price. The beautiful dining room is complete with hand-painted murals. Remember—BYOB.

Mona's café Marigny, Mid-city, Uptown, 482-7743 mona's brings great middle Eastern food to new Orleans. Their wide selection includes gyros and shisha. it also has great vegetarian options, like the lentil soup. The four locations make it a convenient choice whenever a hunger for Middle Eastern fare strikes.

Pizza and More

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Italian Pie 3706 Prytania St., 266-2523 italianpie.com Italian Pie got its start here in New Orleans 20 years ago. It has since become a local favorite, often referred to simply as "The Pie." They serve gourmet pizzas with amazing crust for a reasonable price. Every pizza is made with the freshest ingredients.

Mardi Gras Zone 2706 Royal St., 947-8787 At Mardi Gras Zone you can browse through some of the city's most interesting Mardi Gras memorabilia while you wait. It's a quirky, captivating place to visit and serves giant slices of great pizza. They cook their pizza in a wood-burning oven and use local, fresh ingredients.

Reginelli's Downtown, Garden District, Lakeview, Metairie, Mid-City, Uptown reginellis.com Reginelli's conveniently has locations throughout New Orleans. They use quality ingredients to make their pizzas, salads and sandwiches. The food is reasonably priced and the contemporary atmosphere is sure to please. $4 pitchers of beer during happy hour!

Theo's Uptown, Mid-City, 849-8554 TheosPizza.com Theo's pizza is one you're not soon going to forget, but why would you want to? Theo's serves a distinct pie with very crispy crust and piled with delicious toppings. Theo's is Zagat's #1 rated Pizza in New Orleans.

Wit's Inn 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600 witsinn.com Wit's Inn is a great place to hang out, whether it's a football Sunday or late at night. The New Orleans themed pizzas and salads give locals and tourists another reason to love the city. They're open until 10 every night, and 2 a.m. on weekends, so stop by for a great fun and food!

Po-Boys and More

Domilise's Po'Boy 5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126 Domilise's is known for its amazing po-boys. Its shrimp po-boy is not only large, but it's also awardwinning. Domilise's also cook their own roast beef and use Leidenheimer bread, delivered fresh daily. Order a frosty mug of beer to go with your delicious sandwich, sit down, and enjoy.

Crazy Lobster Bar and Grill 1 Poydras St., 569-3380 thecrazylobster.com Take a short walk from the French Quarter or Harrah's Casino and eat at Crazy Lobster while enjoying a panoramic view of the mighty Mississippi. There's live music nightly. Don't leave without trying the Steamed Seafood bucket filled with crabs, lobster, oysters, and more!

Deanie's Seafood French Quarter, Metairie Deanies.com Locals love Deanie's. In a city that loves to eat, they serve generous portions of great seafood. You can try one of their po-boys, or a seafood platter lunch. The French Quarter location is just steps from Bourbon Street and has a fun courtyard dining area.

Don's Seafood 4801 Veteran's Blvd., 889-1550 donsseafoodonline.com Don's 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. Be sure to call ahead to this popular spot!

Landry's Seafood French Quarter, Lakeview landrysseafood.com Landry's offers a warm atmosphere that, combined with great food, will make you never want to leave. Their great Gulf Coast flavor is exceptional. The inviting interiors of both locations are a great place for eating with friends and family.


Crazy Johnnie's Steakhouse 3520 18th St., 522-0571 crazyjohnnies.net For the past 20 years, Crazy Johnnie's has been serving great American classics with a New Orleans flair. It's a community staple, offering great food for a value. It's a great place to watch the game while you try the eight-and-a-half ounce filet mignon with "Crazy Potatoes."

Crescent City Steak House 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271 crescentcitysteaks.com Founded in 1934, Crescent City Steak House is one of the oldest family-owned steakhouses in the city. Though famed for their steaks, they also serve delicious salads and deserts, like the Bread Pudding with Brandy Sauce. The elegant atmosphere makes this a romantic place for a date.

Tracey's 2604 Magazine St, 897-5413 traceysnola.com Founded in 1949, Tracey's has the feel of a comfortable neighborhood bar. They have friendly staff and lots of po-boys as well as other sandwiches, salads and tasty finger foods like Buffalo wings, boudin balls and sweet potato fries. The 18 TVs make it a great place to watch sports.

Short Stop Po-Boys 119 Transcontinental Dr., 885-4572 shortstoppoboys.com Short Stop began as a corner grocery store, but now it's known for delicious sloppy roast beef poboys. The food is high-quality and the prices are competitive. Try a classic po-boy, like meatball, catfish, oyster or shrimp. If it's Friday, be sure to order their award-winning gumbo.


Acme Oyster House Multiple locations www.acmeoyster.com If you're looking for classic New Orleans seafood then this long-standing favorite is a must. This highlyrated stop is a place to send your friends, no matter if they're looking for red beans and rice, a po-boy or freshly shucked, fried or chargrilled oysters.

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