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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - E 

900 Dumaine St., 522-7222;
The barbecue crab claws are a popular appetizer choice. The eggs cochon features a pulled pork cake, mustard greens, house-made biscuit, poached eggs and Creole hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat., breakfast Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

81 French Market Place, 525-9752; 300 Harrison Ave., 488-0107;
Guacamole made tableside is a specialty at these Mexican cantinas. The mixed grill includes filet mignon, pork loin and jumbo shrimp atop sauteed vegetables. No reservations. French Market Place: breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Harrison Avenue: lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

1179 Annunciation St., 299-1179;
Italian specialties include osso buco Milanese served with pappardelle pasta. Barbecue shrimp are jumbo Gulf shrimp sauteed in white wine and olive oil with rosemary, garlic, bay leaf and black pepper. Order Gulf fish with Ammoghiu sauce, a mix of capers, onions, basil, tomato and parsley. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

601 Gallier St., 944-9272;
Pompano is served with citrus beurre blanc and fried capers and comes with two sides. The Dream burger is topped with blue cheese and the restaurant's signature praline bacon and comes with a side item. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

700 Bourbon St., 595-3172;
The signature steak is an 8-ounce filet served with Louisiana shrimp in a demi-glace sauce, vegetables and mashed potatoes. The lemon chicken is an 8-ounce boneless breast lightly floured, sauteed in lemon-butter and served over penne pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$$

800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393;
Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant offers locally inspired dishes such as mussels etouffee with Carolina rice grits. Saffron-chili dusted jumbo shrimp come with sweet potato and smoked-corn grits, Benton's bacon, mango chow chow and skillet beans. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937;
The house-made andouille and boudin appetizer is served with Southern cooked greens, beer-braised onions, whole grain mustard and Emeril's Worcestershire sauce. Sorghum-smoked duck breast is complemented with "dirty" fregola sarda, red cabbage choucroute and truffle pate. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988;
The Coronation chicken salad combines chicken, grapes, apples and walnuts in mild curry dressing and can be ordered on a salad or sandwich. The Windsor high tea includes a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, mini-quiches, two mini-cakes, a chocolate-dipped strawberry and fresh baked scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

600 S. Peters St., 525-8544;
Fried oysters, roast beef debris, gravy and mayo fill the Ernster po-boy. Steak tacos are flour tortillas filled with marinated beef and zesty slaw. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, 524-5115
The breakfast burrito features a white or wheat tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and cheese. Soup specials include a side salad or half a sandwich. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

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