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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - L 

LA BAYOU RESTAURANT
208 Bourbon St., 525-4755; www.labayourestaurant.com
Shrimp ya ya features sauteed Gulf shrimp in Cajun pesto cream sauce with garlic toast. The shrimp and grits Napoleon is a tower of fried green tomatoes stacked with Gulf shrimp and cream sauce on top of creamy grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LA BELLA'S
2118 Third St., Kenner, 466-4675; www.labellascatering.com
The catering service and deli makes muffulettas using an old family recipe and house-made olive salad. Slow-cooked roast beef goes in po-boys. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

LA BOCA
857 Fulton St., 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.com
Partners Jared Ralls' and Adolfo Garcia's Argentine steakhouse serves a grilled 14-ounce outside skirt steak slow cooked with the skin on. Noqui La Boca is a dish of potato dumplings with pancetta, peas and cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA BOUCHERIE COFFEEHOUSE & CAFE
335 Chartres St., 324-6656
This coffeehouse offers daily specials, salads, sandwiches and quiches. Vegetable lasagna is made with red bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella and pomodoro sauce. The turkey muffuletta wrap includes provolone, olive salad, spinach, tomato, red onion and Dijon mustard. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LA BOULANGERIE
4600 Magazine St., 269-3777
The ham and Swiss cheese sandwich is dressed with butter and pickles on a French baguette. Flaky, buttery croissants are available plain or filled with chocolate or almonds. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

LA CARRETA
107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 NW Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carreta- restaurant.com
Ceviche al oregano features lime-marinated mahi-mahi, shrimp and avocado. For a hearty meal, the fajita platter includes a choice of chicken, steak, shrimp or vegetables and tortillas, rice and beans. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA COTE BRASSERIE
700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350; www.lacote- brasserie.com
The half-and-half oysters feature both char-broiled and Bienville-style baked oysters. For dessert, there is bread pudding with white chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA CREPE NANOU

1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.com
La fondue is Emmentaler melted with white wine and Kirsch cherry liqueur, then served with a French baguette and fresh fruit. The grilled lamb chops are served with a cognac reduction, seasonal vegetables and pommes frites. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA
621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., 342-2634; Loyola University, Carrollton Residence Hall, 258-2115; www.ladivinagelateria.com
These gelaterias offer espresso, gelato, sorbetto and cannoli. Sandwiches are made with imported cold cuts and house-roasted meats and there are salads, house-made soups and vegetarian items. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA DOLCE NOLA SNACKERY AND GELATERIA
200 Metairie Road, Suite 100, Metairie, 832-1122; www.ladolcenola.com
This gelateria offers a long list of original gelato flavors as well as chocolates and candies. Flavors rotate daily and may include salted caramel and Meyer lemon-basil. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA MACARENA PUPUSERIA AND LATIN CAFE
8120 Hampson St., 862-5252; www.pupusasneworleans.com
La Macarena serves Salvadoran pupusas and an array of Latin dishes. The house guacamole is made with organic avocados and lime juice and served with corn chips. Flounder Manny features pan-seared Mayan-spiced Nordic flounder topped with Spanish garlic shrimp and served with yellow rice and tropical salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Checks and cash only. $$

LA MADELEINE
601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, 456-1624; 3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com
The chicken Parisian sandwich combines bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and mayo and is served with chips, pasta or Caesar salad. Tomato-basil pasta features bowtie pasta in tomato-basil cream sauce with mushrooms, spinach and a hint of pesto with chicken or shrimp on top. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT
1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460
This casual eatery offers burgers, po-boys, fried chicken, fried seafood and staples like red beans and rice. The Kathryn burger is topped with grilled ham, Swiss cheese and grilled onions and served with fries. Breakfast options include eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, grilled tomato and hollandaise. No reservations. Open 24 hours Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $

LA PETITE GROCERY
4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetite- grocery.com
The paneed rabbit is served with lemon-caper brown butter and spaetzle. For a small bite, try blue crab beignets with Old Bay aioli. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA PROVENCE
25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com
The rustic French cooking of Provence is the focus at this John Besh restaurant. "Chef Chris' quail gumbo" is an appetizer of dirty rice-stuffed whole quail with gumbo jus. Strawberry fritters are dusted with powdered sugar and served with Meyer lemon curd. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA THAI UPTOWN
4938 Prytania St., 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.com
Louisiana seafood Chauvin combines pecan-crusted redfish, grilled shrimp, crawfish, red curry and wasabi mashed potatoes topped with jumbo lump crabmeat. Steamed mussels are presented in spicy green basil curry with pommes frites. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com
Acadian pasta features penne in Acadian cream sauce and can be topped with a choice of chicken, mahi mahi or shrimp and crawfish. The Delirium mushroom Jack burger is topped with mushrooms and Monterey Jack cheese and comes with a side dish. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE
5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.com
The Pontchartrain panino is filled with oven-roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, avocado and honey mustard. The Cobb salad is a mix of grilled chicken, bacon, boiled eggs, avocado, carrots, cabbage, cheddar, Monterey Jack and blue cheeses, tomatoes, cucumber, green onions and croutons over romaine lettuce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW DELI & CATERING
872 Harrison Ave., 304-8501; www.lakeviewdelicatessen.com
The deli serves burgers, po-boys and plate lunches. DK's Big Fish is a catfish po-boy dressed to order. Mike's Gut Buster is a one-pound burger with pepper Jack, cheddar and provolone cheeses between two beef patties on French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW GROCERY
801 Harrison Ave., 293-1201; www.lakeviewgrocery.com
The Harrison Cove deli at Lakeview Grocery offers a Wednesday special featuring a 12-ounce rib-eye steak, loaded baked potato or sweet potato and garlic bread. Every Thursday night, made to order sushi is available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR
911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887; www.lakeview-harbor.com
The crab feast features a stuffed crab, crab cake, soft-shell crab and crab fingers and comes with two sides. The honey-glazed center-cut pork chop comes with two sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S
400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; 8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; www.landrysseafood.com
Landry's offers a wide selection of seafood, plus steaks and pasta dishes. Barbecue shrimp are sauteed in Cajun butter sauce and served on a toasted baguette. Blackened redfish is served with crawfish etouffee, dirty rice and Creole green beans. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LANGENSTEIN'S

800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www.langensteins.com
The deli counter offers entrees to-go in individual and family-sized portions. Gulf shrimp add flavor to creamy Brie soup. Try crawfish bisque or seafood gumbo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAUREL STREET BAKERY
5433 Laurel St., 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.com
House-made bagels are available in plain, sesame, whole wheat and "everything" varieties. On weekends, the artisanal bread selection includes roasted garlic potato, cranberry pecan, Old World rye and seeded honey wheat. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

LAZARO'S PIZZA & PO-BOYS
4413 Banks St., 483-8609; www.lazaropizza.com
Get wings with ranch, blue cheese or honey-mustard dipping sauce. The T-Bird pizza is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, herb-roasted chicken, roasted red peppers and asparagus on a New York-style crust. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LE CITRON BISTRO

1539 Religious St., 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.com
Le Citron serves contemporary Creole dishes in an historic setting. The fried green tomato Benedict is topped with a poached egg and tangy hollandaise. The paneed duck breast is covered with a glaze of pineapple, sweet pepper and onion, and is served with jambalaya and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LE FORET

129 Camp St., 553-6738; www.leforetneworleans.com
Pan-roasted Louisiana snapper comes with asparagus, wild mushrooms and herb vinaigrette. Grilled quail with potato gnocci is accented with pancetta, pine nuts, natural jus and Creole mustard. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LE MERITAGE

Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 522-8800; www.lemeritagerestaurant.com
Le Meritage organizes its menu around wine and food pairings, and dishes are available in both small and large portions. Mushroom truffle risotto comes with truffle foam and slices of white truffles. The bacon-seared pork tenderloin is served with a corn johnny cake and pickled Louisiana cucumber. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Fri. Credit cards. $$$

LE VIET CAFE
2135 St. Charles Ave., 304-1339
The cafe offers pho, banh mi, spring rolls and rice and noodle dishes. Pho is available with chicken, brisket, rare beef or meatballs and comes with a basket of basil, bean sprouts and jalapenos. Vietnamese-style grilled beef ribs come with a special sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LEBANON'S CAFE

1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200; www.lebanons-cafe.com
Hummus and vegetarian or beef-stuffed grape leaves are popular appetizers. For an entree, try rosemary lamb chops marinated in olive oil and Middle Eastern spices. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEONARDO TRATTORIA
709 St. Charles Ave., 558-8986; www.leonardo-nola.com
This trattoria cooks pizzas in a wood oven. A popular pie is the Leonardo, with fresh mozzarella, pesto, pistachios, shrimp and red onions. Pastas include the crab carbonara served over house-made fettucine with egg, lump crabmeat, pecorino cheese and fresh cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE
1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997; The Whitney Wyndham Hotel, 610 Poydras St., 212-5656
Trout Baquet is topped with lump crabmeat and lemon-butter garlic sauce and served with salad and a side item. Southern fried chicken is served with red beans, greens or potato salad. The Creole gumbo has sausage and seafood. Reservations accepted. Esplanade Avenue: breakfast and lunch daily, brunch Sun. Poydras Street: breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN

422 1/2 S. Broad St., 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen.org
The MVB burger is a grilled ground chuck and brisket patty served on a potato bun with house dressing, chopped romaine, arugula, shaved onions, tomato and pickles. Shrimp and grits feature Gulf shrimp sauteed with white wine and smoked crimini mushroom sauce and served over stone-ground grits. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LIBORIO CUBAN RESTAURANT

321 Magazine St., 581-9680; www.liboriocuban.com
Seafood paella combines fish, shrimp and chicken in saffron rice. Cuban-style fried chicken comes with rice, black beans, plantains and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$  

LILETTE RESTAURANT

3637 Magazine St., 895-1636; www.liletterestauraunt.com
Chef John Harris prepares refined French bistro food with Spanish and Italian influences. White truffle Parmesan toast is a rich appetizer combining wild mushrooms, marrow and veal glace. Sauteed spiced drum is served with artichoke, roasted tomato, haricots verts and lemon-oregano yogurt. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LITTLE TOKYO

590 Ashbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com
Little Tokyo offers a full range of Japanese cuisine including a selection of special sushi rolls. The Tiger Roll combines tuna, yellowtail, barbecued eel, fresh salmon and avocado. The Burning Man roll has crunchy tuna inside and pepper tuna on the outside. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LITTLE TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT

310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658; 1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788; www.littletokyonola.com
The Burning Man roll combines spicy tuna, pepper tuna, avocado and barbecue eel sauce. An appetizer of tuna tartare features diced tuna mixed with green onions and smelt roe, topped with house-made chili sauce and served with wonton chips. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR
1340 S. Carrollton Ave, 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.com
Focusing on small plates and a casual karaoke-friendly ambience, this tavern serves an array of Japanese favorites, including sushi, sashimi and ramen noodle soups. The sushi pizza panino features spicy tuna, crawfish, snow crab and mozzarella cheese bread baked in the oven. Reservations accepted for private room. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK
1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888
The corner bar's kitchen offers a menu of seafood plates, burgers and salads. Specialty po-boys feature garlicky oysters or barbecue shrimp in a peppery sauce spooned into a hollowed-out pistolette. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com
This neighborhood spot serves a mix of casual Creole and Italian dishes. The Frenchuletta is a muffuletta served warm on French bread. Italian seasoned breadcrumbs coat eggplant served with marinara sauce. The gumbo is made with shrimp, sausage and chicken. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL
200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.com
Live Bait offers a large selection of local seafood. The Bucktown seafood platter includes shrimp, catfish, oysters, soft-shell crab, fries and Texas toast. For an appetizer, nachos are dressed with ground beef, salsa, jalapeno, sour cream and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOLA'S
3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946; www.lolas-neworleans.com
Lola's lends Spanish flair to seafood in dishes like grilled yellowfin tuna in spicy mojo sauce with basmati rice and mixed vegetables. The seafood paella combines scallops, calamari, mussels and shrimp in saffron rice. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE
69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.long-hornsteakhouse.com
For the surf-and-turf dinner, a lobster-stuffed baked potato is paired with a 7-ounce grilled filet and crawfish-stuffed mushrooms. Bananas, rum sauce, whipped cream and pecans top the bananas Foster cheesecake. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOST LOVE LOUNGE
2529 Dauphine St., 944-0099; www.lostlove- lounge.com
The walk-up counter at the back of Lost Love Lounge offers a menu of Vietnamese staples including pho, banh mi and vermicelli bowls. Spring rolls are filled with shrimp, herbs and vermicelli and served with peanut dipping sauce. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LOUIE AND THE REDHEAD LADY
1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-6044; www.louieandtheredheadlady.com
Grits and grillades features sauteed veal served over grits in marchand de vin sauce. Oysters La Luzianne are flash-fried and topped with garlic, butter, parsley and cheese. Fried green tomatoes are topped with shrimp remoulade. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOUISIANA BISTRO
337 Dauphine St., 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net
The Dirty Bird entree combines duck leg confit with dirty rice and a mystery sauce. The seafood coubillion is prepared in traditional Louisiana style. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
95 French Market Place, 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com
Smoked salmon pizza comes with Roma tomatoes, capers, red onions, mozzarella, cream cheese and caviar. Lobster ravioli are served with spinach, Parmesan, grilled asparagus and cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN
615 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-5900; www.louisiana-pizzakitchenuptown.com
The rosemary chicken tortellini combines chicken, portobello mushrooms and roasted bell peppers in pesto cream sauce topped with Parmesan cheese. The roasted lamb is wrapped with romaine lettuce tossed with garlic-mint vinaigrette, feta cheese, Roma tomatoes and red onion and served with a side of vegetable pesto pasta salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT
701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/new-orleans
The surf shack combines burgers and Mexican dishes. The fish tacos feature fried or grilled fish, beans, rice and avocado relish. The surf-and-turf board combines a grilled 4-ounce filet with mango butter, five marinated shrimp and a choice of lime rice or poblano-pepper Jack cheese grits. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUKE
333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com
Jumbo Louisiana shrimp "En Cocotte" combines McEwen & Sons' creamy white-corn grits and Poche's andouille. The Luke burger is topped with Allan Benton's bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes, Emmentaler Swiss cheese and is served with house-made fries. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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