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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - M 

M BISTRO
Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St., 670-2828; www.ritzcarl- ton.com
Chef du cuisine Emily Dillport prepares hearty dishes such as the pork chop served with jalapeno and andouille macaroni and cheese and house-made hot pepper jelly. The BLT features bacon and onion marmalade and house-made brioche. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP
2368 Magazine St., 522-3107
This corner spot offers breakfast sandwiches and platters in the morning and daily specials at lunch. Fried soft-shell crabs fill a French loaf and other po-boy options include roast beef, corned beef, smoked or Italian sausage and more. Fried oysters are served over a bed of romaine lettuce with tomatoes and house-made remoulade. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MAGNOLIA GRILL
1122 Decatur St., 566-6003; www.magnolia-grillofnola.com
This French Quarter spot offers hearty diner fare, po-boys and pasta, and breakfast is available all day. The seafood omelet includes crawfish, shrimp, onions and tomatoes. Grilled sirloin comes with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed green beans. On weekends, there are breakfast and lunch buffets. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAHONY'S PO-BOY SHOP
3454 Magazine St., 899-3374; www.mahonys-poboys.com
Mahony's offers a variety of po-boys like the grilled jumbo shrimp, fried green tomato and remoulade po-boy. The club po-boy features a grilled chicken thigh, root beer-glazed ham, bacon and Swiss on Leidenheimer French bread. The Italian sausage po-boy has peppers and onions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MAISON
508 Frenchmen St., 371-5543; www.maisonfrenchmen.com
The calamari features grilled bites dusted with Tony Chachere's seasoning. Crawfish tails or blackened chicken come over pasta in spicy cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

MANDINA'S RESTAURANT
3800 Canal St., 482-9179; www.mandinasrestaurant.com
This traditional neighborhood restaurant serves home-style Italian dishes with Creole influences. Popular appetizers include shrimp remoulade and fried eggplant sticks with marinara. A fried trout is served with meuniere sauce or amandine style. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MANNING'S
519 Fulton St., 593-8118; www.harrahsneworleans.com
Named for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, this restaurant's game plan sticks to Louisiana flavors. A cast iron skillet-fried filet mignon is served with two-potato hash, fried onions and Southern Comfort pan sauce. The Crawtator-crusted fish features black drum crusted in Zapp's Crawtator crumbs served with Crystal beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MANO'S PO-BOYS
6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922
Mano's offers breakfast specials and a wide selection of po-boys at lunch. The Saints special comes with two eggs and choice of meat and cheese on a choice of bread. The six-inch special features any six-inch po-boy and drink for $6. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MAPLE STREET CAFE
7623 Maple St., 314-9003; www.maplestreetcafe- nola.com
Veal osso buco comes over angel hair pasta with a side of vegetables. Duck Jameel is a boneless breast topped with blueberry cognac sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MAPLE STREET PATISSERIE
7638 Maple St., 304-1526
This quaint cafe bakes its own pastries, features a wide selection of cakes from around the world, and also offers a small lunch menu. Specialty cakes include wedding cakes and a black-and-white cake with buttercream and ganache. Breakfast quiches include mushroom and dill, broccoli and cheddar and Lorraine. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $ 

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY
4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite D, Metairie, 887-2167; www.marbleslab.com
Chocolate birthday cake and Very Yellow Marshmallow are a couple of popular ice cream flavors. The shop also offers yogurt and sorbet. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARDI GRAS ZONE
2706 Royal St., 947-8787
The kitchen at this Bywater grocery serves sandwiches and dishes like shrimp Creole over white rice with vegetables. Other options include fried shrimp po-boys and pizza. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards and checks. $

MARIGNY BRASSERIE
640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472; www.marignybrasserie.com
The Frenchmen po-boy combines fried green tomatoes and Gulf shrimp in house-made remoulade. Blackened redfish is served with crawfish cream sauce, dirty rice and a vegetable. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MARK TWAIN'S PIZZA LANDING
2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.com
The Innocents Abroad pie is topped with Genoa salami, Italian sausage, tomatoes, artichokes and fresh basil. The Creole pizza has sauteed shrimp, Gulf crab claw meat, andouille and zucchini. Gluten-free crusts are available. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE MARKET CAFE
1000 Decatur St., 527-5000; www.marketcafenola.com
The muffuletta is served warm with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone and olive salad. The Taste of New Orleans platter includes gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MARTIN WINE CELLAR
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.com
This wine emporium and gourmet deli serves sandwiches, salads and daily specials. The sena salad has oven-roasted chicken, golden raisins, field greens, blue cheese and pecans tossed in Tabasco pepper jelly vinaigrette. The Reuben is made with grilled corned beef, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing served hot on rye. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

MARTINIQUE BISTRO
5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www.martiniquebistro.com
Caribbean red curry Gulf shrimp is served with a plantain crepe, Louisiana crawfish tails, coconut and micro sprouts. Pan-roasted Dulac flounder is prepared with roasted exotic mushrooms, wilted spinach and Pinot Noir reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MAT & NADDIE'S
937 Leonidas St., 861-9600; www.matandnaddies.com
This colorful converted cottage is home to an eclectic menu with a regularly-updated three-course meal with wine pairings. Lamb chops are served with chakchouka, a Middle Eastern preparation of a poached egg in a bread crouton with pepper and eggplant ragout. Sesame-crusted oyster mushrooms are served with sweet pepper slaw, pigeon pea and brown jasmine congris, wasabi tofu cream and Indonesian sweet soy sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Tue., Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MAUREPAS FOODS
3200 Burgundy St., 267-0072; www.maurepasfoods.com
This Bywater corner restaurant offers a rustic-accented menu and an original cocktail list. Popular dishes include goat tacos and grilled fish served with malt vinaigrette and Lyonnaise potatoes. House-made fettuccine is served with market vegetables and Grana Padano cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES
3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; 4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830; www.mauricefrenchpastries.com
The bakery offers French desserts and classic cakes. The house specialty is the Kugelhopf, a European-style bundt cake that comes in seasonal flavors. King cakes are available year round. No reservations. Hessmer Avenue: breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. West Napoleon Avenue: breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MAXIMO'S ITALIAN GRILL
1117 Decatur St., 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.com
Dine on a balcony overlooking the French Quarter or sit at the food bar overlooking the open kitchen. The menu features Italian classics like pasta primavera and Caprese salad made with local heirloom tomatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MAYAS
2027 Magazine St., 309-3401; www.mojitoland.com
Baked Chilean sea bass is topped with a soft-shell crab, sweet and savory soy, and served with jumbo Gulf shrimp, asparagus, rice and jalapeno sazon sauce. Brazilian moqueca is a traditional dish that combines sauteed jumbo Gulf shrimp, scallops or mahi mahi with baked onions, tomatoes, garlic, fresh-squeezed lime juice, coconut milk and piri piri (spicy chili sauce) with rice or French bread. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MCALISTER'S DELI
Citywide; www.mcalistersdeli.com
The club sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and honey-mustard on toasted wheat bread. The Spud Max potato is loaded with ham, turkey, bacon, melted Swiss and cheddar cheeses, olives, green onions and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MEAUXBAR BISTRO
942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979; www.meauxbar.com
On the edge of the French Quarter, Meauxbar serves continental cuisine with creative touches. Herbed rabbit terrine is served with pistachios, cornichons and mostarda. Beet ricotta ravioli are served with a ginger-sage brown butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MELANGE
2106 Chartres St., 309-7335; www.melange-nola.com
Melange is designed to look like a lush 1920s speakeasy, and it serves craft cocktails and a menu of updated French-Creole dishes. The pork Orleans pairs a 14-ounce bone-in pork chop with red lentils, braised red cabbage and a shiitake mushroom demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MELIUS BAR & CAFE
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446; www.meliusbarbucktown.com
The Austin smokehouse burger features an 8-ounce ground sirloin patty topped with house-made hickory smoke sauce. Tuesday's lunch special is a chicken cordon bleu sandwich featuring a fried 8-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast topped with ham, melted Swiss and Creole mustard on a sesame-seed bun and is served with fries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MELLOW MUSHROOM
1645 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; www.mellowmushroom.com
The Greek salad tops spinach with feta, red onions, tomatoes and kalamata olives. The muffuletta pizza sports salami, pepperoni, ham, freshwater mozzarella and caramelized onions and comes with a spring greens salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE MELTING POT
1820 St. Charles Ave., 525-3225; www.meltingpot.com
Boston Lager cheddar cheese fondue contains Sam Adams Boston Lager, cheddar and Emmentaler cheeses seasoned with Nueske's applewood-smoked bacon, onion, Dijon mustard, Tabasco and scallions. The Fondue Feast includes Angus sirloin, shrimp, Buffalo chicken, Memphis-style pork tenderloin and wild mushroom sacchetti. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MERCHANT
800 Common St., 571-9850
This sleek, modern cafe offers coffee drinks, crepes and a limited menu. The salumi and egg crepe includes goat cheese and red onion. The duck confit croque baton is a sandwich dressed with goat cheese, arugula, olive tapanade and roasted sweet peppers. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MIA'S BALCONY
1622 St. Charles Ave., 301-9570; www.miasbalcony.com
Pan-seared duck breast is served with black cherry-bourbon glaze. The Gulf Napoleon features a fish fillet and dill cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MIDDENDORF'S
30160 Hwy. 51 S., Akers, (985) 386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.com
Thin-sliced catfish is the highlight at chef Horst Pfeiffer's rustic seafood restaurant. The fried seafood platter includes oysters, shrimp, fried catfish and hush puppies. The catfish dinner includes fried catfish, coleslaw, hush puppies and fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

THE MIDWAY
4725 Freret St., 322-2815; www.midwaypizzanola.com
The Don Flamenco pizza (named for a fictional fighter in the Nintendo "Punch-Out!!" video game) combines prosciutto, gorgonzola and sun-dried tomatoes in a Chicago-style deep dish pie. Pigs in a Blanket features Italian sausage, mozzarella, caramelized onions, tomato basil relish and Creole mustard-jalapeno sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MIKE'S ON THE AVENUE
628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600; www.mikes-ontheavenue.com
The menu divides itself between sea and shore: Crab, crawfish and sea scallops are rolled into crepes and topped with creamy Creole sauce with sausage and Asiago cheese. Stir-fried vegetables, tofu and cashews in teriyaki glaze come over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR
3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimoto-sushi.com
This sushi hub offers a variety of rolls and sashimi. Mikimoto's po-boy roll wraps spicy crawfish, shrimp tempura, lettuce and soft-shell crab inside soy paper. Appetizers include baked scallops and tuna tartare. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily, lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

MILA
817 Common St., 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.com
Crispy baby French chicken features a fried whole baby bird finished in the oven and served with red wine reduction and fingerling potatoes. The barbecue lobster appetizer includes half a tail, a lobster claw and a toasted garlic-butter baguette. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MILANO'S PIZZERIA
3002 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 780-7500
The meat lover pizza features pepperoni, Canadian bacon, salami and ham. Mardi Gras pasta combines Gulf shrimp, diced tomatoes and green onions in spicy bisque cream sauce over linguine. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MILK BAR
1514 Delachaise St., 891-9361
Served hot, the Thai chili chicken po-boy combines chicken breast, mozzarella, tomatoes, red onions, Thai sweet chili sauce and sour cream. Maple pecan and feta salad is a blend of spring mix greens, Roma tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, red onions, sauteed mushrooms and maple pecans tossed with citrus balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MIMI'S IN THE MARIGNY
2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.net
 The tapas offerings at Mimi's include empanadas filled with a mixture of ground beef, golden raisins, olives, pepper and garlic and served with roasted red pepper aioli. Other options include marinated olives and Spanish cheeses. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MR. B'S BISTRO
201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com
 Mr. B's serves contemporary Creole cuisine in an elegant setting. Shrimp and grits feature bacon-wrapped shrimp in red-eye gravy. Chicken and andouille fill the gumbo ya ya. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

MR. GYROS GREEK RESTAURANT
3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 833-9228; www.mrgyrosnola.com
Gyro plates come with lemon-roasted potatoes, tzatziki sauce and pita bread. The lamb kebab features skewers of lamb and vegetables and is served with lemon-roasted potatoes, rice pilaf and pita bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MR. JOHN'S STEAK HOUSE
2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com
 A 12-ounce USDA Prime New York strip comes sizzling on a plate with butter. Twin lobster tails are broiled and served with drawn butter and baked macaroni with andouille and crawfish. Reservations required. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

MR. POOR BOY RESTAURANT
10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170
Grilled catfish is served with Creole eggplant sauce, sauteed spinach and a side item. The roast beef po-boy features house-made slow-cooked roast beef dressed with all the fixings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010; www.mrroosdeli.com
The Mr. Club features bacon, American cheese, ham and turkey dressed on white or wheat toast. The grilled or fried chicken Caesar salad is served on a bed of romaine tossed with Caesar dressing, croutons and Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE
1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanese-bistro.com
The volcano roll is filled with crabmeat, avocado and cucumber and topped with shrimp, crab, octopus and a special sauce, crunchy tempura flakes and eel sauce. The Shaggy Dog roll features shrimp tempura, snow crab, avocado, crab and spicy mayo and is topped with eel sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MO'S PIZZA
1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.net
The muffuletta pizza tops an olive oil-brushed crust with ham, Genoa salami, mortadella, cheese and olive salad. Lasagna features layers of ricotta, mozzarella and meat sauce and is served with garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOJITO'S RUM BAR & GRILL
437 Esplanade Ave., 252-4800; www.mojitosnola.com
 This Caribbean cantina serves Latin and Creole dishes and offers a large selection of rums. Jamaican grilled pork chops are marinated in jerk seasoning and served with mango applesauce, black beans and rice. Pan-seared Aruba scallops come with white chocolate chipotle sauce, jalapeno cheese grits and vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE
1500 Magazine St., 525-2244 This coffeeshop offers an array of iced and hot coffee drinks and uses Smith Creamery milk. The Magazine sandwich layers ham, apple and Brie on a choice of seven-grain, tomato-basil, sourdough or rosemary bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MONA LISA RESTAURANT
1212 Royal St., 522-6746 
Mardi Gras linguine features andouille sausage and shrimp in tomato cream sauce. Eggplant Parmesan is paneed eggplant topped with Creole red sauce, provolone, mozzarella and Parmesan and is served over linguine. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MONA'S CAFE
504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8175; 3901 Banks St., 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., 894-9800
The cafe's Middle Eastern fare includes chicken shawarma, gyro sandwiches and plates, Greek salad, hummus, baba ghanoush and pita bread. For dessert, there is baklava, which layers phyllo dough with honey and nuts. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

MONDO
900 Harrison Ave., 224-2633; www.mondoneworleans.com
Chef Susan Spicer offers versions of dishes drawn from around the globe at her Lakeview restaurant. Thai-style shrimp and pork meatballs are served on lemon grass skewers. Order half a smoked chicken served with Brussels sprouts, potatoes and bacon and thyme-mustard jus. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

MONSTER PO-BOYS
1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 626-9183 House-cooked roast beef smothered with gravy fills the Monster special po-boy along with hot ham and turkey and cheese. Grilled shrimp is served over rotini in garlic-butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

MONTREL'S BISTRO
1000 N. Peters St., 524-4747
Montrel's serves Creole cuisine. Shrimp Creole is a tomato-based stew served over rice. Louisiana crab cakes are topped with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MORNING CALL
3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068; www.morningcallcoffeestand.com
Beignets are made from a 140-year-old sourdough recipe and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The limited menu of Creole favorites includes jambalaya. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; www.mortonsseafood.com
 Morton's fried seafood boat overstuffs a hollowed out Leidenheimer bread with fried butterfly shrimp, oysters or Lake Pontchartrain catfish. Cajun-steamed Dungeness crab is served with drawn butter, roasted potatoes, vegetable and salad. Raw oysters on the half shell also are available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S THE STEAKHOUSE
1 Canal Place, 365 Canal St., 566-0221; www.mortons.com/neworleans
  Morton's is a classic Chicago-style steakhouse offering big cuts of beef. There's everything from double-cut filets mignon and double porterhouse steaks to slightly more modest-sized New York strips and Cajun-spiced rib-eyes. Seafood options include Maine lobster and jumbo lump crab cakes. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MOSCA'S
4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, 436-9942; www.moscasrestaurant.com
Shrimp Mosca features shrimp sauteed with Italian seasoning and white wine. Chicken a la Grande is chicken sauteed with rosemary, Italian seasonings, whole cloves of garlic and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT
401 Poydras St., 523-9656; www.mothersrestaurant.net
  Step up to the counter to order sandwiches or Creole staples like jambalaya, crawfish etouffee or red beans and rice. The Ferdi special po-boy combines the restaurant's house-cooked ham and roast beef. For breakfast, get grits topped with debris. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT
  201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.com
Crawfish etouffee tops the signature catfish Mulate's, served with jambalaya, sauteed vegetables and a stuffed potato. Bread pudding is made with raisins and served with butter-rum sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MURIEL'S JACKSON SQUARE
801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com
Muriel's serves contemporary Creole cuisine in a two-story space overlooking Jackson Square. Pecan-crusted puppy drum is served with Louisiana crabmeat relish and lemon butter. Wood-grilled double-cut pork chops are topped with Louisiana sugar cane-apple glaze and served with pecan-glazed sweet potatoes and Southern-style greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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