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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - N 

N'TINI'S
2891 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-5566; www.ntinis.com
The seafood mixed grill features yellowfin tuna, diver scallops, shrimp scampi and grilled asparagus. Lobster- and ricotta-filled ravioli are topped with sauteed lobster and cognac beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 736-1188; 3242 Magazine St., 899-0031; www.nachomamasmexi-cangrill.com
Pork carnitas and cheese are rolled up in fried corn tortillas, served with pickled vegetables, crema, cotija cheese and ranchero sauce. The green monster burrito is stuffed with squash, zucchini, red and green peppers, red onions, corn and spinach and topped with Chihuahua cheese and red pepper aioli. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NAKED PIZZA
701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-0066; 6307 S. Miro St., 865-0244; www.nakedpizza.biz
The Super Biotic pizza features Naked Pizza's probiotic crust topped with artichoke, spinach, bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, onion and cilantro. The Farmvil is made with a 10-grain crust and all-natural tomato sauce covered with pepperoni, sausage, ground beef and ham. All pizzas are available with a gluten-free crust. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NAPOLEON HOUSE BAR & CAFE
500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleon-house.com
Napoleon House is known for its historic charm, Pimm's Cup and muffulettas, which are heated through to melt the cheese. Seafood gumbo brims with shrimp, crab and okra. There also are po-boys and salads. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

NATHAN'S RESTAURANT
36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-0443; www.nathansrestaurant.net
Located on the waterfront of Bayou Bonfouca, Nathan's serves blackened tuna with Creole honey butter and sweet potato hash. Oysters are char-broiled in garlic butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

NEW ORLEANS CAKE CAFE & BAKERY
2440 Chartres St., 943-0010; www.nolacakes.com
This corner cafe bakes its own pastries and cakes but it also serves Louisiana seafood. The fried oyster salad is topped with cucumbers, onions and tomato. Gourmet cupcakes include Sazerac, lemon, lime and red velvet varieties. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER & SEAFOOD CO.
Citywide; www.nohsc.com
The catfish plate features thin-cut fried catfish, coleslaw, sweet cornbread hush puppies and wedge fries. The Baja burger is topped with avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, red onions and chipotle sauce and served with wedge-cut garlic-herb fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NEW ORLEANS PANCAKE BREAKFAST HOUSE
101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272
The chicken and waffle special consists of a Belgian waffle topped with half a fried chicken. Char-broiled oysters are served with French bread. No reservations. Breakfast daily. Credit cards. $$

NEW YORK PIZZA
4418 Magazine St., 891-2376; www.newyorkpizzanola.com
The Queens pizza features white sauce, spinach, mushrooms, artichoke, mozzarella and feta. The Big Apple pie is loaded with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, onions, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage and garlic, and anchovies and jalapenos are optional. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

NEYOW'S CREOLE CAFE
3340 Bienville St., 827-5474; www.neyows-creolecafe.net
Pasta on the Bayou combines sauteed shrimp and crawfish in creamy cheese sauce. Crispy Southern-fried chicken is a signature dish. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE
4308 Magazine St., 894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com
Flag of India is a trio of saag paneer, butter chicken and a chicken kebab in cashew sauce. Mushroom masala features sauteed mushrooms, onions and tomatoes, and a vegan version also is available. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

NOLA BEANS
762 Harrison Ave., 267-0783; www.nolabeans.com
This cafe serves soups, stuffed baked potatoes, salads and sandwiches. The Argonne is a combination of roasted turkey, Havarti, avocado, sprouts and tomatoes served as a sandwich or wrap. The NOLA Beans breakfast plate includes scrambled eggs, grits, biscuits and applewood-smoked bacon. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOLA RESTAURANT
534 St. Louis St., 522-6652; www.emerils.com
Chef Emeril Lagasse's French Quarter restaurant combines rustic accents and refined touches. Maine lobster meat and celery root top a roasted beet salad with arugula, spiced walnuts and green onion-buttermilk dressing. Its rendition of shrimp and grits includes Gulf shrimp and smoked cheddar grits with grilled green onion, applewood-smoked bacon, crimini mushrooms and red chili-Abita butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

NONNA MIA 
3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717; www.nonnamia.net
There's plenty of outdoor seating on the patio and porch of this pizzeria and Italian eatery. The Divine Portobello appetizer is a combination of mushrooms, chicken and spinach in spicy red pepper sauce served with bread for dipping. The pizza Roma is topped with greens, prosciutto, Roma tomatoes, mozzarella and extra-virgin olive oil on house-made crust. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

NONNA'S ITALIAN BAKERY & CAFE
2033 N. Hwy. 190, Suite F, Covington, (985) 893-1488; www.nonnaskingcakes.com
Eclairs, cannoli, macaroons and donuts fill the pastry case, and the bakery prepares iced cinnamon king cakes year round. Lunch items include salads and panini. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOR-JOE IMPORT COMPANY
505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, 833-9240; www.norjoe.com
Nor-Joe's muffuletta boasts imported meats, cheeses and olive salad. A vegetarian version also is available. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NOSH
219 Dauphine St., 581-6674; www.nolanosh.com
Sliders are the specialty at this cozy diner. In addition to beef patties, the slider list includes ground turkey, buffalo, seared fish, pulled pork, portobello mushroom and a BLT. A Cuban sandwich combines pulled pork, grilled ham, mustard and mayonnaise on pressed French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE NUTRITION COMPANY
4350 Hwy. 22, Suite H, Mandeville, (985) 727-3482; www.vitalityjuice.com
The Nutrition Company offers more than 100 varieties of low-calorie, no sugar added, frozen drinks such as smoothies made with berries or banana. Diners can choose from free range buffalo, ostrich or turkey burgers and get them topped with extras like avocado, sprouts, tomato, barbecue sauce, soy cheese and chipotle slaw. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

NUVOLARI'S
246 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 626-5619; www.nuvolaris.com Order seared scallops, Gulf shrimp or jumbo lump crabmeat over pasta with either marinara or sherry cream sauce. Creole-spiced beef tips are served with smoked tomatoes, wild mushrooms, blue cheese, demi-glace and herb-roasted potatoes. All entrees come with soup or salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

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