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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - O 

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE
2020A Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 391-7229; www.obriensgrille.com
The Parmesan tomato bread pudding is made with French bread and savory custard and topped with fried crawfish tails and hot sauce hollandaise. The grilled redfish comes with baby green beans, black-eyed pea and smoked pork hash and tasso cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS
634 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840; www.ohenrys.com
Crawfish Monica pasta features sauteed crawfish tails tossed in penne pasta with cream sauce. Fresh ground hamburgers are grilled-to-order and dressed with your choice of three custom toppings. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OAK
8118 Oak St., 302-1485; www.oaknola.com
Corn tortillas cradle Gulf shrimp, pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema. The hanger steak bruschetta is topped with Point Reyes blue cheese and smoked red onion marmalade. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

OAK STREET CAFE
8140 Oak St., 866-8710; www.oakstreetcafe.com
The breakfast club sandwich layers smoked bacon, Canadian-style ham, two eggs and American and Swiss cheeses. The baked Brie-stuffed French toast is topped with fresh blueberry and New England maple syrup coulis and served with two eggs and bacon, ham or sausage. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; 5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; American Can Company, 3700 Orleans Ave., 302-1220; www.olivebranchcafe.com 
The shrimp balsamic salad features pan-seared shrimp, fresh buffalo mozzarella, caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and Roma tomatoes on spinach with balsamic reduction. The Southwestern burger features an 8-ounce black Angus patty topped with guacamole, jalapenos, bacon and Swiss and cheddar cheeses on a jalapeno-cheese roll. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

OLIVIER'S CREOLE RESTAURANT
204 Decatur St., 525-7734; www.olivierscreole.com
Signature dishes include braised Creole rabbit served with sage-seasoned oyster dressing. Eggplant is lightly breaded, deep fried, topped with brandy sauce and served with andouille sausage and crawfish. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ONE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.com  Braised country ribs come with collard greens and a potato and white truffle croquette. Fresh mozzarella, arugula and golden beets are dressed with pecan vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ORANGE COUCH
2339 Royal St., 267-7327; www.theorangecouch-coffee.com
On Fridays, look for Vietnamese shrimp spring rolls at this coffeeshop. Japanese mochi ice cream encased in rice flour dough comes in lychee, chocolate coconut, pistachio, blueberry and green tea flavors. There also are locally baked pastries with vegan options. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ORIGAMI
5130 Freret St., 899-6532
Nabeyaki udon is a soup brimming with thick noodles, chicken and vegetables. The long list of special rolls includes the Big Easy, which combines tuna, salmon, white fish, snow crab, asparagus and tempura flakes in soy paper with eel sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S
440 Chartres St., 524-8990; www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp in spicy sauce is served with coleslaw or Cajun french fries. Sandwiches include a cochon de lait po-boy and a pistolette stuffed with crawfish, crab and shrimp in cheese sauce. No reservations. Breakfast Fri.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

ORLEANS GRAPEVINE WINE BAR AND BISTRO
720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com
Rack of lamb is served with brandy peppercorn demi-glace and truffled mashed potatoes. The Black Angus filet is served with either a sun-dried tomato demi-glace or Stilton sauce and garlic roasted fingerling potatoes. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540 The signature Oscalotta combines meats, cheeses and olive salad on French bread and is served hot. The half-pound burger comes with an overstuffed baked potato. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and late-night Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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