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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - V 

VACHERIE
Hotel Ste. Marie, 827 Toulouse St., 207-4532; www.vacherierestaur- ant.com
Cornish hen is stuffed with boudin, deep-fried and served with braised collard greens. For a small plate, try the pan-fired pimento cheese grit cake served atop smothered greens seasoned with smoked pork belly. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT
515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336; www.vazquezpoboy.com
Vazquez serves everything from shrimp Creole to breaded pork chops with sides like onion rings and gravy cheese fries. The po-boy-style Cuban sandwich is filled with roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, butter and pickles. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

VEGA TAPAS CAFE
2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com
Paella de la Vega combines shrimp, mussels, chorizo, calamari, scallops, chicken and vegetables in saffron rice. Pollo en papel features chicken, mushrooms, leeks and feta in phyllo pastry. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THE VELVET CACTUS
6300 Argonne Blvd., 301-2083; www.thevelvetcactus.com
Deep South tacos are filled with crispy fried chicken, bacon, agave-Creole mustard, cheese and avocado. Lou Lou shrimp enchiladas are topped with jalapeno sour cream. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

VENEZIA RESTAURANT
134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991; www.venezia-neworleans.com
Classic Italian fare includes pasta, pizza, steak and entrees such as the creamy eggplant Vatican. Pizzas are cooked in a stone oven, and topping choices include pepperoni, peppers, sausage, breaded veal and meatballs. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VERANDA RESTAURANT
Intercontinental New Orleans, 444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383; www.ihg.com
The Marrakesh-style lamb burger is dressed with olive pepper-relish and tzatziki sauce. Gumbo ya ya includes shrimp, crawfish, sausage and okra. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

VIANNE'S TEA HOUSE
544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683; www.viannes.com
Warm sandwiches are the specialty, and the strawberry and turkey panino is a favorite. High tea includes beverages and a selection of sweets. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE
636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329
This Australian-themed pub offers wine and beer from Down Under, along with sandwiches, dips and pizza. Chicken and sausage jambalaya is made with wild rice. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VILLAGE INN
9201 Jefferson Hwy., 737-4610
The VIP seafood platter includes fried catfish, oysters, shrimp, a stuffed or soft-shell crab, a cup of soup, coleslaw, garlic toast and fries or macaroni. The seafood muffuletta features catfish, oysters and shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VINCENT'S ITALIAN CUISINE
4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; www.vincentsitalian-cuisine.com
This casual restaurant serves Italian and Creole favorites. Veal canneloni with pureed spinach is a house specialty. Other popular dishes include corn and crabmeat bisque and osso buco. Reservations accepted. Chastant Street: Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VINE AND DINE
141 Delaronde St., 361-1402; www.vine-dine.com
This wine shop and cafe offers cheese and charcuterie plates. Get foccacia topped with lemon grass-sauteed shrimp, artichokes or basil pesto and mozzarella. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VITASCOPE HALL
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., 561-1234; www.new-orleans.hyatt.com
Vitascope offers burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads, seafood and sushi rolls. The potato chip-crusted Vitascope burger is topped with Brie and caramelized onions and served with hand-cut fries. Garlic and black pepper Gulf shrimp are served with creamy grits and a sauce of Cabernet, pancetta and herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VIZARD'S
5015 Magazine St., 895-2246; www.vizards.net
Seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crab and oysters. Soft-shell crab is served with crabmeat, roasted cauliflower and arugula salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482
The Voleo's Big Boy platter for two is piled with crawfish, shrimp, oysters, fish, crab claws, stuffed shrimp, stuffed crab, frog legs and soft-shell crab. Deep-fried flounder Lafitte is stuffed with crawfish and provolone and topped with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL
Citywide; www.voodoo-bbqandgrill.com
Voodoo gets its mojo working with a selection of house-made sauces. Beef brisket is sprinkled with a dry rub and smoked for 14 hours over oak and pecan wood. Other meat options include pulled pork, ribs, Cajun smoked sausage and jerk chicken. Cornbread souffle is offered as a side. Delivery available from some locations. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

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