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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - B 

BABYLON CAFE
7724 Maple St., 314-0010; www.babyloncafe.biz
The Turlu vegetable plate includes sauteed cauliflower, broccoli, bell pepper and zucchini. Grilled rosemary lamb chops are served with sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BACK TO THE GARDEN
833 Howard Ave., 299-8792
The shrimp salad sandwich comes on a wheat bun dressed with tomato, alfalfa sprouts and mayo. The seafood gumbo brims with shrimp, oysters and okra. There are many vegetarian options as well. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BALCONY BAR & CAFE
3201 Magazine St., 894-8888
Head upstairs at the Balcony Bar and order from a menu of burgers, pizza, calzones, po-boys wraps and salads. The Philly steak pizza combines garlic-butter sauce, mozzarella, thin-sliced beef, onions, mushrooms and green pepper. The Balcony's Feast sandwich piles ham, salami, bacon, pepperoni, onions, black olives and mozzarella on French bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BANANA BLOSSOM THAI CAFE
2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 392-7530; www.-eatbananablossom.com
Tom yum soup has mushrooms, onions and cilantro mingling in lemon grass-lime broth. Clams are served with spicy coconut-basil sauce and grilled bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BARCELONA TAPAS
720 Dublin St., 861-9696
Xavier Laurentino serves an array of hot and cold tapas dishes. The Avocado Tropical features a mixture of shrimp, capers and onions topped with tomato aioli vinaigrette and served in half of an avocado. Ceviche is available with drum or a mix of drum and shrimp and is served on a bed of lettuce with a pico de gallo-like mix of tomatoes, onions and capers. No reservations. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BARU BISTRO & TAPAS
3700 Magazine St., 895-2225; www.barutapas.com
Pescado frito is a signature dish composed of deep fried whole fish, coconut rice, patacones (smashed green plantains) and encurtido de mango coleslaw. Mazorca is roasted corn with salao cheese, pink sauce and potato sticks. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

BASIL LEAF
1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001; www.basilleafthai.com
The sesame-coated soft-shell crab is served with crab butter, Gulf shrimp and fried rice. Sea scallops, Louisiana shrimp, eggplant and Thai herbs in red curry sauce fill a whole young coconut served with jasmine rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BAYONA
430 Dauphine St., 525-4455; www.bayona.com
Chef Susan Spicer accents her cooking with ingredients from around the globe. The quail salad features a tempura fried smoked quail on top of greens tossed with bourbon molasses dressing and candied pecans. The goat cheese crouton is a toasted multigrain crouton topped with sauteed wild mushrooms and Madeira cream sauce. Reservations required. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BAYOU BEER GARDEN
326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 302-9357: www.-bayoubeergarden.com
The Bayou Beer Garden offers appetizers like Buffalo wings in spicy tangy sauce as well as fries, cheese fries and "disco" fries covered in cheese and debris gravy. The namesake burger features a 10-ounce patty on a sesame seed bun. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BAYOU HOT WINGS
6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 865-9464; www.bayouhotwings.com
This wing shack serves spicy wings, frog legs, alligator, chicken strips and wraps filled with shrimp or chicken. Sauce choices range from the spicy Bayou Beast to buttery garlic-Parmesan to Thai chili glaze. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE BEACH HOUSE BAR & RESTAURANT
2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470; www.-beachhousenola.com
Crab cakes weigh in at a third of a pound of local crabmeat. The rib-eye features a hand-trimmed 16-ounce steak served with salad and a choice of side item. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL
4905 Canal St., 488-7357; www.beachcornerbarandgrill.com
Beachcorner offers an array of sandwiches, burgers, salads and bar noshing items. A grilled 8-ounce tuna steak is served in a sandwich or on top of a salad with your choice of dressing. The 10-ounce hickory cheddar burger is topped with house hickory sauce and sharp cheddar and dressed to order. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE BEAN GALLERY
637 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8176
The Anatolian is a ciabatta sandwich filled with portobello mushrooms, roasted red pepper, goat cheese and hummus. The vegetarian panino fills tomato-rosemary bread with portobello mushrooms, asparagus and goat cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

BEAR'S GRILL & SPIRITS
550 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8905; 1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-9090; 3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-9226; www.bearsgrill-andspirits.com
Sandwiches and burgers are top menu choices at Bear's. A roast beef po-boy is dressed with gravy. The New Orleans burger is a 10-ounce patty topped with roast beef debris and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

BEAR'S RESTAURANT
128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373
The New Orleans-style roast beef po-boy is made with house-cooked roast beef. The barbecue beef po-boy features slow-cooked beef in house-made barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BECK-N-CALL CAFE
534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390 ; www.beckncallcafe.com
The turkey club combines smoked turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato and honey mustard on a grilled honey-wheat panini. The Cuban sandwich fills a honey-wheat loaf with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Creole mayonnaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BEEF CONNECTION
501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275
Grilled Angus beef filets mignon are served with drawn butter and sides like potatoes au gratin or spinach au gratin. Lunch specials include fried catfish and red beans and rice with smoked sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BEIJING
2222 Clearview Pkwy., Suite B2, Metairie, 885-8881
The Beijing duck is served with hoisin sauce, pancakes, scallions and cucumber. The Beijing crispy chicken is served with sweet brown sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BENNACHIN
1212 Royal St., 522-1230; www.bennachinres- taurant.com
West African dishes fill the menu at this casual restaurant. Black-eyed pea fritters feature peas ground into a paste and fried like hush puppies, served with tomato and onion dipping sauce. Spinach jama jama is spinach sauteed with ginger and garlic. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BESH STEAK AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal St., 533-6111; www.harrahsnew-orleans.com
The Besh burger is topped with porcini mushrooms, fontina cheese, caramelized onions and Creole tomatoes and served with fries. The Louisiana seafood three ways appetizer includes shrimp remoulade, fried oysters with blue cheese dressing and crab maison with caviar. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE
2542 Canal St., 822-0213
This old-school diner serves Southern favorites for breakfast and lunch. Buttermilk pecan pancakes are popular at breakfast. The breakfast special features two eggs, bacon, grits and pancakes. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BIG MOMMA'S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES
5741 Crowder Blvd., 241-2548; www.bigmommaschickenandwaffles.com
Chicken and waffles is the specialty at Big Momma's, but there's also a full breakfast menu that includes grits, eggs, bacon, hot sausage patties and smoked sausage. Hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and BLTs are served with sides like salad, mac and cheese or red beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BIG SHIRLEY'S
5222 Elysian Fields Ave., 252-4835
Garden leaf lettuce salads are available with a choice of grilled shrimp, grilled chicken or fried oysters on top. "Baby I'm Back" ribs feature a full rack of ribs drenched in barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BISTREAUX
1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000; 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., 832-3838; www.maisondepuy.com/-bistreaux.html
The cochon de lait sandwich features pulled pork, pickles, provolone, basil aioli and hot mustard on ciabatta. The steak and pommes frites combines a New York strip steak with truffledfrench fries and blue cheese butter. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BISTRO BYRONZ
1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-7595; www.bistrobyronz.com
An off-menu favorite is the blue cheese steak, which includes two broiled tenderloin tails with blue cheese, grilled asparagus and salad. The Wednesday special is a 14-ounce rib-eye with a loaded Yukon gold potato. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BISTRO DAISY
5831 Magazine St., 899-6987; www.bistrodaisy.com
For an appetizer, there is a salad of Belgian endive, Gala apple and Amish blue cheese dressed with white wine vinaigrette. Pan-roasted porcini mushroom chicken is served with roasted shallot and Parmesan risotto. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS
725 Magazine St., 523-2626; www.bittersweet- confections.com
This sweet shop bakes muffins, pastries, cinnamon rolls and bagels in-house, but its specialties are sweets such as chocolate dipped strawberries and handmade truffles. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BLACK ORCHID BISTRO
3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 832-1444
The tropical club is a triple-decker sandwich featuring turkey, ham, mozzarella, bacon and avocado. The Malibu panino combines grilled chicken, bacon, red onion, avocado, tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil on focaccia. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

BLUE DOT DONUTS
4301 Canal St., 218-4866
Blue Dot serves a long list of original donuts with sweet toppings. The maple bacon donut is a maple-glazed long John with bacon sprinkled on top. Red velvet and peanut butter and jelly donuts are specialties. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

BLUE PLATE CAFE
1330 Prytania St., 309-9500
This casual cafe serves dishes like shrimp and grits made with jumbo Gulf shrimp, Parmesan, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, parsley and cream with toast on the side. Tequila-marinated chicken breast is served over cumin-seasoned corn, black beans and cilantro. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BOMBAY CLUB
830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com
Cajun prime rib features blackened rib-eye served with garlic demi-glace and chive mashed potatoes. The magret duck and foie gras is a is a combination of pan-roasted duck breast and cured foie gras served with sweet potato spaetzle, mustard greens and orange-saba demi-glace. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE
401 Magazine St., 524-3386; www.thebontoncafe.com
Cajun flavors inspire the cuisine at this downtown restaurant. Lightly seasoned eggplant, Louisiana shrimp and jumbo lump crabmeat etouffee is served over parsley rice. Oysters Alvin are lightly breaded oysters topped with Alvin sauce and served over rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

BONEFISH GRILL
4848 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9964; www.bonefishgrill.com
The Bang Bang shrimp features crispy shrimp tossed in creamy, spicy sauce. A selection of fish can be grilled over oak wood and served with a choice of four sauces. Reservations recommend. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOO KOO BBQ
3701 Banks St., 202-4741; www.bookoobbq.com
Head to the back of Finn McCool's for barbecue and burgers. Appetizers include deep-fried truffle mac-and-cheese balls. The Boo Koo Burger is made with a ground brisket patty topped with a boudin patty and pepper Jack cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Cash only. $

BORGNE
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., 613-3860; www.borgnerestaurant.com
This John Besh restaurant focuses on Louisiana seafood and rustic fare. Grilled Gulf pompano is topped with garlic, tomatoes, almonds and olive oil. Fried P&J oysters amandine are served over wilted spinach salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BOSCO'S ITALIAN CAFE
2040 Hwy. 59, Suite 3, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066; www.boscositalian.com
Oysters Anthony are topped with sauteed prosciutto, garlic and green onions and baked with a crust of Italian bread crumbs and Romano cheese. Pan-fried fresh speckled trout is topped with artichoke hearts, fresh mushrooms, crabmeat and lemon-butter cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BOSWELL'S JAMAICAN GRILL
3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600
The Ital plate combines callaloo, rice and peas, plantains, salad and bread. Stir-fried shrimp come with a side of rice and beans. The popular jerk chicken is served with callaloo, rice and peas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

BOUCHE
840 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-7485; www.bouchenola.com
Bouche is a spacious wine bar and restaurant. Coriander-crusted chicken breast is served with truffle-infused heirloom tomatoes and wild mushroom mashed potatoes. Seared duck breast is served with sweet potato waffles and warm berry reduction. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BOUCHERIE
8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514; www.boucherie-nola.com
St. Louis-style Niman Ranch ribs are served with charred chard slaw and crispy fried shallots. Peppercorn-smoked scallops come with roasted poblano peppers, local rice grits and red hot shrimp butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

BOULIGNY TAVERN
3641 Magazine St., 891-1810; www.boulignytavern.com
Chef John Harris' elegant tavern serves craft cocktails, an eclectic selection of wines and gourmet bites. Gouda beignets are airy puffs of fried cheese and dough. The bruschetta includes combinations such as roasted fennel, tapenade and lemon zest. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BOURBON HOUSE
144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com
There's a wide selection of bourbons at the bar, but seafood is the specialty of the house. The plateaux de fruits de mer is a platter featuring a selection of raw oysters on the half-shell, boiled Gulf shrimp, mussels, marinated crab fingers and seasonal seafood salads. Redfish on the half shell is served with new potatoes and glazed red onions and topped with lemon butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BOZO'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666; www.bozosrestaurant.com
The seafood platter combines cornmeal-fried oysters, Gulf shrimp, Des Allemands catfish and a stuffed crab. Broiled Gulf shrimp are stuffed with house-made crab dressing. Specialties include oysters on the half shell and chicken and andouille gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828; www.bravoitalian.com
Bravo's surf-and-turf combination includes a 5-ounce filet, grilled shrimp, sauteed spinach, a Romano-crusted tomato, vegetables and Tuscan mashed potatoes. Mama's lasagna bolognese is made with Alfredo and meat sauces. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRAXTON'S RESTAURANT
636 Franklin Ave., Gretna, 301-3166; www.braxtonsnola.com
Braxton's is known for gumbo brimming with shrimp, crab, sausage and turkey. Another popular dish is the fried chicken platter with fries, salad, a vegetable and toasted bread. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BRAZILIAN MARKET & CAFE
2424 Williams Blvd., Suite N, Kenner, 468-3533
This market offers a range of traditional Brazilian dishes, including coxinha, which are deep-fried fritters made with spiced and floured shredded chicken. Feijoada is a traditional black bean and pork stew made with salted pork, smoked pork ribs and smoked sausage and served with collard greens, orange slices and rice sprinkled with tapioca flour (farofa). Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE BREAKROOM CAFE
3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 941-7607; www.breakroomofmetairie.com
The East Jefferson club is a hot sandwich that combines turkey, ham, bacon and cheddar and Swiss cheeses. The breakfast platter features three eggs, bacon, hash browns and a biscuit. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BREAUX MART
Citywide; www.breauxmart.com
Breaux Mart's deli counter offers a wide selection of sandwiches and hot items. Changing daily specials include crispy fried or lemon-baked catfish and hearty dishes like meatloaf and pot roast. Other options include ribs, beef brisket and seafood gumbo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BRENNAN'S RESTAURANT
417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com
This Creole dining institution offers an elaborate breakfast menu and classic New Orleans fare such as turtle soup topped with sherry. Signature bananas Foster features bananas sauteed with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, flamed in banana liquor and rum, and served over vanilla ice cream. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRICK OVEN CAFE
2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097; www.brickovencafe.biz
The Brick Oven filet is a grilled prime filet served with pasta. Grilled Brick Oven chicken is served with green onions, mushrooms and artichoke hearts over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BRIGTSEN'S RESTAURANT
723 Dante St., 861-7610; www.brigtsens.com
Chef Frank Brigtsen serves contemporary Creole dishes at his namesake restaurant. Sesame-crusted paneed rabbit is topped with Creole mustard sauce and comes with mashed potatoes and smothered mustard greens. The crawfish shortcake features an open-faced black pepper biscuit with crawfish etouffee on top. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

BROCATO'S EAT DAT
8480 Morrison Road, 309-3465
Blackened catfish is served over roasted corn and cheddar cheese grits and is topped with shrimp Creole. Ragin' Cajun pasta rounds up house-made tasso, andouille, mushrooms, shrimp and crawfish in Cajun cream sauce. The blackened redfish is topped with Creole shrimp and sausage sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

BROOKLYN PIZZERIA
4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1288; www.eatbrooklyn.net
Brooklyn Pizzeria serves pies with New York-style thin crust. The Boss pizza is topped with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, mushrooms, garlic and extra cheese. The Brooklyn Maui pie is covered with Canadian bacon, pineapple and bell peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON
1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217
The fried chicken sandwich is dressed with lettuce, onions and pickles. The house burger features an 8-ounce patty cooked to order. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BROTHERS OLE' NEW ORLEANS CAFE
1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073Brothers offers both seafood and okra and chicken and andouille gumbo. The Kelly shrimp burger features fried shrimp on a bun dressed with remoulade, Swiss cheese and red onion and served with sweet potato fries and dipping sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT
819 Conti St., 581-3866; www.broussards.com
Louisiana bouillabaisse combines Gulf fish, scallops, oysters, clams and mussels in tomato-saffron broth with crabmeat and rouille croutons. The restaurant's charcuterie plate boasts house-made pates, terrines, sausages, cured meats and mango-apple chutney, Dijon mustard and garlic croutons. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BRUNO'S TAVERN
7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com
The Ponchatoula salad features grilled chicken over a bed of spring mix tossed in poppy seed dressing with blue cheese, sugared and spiced pecans, red onions and strawberries. The Buffalo Bruno is a fried chicken breast tossed in house-made Buffalo sauce, dressed with blue cheese and served with a side of ranch. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.
429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com
The popular film Forrest Gump spawned this chain of seafood houses. Hush pups are deep-fried seafood cakes made with shrimp, mahi-mahi, rice and corn and are served with remoulade. Shrimp and crawfish etouffee is served over rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUD'S BROILER
Citywide; www.buds- broiler.com
These burger joints keep it simple. Char-broiled hamburgers are topped with signature smoky hickory sauce. French fries can be topped with chili or cheese or both. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Some locations accept credit cards. $

BUFFA'S BAR & RESTAURANT
1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038; www.buffas- restaurant.com
Buffa's serves an array of burgers, deli sandwiches, salads, chicken wings, Creole staples like red beans and rice, and more. Breakfast options include eggs, omelets and shrimp and grits. The Buffa burger is a half-pound patty topped with cheddar cheese and served with fries. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahsnew- orleans.com
Head to the buffet for endless boiled crabs on Thursday. The pasta station offers a variety of pastas, meats and tomato or cream sauces. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

THE BULLDOG
3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draft- freak.com
Crawfish banditos are two fried flour tortillas filled with crawfish etouffee, cheese and roasted green chilis served with house-made salsa, sour cream and avocado. Grilled tuna is served on a sandwich or salad. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUSTER'S PLACE
519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; www.-bustersplaceonline.com
.Crawfish pasta features crawfish tails tossed in cream sauce, topped with green onions and Parmesan, and served with salad and French bread. On Thursdays, char-grilled oysters are a half-priced special. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

BUTCHER
930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675; www.cochon- butcher.com
Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski focus on Cajun and Italian cured meats at this gourmet butcher counter. The pork belly sandwich is dressed with cucumber and mint. The Gambino features salami cotto, sopressata, coppa and herb vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

BYBLOS
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; 3218 Magazine St., 894-1233; www.byblosrestaurants.com
Gyro nachos combine gyro meat, tzatziki, red onion, tomato and feta atop pita chips. Kebabs of marinated chicken, Angus beef, lamb loin or kafta are served on platters with hummus and rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BYBLOS MARKET
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777; www.byblosrestaurants.com
Customer favorites at Byblos Market include the combo kebab and chicken shawarma salad. The chicken shawarma features boneless chicken marinated overnight in aromatic spices then broiled. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

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