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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - B 

7724 Maple St., 314-0010;
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. $$

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. $

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. $

2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 392-7530;
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. $$

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. $$$

3700 Magazine St., 895-2225;
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. $$

1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001;
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. $$

430 Dauphine St., 525-4455;
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. $$$

326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 302-9357:
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. $

6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 865-9464;
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. $

2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470;
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. $

4905 Canal St., 488-7357;
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. $

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. $

550 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8905; 1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-9090; 3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-9226;
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. $

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. $

534 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 875-9390 ;
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. $

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. $$$

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. $$

1212 Royal St., 522-1230; www.bennachinres-
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. $$

8 Canal St., 533-6111;
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. $$$

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. $

5741 Crowder Blvd., 241-2548;
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. $

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. $

1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000; 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., 832-3838;
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. $$

1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-7595;
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. $$

5831 Magazine St., 899-6987;
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. $$$

725 Magazine St., 523-2626; www.bittersweet-
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. $

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. $

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. $

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. $

830 Conti St., 586-0972;
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. $$$

401 Magazine St., 524-3386;
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. $$$

4848 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9964;
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. $$

3701 Banks St., 202-4741;
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. $

Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., 613-3860;
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. $$

2040 Hwy. 59, Suite 3, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066;
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. $$

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. $

840 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-7485;
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. $$$

8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514;
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. $$

3641 Magazine St., 891-1810;
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. $

144 Bourbon St., 522-0111;
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. $$$

3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666;
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. $$

3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-8828;
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. $$

636 Franklin Ave., Gretna, 301-3166;
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. $$

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. $

3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 941-7607;
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'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. $

417 Royal St., 525-9711;
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. $$$

2805 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-2097;
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. $$

723 Dante St., 861-7610;
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. $$$

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. $

4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1288;
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. $

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. $

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. $

819 Conti St., 581-3866;
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. $$$

7538 Maple St., 861-7615;
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. $

429 Decatur St., 522-5800;
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. $$

Citywide; www.buds-
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. $

1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038; www.buffas-
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. $

8 Canal St., 533-6000; www.harrahsnew-
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. $$$

3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draft-
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. $

519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880;
.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. $$

930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675; www.cochon-
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. $

1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; 3218 Magazine St., 894-1233;
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. $$

2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777;
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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