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2013 Summer Restaurant Guide: I 

click to enlarge Proprietor Akin Kazancioglu finishes a pie with fresh herbs at Isabella’s Pizzeria in Mandeville.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Proprietor Akin Kazancioglu finishes a pie with fresh herbs at Isabella’s Pizzeria in Mandeville.

IHOP
Citywide; www.ihop.com
The breakfast sampler includes two eggs, two strips of bacon, two pork sausage links, two pieces of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. Grilled tilapia is served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IGNATIUS EATERY
3121 Magazine St., (504) 899-0242; www.ignatiuseatery.com
Seafood-stuffed bell peppers are filled with crawfish and shrimp and topped with grated Parmesan cheese. Fried green tomatoes are served on a bed of mixed greens and topped with Gulf crab, chow-chow and house-made remoulade. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

IGOR'S BUDDHA BELLY BURGER BAR
4437 Magazine St., (504) 891-6105
The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and hot sauce and served with fries or onion rings. Jalapeno poppers are battered and fried cheese-stuffed peppers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S LOUNGE & GAMEROOM
2133 St. Charles Ave., (504) 568-9811
The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and topped with hot sauce. Shoestring fries can be topped with American cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

IL POSTO ITALIAN CAFE
4607 Dryades St., (504) 895-2620; www.ilpostocafe-nola.com
The pesce grilled cheese features tuna salad, avocado, red onions and fontina cheese on pressed multigrain bread. The classic prosciutto panino is made with fresh mozzarella and basil pesto on pressed ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IMPASTATO'S RESTAURANT
3400 16th St., Metairie, (504) 455-1545; www.impastatos.com
Named for New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, fish Payton is the fish of the day pan fried and topped with crabmeat, crawfish, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, lemon and Dry Sack sherry sauce. Veal Marianna is breaded baby white veal topped with a sauce of lemon butter, white wine, shallots, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and light garlic. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

INDULGE ISLAND GRILL
845 Carondelet St., (504) 609-2240; www.indulgeislandgrill.com
Pirate's Kiss seafood pasta features sauteed shrimp, catfish and crawfish in lemon-vodka cream over linguine with pepper bacon on top. Crawfish flatbread is topped with crawfish cream sauce, peppered bacon, feta and shredded cheeses, tomatoes and spinach. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IRENE'S CUISINE
539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
Signature baked oysters Irene are topped with Italian cheeses and pancetta. Lamb a la Provence features seared chops with rosemary-wine demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

IRIS
321 N. Peters St., (504) 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com
Mussels are served with black linguine tossed with cherry tomatoes and white wine in garlic broth. The Malaysian-spiced lamb chops come with Israeli couscous, roasted peppers and cucumbers. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

IRISH HOUSE
1432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 595-6755; www.theirishhouseneworleans.com
Irish House's fish and chips come with house-made tartar sauce and malt vinegar. Bangers and mash features mashed potatoes with Irish sausage in brown onion gravy. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ISABELLA'S PIZZERIA
200 Hewitt Road, Hammond, (985) 230-9900; 1331 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-1900; 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620; www.isabellaspizzeria.net
Shrimp pesto pizza is topped with sauteed shrimp, onion, garlic, Roma tomatoes, mozzarella and roasted garlic. For a starter, there's shrimp and mirliton bisque. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ITALIAN BARREL
430 Barracks St., (504) 569-0198; www.italianbarrel.com
Porcini and truffle ravioli are served with white wine cream sauce and a drizzle of truffled olive oil. Osso buco is a baked 16-ounce veal shank served with red sauce and polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ITALIAN PIE
Citywide; www.italianpie.com
Mediterranean pizza features artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, mozzarella and pesto sauce. Fettuccine is topped with creamy Alfredo sauce and grilled chicken or shrimp. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

IZZO'S ILLEGAL BURRITO
1901 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 101, Harvey, (504) 708-4530; 4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite A, Metairie, (504) 708-5220; 70488 Hwy. 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 288-2388; www.izzos.com
Diners can get a burrito made to order with a choice of tortilla (flour, cayenne, spinach or wheat), meats (chicken, steak, shrimp), vegetables, salsas, cheeses, rice and beans. Izzo's salads include romaine lettuce, choices of meat and toppings, tortilla strips and salsa or one of three house dressings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $




Prices
Dollar signs indicate the average price of a dinner entree.

$ = $1-$10
$$ = $11-$20
$$$ = $21-up


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