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2013 Summer Restaurant Guide: L 

click to enlarge Isabel Ochoa presents chips and guacamole at La Macarena Pupuseria and Latin Cafe.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Isabel Ochoa presents chips and guacamole at La Macarena Pupuseria and Latin Cafe.

LA BELLA'S
2118 Third St., Kenner, (504) 466-4675; www.labellascatering.com
The muffuletta is piled with layers of Genoa salami, Chisesi ham, provolone and mozzarella cheeses and house-made olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

LA BOCA
857 Fulton St., (504) 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.com
House-made fettuccine comes with veal meatballs, a sauce made with summer squash and a drizzle of rosemary-pine nut oil. Arugula salad consists of watermelon, bacon, blue cheese crumbles and watermelon vinaigrette. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA BOULANGERIE
4600 Magazine St., (504) 269-3777
Le Parisien is a traditional ham and cheese sandwich on a house-baked baguette. The mille feuille vanille layers puff pastry and pastry cream drizzled with chocolate and vanilla icing. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

LA CARRETA
107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 NW Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carreta-restaurant.com
The Monterrey fajitas include Angus skirt steak, tortillas, rice and beans. The sampler plate features a chile relleno, a beef taco, a beef enchilada, rice and beans. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA CREPE NANOU
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.com
The brunch menu includes a lump crabmeat omelet served with herbed bechamel and creamed spinach. White wine, kirsch and Swiss Emmentaler fondue is served with organic baguette. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., (504) 342-2634; Loyola University, Carrollton Residence Hall, (504) 258-2115; www.ladivinagelateria.com
Bourbon pecan is a popular gelato flavor. Blueberry-basil sorbetto is made from fresh blueberries and house-grown basil. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA DOLCE NOLA
200 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-1122; www.ladolcenola.com
Balsamic-strawberry is one of the house-made gelato flavors. Goat yogurt gelato can be topped with cranberry, fig compote, honey or strawberry. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA FIN DU MONDE
2917 Magazine St., (504) 218-4088; www.lafinrestaurant.com
Bo ssam-style pork belly is slow roasted, topped with Steen's cane vinegar glaze and served with house-made kimchee. Mussels bask in a broth of coconut milk, kefir lime and fish sauce and come with ciabatta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and brunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA MACARENA PUPUSERIA AND LATIN CAFE
8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252; www.pupusasneworleans.com
Pork pupusas are formed from handmade corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and beans and served with refried black beans and plantains. Traditional Salvadoran ceviche features citrus-marinated shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Cash and checks. $$

LA MADELEINE
601 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8662; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, (504) 456-1624; 3434 Hwy.190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, (504) 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com
Caesar salad comes with house-made garlic croutons and can be topped with balsamic chicken. The traditional French croque monsieur is a hot sandwich combining ham, cheese and garlic cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT
1940 Dauphine St., (504) 943-1460
The deep-fried pork chop comes with a choice of potato side. The Kathryn burger is topped with ham, Swiss cheese and grilled onions. No reservations. Open 24 hours Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

LA PETITE GROCERY
4238 Magazine St., (504) 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.com
Pan-fried rabbit is served with spaetzle and caper-butter sauce. Gulf shrimp and grits is served with roasted shiitake mushrooms, smoked bacon and thyme. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA PROVENCE
25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com
Mauthe's Dairy ricotta flan is made with roasted heirloom beets, lamb's lettuce and preserved Meyer lemon vinaigrette. The rare seared Gulf tuna features edamame pesto, charred spring onions, fingerling potatoes and fire-roasted peppers. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com
A seared tuna spinach salad combines fresh tomatoes, candied walnuts and goat cheese. The California chicken sandwich features grilled chicken, applewood-smoked bacon and guacamole on a toasted cheddar-jalapeno bun. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE
5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.com
The fleur de lis panino includes oven-roasted turkey, smoked Gouda, asparagus and apple butter spread on a grilled ciabatta baguette or multigrain or wheat bread. The chicken avocado wrap features an herb-garlic, spinach, tomato-basil or wheat tortilla filled with grilled chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes, romaine lettuce and mango vinaigrette topped with fresh fruit relish. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW GROCERY
801 Harrison Ave., (504) 293-1201; www.lakeviewgrocery.com
Wednesday's steak special features a 12-ounce rib-eye served with a loaded baked potato. Boiled crawfish are available by the pound on Fridays. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR
911 Harrison Ave., (504) 486-4887; www.neworleansbestburger.com/Lakeview_Harbor/Home.html
The Crab Feast includes stuffed crab, a crab cake, a soft-shell crab, crab fingers and two sides. The 8-ounce burger is topped with mushrooms, bacon and cheese and comes with a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDINGS
Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel, 2829 Williams Blvd., (504) 467-5611; www.neworleansairporthotel.com
Shredded potato and crab-crusted Hawaiian salmon is served with lemon beurre blanc and a vegetable. Crawfish etouffee is mildly seasoned. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S
400 N. Peters St., (504) 558-0038; 8000 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 283-1010; www.landrysseafood.com
Fried Acadiana green tomatoes are topped with crawfish and andouille cream sauce. Broiled crab cakes are served with Creole mustard sauce, pimento cheese grits and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LANGENSTEIN'S
800 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St., (504) 899-9283; www.langensteins.com
Quinoa and black bean salad is a mix of quinoa, black beans, corn and cilantro and is available hot or cold. Shrimp salad is made with Gulf shrimp, Creole mustard, mayonnaise, horseradish and capers. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAUREL STREET BAKERY
5433 Laurel St., (504) 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.com
This bakery's seasonal fruit tarts include one made with mixed berries. The lunch menu includes the popular ham-and-cheese croissant. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

LE BAYOU RESTAURANT
208 Bourbon St., (504) 525-4755; www.lebayourestaurant.com
The shrimp and grits Napoleon features fried green tomatoes, Gulf shrimp and Cajun cream sauce served with creamy grits. Stuffed catfish is filled with crawfish dressing, topped with crawfish cream sauce and served with jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LE CITRON BISTRO
1539 Religious St., (504) 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.com
Blackened redfish is topped with lump crabmeat and hollandaise and comes with mixed vegetables and sweet potato mash. Paneed duck breast is served with pineapple, onion and pepper glaze and jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LE FORET
129 Camp St., (504) 553-6738; www.leforetneworleans.com
Louisiana barbecue shrimp are served with a fried grits cake and Abita beer barbecue sauce. Louisiana crawfish gnocchi is tossed with green onions, truffle oil, wild mushrooms and light cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LE ROUX'S SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT
1700 Louisiana Ave., (504) 897-5445; www.leroux.ning.com
Grilled or fried chicken is served with collard greens, cabbage and candied yams. The seafood platter includes a catfish fillet, fried shrimp, oysters, hushpuppies and french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

LE VIET CAFE
2135 St. Charles Ave., (504) 304-1339
Vegetable pho features broccoli, bean sprouts, noodles and jalapenos in broth. Pork banh mi comes on a crisp baguette dressed with chopped vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LEBANON'S CAFE
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com
The lamb chop plate features six chops cooked to order plus hummus and salad. The Halloumi appetizer features fried sheep's milk cheese with tomatoes, bell peppers, basil and balsamic dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEBLANC'S RESTAURANT
136 Lafayette St., Gretna, (504) 361-9216
Smothered rabbit is served with white beans. Ginger roasted chicken features a chicken breast or leg quarter, baked macaroni, green beans and salad. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE
1500 Esplanade Ave., (504) 569-8997; www.lildizzyscafe.com
Trout Baquet is topped with lemon-butter-garlic sauce and lump crabmeat and comes with salad and a side item. Red beans and rice is served with house-made hot sausage. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LIBERTY CHEESESTEAK
S5031 Freret St., (504) 875-4447; www.libertycheese-steaks.com
The Wiz features steak, caramelized onions and cheddar-Colby cheese sauce on an Italian hoagie roll. The Chicksteak fills an Italian hoagie roll with sliced chicken and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN
422 1/2 S. Broad St., (504) 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen.org
Pan-roasted shrimp and cheese grits features caramelized red onions, smoked mushrooms, garlic, bacon, green onions and grape tomatoes in light-cream sauce. Cowboy caviar is a black-eyed pea salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LILETTE RESTAURANT
3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com
Sauteed drum is accompanied by artichoke, roasted tomatoes, haricots verts and lemon-oregano yogurt. A salad of Tuscan kale, fennel, carrot, pickled peppers, fresh mint and pistachio is topped with pecorino Toscano. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LILLY'S CAFE
1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999
Vegetarian tofu pho features vegan broth. Spicy tofu is stir-fried with ginger, scallions and sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Chef Robert Bruce serves a crab cake topped with shrimp at Little Gem Saloon. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chef Robert Bruce serves a crab cake topped with shrimp at Little Gem Saloon.

LITTLE GEM SALOON
445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863; www.littlegemsaloon.com
Fried oysters are served with applewood-smoked bacon and Creole meuniere sauce. The crab cake sandwich features a lump crabmeat patty on a toasted brioche bun with red pepper aioli. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LITTLE KOREA
3301 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 821-5006
Cold noodles are buckwheat noodles in spicy house-made chili sauce. Beef brisket is topped with pickled radishes and sliced cucumber and served with a boiled egg. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO
590 Asbury Drive, Mande-ville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com
The yami yami roll is stuffed with snow crab and topped with barbecue eel, snow crab, asparagus and eel sauce. Tempura udon is a soup of thick udon noodles and topped with tempura-fried shrimp and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
310 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 485-5658; 1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-6788; www.littletokyonola.com
The Love Boat Tokyo for two includes beef and chicken teriyaki, tempura shrimp, sashimi, sushi rolls, fresh fruit and vegetables. The Chocolate City roll combines spicy tuna, seared tuna, snow crab and avocado in soybean wrap topped with the chef's barbecued eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.com
Beef or pork tops cold ramen noodles mixed with romaine lettuce, crab stick, baby bok choy, cucumber and tomatoes. Gyoza are fried pork and vegetable potstickers served with ponzu sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888Creole gumbo is made with shrimp, oysters and andouille sausage. The barbecue shrimp po-boy features shrimp prepared in a house-made butter sauce and served in a hollowed-out French bread pistolette. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com
The roast beef po-boy is served on French bread and drenched in brown gravy. Soft-shell crab is battered and deep fried and served with red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

LIVE BAIT SEAFOOD AND STEAKS
200 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, (504) 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.com
Shrimp tacos feature blackened, grilled or fried shrimp topped with chipotle mayonnaise, pico de gallo, lettuce and tomato. The 8-ounce steak special comes with mashed potatoes and gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOLA
517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992; www.lolacovington.com
Veal lasagna features house-made pasta, provolone cheese and San Marzano tomatoes. Bronzed Louisiana black drum comes with Gulf shrimp maque choux, braised collard greens and black-eyed peas. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOLA'S
3312 Esplanade Ave., (504) 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.com
Lola's signature seafood paella is made with saffron rice, scallops, calamari, mussels and shrimp. A grilled calamari appetizer comes with house-made jalapeno sauce. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE
69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.com
The smoky double-bacon sirloin is wrapped in bacon, drenched in a smoked, four cheese sauce and topped with crisp applewood bacon. A grilled sirloin comes with spicy jalapeno cheddar sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOST LOVE LOUNGE
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com
Traditional pho features Vietnamese meatballs in spicy beef broth. Shrimp spring rolls are filled with shrimp, vermicelli, cucumbers and lettuce and served with peanut sauce. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY
1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-6044; www.louieandtheredheadlady.com
Eggplant Algiers features three fried eggplant medallions layered with a crab cake, boiled shrimp, crabmeat and light sherry cream sauce. Oysters La Luzianne are fried and topped with garlic, parsley, butter and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOUISIANA BISTRO
337 Dauphine St., (504) 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net
Creole surf and turf features pan-roasted filet mignon with crawfish scampi. Drum Pontchartrain is roasted puppy drum topped with crabmeat and lemon-caper beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
95 French Market Place, (504) 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com
Crawfish fettuccine features sauteed crawfish in cream sauce over pasta. Fried oyster pizza is topped with fried oysters, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, artichokes and eggplant. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN
615 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-5900; www.louisiana-pizzakitchenuptown.com
Butternut squash ravioli are served with shrimp, scallions, red bell peppers, herb-butter cream sauce and Parmesan cheese. Cuban pizza is topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese and pickles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LUCKY ROOSTER
515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825; www.luckyroosternola.com
The goujajang chili-glazed pork banh mi is dressed with crispy shallot rings and green papaya slaw. Udon noodle soup includes tea-smoked tofu and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com
Todo Santos fish tacos feature fried or grilled mahi mahi in flour or corn tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and avocado relish and come with a side of Lucy's sauce, rice and beans. The Fiesta burger is an 8-ounce patty between crispy tortillas with melted cheese, jalapenos, pico de gallo and shredded lettuce. It's served with salad, fries or sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUKE
333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com
Le grand plateau de fruits de mer is a combination of P&J oysters, chilled clams, mussels, Louisiana shrimp, whole Maine lobster and ceviche with remoulade, horseradish, cocktail and mignonette sauces. Shrimp and grits features Louisiana jumbo shrimp sauteed with garlic and pequillo peppers served over stone-ground grits with burrata and provolone cheeses, roasted jalapenos and andouille. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$




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