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2013 Winter Restaurant Guide: American 

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BAYOU HOT WINGS
6221 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 865-9464; www.bayouhotwings.com
Fried Louisiana gator bites are made with seasoned alligator meat. Chipotle barbecue wings are seasoned, fried and tossed in smoked jalapeno sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BUFFA'S
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www.buffasrestaurant.com
Bratwurst jambalaya is made with beer-soaked Johnsonville brats. The Buckaroo burger tops a half-pound patty with barbecue sauce, Swiss cheese, bacon and an onion ring. The menu also includes salads, chicken wings, pasta, sandwiches and Creole favorites such as red beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

THE BUFFET AT HARRAH'S
8 Canal St., (504) 533-6000; www.harrahsneworleans.com
The Buffet offers a large selection of local seafood, Southern favorites like fried chicken, Asian dishes and a 40-item dessert bar. Friday nights feature seafood specials. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE NAVARRE
800 Navarre Ave., (504) 483-8828
The thin-crust prosciutto and arugula pizza is made with garlic-basil sauce, thin-sliced prosciutto and arugula tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper. The Mediterranean omelet is filled with sauteed spinach, artichokes, tomatoes, mozzarella and feta cheese and served with grits or potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CHECKERED PARROT
132 Royal St., (504) 592-1270; www.checkeredparrot.com Steak or chicken fajitas come with sauteed onions and green peppers, tomato, lettuce and flour tortillas. Po-boy options include oysters, shrimp, roast beef and turkey. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

COPELAND'S CHEESECAKE  BISTRO 
2001 St. Charles Ave., (504) 593-9955; 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 454-7620; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com
Blackened shrimp fettuccine Alfredo is topped with shaved Parmesan and served in an herb-cheese pizza bowl. The crab and crawfish baked dip comes with garlic bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

DEJA VU  RESTAURANT & BAR
400 Dauphine St., (504) 523-1931;  www.dejavunola.com  The seafood platter features fried catfish, shrimp, oysters and crawfish. Half-pound char-grilled burgers are topped with two strips of bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

HOUSTON'S RESTAURANT
1755 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-1578; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-2301; www.hillstone.com The Thai steak salad features beef, noodles, fresh herbs and vegetables in spicy Thai dressing. Rotisserie chicken is slow-roasted and served with dirty rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

INDULGE ISLAND GRILL
845 Carondelet St., (504) 609-2240; www.indulgeislandgrill.com
The pirate-themed restaurant serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, ribs, steaks and entrees. Pirate's Kiss seafood pasta features sauteed shrimp, catfish and catfish in lemon-vodka cream over linguine with pepper bacon on top. Carondelet catfish is a crispy fried fillet topped with crawfish au gratin cream sauce and green onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT
27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201 Trout meuniere is served with lump crabmeat or grilled oysters. Chicken Marsala tops grilled chicken breasts with tomato and mushroom Marsala sauce over capellini or fettuccine. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

KNUCKLEHEADS EATERY
3535 Severn Ave., Suite 10, Metairie, (504) 888-5858; www.knuckleheadsnola.com
This casual eatery serves burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and bar noshes. Mulligan Mike's 100 percent Angus chuck burger is topped with grilled ham and Swiss or cheddar cheese and comes with fries and a pickle. The Nudillocabeza chicken salad features grilled chicken, black beans, tomatoes, cheddar, tortilla strips and pepper jelly dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

MEALS FROM THE HEART CAFE
1100 N. Peters St., Suite 13, (504) 525-1953; www.mealsfromtheheartcafe.com
Black bean soup with avocado and brown rice is organic, vegan and gluten free. Order turkey-apple sausage as a breakfast side or in a sandwich with spinach and tomatoes. Credit cards. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. $

PARROT PETE'S Fountain Park Centre, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 362-9780; www.parrotpetes.com
The Philly cheesesteak combines sauteed beef, onions and bell peppers and Swiss cheese on a hoagie roll. The Top of the Morning plate comes with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon on a buttered croissant and a choice of hash browns or grits. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PICCADILLY Citywide; www.piccadilly.com
Southern-style fried chicken is a staple at these cafeterias. Shrimp Diablo is shrimp simmered in spicy tomato sauce and served over rice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS Citywide; www.raisingcanes.com
The Box combines four fried chicken tenderloins, tangy Cane's sauce, french fries, Texas toast and coleslaw. Wash it down with fresh-squeezed lemonade served over crushed ice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

RUSTY PELICAN
500 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 778-0364; www.sippinstation.com
The 24 fried jumbo shrimp special comes with french fries. Crab cakes are covered with panko breadcrumbs fried and served with remoulade. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

THE SHIMMY SHACK
1855 Dock St., Harahan, (504) 729-4442; www.theshimmyshack.net
Filet de Harahan is served with brandy, mushrooms and balsamic coulis. Lobster pot pie features lobster tails marinated in merlot, blended with Creole vegetables and topped with mac and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SPUDLY'S SUPER SPUDS
2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-3250; www.spudlys.com
You can create your own spud here with a choice of toppings, or choose one like the Super Duper with crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish topped with cheese sauce, cheddar and chives. The Dunk-a-Hunk sandwich features roast beef on French bread served au jus and wedge fries or a baked potato. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE TIMES GRILL
1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161; www.timesgrill.com
The Sweet Heat bacon cheeseburger is topped with melted cheddar, hickory barbecue sauce and hickory-smoked bacon. Catfish Tchefuncte is a fried catfish fillet topped with creamy crawfish sauce and served over seasoned rice with salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TREASURE ISLAND BUFFET
5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 443-8000; www.treasurechestcasino.com
The all-you-can-eat buffet includes New Orleans favorites as well as dishes from a variety of other cuisines. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WOW CAFE Citywide; www.wowcafe.com
Wings are available in various quantities and the sampler platter includes 3 pounds (18-24 pieces) and four sauces. The Shanghai shrimp po-boy features shrimp topped with Chinese chili-mustard sauce, ranch dressing, carrots, cucumbers and cilantro. The Philly burger is topped with Monterey Jack cheese, grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms, lettuce and house-made ranch dressing and served on a toasted bun. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ZEA ROTISSERIE AND GRILL Citywide; www.zearestaurants.com
Thai ribs are St. Louis-style ribs coated in sweet and spicy Thai sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds and Asian herbs. Off the rotisserie, order a half chicken with either garlic-herb sauce, smoky barbecue or sweet and spicy chili glaze and sides like Thai snap beans or roasted potatoes. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

 

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