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2015 Spring Restaurant Guide: D 

d'Juice
8237 Oak St., (504) 302-1965; www.d-juice.com
The Antioxidant fresh juice combines beet, carrot, apple, kale, spinach, ginger and orange juice. The It's Not Easy Being Green smoothie features kale, spinach, cucumber, green apple and bell pepper juices blended with mangos, peaches and bananas. Delivery available. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Daisy Dukes
121 Chartres St., (504) 561-5171; 123 Carondelet St., (504) 522-2233; 5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 883-5513; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com
The New Orleans sampler features red beans and rice, jambalaya, a cup of gumbo, fried green tomatoes and a biscuit. The seafood omelet contains crawfish, shrimp, tomatoes and mushrooms and is topped with cheese. Delivery available from Carondelet Street location. No reservations. New Orleans locations are open 24 hours. West Napoleon Avenue: Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Owner Ken Wong presents a sushi platter at Daiwa Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Owner Ken Wong presents a sushi platter at Daiwa Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine.

Daiwa Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine
5033 Lapalco Blvd., Suite B6, Marrero, (504) 875-4203; www.daiwasushi.com
Kimchi and seafood yaki udon is seafood pan-fried with thick udon noodles and served with spicy kimchi sauce. The Cowboy roll features crawfish and seared marinated beef topped with eel sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Dakota Restaurant
629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-3712; www.thedakotarestaurant.com
Lump crabmeat and brie soup is a signature dish. The seafood mixed grill includes lobster, shrimp, scallops, fish, lobster casserole and lobster nage. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante St., (504) 861-3121; www.danteskitchen.com
Redfish "on the half-shell" is cooked skin-on and topped with crabmeat and herbs. Duck cassoulet features duck confit, roasted vegetables, Italian sausage and duck cracklings. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Dat Dog
601 Frenchmen St., (504) 309-3362; 3336 Magazine St., (504) 324-2226; 5030 Freret St., (504) 899-6883; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-1075; www.datdognola.com
The Bacon Werewolf tops a Slovenian sausage made of lightly smoked pork with sauerkraut, dill relish, grilled onions, tomatoes, bacon and Creole mustard. The crawfish etouffee special includes a crawfish sausage with house made etouffee, tomatoes, onions, sour cream and Creole mustard. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

De-No Seafood
505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, (504) 362-4608; www.de-noseafood.com
Blackened redfish is served with two sides. Shrimp De-No features fried shrimp tossed with angel hair pasta in crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Deanie's Seafood
841 Iberville St., (504) 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 831-4141; www.deanies.com
Bucktown Fresh Catch is the fish of the day served grilled, broiled, blackened or fried. Barbecued shrimp are available in three portion sizes and include a baguette and salad. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Deja Vu Bar & Grill
400 Dauphine St., (504) 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com
The shrimp po-boy features Cajun-seasoned shrimp, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato with pickles on the side. Southern pot roast features home-style beef roast topped with brown gravy and served with mashed potatoes. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Diners share margaritas and Mexican fare at Del Fuego Taqueria. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Diners share margaritas and Mexican fare at Del Fuego Taqueria.

Del Fuego Taqueria
4518 Magazine St., (504) 309-5797; www.delfuegotaqueria.com
The taqueria serves an array of house salsas, tacos and burritos with filling choices including carne asada, carnitas, chorizo, shredded chicken and others. Pescado con mojo de ajo is Gulf fish sauteed with olive oil, roasted garlic, lime and chili-spiked calabazas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Delachaise
3442 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com
Shrimp Clemenceau features Louisiana jumbo shrimp in golden Thai curry sauce with crimini mushrooms and brabant potatoes. Cuban twice-cooked pork is pork stewed in aromatic broth, crisped in goose fat and served with orange mojo sauce and fried yuca. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Desi Vega's Steakhouse
628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-7600; www.desivegasteaks.com
Colorado lamb chops are served over mashed potatoes with mojito glaze. Boston Bibb lettuce salad features goat cheese, pears, candied walnuts and sherry-tarragon vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Desire Oyster Bar
Royal Sonesta New Orleans, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2281; www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans
Menu mainstays include raw and char-grilled oysters, shrimp and grits, New Orleans style barbecue shrimp, gumbo and fried seafood po-boys. The jambalaya breakfast skillet features scrambled eggs, chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers and cheddar cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap
132 Royal St., (504) 309-4797; www.olesaint.com
The restaurant offers a range of regional dishes and a large selection of Louisiana craft beers. Mississippi rabbit pot pie is made with corn, carrots and cherry tomatoes. Blackened Des Allemands catfish meuniere is served with stewed mustard greens over Anson Mills grits. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Chef Vidak Sparr prepares comtemporary Creole dishes and more at Dick & Jenny’s. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chef Vidak Sparr prepares comtemporary Creole dishes and more at Dick & Jenny’s.

Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 894-9880; www.dickandjennys.com
Roasted quail is stuffed with andouille-cornbread dressing and served with Southern greens, cracklings and Creole sauce. Black drum is rubbed with smoked herbs, sauteed and served with crawfish risotto and shaved asparagus salad. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
716 Iberville St., (504) 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com
The house filet mignon is served with creamed spinach, flash-fried oysters, Pontalba potatoes and bearnaise. Napoleon salad features thick tomato slices layered with Danish blue cheese, shaved red onions and garlic croutons topped with remoulade. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

DiCristina's
810 N. Columbia St., Suite C, Covington, (985) 875-0160; www.dicristinas.com
Grilled shrimp and cheese ravioli are served with crabmeat cream sauce. Eggplant Drew features battered and fried medallions served over angel hair pasta with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DiMartino's Famous New Orleans Muffulettas
700 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 276-6460; 1788 Carol Sue Ave., Gretna, (504) 392-7589; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 367-0227; 6641 Westbank Expwy., Suite A, Marrero, (504) 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com
The menu includes muffulettas, po-boys, seafood platters, grilled fish dishes and po-boy combos. Chicken parmigiana features fried chicken breast topped with cheese and red sauce served over pasta. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Dino's Bar & Grill
1128 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 558-0900; www.dinosnola.com
Dino's blue cheese burger is served with waffle fries. The seared tuna salad is dressed with signature feta vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Dis & Dat
2540 Banks St., (504) 909-0458
The Juicy Kiss is a burger patty stuffed with cheese and topped with bacon and fried onions. The Dis & Dat burger includes a hot sausage patty on top. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

District: Donuts. Sliders.Brew
2209 Magazine St., (504) 570-6945; www.donutsandsliders.com
Slider specials sometimes feature a blackened chicken slider with Creekstone Farms chicken, house Caesar dressing, Parmesan and a boiled egg. Toppings on the seven-layer doughnut include caramel glaze, toasted pecan and coconut, graham cracker and milk chocolate. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Ditali's Pizza
8160 Belle Chasse Hwy., Belle Chasse, (504) 393-1160; Oakwood Center, 197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 366-2882; www.ditalis.com
The pizza turnover is a calzone stuffed with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, ham, mozzarella and marinara. Three-cheese baked ziti is made with ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella. Reservations, delivery and hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Dmac's Bar & Grill
542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., (504) 304-5757; www.dmacsbarandgrill.com
Burgers feature half-pound patties on brioche buns. The menu also includes shrimp and grits, daily specials, sandwiches and bar noshing items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Dolce Vita Wood-Fired Pizzeria
1205 St. Charles Ave., (504) 324-7674; www.dvpizzeria.com
Imported Italian pepperoni tops a pie baked in a wood-fired oven. Garlic-Parmesan wings are baked whole chicken wings coated in garlic, Italian seasonings and Parmesan. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Domenica
The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., (504) 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com
The rustic Italian menu includes crab and burrata cannelloni with roasted tomatoes and white truffle risotto. Roasted carrot pizza is topped with goat cheese, red onions, Brussels sprouts, beets and hazelnut. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Domilise's Po-Boys & Bar
5240 Annunciation St., (504) 899-9126; www.domilisespoboys.com
The roast beef po-boy is dressed with gravy, Creole mustard, mayonnaise, lettuce and pickles. The special fried shrimp po-boy is dressed with Swiss cheese and roast beef gravy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Don's Seafood Hut
126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 327-7111; 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-1550; www.dons- seafoodonline.com
Zydeco shrimp features fried shrimp on a bed of cabbage topped with sweet and spicy pepper jelly sauce. Don's Original Jacked Up oysters are char-broiled with bacon, jalapenos and pepper Jack cheese on top. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Dong Phuong Bakery
14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., (504) 254-0214; www.dpbanhmi.com
Banh mi sandwiches feature cold cuts, Vietnamese ham or Chinese meatballs dressed with carrots, jalapenos, cilantro and cucumbers. Ban hoi are vermicelli pancakes served with a choice of sugar cane-wrapped shrimp, grilled pork, grilled beef or chicken. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Dooky Chase's Restaurant
2301 Orleans Ave., (504) 821-0600; www.dookychaserestaurant.com
Chef Leah Chase offers her Creole feast on a buffet for lunch. Creole gumbo brims with shrimp, crab, chicken, ham and sausage. Shrimp Clemenceau combines shrimp, garlic, peas and potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

Dorignac's
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com
The grocery's deli section serves sandwiches, burgers and lunch plates. Corn and crab soup is a cream-based soup with basil and oregano. Traditional crawfish etouffee is made from scratch. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Doson Noodle House
135 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-7283
Lemon grass tofu features stir-fried tofu and vegetables over vermicelli. Grilled chicken salad is grilled chicken over shredded carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, mint and house sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Dot's Diner
Citywide; www.dotsdiner.com
These diners serve breakfast all day and there are burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. The Dotwich is a breakfast sandwich of scrambled eggs, a sausage patty and cheese on a grilled buttermilk biscuit. Grilled hamburger steak is topped with mushrooms, onions and brown gravy and comes with salad, vegetables, garlic bread and hash browns or mashed potatoes. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

The Dough Bowl
1039 Broadway St., (504) 861-2200
The Dough Bowl serves pizza, wraps and calzones. Meatball sandwiches are dressed with Parmesan, red sauce and mozzarella on ciabatta. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Down The Hatch
1921 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.com
Pulled pork nachos feature barbecued pulled pork, tomatoes, red onions, scallions, bacon and fried jalapenos. The Asian-Cajun burger is topped with tomatoes, bacon, jalapenos, pepper Jack cheese, caramelized onions and sweet ginger-soy sauce and served with fries or thinly sliced house-made onion rings. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Drago's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, (504) 888-9254; Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., (504) 584-3911; www.dragosrestaurant.com
Lobster Empire is a whole Maine lobster stuffed with oysters and mushrooms in onion cream sauce and served with pasta. Drago's signature char-broiled oysters are topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$$

Dress It
Omni Royal Crescent Hotel, 535 Gravier St., (504) 527-0006; www.omnihotels.com
The build-your-own burger or sandwich format offers diners a large selection of toppings, including onions, red peppers, greens and peanut butter. The breakfast menu features pastries, waffles, eggs and more. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Drip 'n Sip
701 David Drive, Suite G, Metairie, (504) 733-3747; www.dripnsip.com
The Supreme BLT wrap is a 10-inch garlic wrap filled with hickory-smoked bacon, romaine lettuce, tomato, avocado, red onion and ranch. The Old School club features three slices of toast layered with romaine lettuce, sliced tomato, mayonnaise, cheese, ham, turkey, roast beef and hickory-smoked bacon. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Dry Dock Cafe
133 Delaronde St., (504) 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com
Crawfish Maureenica is served over pasta with garlic cream sauce. Seafood Delaronde combines grilled shrimp, oysters and crabmeat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$



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