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2015 Spring Restaurant Guide: H 

Half Shell Oyster Bar and Grill
3101 Esplanade Ave., (504) 298-0504;
The restaurant serves raw, baked and char-grilled oysters, seafood gumbo and more. The fried seafood platter includes shrimp, fish, oysters and crab balls. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Hana Japanese Restaurant
8116 Hampson St., (504) 865-1634
The Who Dat roll combines spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and snow crab and is topped with tuna, salmon and avocado. The No Name roll bundles tuna, salmon, eel, tamago, snow crab and smelt roe in soy paper topped with more smelt roe, crunchy flakes, eel sauce and Hana sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Handsome Willy's Patio Bar & Lounge
218 S. Robertson St., (504) 525-0377;
Handsome Willy's hosts pop-up barbecue restaurant Karibu Kitchen, which serves rotisserie meats every Tuesday night. The Flying Pig burrito combines ginger beer-marinated pulled pork, bacon, hot peppers and cheddar. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Happy Italian Pizzeria
7105 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, (504) 305-4666;
The menu includes pizza, calzones, salads, sandwiches, pasta and more. The muffuletta calzone has a sesame seed crust. Pancetta-wrapped shrimp are served with sauteed spinach. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Harbor Bar & Grill
3024 17th St., Metairie, (504) 832-4117;
The filet special features an 8-ounce steak, potatoes and string beans. The Harbor burger is a 12-ounce patty topped with melted cheddar on po-boy bread or a bun. Boiled crawfish are available by the pound. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Hard Rock Cafe
125 Bourbon St., (504) 529-5617;
The menu includes burgers, ribs, barbecued chicken, salads, steaks and gourmet comfort food. Twisted macaroni and cheese features grilled chicken over cava- tappi pasta baked with three cheeses, roasted red peppers and Parmesan-parsley breadcrumbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant
701 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-4114;
Chef Donald Link's flagship restaurant serves contemporary Louisiana cuisine. Muscovy duck leg confit is served with dirty rice and citrus gastrique. Louisiana shrimp are served with Calasparra rice, artichokes and maitake mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Heritage Grill
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 934-4900;
The prime sirloin burger is topped with sharp cheddar, house-made ketchup, local tomatoes, lettuce and grilled red onions on a house-made pain de mie roll and served with crispy fries. Seared ahi tuna is served atop a salad of blended greens, Napa cabbage, cucumbers, local tomatoes, edamame and ponzu vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

Hickory Cafe & Grill
1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 737-0033;
The focaccia burger features an 8-ounce patty, pepper Jack cheese, roasted red peppers, bacon, spinach and basil mayonnaise on focaccia bread. Blackened redfish fills a po-boy dressed with tartar sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $$

High Hat Cafe
4500 Freret St., (504) 754-1336;
The fried catfish basket comes with either three pieces, four pieces or a whole catfish and is served with french fries, coleslaw, pickles and hushpuppies. The High Hat burger serves a half pound patty on a brioche bun with pimiento cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Hillbilly Bar-B-Q
2317 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 738-1508;
House-made alligator sausage, boudin and dry-rubbed pork spare ribs are smoked over Kentucky hickory wood. Loaded baked potatoes are topped with pork, beef, chicken or Hillbilly chili and cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Hoa Hong/9 Roses
1100 Stephens St., Gretna, (504) 366-7665;
Hot-and-sour soup features a choice of fish, shrimp or chicken in tangy broth with tomatoes, pineapple and okra. Diners can order beef, squid or shrimp to cook fondue-style at their table and wrap in rice paper with herbs and sweet and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

Hobnobber Cafe
5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, (504) 734-8448;
Daily specials include chicken and sausage gumbo and shrimp remoulade salad. Monday's red beans special comes with smoked sausage or a breaded pork chop. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Horinoya Restaurant
920 Poydras St., (504) 561-8914;
For an appetizer, 3.5 ounces of Wagyu beef are cooked tableside on a hot stone and served with ponzu sauce. Tuna tataki is seared rare tuna in house sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

1940 Dauphine St., (504) 459-4676;
The oyster spinach dip features fried oysters, spinach, jalapeno cornbread with two poached eggs and hollandaise. The waffle cochon is a cornbread waffle topped with pulled pork, chimichurri and house-pickled peppers. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

House Of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999;
Shrimp and grits features jumbo shrimp simmered in chipotle garlic cream sauce served over a crispy fried grit-cake with sweet teardrop tomatoes. Marinated chicken fills a flatbread sandwich dressed with barbecue sauce, smoked Gouda and mozzarella cheeses, red onion and cilantro. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Houston's Restaurant
1755 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-1578; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-2301;
Grilled salmon comes with Creole mustard sauce, whipped potatoes and vegetables. Shrimp Louis salad combines poached jumbo shrimp, avocado, teardrop tomatoes and herbs over a lettuce wedge. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Huey P's Pizzeria
139 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 366-1818;
Muffuletta pizza is topped with olive salad, genoa salami, Chisesi ham and provolone cheese. Barbecue shrimp and grits features barbecue shrimp atop creamy cheese grits with a grilled biscuit. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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