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2015 Spring Restaurant Guide: I 

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;
A deep-fried bell pepper is stuffed with shrimp and crawfish. Available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Ignatius' Plate features Poche's pork and jalapeno boudin, grilled alligator sausage, fried catfish strips and two sauces. 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 seasoned with Cajun spices and hot sauce and served with french 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. $

click to enlarge Molly Stoddard prepares a salad and sandwich combination at Il Posto Café.
  • Molly Stoddard prepares a salad and sandwich combination at Il Posto Café.

Il Posto Cafe
4607 Dryades St., (504) 895-2620;
Prosciutto panino includes mozzarella and house-made pesto. Chez Brussels sprouts salad consists of shaved Brussels sprouts, toasted almonds, Parmesan and lemon-herb vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Impastato's Restaurant
3400 16th St., Metairie, (504) 455-1545;
Soft-shell Marcello is a soft-shell crab topped with crabmeat, shrimp and lemon butter. A 10-ounce filet mignon is smoked over pecan wood and broiled. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Irene's Cuisine
539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
Paneed oysters come with grilled shrimp nestled on a bed of spinach. Oven-roasted duck is served with mashed sweet potatoes and spinach in raspberry vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 595-6755;
Chef Matt Murphy serves gourmet pub fare and contemporary dishes. Beer-battered fish and chips come with house-made tartar sauce and malt vinegar. Seared salmon fillet is served with sauteed asparagus, red cabbage, onions, carrots and cilantro with a curry drizzle. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Isabella's Pizzeria
200 Hewitt Road, Hammond, (985) 230-9900; 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620;
Four Seasons pizza offers a taste of four pizzas — tomato and basil, green onion sausage, seafood and spinach combo — separated by braided dough. The chicken pesto sandwich features baked chicken, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and pesto mayonnaise on house-made flatbread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Italian Barrel
430 Barracks St., (504) 569-0198;
The porcini and truffle ravioli is finished with creamy white wine sauce and truffle extra virgin white olive oil. Offered only on Friday and Saturday evenings, veal osso buco is oven-roasted and served with red sauce and polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Italian Pie
The menu includes pizza, calzones, pastas, sandwiches, salads and more. The Mediterranean pie features artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, mozzarella and pesto sauce. Grilled chicken or shrimp top fettuccine in creamy Alfredo sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Izzo's Illegal Burrito
Izzo's offers diners build-your-own options for burritos, tacos, nachos and salads, with choices of meats, vegetables, cheeses, salsa, beans, sour cream and more. Burrito bowls are build-your-own dishes on a bed of rice with no tortilla. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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