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Best of New Orleans 2015: Restaurants & Food 

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BEST NEW RESTAURANT

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1. Shaya
(4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213; www.shayarestaurant.com)

Shaya may seem familiar. Who hasn't pigged out on hummus and baba ghanoush at a neighborhood restaurant? And just as Olive Garden has endless breadsticks, Shaya has endless pita, served hot, just seconds out of the oven. The comparisons stop there, as Chef Alon Shaya (winner of this year's James Beard Award for Best Chef: South and raves in national publications) takes modern Israeli food to a level never before seen in New Orleans. In May, Gambit food critic Helen Freund wrote, "While the menu has several substantive, larger plates, the wide selection of small plates, shared dips and vegetable dishes steal the show here, while also paying tribute to the Middle Eastern tradition of communal dining."

The challenge is not to fill up on the bread and complimentary za'atar before Shaya's outstanding dishes begin to arrive: several kinds of hummus (curried fried cauliflower and lamb with pine nuts are both out of this world); lutenitsa (roasted pepper puree); tiny carrots served with mint in vinaigrette; short ribs and couscous in a tagine; duck matzo ball soup; and a tabbouleh that will redefine for you what parsley can taste like. Open for only six months, Shaya is packed for both lunch and dinner, though walk-in patio seating sometimes is available. Now if we only could get a Shaya in every neighborhood.

2. Angeline (1032 Chartres St., 504-308-3106; www.angelinenola.com)

TIE: 3. Avo (5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550; www.restaurantavo.com)

TIE: 3. The Big Cheezy
(422 1/2 S. Broad St., 504-302-2598; www.thebigcheezy.com)

 

BEST KENNER RESTAURANT

1. Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar
(3201 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-433-3474; www.fishermanscoveseafood.com)

2. Kenner Seafood
(3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 504-466-4701; www.kennerseafood.net)

3. Mr. Ed's
(Chateau Village Shopping Center, 910 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 504-463-3030; www.austinsno.com)

 

BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT

1. The Joint
(701 Mazant St., 504-949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com)

2. McClure's Barbecue
(4800 Magazine St., 504-301-2367; www.mccluresbarbecue.com)

3. Voodoo BBQ & Grill
(Citywide; www.voo-doobbqandgrill.com)

 

BEST NORTHSHORE RESTAURANT

1. La Provence Restaurant
(25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, 985-626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com)

2. Trey Yuen Cuisine of China
(600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-4476; www.treyyuen.com)

3. The Chimes-Covington
(19130 W. Front St., Covington, 985-892-5396; www.thechimes.com)

 

BEST NEW ORLEANS RESTAURANT

1. Commander's Palace
(1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)

2. Doris Metropolitan
(620 Chartres St., 504-267-3500; www.dorismetropolitan.com)

3. Galatoire's Restaurant
(209 Bourbon St., 504-525-2021; www.galatoires.com)

 

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BEST WEST BANK RESTAURANT

1. Hoa Hong 9 Roses
(1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 504-366-7665; www.ninerosesrestaurant.com)

The menu at 9 Roses is the length of a Harry Potter book and includes one page of Americanized-Chinese dishes, but if you're not ordering the Vietnamese home cooking, you're missing out. Banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe) is a great starter for the table, as are any of the freshly made summer rolls. Pho is delicious, but the hot-and-sour soups are where 9 Roses really shines, and bo tai chanh (rare beef salad served with translucent lemon slices) is another great group meal.

For shareable entrees, you can't go wrong with curry-coconut chicken, lemon grass beef, pork chops cooked in a clay pot or a whole steamed fish in ginger broth — and all the grilled meats are delicious. Many families order bo nuong vi, in which a brazier is placed on the table and dishes of raw meats and vegetables are provided (along with baskets of herbs) so each diner can grill his or her choice. Nearly everything is served in portions large enough for leftovers. 9 Roses just opened a smaller French Quarter location with an abbreviated, lighter menu, and it's already a hit.

2. Tan Dinh
(1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 504-361-8008)

3. Mosca's
(4137 Highway 90 West, Westwego, 504-436-8950; www.moscasrestaurant.com)

 

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

1. Five Happiness
(3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com)

2. Red's Chinese
(3048 St. Claude Ave., 504-304-6030; www.redschinese.com)

TIE: 3. Royal China
(600 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-831-9633)

TIE: 3. Jung's Golden Dragon
(3009 Magazine St. 504-891-8280; www.jungschinese.com)

 

BEST CREOLE RESTAURANT

1. Dooky Chase
(2301 Orleans Ave., 504-821-0600; www.dookychaserestaurant.com)

2. Jacques-Imo's
(8324 Oak St., 504-861-0886; www.jacques-imos.com)

3. Commander's Palace
(1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)

 

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT

1. Nirvana
(4308 Magazine St., 504-894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com)

2. Taj Mahal
(923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-836-6859; www.facebook.com/tajnola)

3. Saffron NOLA
(505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 6, 504-363-2174; www.saffronnola.com)

 

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

1. Vincent's Italian Cuisine
(7839 St. Charles Ave., 504-866-9313; 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 504-885-2984; www.vincentsitalian- cuisine.com)

2. Italian Barrel
(430 Barracks St., 504-569-0198; www.italianbarrel.com)

3. Venezia
(134 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-7991; www.venezia-neworleans.net)

 

BEST JAPANESE/SUSHI RESTAURANT

1. Shogun
(2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-833-7477; www.shogun-neworleans.com)

2. Kyoto
(4920 Prytania St., 504-891-3644; www.kyoto- nola.com)

3. Sake Cafe
(2830 Magazine St., 504-894-0033; www.sake-cafeuptown.us)

 

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BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

1. The Backyard
(244 W. Harrison Ave., 504-309-8767; www.thebackyardnola.com)

The restaurant has a surprisingly large backyard, with a big climbing and slide structure and shade trees that make things cool on hot days. The backyard also has a dozen or more picnic tables in the back area, plus more tables inside. The front porch includes two long tables where you can watch a big screen TV and still have a clear view to the play yard. Most important, the food is good. The children's menu includes a beef burger, Angus hot dog and sloppy joe, and the regular menu has sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, salads and specials. There are fountain drinks for the kids and a bar for adults with a nicely curated but small selection of local beers on tap.

2. Chuck E. Cheese's
(Cypress Plaza Shopping Center, 124 North Shore Blvd., Slidell, 985-641-4878; 3701 Gen. De Gaulle Drive, 504-367-1214; 7000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-454-5959; www.chuckecheese.com)

3. New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.
(Citywide; www.nohsc.com)

 

BEST LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT

1. Baru
(3700 Magazine St., 504-895-2225; www.barutapas.com)

2. Mais Arepas
(1200 Carondelet St., 504-523-6247; www.facebook.com/maisarepas)

3. Casa Borrega
(1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-427-0654; www.casaborrega.com)

 

BEST LOCAL COFFEE HOUSE

1. PJ's
(www.pjscoffee.com)

2. Community Coffee
(www.ccscoffee.com)

3. Mojo Coffee House
(1500 Magazine St., 504-525-2244, www.facebook.com/mojo.on.Magazine; 4700 Freret St., 504-875-2243; www.facebook.com/mojofreret)

 

BEST CAJUN RESTAURANT

1. Cochon
(930 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-588-2123; www.cochon-restaurant.com)

2. K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
(416 Chartres St., 504-596-2530; www.kpauls.com)

3. Mulate's
(201 Julia St., 504-522-1492; www.mulates.com)

 

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN/MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT

1. Mona's Cafe
(Citywide; www.monascafeanddeli.com)

2. Lebanon's Cafe
(1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com)

3. Shaya
(4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213; www.shaya-restaurant.com)

 

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

1. El Gato Negro
(81 French Market Place, 504-525-9752; 800 S. Peters St., 504-309-8864; 300 Harrison Ave., 504-488-0107; www.elgatonegronola.com)

2. Juan's Flying Burrito
(2018 Magazine St., 504-569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-9950; 515 Baronne St., 504-529-5825; www.juansflyingburrito.com)

3. Felipe's
(176 Town Center Parkway, Slidell, 985-288-1210; 301 N. Peters St.; 411-1 N. Carrollton Ave.; 6215 S. Miro St.; 504-288-8226; www.felipestaqueria.com)

 

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BEST PIZZA RESTAURANT

1. Pizza Delicious
(617 Piety St., 504-676-8482; www.pizzadelicious.com)

"Pizza D" takes the top spot for the first time since the Bywater pizzeria opened in 2012, after a successful run as a pop-up in a shared catering kitchen nearby. The restaurant's a comfortably hip neighborhood hotspot, the kind of place you can take a date, your friends or an entire tee-ball team.

New York natives and Tulane University graduates Michael Friedman and Greg Augarten make their homestate-styled pie for a town known for, well, not pizza, and certainly not like this — Pizza D does only a couple daily specials (from speck with braised Brussels sprouts to soppressata with sweet peppers, all on its large, thin-crust pies) along with its everyday cheese, pepperoni and margherita pizzas. Get them by the slice, too, served on big metal trays. There also are garlic knots (served in a mound in tinfoil-covered red plastic baskets), fresh pasta, small plates and plenty of beer and wine.

2. Theo's
(1212 S. Clearview Parkway, 504-733- 3803; 4024 Canal St., 504-302-1133; 4218 Mag- azine St., 504-894-8554; www.theospizza.com)

3. Pizza Domenica
(4933 Magazine St., 504-301-4978; www.pizzadomenica.com)

 

BEST SNO-BALL STAND

1. Hansen's Sno-Bliz
(4801 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-9788; www.snobliz.com)

2. Plum Street/Williams
(1300 Burdette St., 504-866-7996; www.plumstreetsnoball.com)

3. Sal's Sno-Balls
(1823 Metairie Ave., Metairie, 504-666-1823)

 

BEST SOUL FOOD

1. Dooky Chase
(2301 Orleans Ave., 504-821-0600; www.dookychaserestaurant.com)

2. Willie Mae's Scotch House
(2401 St. Ann St., 504-822-9503; www.facebook.com/WillieMaesScotchHouse)

3. Praline Connection
(542 Frenchmen St., 504-943-3934; www.pralineconnection.com)

 

BEST THAI RESTAURANT

1. La Thai
(4938 Prytania St., 504-899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.com)

2. Sukho Thai
(2200 Royal St., 504-948-9309; 4519 Magazine St., 504-373-6471; www.sukhothai-nola.com)

3. Cafe Equator
(2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-888-4772; www.cafeequator.com)

 

BEST METAIRIE RESTAURANT

1. Cafe B
(2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-934-4700; www.cafeb.com)

2. Andrea's Restaurant
(3100 19th St., Metairie, 504-834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com)

3. Chateau du Lac Bistro
(2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-831-3773; www.chateaudulacbistro.com)

 

BEST DELI

1. Stein's Market & Deli
(2207 Magazine St., 504-527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net)

2. Martin Wine Cellar
(3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7444; 714 Elmeer Ave., 504-896-7350; www.martinwinecellar.com)

3. Cochon Butcher
(930 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-588-7675; www.cochonbutcher.com)

 

BEST FOOD TRUCK

1. Taceaux Loceaux
(www.facebook.com/pages/taceaux-loceaux/197553386988821)

2. La Cocinita
www.lacocinitafoodtruck.com)

3. Empanada Intifada
(www.facebook.com/empanadaintifada)

 

BEST CHEF

1. John Besh

2. Alon Shaya

3. Donald Link

 

BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

1. Magasin
(4201 Magazine St., 504-896-7611; www.magasincafe.com)

2. Tan Dinh (1705 Lafayette St., 504-361-8008)

3. Lilly's Cafe (1813 Magazine St., 504-599-9999; www.facebook.com/lillyscafe)

 

BEST BUFFET

1. Harrah's
(228 Poydras St., 504-533-6000; www.caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans)

2. Court of Two Sisters
(613 Royal St., 504-522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com)

3. Nirvana
(4308 Magazine St., 504-894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com)

 

BEST BURGER RESTAURANT

1. Company Burger
(4600 Freret St., 504-267-0320; www.thecompanyburger.com)

2. Port of Call
(838 Esplanade Ave., 504-523-0120; www.portofcallnola.com)

3. Phil's Grill
(1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 504-305-1705; 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-324-9080; www.phils-grill.com)

 

BEST BRUNCH SPOT

1. Ruby Slipper
(Citywide; www.therubyslippercafe.net)

2. Atchafalaya
(901 Louisiana Ave., 504-891-9626; www.atchafalayarestaurant.com)

3. Elizabeth's
(601 Gallier St., 504-944-9272; www.eliz abethsrestaurantnola.com)

 

BEST STEAKHOUSE

1. Ruth's Chris
(Harrah's Casino, 525 Fulton St., 504-587-7099; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-3600; www.ruthschris.com)

2. Doris Metropolitan
(620 Chartres St., 504-267-3500; www.dorismetropolitan.com)

3. Mr. John's
(2111 St. Charles Ave., 504-679-7697; www.mr johnssteakhouse.com)

 

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BEST JUICE BAR

1. The Green Fork
(1400 Prytania St., 504-267-7672; 200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-309-3677; www.greenforknola.com)

The corner of Prytania and Thalia streets in the Lower Garden District is perhaps New Orleans' center of plant-based dining. Across the street from veg-friendly restaurant Seed is grab-and-go juice bar The Green Fork, where the sinful can purchase indulgences in the form of smoothies and juice blends with virtuous names like Patience, Kindness and Healing. There's also a selection of prepared lunch food and snacks. Carnivores, vegans, raw foodists, paleo eaters and the gluten-free all will find something suitable. Just don't expect it to be freegan.

2. Surrey's Cafe and Juice Bar
(1418 Magazine St., 504-524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 504-895-5757; www.surreysnola.com)

3. Satsuma
(3218 Dauphine St., 504-304-5962; 7901 Maple St., 504-309-5557; www.satsumacafe.com)

 

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BEST DOUGHNUT SHOP

1. District: Donuts Sliders Brew
(2209 Magazine St., (504) 570-6945; www.donutsandsliders.com)

District: Donuts Sliders Brew makes familiar doughnuts including chocolate-glazed and cream-filled versions, but its countertop display of 10 daily offerings also features unique "fancy" and "extra fancy" options. On a recent Saturday, a pink cloud was labelled Raspberry and Champagne; a hibiscus doughnut was topped with a light burgundy-colored frosting with an orange segment crown, and the fluffernutter oozed peanut butter glaze striped with marshmallow and drizzled with peanuts. Other decadent and savory offerings have included root beer float, Vietnamese iced coffee and red bean versions. There also are ice cream-filled doughnut sandwiches — as well as other baked goods (buttermilk drops, kolaches), creative sliders and waffle fries. Diners can cart their doughnuts and cool brew coffee to the back of the airy space and grab a barstool at the long service bar to watch the bakers roll out dough and mix fillings and toppings for the next wave of concoctions.

2. Blue Dot Donuts
(4301 Canal St., (504) 218-4866; www.bluedotdonuts.com)

3. Tastee Donuts
(Citywide)

 

BEST FROZEN DESSERT SHOP

1. Angelo Brocato
(214 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com)

2. Creole Creamery
(4924 Prytania St., 504-894-8680; www.creolecreamery.com)

3. Sucre
(622 Conti St., 504-267-7098; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-2277; 3025 Magazine St., 504-520-8311; www.shopsucre.com)

 

BEST GOURMET-TO-GO

1. Whole Foods
(300 N. Broad St., 504-434-3364; 5600 Magazine St., 504-899-9119; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-8225; www.wholefoodsmarket.com)

2. Martin Wine Cellar
(3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; 714 Elmeer Ave., 504-896-7300; www.martinwinecellar.com)

3. Langenstein's
(1330 Arabella St., 504-899-9283; 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-831-6682; www.langensteins.com)

 

BEST MENU FOR VEGANS/VEGETARIANS

1. Seed
(1330 Prytania St., 504-302-2599; www.seedyourhealth.com)

2. Carmo
(527 Julia St., 504-875-4132; www.cafecarmo.com)

3. Green Goddess
(307 Exchange Place, 504-301-3347; www.greengoddessrestaurant.com)

 

BEST MUFFULETTA

1. Central Grocery
(923 Decatur St., 504-523-1620)

2. Napoleon House
(500 Chartres St., 504-524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com)

3. Nor-Joe Importing Co.
(505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, 504-833-9240; www.facebook.com/norjoeimport)

 

BEST PLACE TO GET A PO-BOY

1. Parkway Bakery & Tavern
(538 Hagan Ave., 504-482-3047; www.parkway poorboys.com)

2. Domilise's
(5240 Annun-ciation St., 504-899-9126; www.domilisespoboys.com)

3. Verti Marte
(1201 Royal St., 504-525-4767)

 

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BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

1. Peche
Peche (800 Magazine St., 504-522-1744; www.pecherestaurant.com)

2. G. W. Fins
(808 Bienville St., 504-581-3467; www.gwfins.com)

3. Deanie's Seafood
(841 Iberville St., 504-581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 504-831-4141; www.deanies.com)

 

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BEST PLACE TO GET A SANDWICH

1. Stein's Market & Deli
(2207 Magazine St., 504-527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net)

King Dan Stein is the benevolent ruler of New Orleans' deli domain, feeding the people his sandwiches, meat and beer from his throne on Magazine Street, where he has reigned supreme for many BONO moons. Inside the sandwich palace, one can find the Philadelphian's true-to-form cheesesteaks, hoagies, pastrami, corned beef and signature specialty sandwiches as well as coolers of interesting beers and shelves of Jewish deli favorites.

Last year, New Orleans glimpsed a piece of the deli czar's origin story: In a viral video filmed a decade ago, Stein — then a humble single man in an oversized sweater — appeared on a mostly unsuccessful blind dating show. Stein's viral mastery also extends to social media; the deli's Instagram often features a sleepy Stein napping in unexpected places. Sandwiches are tough work.

2. St. James Cheese Company
(5004 Prytania St., 504-899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com)

3. Cochon Butcher
(930 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-588-7675; www.cochonbutcher.com)

 

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT

1. Katie's Restaurant & Bar
(3701 Iberville St., 504-488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.com)

2. Clancy's
(6100 Annunciation St., 504-895-1111; www.clancysneworleans.com)

3. Liuzza's
(3636 Bienville St., 504-482-9120; www.liuzzas.com)

 

BEST GUMBO

1. Gumbo Shop
(630 St. Peter St., 504-525-1486; www.gumboshop.com)

2. Mr. B's Bistro
(201 Royal St., 504-523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com)

3. Commander's Palace
(1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)

 

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

1. Bacchanal
(600 Poland Ave., 504-948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com)

2. Cafe Amelie
(912 Royal St., 504-412-8965; www.cafeamelie.com)

3. Velvet Cactus
(6300 Argonne Blvd., 504-301-2083; www.thevelvetcactus.com)

 

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BEST PLACE FOR DESSERT

1. Sucre
(622 Conti St., 504-267-7098; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-2277; 3025 Magazine St., 504-520-8311; www.shopsucre.com)

The website of chef Tariq Hanna's dessert emporium refers to it as "Sucre Sweet Boutiques and Confection Studio," and its original Magazine Street location could be mistaken for something other than an ice cream parlor or chocolatier. Gelatos in vibrant colors such as bright red raspberry, cool green pistachio and yellow banana look like they could be splattered on canvases as easily as scooped into cups. Rich-hued chocolates are lined up with uniform precision and glistening pastries are mounted like jewelry under glass. There also are all sorts of other treats, including signature small, puffy-but-rich mousseline-filled macarons in an array of pastel colors. But as enticing as the treats are to the eyes, local sweet tooths voted them sweetest of them all. It's no wonder Hanna added a location in Metairie and the recently opened Salon by Sucre in the French Quarter, with business partner Joel Dondis.

2. Angelo Brocato
(214 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com)

3. Creole Creamery
(4924 Prytania St., 504-894-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., 504-482-2924; www.creolecreamery.com)

 

BEST KING CAKE

1. Manny Randazzo's
(3515 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 504-456-1476; www.randazzokingcake.com)

2. Haydel's Bakery
(4037 Jefferson Highway, 504-837-0190; www.haydelbakery.com)

3. Sucre
(622 Conti St., 504-267-7098; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-2277; 3025 Magazine St., 504-520-8311; www.shopsucre.com)

 

BEST JAZZ FEST DISH

1. Crawfish bread

2. Crawfish Monica

3. Cochon de lait po-boy

 

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BEST RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW

1. Blue Crab Restaurant
(7900 Lakeshore Drive, 504-284-2898; www.thebluecrabnola.com)

Raised high on stilts at the Lakefront, the Blue Crab Restaurant offers diners a gaze over the forest of sailboat masts at the marina, and boats tied up along the dock below. But for a perfect view of the sun setting over the marina and Lake Pontchartrain, patrons can grab a table on the canopied balcony, just steps from the bar and oyster bar. There also are views of the marina in the breezeway below the restaurant, which offers an ample number of long tables for family or groups to spread out with platters or trays of fried or boiled seafood. There are fans with misting machines above and a space for bands to perform. A raised wooden deck has a large bar equipped with daiquiri machines.

2. Landry's (8000 Lakeshore Drive, 504-283-1010; www.landrysseafood.com)

3. Ralph's on the Park (900 City Park Ave., 504-488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.com)

 

BEST WINE LIST

1. Bacchanal
(600 Poland Ave., 504-948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com)

2. Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar
(715 St. Charles Ave., 504-581-6333; www.marcelloscafe.com)

3. Delachaise
(3442 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com)

 

BEST PLACE TO GET GLUTEN-FREE ITEMS

1. Whole Foods Market
(300 N. Broad St., 504-434-3364; 5600 Magazine St., 504-899-9119; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-8225; www.wholefoodsmarket.com)

2. The Green Fork
(1400 Prytania St., 504-267-7672; 200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-309-3677; www.greenforknola.com)

3. Seed
(1330 Prytania St., 504-302-2599; www.seedyourhealth.com)

 

BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING

1. Camellia Grill
(626 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-309-2679)

2. Verti Marte (1201 Royal St., 504-525-4767)

3. Hoshun (1601 St. Charles Ave., 504-302-9717; www.hoshunrestaurant.com)



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