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Best Kenner restaurant
1. Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar (3201 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-443-6454; www.fishermanscoveseafood.com/pages/harbor-seafood-restaurant.html)
2. Kenner Seafood (3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 504-466-4701; www.kennerseafood.net)
3. Copeland's of New Orleans (1319 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 504-617-9146; www.copelandsofneworleans.com)


Best Metairie restaurant
1. Drago's Seafood Restaurant (3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 504-888-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com)
2. Cafe B (2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-934-4700; www.cafeb.com)
3. Andrea's (3100 19th St., 504-834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com)


Best New Orleans restaurant
1. Shaya (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213; www.shayarestaurant.com)
2. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)
3. Peche Seafood Grill (800 Magazine St., 504-522-1744; www.pecherestaurant.com)


Best Northshore restaurant

1. La Provence (25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, 985-626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com)
2. N'tini's (2891 Highway 190, Suite D, Mandeville, 985-626-5566; www.ntinis.com)
3. The Chimes (19130 W. Front St., Covington, 985-892-5396; www.thechimes.com)


Best barbecue restaurant
1. The Joint (701 Mazant St., 504-949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com)
2. Blue Oak BBQ (900 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-822-2583; www.blueoakbbq.com)
3. McClure's Barbecue (NOLA Brewery, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-301-2367; www.mccluresbarbecue.com)

click to enlarge Chef Nina Compton at Compere Lapin. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chef Nina Compton at Compere Lapin.


Best new restaurant

1. Compere Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119; www.comperelapin.com)
It could have been a gimmick: Top Chef contestant opens restaurant near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. But Nina Compton's stylish take on Caribbean cuisine, inside the Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery, is the real thing. There are separate lunch, brunch and dinner menus, but dinner is where the kitchen shines: Conch croquettes and spicy pig ears are popular appetizers, the curried goat is a must and the tartares — an impossibly smooth steak tartare and a smoked-tuna version — are addictive. One of the city's best bartenders, Abigail Gullo, mixes deceptively simple cocktails like "Paris, Between the Wars" (Scotch and pear cider) that make the bar a destination on its own.
TIE: 2. Blue Oak BBQ (900 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-822-2583; www.blueoakbbq.com)
TIE: 2. Cavan (3607 Magazine St., 504-509-7655; www.cavannola.com)
3. Kenton's Food & Bourbon (5757 Magazine St., Suite A, 504-891-1177; www.kentonsrestaurant.com)


Best burger restaurant

1. The Company Burger (611 O'Keefe Ave., Unit C7, 504-309-9422; 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 Cajun restaurant
1. Mulate's (201 Julia St., 504-522-1492; www.mulates.com)
2. Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.com)
3. K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen (416 Chartres St., 504-596-2530; www.kpauls.com)


Best Chinese restaurant
1. Five Happiness (3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com)
2. Red's Chinese (3408 St. Claude Ave., 504-304-6030; www.redschinese.com)
TIE: 3. Jung's Golden Dragon (3009 Magazine St., 504-891-8280; www.jungschinese.com)
TIE: 3. Trey Yuen (600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-4476; www.treyyuen.com)


Best Creole restaurant
1. Dooky Chase's Restaurant (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 deli
1. Stein's Market & Deli (2207 Magazine St., 504-527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net)
2. Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7350; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7444; www.martinwinecellar.com)
3. St. James Cheese Company
(641 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-304-1485; 5004 Prytania St., 504-899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com)

click to enlarge Owner Maria Vu serves pho at Tan Dinh. The menu also includes chicken, banh mi, bubble tea and more. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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  • Owner Maria Vu serves pho at Tan Dinh. The menu also includes chicken, banh mi, bubble tea and more.


Best West Bank restaurant

1. Tan Dinh Restaurant (1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 504-361-8008)
The West Bank has many excellent Vietnamese restaurants, but Tan Dinh — tucked in a Gretna strip mall just off the Westbank Expressway — was our readers' favorite this year. The huge menu goes way beyond pho, banh mi, spring rolls and vermicelli bowls (though those all are available). Standouts include delicate marinated quail, sticky lemongrass chicken wings, salt-and-pepper squid and Korean-style grilled short ribs, all of which are best enjoyed family-style. Get one of the many bubble teas to go.
2. Hoa Hong Nine Roses (1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 504-366-7665; www.ninerosesrestaurant.com)
3. Mo's Pizza (1112 Avenue H, Westwego; 504-341-9650; www.mospizzanola.com)


Best Indian restaurant
1. Nirvana Indian Cuisine (4308 Magazine St., 504-894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com)
2. Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine (923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-836-6859; www.facebook.com/tajnola)
3. Saffron NOLA (505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 6, Gretna, 504-363-2174; www.saffronnola.com)


Best Italian restaurant
1. Vincent's Italian Cuisine
(4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 504-885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 504-866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.com)
2. Venezia (134 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-7991; www.venezianeworleans.net)
TIE: 3. Domenica (123 Baronne St., 504-648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com)
TIE: 3. The Italian Barrel (430 Barracks St., 504-569-0198; www.italianbarrel.com)

click to enlarge Alex and Maribeth del Castillo operate Taceaux Loceaux food truck. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Alex and Maribeth del Castillo operate Taceaux Loceaux food truck.


Best
food truck
1. Taceaux Loceaux (504-307-4747; @TLNola)
Even gratuitous use of the "eaux" spelling can't dampen the reputation of Taceaux Loceaux, the punk food truck par excellence and reigning BONO food truck champion since 2012. Emblazoned with its mural of cackling Dia de los Muertos-style skeletons, the truck is rolling all over the place these days, from its original turf near Children's Hospital to Uptown watering holes such as Kingpin and Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar. Taceaux Loceaux also turns up at the "big show" for food trucks: special events, weddings and fests, including the Whitney White Linen Night art fair.
  While the truck becomes a fixture of polite society, its irreverent menu (meaty slices of crispy-creamy battered avocado, tacos with twice-fried chicken skins) remains spirited, street-smart and defiantly delicious. For the "Carnital Knowledge" tacos, bites of crunchy radish offset juicy, tender pork shreds; vegan tacos have decadent touches such as cashew crema. Here's hoping similarly inspired items appear on the menu when truck owners Alex and Maribeth Del Castillo open a Garden District brick-and-mortar restaurant this fall.
2. La Cocinita (504-309-5344; www.lacocinitafoodtruck.com; @LaCocinita)
3. Food Drunk (1205 N. Al Davis Road, 504-265-9963; www.fooddrunknola.com; @fooddrunknola) (1240 Decatur St., 504-569-0198; www.italianbarrel.com)


Best Japanese/sushi restaurant
1. Shogun Japanese Restaurant
(2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-833-7477; www.shogunneworleans.com)
2. Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi
(823 Fulton St., 504-581-7253; www.rocknsake.com)
3. Kyoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar (4920 Prytania St., 504-891-3644; www.kyotonola.com)


Best Latin American restaurant
1. Baru Bistro & Tapas
(3700 Magazine St., 504-895-2225; www.barutapas.com)
2. Mais Arepas (1200 Carondelet St., 504-523-6247; www.facebook.com/maisarepas
3. Mayas Restaurant (2027 Magazine St., 504-309-3401; www.mayasrestaurantnola.com)


Best local coffee house

1. PJ's (Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com)
2. CC's Coffee House (Citywide; www.ccscoffee.com
3. Mojo Coffee House (Citywide; www.mojocoffeeroasters.com)


Best Mexican restaurant
1. El Gato Negro
(81 French Market Place, 504-525-9752; 300 Harrison Ave., 504-488-0107; 800 S. Peters St., 504-309-8864; www.elgatonegronola.com)
2. Juan's Flying Burrito (515 Baronne St., 504-529-5825; 2018 Magazine St., 504-569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.com)
TIE: 3. Velvet Cactus (6300 Argonne Blvd., 504-301-2083; www.thevelvetcactus.com)
TIE: 3. Taqueria Corona (1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 504-738-6722; 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-885-5088; 5923 Magazine St., 504-897-3974; www.taqueriacorona.com)


Best Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean restaurant
1. Shaya (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213; www.shayarestaurant.com)
2. Lebanon's Cafe (1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com)
3. Mona's Cafe (504 Frenchmen St., 504-949-4115; 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-861-8175; 3901 Banks St., 504-482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., 504-894-9800; www.monascafeanddeli.com)


Best pizza restaurant
1. Pizza Delicious (617 Piety St., 504-676-8482; www.pizzadelicious.com)
2. Theo's Neighborhood Pizza (1212 S. Clearview Parkway, Elmwood, 504-733-3803; 2125 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-510-4282; 4024 Canal St., 504-302-1133; 4218 Magazine St., 504-894-8554; www.theospizza.com)
3. Pizza Domenica (4933 Magazine St., 504-301-4978; www.pizzadomenica.com)


Best seafood restaurant
1. Peche Seafood Grill (800 Magazine St., 504-522-1744; www.pecherestaurant.com)
2. Drago's Seafood Restaurant (Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 504-584-3911; 3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 504-888-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com)
3. Deanie's Seafood (841 Iberville St., 504-581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 504-831-4141; www.deanies.com)


Best sno-ball stand

1. Hansen's Sno-Bliz (4801 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-9788; www.snobliz.com)
2. Williams Plum Street Snowballs (1300 Burdette St., 504-866-7996; Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, 504-866-7996; www.plumstreetsnoball.com)
3. Sal's Sno-Balls (1823 Metairie Ave., Metairie, 504-666-1823)


Best soul food restaurant

1. Willie Mae's Scotch House (2401 St. Ann St., 504-822-9503; www.williemaesnola.com)
2. Li'l Dizzy's Cafe (1500 Esplanade Ave., 504-569-8997; www.lildizzyscafe.net)
3. The Praline Connection (542 Frenchmen St., 504-943-3934; www.thepralineconnection.com)


Best steakhouse

1. Ruth's Chris Steak House (Harrah's Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 504-587-7099; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-3600; www.ruthschris.com)
2. Mr. John's Steak House (2111 St. Charles Ave., 504-679-7697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com)
3. Crescent City Steaks (1001 N. Broad St., 504-821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com)


Best Thai restaurant

1. La Thai Uptown (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 buffet
1. The Buffet at Harrah's (Harrah's New Orleans, 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 Indian Cuisine (4308 Magazine St., 504-894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com)

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  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Best Vietnamese restaurant
1. Hoa Hong Nine Roses (1100 Stephens St. Gretna, 504-366-7665; www.ninerosesrestaurant.com)
If you don't find something at Nine Roses that intrigues you, then you likely don't care for Vietnamese or Chinese food. The menu is loaded with all types of the two cuisines, so order a drink and take some time to see all the options. On the Vietnamese side, the restaurant boasts that it offers dishes you'll not see locally, unless you're invited to dinner at a Vietnamese home. Offers range from eight soups (including abalone and shiitake mushroom soup and shark's fin and crabmeat soup), to spring rolls and fondue dishes prepared tableside to rice platters, vermicelli and a wide assortment of seafood, meat and fowl dishes. The Chinese side of the menu is equally large.
2. Pho Tau Bay (1565 Tulane Ave., 504-368-9846; www.photaubayrestaurant.com)
3. Magasin Cafe (4201 Magazine St., 504-896-7611; www.magasincafe.com)


Best chef

1. John Besh (www.chefjohnbesh.com)
2. Alon Shaya (www.shayarestaurant.com)
3. Donald Link (www.linkrestaurantgroup.com)


Best gourmet-to-go
1. Whole Foods Market
(300 N. Broad St., Suite 103, 504-434-3364; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-8225; 3450 Highway 190, Suite 8, Mandeville, 985-231-3328; 5600 Magazine St., 504-899-9119; www.wholefoodsmarket.com)
2. Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; www.martinwinecellar.com)
3. Chez Nous Charcuterie (5701 Magazine St., 504-899-7303; www.gotocheznous.com)


Best gumbo
1. The Gumbo Shop (630 St. Peter St., 504-525-1486; www.gumboshop.com)
2. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)
3. Mr. B's Bistro (201 Royal St., 504-523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com)


Best king cake
1. Manny Randazzo King Cakes (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. Nonna Randazzo's Bakery
(925 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 504-684-0090; 2033 N. Highway 190, Suite F, Covington, 985-893-1488; 22022 Marshall Road, Mandeville, 985-898-2444; www.nonnaskingcakes.com)


Best late-night dining
1. Camellia Gril (540 Chartres St., 504-522-1800; 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-309-2679)
2. Ruben's Taco Truck (Cafe Negril, 606 Frenchmen St., 504-312-3912; www.rubenstacotruck.com)
3. Bud's Broiler (Citywide, www.budsbroiler.com)


Best menu for vegetarians/vegans

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 outdoor dining
1. Bacchanal Wine (600 Poland Ave., 504-948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com)
2. Velvet Cactus (6300 Argonne Blvd., 504-301-2083; www.thevelvetcactus.com)
3. Cafe Amelie (912 Royal St., 504-412-8965; www.cafeamelie.com)


Best place for desserts
1. Sucre (622 Conti St., 504-267-7098; 3025 Magazine St., 504-520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-2277; www.shopsucre.com)
2. Angelo Brocato (214 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com)
3. Nonna Randazzo's Bakery (925 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 504-684-0090; 2033 N. Highway 90, Suite F, Covington, 985-893-1488; 22022 Marshall Road, Mandeville, 985-898-2444; www.nonnaskingcakes.com)


Best place to get a po-boy
1. Parkway Bakery & Tavern (538 Hagan Ave., 504-482-3047; www.parkwaypoorboys.com)
2. Domilise's Po-boys and Bar (5240 Annunciation St., 504-899-9126; www.domilisespoboys.com)
3. Guys Po-Boys (5259 Magazine St., 504-891-5025)


Best place to get a sandwich
1. Stein's Market & Deli (2207 Magazine St., 504-527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net)
2. St. James Cheese Company (641 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-304-1485; 5004 Prytania St., 504-899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com)
3. Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; www.martinwinecellar.com)


Best place to get breakfast

1. The Ruby Slipper Cafe (139 S. Cortez St., 504-525-9355; 200 Magazine St., 504-525-9355; 1005 Canal St., 504-525-9355; 2001 Burgundy St., 504-525-9355; www.therubyslipper.net)
2. Surrey's Cafe and Juice Bar (1418 Magazine St., 504-424-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 504-895-5757; www.surreysnola.com)
3. Russell's Marina Grill (8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-282-9980; www.russellsmarinagrill.net)


Best place to get boiled seafood
1. Bevi Seafood Co. (236 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-7503; 4701 Airline Drive, Metairie, 504-885-5003; www.beviseafoodco.com)
Like a good pop song, Bevi Seafood Company feels instantly familiar, even though it’s only been open since 2013. Bevi is the latest and sleekest in a storied lineage of Louisiana seafood/restaurant spots where customers can wash down platters of boiled Gulf seafood with a frosty Abita beer or take home crawfish live by the pound. Airy and bright, the Mid-City location’s chalkboard menu and polished concrete floor are nods to the reigning hipster aesthetic, but a Yat-accented staff and penumbra of picnic tables keep the vibe as friendly as a backyard boil’s. The requisite po-boys, seafood platters and sides by chef/owner Justin LeBlanc don’t disappoint — nor does the rotating selection of daiquiris made from fresh fruit.
2. Deanie's Seafood (841 Iberville St., 504-581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 504-831-4141; www.deanies.com)
3. Mandeville Seafood Market & Eatery (2020 Highway 59, Mandeville, 985-624-8552; www.mandevilleseafoodmarket.com)


Best place to get doughnuts
1. District Donuts Sliders and Brew (527 Harrison Ave., 504-827-1152; 2209 Magazine St., 504-570-6945; 5637 Magazine St., 504-313-1316; www.donutsandsliders.com)
2. Blue Dot Donuts (4301 Canal St., 504-218-4866; www.bluedotdonuts.com)
TIE: 3. McKenzie's at Tastee Donuts (901 Harrison Ave., 504-483-9080; www.facebook.com/tastee-mcKenzies)
TIE: 3. Baker's Dozen (3305 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, 504-828-2811; www.lovebakersdozen.com)


Best wine list

1. Bacchanal Wine (600 Poland Ave., 504-948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com)
2. Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; www.martinwinecellar.com)
3. Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar (715 St. Charles Ave., 504-581-6333; 4860 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-301-3848; www.marcelloscafe.com)

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  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber


Best place to get a frozen dessert

1. Creole Creamery(4924 Prytania St., 504-894-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., 504-482-2924; www.creolecreamery.com)
2. Angelo Brocato (214 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com)
3. Sucre(622 Conti St., 504-267-7098; 3025 Magazine St., 504-520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center,
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-2277; www.shopsucre.com)




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