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Fall Restaurant Guide 2012: West Bank: Gretna/Terrytown 

BANANA BLOSSOM THAI CAFE
2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 392-7530; www.eatbananablossom.com
Avocado, lettuce, carrots, red cabbage, mint and basil are wrapped in rice paper sheets and served with spicy peanut dipping sauce. Red curry trout features crispy rainbow trout topped with coconut red curry, bamboo shoots, zucchini, carrots, onions and basil leaves and is served with jasmine rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEEF CONNECTION
501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, (504) 366-3275Barbecue or remoulade shrimp are popular appetizers. Angus beef filet mignon is served with drawn butter and vegetables au gratin. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE DI BLASI
 1801 Stumpf Blvd., Suite 4, Gretna, (504) 361-3106; www.cafediblasi.com
Steak a la Marsala is an 8-ounce filet pan-seared and topped with Marsala sauce. Crabmeat and spinach cannelloni features fresh pasta filled with creamy spinach and jumbo lump crabmeat with Italian cheese sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CAFE ETIENNE 
423 10th St., Gretna, (504) 309-4072; www.cafeetienne.com
Catfish pecan meuniere features a farm-raised fillet dusted in flour, pan-seared and drizzled with pecan meuniere sauce. Fried green tomatoes are topped with spicy poached shrimp and house-made remoulade. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COMMON GROUNDS
335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 227-2200 Lightly fried crab cakes are served with honey-mustard sauce or remoulade. Get a seared or grilled tuna steak with ginger butter, french fries and sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CUCOS 
2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 393-7766; www.cucosmex.com
 See Metairie section for restaurant description.

DE-NO SEAFOOD
 505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 15, Gretna, (504) 362-4608Blackened redfish is topped with lump crabmeat and drizzled with butter sauce. Char-broiled oysters on the half shell are topped with garlic, Parmesan and butter, and crabmeat is an optional addition. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS  MUFFULETTAS
1788 Carol Sue Ave.,  Terrytown, (504) 392-7589; www.dimartinos.com
See West Bank — Algiers section for restaurant description.

DITALI'S PIZZA
Oakwood Mall, 197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 366-2882;  www.ditalis.com
Ditali's deluxe pizza features pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, onions, bell peppers, black olives and mushrooms. Spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce is a hearty homestyle dish from restaurant cousin Cafe Ditali. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GAMBINO' S BAKERY
300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, (504) 391-0600; www.gambinos.com
See Metairie listing for restaurant description.

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com
The crawfish queso dip is served with fresh tortilla chips. The Italian sausage po-boy features Grandma's red gravy, onions, peppers and melted provolone on toasted French bread and is served with fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HOA HONG/9ROSES
1100 Stephens St., Gretna, (504) 366-7665 Hoa Hong offers Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines. Hot-and-sour soup features a choice of fish, shrimp or chicken in a tangy broth with tomatoes, pineapple and okra. Diners grill marinated sliced beef at the table and wrap it in lettuce or rice paper with herbs and pickled carrots. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HUEY P'S PIZZERIA
139 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 366-1818The Who Dat pie features ground beef, prosciutto, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoncinis, cheddar and mozzarella. The bruschetta is topped with diced tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

KIM SON
349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, (504) 366-2489; www.kimsonnola.com
Bun cha ca is grilled fish served over vermicelli noodles. An original pho option includes crabmeat and corn. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

NEW ORLEANS BREAKFAST AND PANCAKE HOUSE
101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, (504) 394-7272Char-broiled oysters are served with French bread. The chicken and waffles come with a fried half chicken. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE
2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, (504) 391-7229; www.obriensgrille.com
Pan-seared scallops are served with braised pork belly, baby arugula and Plaquemines Parish honey glaze. Braised beef brisket comes with roasted leeks and Yukon gold potatoes, baby green beans and mushroom demi-glace. Reservations required. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PETITE CUPCAKES & EVENTS
2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 233-3020; www.petite-cupcakes.com
Southern Wedding cupcakes combine white almond cake with almond buttercream icing. The S'mores Galore cupcakes feature golden cake with chocolate and graham cracker crumbs topped with marshmallow buttercream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

PHO TAU BAY
113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 368-9846This casual eatery offers pho with a variety of beef, pork or seafood additions. The spicy fish broth-based bun bo hue includes pork, beef and rice noodles. The PTB wonton soup comes with house-made pork-and-shrimp wontons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PUPUSERIA DIVINO CORAZON
2300 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 368-5724Combination pupusas feature thick cornmeal tortillas stuffed with pork, cheese and beans. Large sweet corn tamales are served with creme fraiche. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE RED MAPLE
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, (504) 367-0935; www.theredmaple.com
Crabmeat Remick features jumbo lump crabmeat layered with bacon and topped with Remick sauce. Redfish Pontchartrain is topped with lump crabmeat and served with mashed potatoes, vegetables and mushroom-sherry cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

THE RED PALACE
1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 366-7071Fried soft-shell crab is topped with crawfish tails in spicy sauce. The Shanghai chicken is sesame-crusted chicken served with spicy tung cho, a soy-based sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

SAFFRON NOLA
505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 6, Gretna, (504) 363-2174; www.saffronnola.com
The Gulf fish Malabar is the catch-of-the day topped with coconut and tomato curry sauce and served with basmati rice. The Khyber pass lamb chops are marinated in rum, grilled to order and served with traditional khichdi, a combination of rice and lentils. Reservations recommended. Dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO
2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com
Seafood-stuffed mushrooms are baked in garlic-butter meuniere sauce. The eggplant and shrimp Cavalino features creamy seafood sauce ladled over breaded eggplant slices and shrimp topped with Parmesan. It's served with salad, pasta and garlic-cheese bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TAN DINH
1705 Lafayette St., Suite A, Gretna, (504) 361-8008Tan Dinh offers a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes as well as some Korean and Thai items. Tender slices of goat are in curry served over rice or noodles. Marinated and roasted quail is served with noodles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH  RESTAURANT
131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-8678; www.t2restaurant.com
 Chicken, shrimp or a combination of both is served in pad thai with flat rice noodles stir-fried with onions, garlic, bean sprouts, peanuts and spicy sauce. The Asian grilled chicken salad features grilled chicken, spring mix and romaine lettuces, cucumbers, pickled carrots, tomatoes, roasted peanuts, red onions, vermicelli and peanut vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

THREE HAPPINESS
1900 Lafayette St., Gretna, (504) 368-1355; www.threehappiness.com
Pork grilled over charcoal, vermicelli and herbs fill spring rolls. The seafood hot pot includes squid, scallops, shrimp, crabmeat, Chinese greens, mushrooms and clear rice noodles. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $


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