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Fall Restaurant Guide 2013: Westbank 

click to enlarge Patrick and Troy Himel serve pizza, pasta and more at Specialty Italian Bistro.

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Patrick and Troy Himel serve pizza, pasta and more at Specialty Italian Bistro.

Algiers

Dimartino's Famous New Orleans Muffulettas
3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 367-0227; www.dimartinos.com
See West Bank — Marrero listing for restaurant description.

Dry Dock Cafe
133 Delaronde St., (504) 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com
Crawfish Maureenica is served over pasta with garlic cream sauce. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp features a half-pound of shrimp in peppery sauce with French bread for dipping. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Olive Branch Cafe
5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com
Eggplant Napoleon features eggplant, Italian sausage patties, ground beef, onions and peppers topped with cream sauce comprised of crawfish, sun-dried tomatoes, onions and red peppers. It is served with angel hair pasta. The Mediterranean wrap is house-made hummus with chicken, feta, roasted red peppers and black olives, served in a tomato basil wrap. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Tout De Suite Cafe
347 Verret St., (504) 362-2264; www.toutdesuitecafe.com
For breakfast, the Atchafalaya features crawfish etouffee and eggs over stone-ground grits. Seduction salad combines spring greens, dried cranberries, walnuts, almonds, avocado, cucumber and house-made miso, agave and applecider vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

Vine and Dine
141 Delaronde St., (504) 361-1402; www.vine-dine.com
A crab cake made with cornbread and chipotle is served over andouille maque choux. Smoked sausage in a caramelized onion compote is served over sweet potatoes and pecans. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$



Gretna

Banana Blossom Thai Cafe
2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 392-7530; www.eatbananablossom.com
Glass noodle salad features steamed glass noodles, jumbo shrimp, calamari and minced chicken tossed in sweet lime sauce. Voodoo Noodle features a choice of protein (chicken, beef, tofu and mixed vegetable, mixed seafood or jumbo shrimp) wok-fried with flat rice noodles, egg, garlic, onion and broccoli in sweet soy sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Beef Connection
501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, (504) 366-3275
The Angus beef filet mignon is topped with hot drawn butter. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp are peeled shrimp served in peppery sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Common Grounds
335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 227-2200; www.commongroundsgretna.com
Crab cake Benedict features poached eggs over a crab cake with hollandaise. The seafood platter combines fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and fries. No reservations. 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., Gretna, (504) 362-4608
Char-broiled oysters are served on the half shell and are topped with garlic, Parmesan and butter and crabmeat is an optional addition. Soft-shell crab De-No is served over angel hair pasta with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Dimartino's Famous New Orleans Muffulettas
1788 Carol Sue Ave., Gretna, (504) 392-7589; www.dimartinos.com
See West Bank — Marrero for restaurant description. No Reservations. lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Ditali's Pizza
Oakwood Mall, 197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 366-2882; www.ditalis.com
See West Bank — Harvey for restaurant description.

Gattuso's Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-1114; www.gattusos.net
The oyster club features fried oysters, baby spinach, bacon, red onions, tomatoes and remoulade on toasted nine-grain bread. Strawberry and feta salad has grilled chicken, baby spinach, almonds and a choice of dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Hoa Hong/9 Roses
1100 Stephens St., Gretna, (504) 366-7665; www.ninerosesrestaurant.com
Hot-and-sour soup features a choice of fish, shrimp or chicken in tangy broth with tomatoes, pineapple and okra. Diners can grill marinated beef at their 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) 366-1818
Fried chicken and waffles are a favorite at Huey P's. Barbecue chicken pizza is topped with sweet sauce and topped with grilled chicken, cilantro, roasted red peppers and onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Kim Son
349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, (504) 366-2489; www.kimsonnola.com
Charcoal pork is broiled and served over fried rice and comes with an egg roll. The fish fillet is cooked in a clay pot with curry and coconut. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

O'Brien's Grille
2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 391-7229; www.obriensgrille.com
Mushroom and crab gnocchi features house-made gnocchi with cremini mushrooms, jumbo lump crabmeat and spring peas topped with truffle oil and shaved Parmesan. Skin-on striped bass is served with grilled asparagus, mirliton and corn salsa topped with crawfish tails and Creole beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Petite Cupcakes & Events
2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Suite A9, Gretna, (504) 233-3020; www.petitecupcakes.com
The pumpkin spice cupcake is made with pureed pumpkin and cinnamon and topped with cream cheese frosting. The butter pecan praline cupcake features praline filling and praline buttercream frosting. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Pho Tau Bay
113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 368-9846
Pho Tai soup comes with medium rare beef and rice noodles. Combination pho includes sliced beef and pork in beef broth with noodles and herbs. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Pupuseria Divino Corazon
2300 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 368-5724
Tamal de elote is a corn tamale served with cream. Tacos rancheros are beef or chicken tacos cooked with bell pepper and onions and served with beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Red Maple
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, (504) 367-0935; www.theredmaple.com
Shrimp and crabmeat Lafitte features fried shrimp and jumbo lump crabmeat served over bowtie pasta with lemon sauce. Redfish Pontchartrain is a seared fillet topped with crabmeat and mushroom-sherry sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

The Red Palace
1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, (504) 366-7071
Catfish fillets are coated in sesame seeds and breadcrumbs and topped with crawfish and spicy black bean-garlic sauce. Long Fong steak comes with seared or fried chicken over a bed of Chinese vegetables. 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
Lamb chops are soaked in rum, grilled and served with rogan josh sauce. Goat curry is a slow-cooked goat masala served with basmati rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

Specialty Italian Bistro
2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com
Shrimp scampi features shrimp sauteed in garlic, white wine and lemon butter served over linguine. Eggplant and shrimp are topped with creamy seafood sauce and served with capellini marinara or fettuccine alfredo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Sun Ray Grill
2600 Belle Chase Hwy, Gretna, (504)-391-0053; www.sunraygrill.com
See Metairie section for restaurant description.

Tan Dinh
1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, (504) 361-8008
This Vietnamese restaurant offers dishes such as canh ga chein bo — chicken wings drizzled with garlic butter and served with lime sauce. Other options include pho, jasmine rice plates and bun ga nuong — a vermicelli noodle salad topped with grilled lemon grass chicken. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Thanh Thanh Restaurant
131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-8678; www.t2restaurant.com
Mama's Pad thai features stir-fried flat rice noodles, onions, garlic, bean sprouts, peanuts and spicy sauce. Vietnamese crepes are filled with chicken, bean sprouts and shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



Harvey

August Moon
875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-7977; www.moonnola.com See Uptown section for restaurant description.

Brothers Ole New Orleans Cafe
1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, (504) 366-1073
The seafood muffuletta features a fried shrimp, oyster, fish and crab patty on a muffuletta bun. The Kelly shrimp burger is dressed with red onion, Swiss cheese and remoulade and served with sweet potato fries and dipping sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Cafe Ditali's
1650 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, (504) 361-0058; www.ditalis.com
Spicy shrimp and penne pasta is topped with Alfredo and marinara sauces. Get Fit salad combines spinach, grilled chicken, cranberries, blue cheese, pecans and house-made citrus vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

China Doll
830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 366-1111
Empress lo mein combines sauteed roast pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, snow peas, bean sprouts and Chinese egg noodles in light sauce. Kung bo beef ding features beef, cauliflower, baby corn, peppers and cashews in spicy brown sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

Izzo's Illegal Burrito
1901 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 101, Harvey, (504) 708-4525; www.izzos.com
See Metairie section for restaurant description.

Parrot Pete's
Fountain Park Centre, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 362-9780; www.parrotpetes.com
The Lafitte's Pirogue is a grilled biscuit topped with andouille sausage, over easy two eggs and crawfish hollandaise. The warm spinach salad is served with red onion, bacon, candied pecans and house-made honey-mustard dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Pho Hoa Restaurant
1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-2094
Banh mi thit nuong is a Vietnamese-style po-boy filled with char-grilled lemon grass pork, pickled vegetables and jalapenos. Com tam bi suon cha trung inclues a grilled pork chop, shredded pork, a fried egg, an egg cake made of pork, egg and mushrooms, a cup of broth, rice, lettuce, tomato and cucumber. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Tennou Sushi Bar
1818 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 11, Harvey, (504) 366-3898; www.tennousushi.com
The Tennou roll combines fried red snapper, snow crab, roe, avocado, cream cheese, spicy mayo and eel sauce. Specials off the hibachi grill include a combination of filet mignon and calamari served with clear soup, salad, vegetables and noodles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



Marrero

Dimartino's Famous New Orleans Muffulettas
6641 Westbank Expwy., Suite A, Marrero, (504) 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com
The 5-inch po-boy combo features a po-boy served with a cup of gumbo and potato salad. Signature muffulettas can be ordered in half or whole round portions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Olive Branch Cafe
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 348-2008; www.olivebranchcafe.com
See West Bank — Algiers section for restaurant description.

Shane's Rib Shack
1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, (504) 341-2226; www.shanesribshack.com
The Shack sampler includes a quarter-rack of ribs, two chicken tenders and a choice of either a half-pound of pork or barbecued chicken, plus two sides and Texas toast. Ribs are available by the half or full rack and come with two sides and Texas toast. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $



Other

Ditali's Pizza
8160 Belle Chasse Hwy., Belle Chasse, (504) 393-1160; www.ditalis.com
See West Bank — Harvey for restaurant description.

Jan's Cajun Restaurant
4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, (504) 689-2748
Jan's prepares seafood gumbo with a dark roux. The seafood plate includes fish, oysters, stuffed crab and stuffed shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Restaurant Des Familles
7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, (504) 689-7834; www.restaurantdesfamilles.com
Alligator-stuffed mushrooms are served with alligator sauce piquant. Redfish Marcel is a lightly battered and fried fillet served with sauteed mushrooms, crabmeat and grilled shrimp. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Salvo's Seafood
7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, (504) 393-7303; www.salvosseafood.com
A trio of blackened catfish fillets is served with corn on the cob, sauteed potatoes, salad and French bread. The combo plate includes shrimp, oysters and stuffed crab. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Voleo's Seafood Restaurant
5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, (504) 689-2482
The Big Boy seafood platter for two features fish, shrimp, oysters, stuffed crabs, crab claws, stuffed shrimp, frog legs, crawfish tails and soft-shell crabs. Flounder Lafitte is fried flounder stuffed with provolone cheese, crawfish, crabmeat and pecans and topped with a crawfish "paradise" sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$



Westwego

Mo's Pizza
1112 Avenue H, Westwego, (504) 341-9650; www.mospizzanola.com
Alfredo pizza is topped with chicken, spinach and Alfredo sauce. The sausage po-boy features house-made Italian sausage and peppers in red gravy on French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Mosca's Restaurant
4137 Hwy. 90 W., Westwego, (504) 436-8950; www.moscasrestaurant.com
Baked oysters Mosca features Louisiana oysters covered with Italian seasoning and breadcrumbs. Chicken a la grande is a whole chicken cut into pieces and sauteed with rosemary, Italian seasoning, whole garlic cloves and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$


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