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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Seafood 

ACME OYSTER & SEAFOOD HOUSE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; www.acmeoysterhouse.com The oyster Rockefeller soup combines oysters, spinach, Parmesan and a touch of Herbsaint. The New Orleans medley includes gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice with grilled smoked sausage. Reservation policy varies by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BONEFISH GRILL 200 River Highlands Blvd., Covington, (985) 809-0662; www.bonefishgrill.com Singapore calamari is fried with peppers and served with sweet-and-spicy Asian sauce. A Wednesday night special features crispy fried shrimp from Lafitte served with spicy aioli. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BORGNE Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., 613-3860; www.borgnerestaurant.com This recently opened John Besh restaurant focuses on Louisiana seafood and rustic fare. Grilled Gulf pompano is topped with garlic, tomatoes, almonds and olive oil. Fried P&J oysters amandine are served over wilted spinach salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BOURBON HOUSE 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com There's a wide selection of bourbons at the bar, but seafood is the specialty of the house. The plateaux de fruits de mer is a platter featuring a selection of raw oysters on the half-shell, boiled Gulf shrimp, mussels, marinated crab fingers and seasonal seafood salads. Redfish on the half shell is served with new potatoes and glazed red onions and topped with lemon butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

BOZO'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666; www.bozosres-taurant.com The seafood platter combines cornmeal-fried oysters, Gulf shrimp and Des Allemandes catfish and a stuffed crab. Specialties include oysters on the half shell and chicken and andouille gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. 429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com The popular film Forrest Gump spawned this chain of seafood houses. Hush pups are deep-fried seafood cakes made with shrimp, mahi-mahi, rice and corn, and served with remoulade. Shrimp and crawfish etouffee is served over rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BUSTER'S PLACE 519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880; www.bustersplaceonline.comCrawfish pasta features crawfish tails tossed in cream sauce, topped with green onions and Parmesan, and served with salad and French bread. On Thursdays, char-grilled oysters are a half-priced special. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

CASAMENTO'S RESTAURANT 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761; www.casamentos-restaurant.comChar-broiled oysters are topped with garlic-butter sauce and Parmesan. The oyster loaf features fried oysters between two pieces of buttered thick Texas toast. The seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crabmeat and okra. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Cash only. $$

CHARLIE'S SEAFOOD 8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, 737-3700; www.charliesseafoodrestaurant.comThe unfried seafood platter features grilled fish, shrimp and crabmeat bordelaise, Charlie's baked oysters and shrimp cornbread. For a starter try the Dirty Boy, a buttered pistolette topped with dirty rice mix — without the rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COFFEE'S BOILIN' POT 305 Covington St., Madisonville, (985) 845-2348; www.coffeesboilinpot.comFried or grilled catfish Madisonville comes with crawfish, mushroom and green onion cream sauce. The seafood pasta combines shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat in creamy sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DE-NO SEAFOOD 505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 15, Gretna, 362-4608De-No serves sandwiches, po-boys and Cajun-spiced seafood dishes including crawfish etouffee. 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. $$

DEANIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR 7350 Hayne Blvd., 248-6700Deanie's menu includes a big catch of local seafood favorites. Seafood platters overflow with fried oysters, catfish and shrimp. Baked eggplant is stuffed with shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD 841 Iberville St., 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.comThe Creole spinach salad is topped with fried oysters, bacon, egg, red onion and Creole honey-mustard dressing. The stuffed flounder has crabmeat dressing sandwiched between two broiled fillets and comes with salad and a baked potato. No reservations. Lake Avenue: Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Iberville Street: Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DESIRE BISTRO & OYSTER BAR 300 Bourbon St., 586-0300; www.sonesta.com/royal-neworleans/Shrimp and grits are made with tasso and topped with spicy cream sauce. The jambalaya skillet features scrambled eggs with chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp, potatoes, tomato, onion, peppers and melted cheddar. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DISH ON HAYNE 9734 Hayne Blvd., 301-0356; www.dishonhayne.com Grilled shrimp pasta is tossed in spicy cream sauce with mushrooms and green onions, then topped with Parmesan. Filet mignon is covered with Gorgonzola cream sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR 1820 Dickory Ave., Suite A, Harahan, 736-9666; www.docksideseafood- oysterbar.comThe seafood extravaganza platter combines fried shrimp, fish, oysters, stuffed crabs, hush puppies, french fries, onion rings and garlic bread. The fried soft-shell crab is served with remoulade and bacon. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DON' S SEAFOOD HUT 126 Lake Drive, Covington, (985) 327-7111; 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550; www.donsseafoodonline.comThe seafood platter includes fried shrimp, oysters and catfish, stuffed shrimp, stuffed crab, shrimp etouffee and Cajun fries. The crawfish dinner includes a cup of crawfish bisque, a crawfish cocktail, crawfish etouffee, fried tails, crawfish au gratin and a baked potato. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

DRAGO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911; www.dragosrestaurant.com Drago's char-broiled oysters are topped with Parmesan, butter, parsley and garlic. Shrimp and grits gets extra flavor from Tasso and rosemary. No reservations. North Arnoult Road: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Poydras Street: lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FELIX'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 739 Iberville St., 522-4440; www.felixs.com Belly up to the oyster bar and order a dozen raw directly from the shuckers. Louisiana alligator is blackened or fried and served with remoulade. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRANKY & JOHNNY'S 321 Arabella St., 899-9146; www.frankyandjohnnys.com This casual neighborhood spot serves Creole and Italian favorites. Fried bell pepper rings are coated with Italian breadcrumbs. Seafood gumbo and fried seafood po-boys and platters are mainstays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

FRENCH MARKET RESTAURANT 1001 Decatur St., 525-7879; www.frenchmarketrestaurant.com The boiled seafood special is a seasonal mix of crawfish, shrimp and crabs boiled in a house-made seasoning blend. The lobster etouffee features a white wine-poached lobster served over rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FRIENDS COASTAL RESTAURANT 407 St. Tammany St., Madisonville, (985) 845-7303; www.friendscoastal.com The Jack-leg chicken features fried chicken breasts, melted pepper Jack cheese and jambalaya topped with a ladle of seafood gumbo. Blackened catfish is topped with bronzed shrimp and crabmeat in Key lime beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sun, Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

GW FINS 808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com GW Fins offers a wide array of seafood from local waters and around the globe. Blackened swordfish is topped with fried shrimp and comes with sauteed spinach. Smoked sizzling oysters are presented on the half-shell. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

GALLEY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955 Blackened redfish is served with shrimp and lump crabmeat sauce, vegetables and new potatoes. Galley's popular soft-shell crab po-boy is the same one served at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAZEBO CAFE 1018 Decatur St., 525-8899; www.gazebocafenola.com The appetizer sampler includes popcorn shrimp, popcorn crawfish, gator bites and spicy cocktail sauce. The ice cream daiquiris come in flavors like mudslide, strawberry-banana and pina colada. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GRAND ISLE 575 Convention Center Blvd., 520-8530; www.grandisle-restaurant.com Grand Isle's shrimp caminada po-boy features shrimp sauteed in spicy citrus chile butter topped with Asian slaw and fresh herbs. Baked escolar is topped with compound chili butter and served with seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

JACK DEMPSEY'S 738 Poland Ave., 943-9914; www.jackdempseysllc.com The Jack Dempsey seafood platter serves a training table feast of gumbo, shrimp, oysters, catfish, redfish, crawfish pies and two side items. Other dishes include broiled redfish and fried soft-shell crab. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

JANIE BROWN'S RESTAURANT 27207 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 882-7201 Trout meuniere is served with either lump crabmeat or grilled oysters. Seasonal crab specials include stuffed crabs and fried soft-shell crabs. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

JOHNNY & JOYCE'S SEAFOOD 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 11, Mandeville, (985) 727-7727The seafood platter includes fried oysters, shrimp, fish and a stuffed crab. The seafood gumbo comes from an old family recipe and is made with shrimp, crab and okra. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

JOHNNY TRAUTH'S SEAFOOD BISTRO 2121 25th St., Kenner, 471-0808Jumbo lump crabmeat au gratin is served with salad and garlic rounds. Broiled catfish is stuffed with crabmeat and served with salad and potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

K.Y.'S OLD TOWNE BICYCLE SHOP 2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911; www.kysoldetowne.comThe fried seafood platter combines shrimp, catfish, oysters, hush puppies and two sides. Grilled Gulf fish of the day is served with two sides. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

KENNER SEAFOOD 3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 466-4701; www.kennerseafood.netKenner Seafood offers a large selection of shellfish and fish including grouper, redfish, tilapia and catfish. Soft-shell crab Marie is topped with crabmeat and cream sauce. Barbecue shrimp are served over grits. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

KJEAN SEAFOOD 236 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7503This seafood market offers raw seafood, boiled seafood and a menu of sandwiches and platters. Fried soft-shell crabs come on a plate or in a po-boy. Landlubbers can get red beans topped with ribs. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LA BAYOU RESTAURANT 208 Bourbon St., 525-4755; www.labayourestaurant.com Shrimp ya ya features sauteed Gulf shrimp in Cajun pesto cream sauce with garlic toast. The shrimp and grits Napoleon is a tower of fried green tomatoes stacked with Gulf shrimp and cream sauce on top of creamy grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S 400 N. Peters St., 558-0038; 8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010; www.landrysseafood.comLandry's offers a wide selection of seafood, plus steaks and pasta dishes. Barbecue shrimp are sauteed in Cajun butter sauce and served on a toasted baguette. Fried green tomatoes are topped with crawfish, andouille and corn pico de gallo. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

MIDDENDORF'S 30160 Hwy. 51 S., Akers, (985) 386-6666; www.middendorfsrestaurant.comChef Horst Pfeiffer's seafood house specializes in thin-sliced catfish. The fried seafood platter includes oysters, shrimp, fried catfish and hush puppies. The catfish dinner includes fried catfish, coleslaw, hush puppies and fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

MORTON'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 702 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-4970; www.mortonsseafood.com Morton's seafood platter combines fried Gulf shrimp, a stuffed crab, a soft-shell crab and choice of a baked potato, french fries or salad. The restaurant also serves oysters on the half shell. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

NATHAN'S RESTAURANT 36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-0443; www.nathansrestaurant.netLocated on the waterfront of Bayou Bonfouca, Nathan's offers smoked and a fried oysters topped with chipotle aioli, Creole honey butter and blue cheese. Blackened tuna is topped with Creole honey butter and served with tasso and potato hash. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

NEW ORLEANS FOOD & SPIRITS 208 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-0432; 210 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 828-2220; 2330 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 362-0800; www.-neworleansfoodspirits.comCrab cake Pontchartrain is served with angel hair pasta and is smothered in crawfish cream sauce. Voodoo egg rolls are stuffed with crawfish. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

NEW ORLEANS HAMBURGER & SEAFOOD CO. Citywide; www.nohsc.comThe catfish plate features thin-cut fried catfish, coleslaw, sweet cornbread hush puppies and wedge fries. The Baja burger is topped with avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, red onions and chipotle sauce and served with wedge-cut garlic-herb fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

OCEANA GRILL 739 Conti St., 525-6002; www.oceanagrill.comOceana's Jazzy crab cakes are topped with crawfish cream. For breakfast, the eggs Melanzana features eggplant rounds topped with grilled ham and tomatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPERO'S 440 Chartres St., 524-8990; www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp in spicy sauce is served with coleslaw or Cajun french fries. Blackened redfish comes with steamed vegetables and sausage jambalaya. Reservations recommended for large parties. Breakfast Fri.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

PATIO RESTAURANT 5540 Crowder Blvd., 240-6744The seafood baked potato is stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish, green onions and cheese. The Southern-style pork chop is served with house-made gravy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

RALPH & KACOO'S 519 Toulouse St., 522-5226; www.ralphandkacoos.comThe 14-oz. Cajun rib-eye is topped with teriyaki glaze and served with sauteed mushrooms, grilled shrimp, crawfish tails, crabmeat and a side item. The shrimp St. Charles features shrimp stuffed with crabmeat dressing and topped with additional crabmeat, hollandaise and served with a side item. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

RED FISH GRILL 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.comHickory-grilled redfish is served skin on with tasso and wild mushroom Pontalba potatoes and topped with sauteed Louisiana jumbo crabmeat and lemon-butter. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES 7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834; www.restaurantdesfamilles.comBroiled Barataria stuffed crab features crab shells filled with seasoned crabmeat dressing and browned on top. Pasta Lafitte combines shrimp and crabmeat in cream sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

RIOMAR 800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.comChef Adolfo Garcia's restaurant focuses on seafood in Spanish and Latin American dishes, including a selection of four ceviches. Other dishes include a five-hour roast pork served with rice, beans, avocado and plantains. The zarzuala de mariscos is a seafood stew in saffron broth. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SALTWATER GRILL710 S. Carrollton Ave., 324-6640; www.saltwatergrillnola.comThe Louisiana crab cake Napolean features lump crab cakes between two grilled eggplant rounds topped with light cream sauce. Pasta Adeline is crawfish, shrimp and tasso tossed in Creole mustard cream sauce with penne pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALVO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-7303; www.salvosseafood.comGrilled tuna comes with sauteed potatoes and corn on the cob. The butterfly shrimp plate features a dozen jumbo shrimp and fries or potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

SEITHER'S SEAFOOD 279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116The boiled seafood platter is a big catch of two pounds of crawfish, one pound of shrimp, four Pontchartrain crabs, corn and potatoes. Appetizer options include crabmeat-stuffed mushrooms, barbecue jumbo shrimp and fried green tomatoes topped with shrimp remoulade. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEYMOUR'S RESTAURANT 2216 Hickory Ave., River Ridge, 737-3148 Crab cakes are served over fettuccine in crabmeat cream sauce. The Chill Down plate is a shrimp smorgasbord including shrimp salad, shrimp cocktail, shrimp remoulade and potato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SMITTY'S SEAFOOD 2000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-1647Smitty's serves platters of boiled or fried seafood with pasta. The seafood boat is loaded with fried shrimp, fish, oysters and soft-shell crab. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

STINGRAY'S RESTAURANT & GRILL 1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040Stingray's seafood options include pecan-crusted catfish served with bread, crabmeat au gratin and two sides. Deep-fried stuffed crabs are served on a platter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

STORYVILLE RESTAURANT 808 Iberville St., 565-5520Alligator bites are lightly breaded, deep fried and served with two sauces. The soft-shell crab po-boy features a deep-fried crab on crusty French bread. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

SUPERIOR SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 4338 St. Charles Ave., 293-3474; www.superior-seafoodnola.comThis seafood house offers char-grilled oysters topped with garlic, herbs, butter and Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Pasta Vieux Carre features shrimp, crawfish and andouille served with smoked tomato cream sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Wed.-Sat., brunch Sunday. Credit cards.  $$

TWO TONYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-0801; www.two-tonys.comSicilian marinara sauce tops layers of meat, pasta and a Ricotta cheese blend in the Italian sausage lasagna. Try one of the signature Montalbano dishes featuring chicken or veal topped with mozzarella and Creole mushroom meuniere. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VAZQUEZ SEAFOOD & PO-BOY RESTAURANT 515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336 Vazquez serves everything from lasagna to breaded pork chops to red beans and rice, with sides like onion rings and gravy cheese fries. The po-boy-style Cuban sandwich is filled with roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482The Voleo's Big Boy platter for two delivers a pile of crawfish, shrimp, oysters, fish, crab claws, stuffed shrimp, stuffed crab, frog legs and soft-shell crab. Flounder Lafitte is a fillet stuffed with crawfish, provolone and pecans that is deep-fried and topped with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

ZIMMER' S SEAFOOD 4915 St. Anthony Ave., 282-7150; www.zimmersseafood.webs.comThe menu includes shrimp po-boys, marinated crab salad, stuffed artichokes and boiled seafood by the pound. Crawfish and spinach bread features spicy spinach, cheese and crawfish inside and mozzarella on top. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

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