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Gambit's 2014 Spring Restaurant Guide: B 

Long known for its martini menu, The Bombay Club serves craft cocktails and dishes such as scallops skewered with crabmeat beignets.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Long known for its martini menu, The Bombay Club serves craft cocktails and dishes such as scallops skewered with crabmeat beignets.

Babylon Cafe
7724 Maple St., (504) 314-0010;
www.babyloncafe.biz
Rosemary lamb chops are eight grilled chops marinated with rosemary and olive oil and served with sauteed vegetables. Italian pasta is served with kufta meatballs. All entrees come with salad, hummus, basmati rice, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, labneh and bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bacchanal
600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111;
www.bacchanalwine.com
This wine shop has seating in the large courtyard and an upstairs bar. Smoked trout tops a salad of leafy greens, apples, manchego and buttermilk vinaigrette. Artisanal cheese plates are served with bread, capers and nuts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Cash only for food. $$

Back to the Garden
833 Howard Ave., Suite 100, (504) 299-8792
The char-broiled chicken salad tops greens with chicken, avocado, tomato, carrot and cucumber. The vegetarian tacos fill soft shells with vegetarian chili, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado and sprouts. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Fri., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Baie Rouge
4128 Magazine St., (504) 304-3667;
www.baierougenola.com
Lyon frisee salad features is topped with house-made lardons, a fried egg, fried shallots and sherry vinaigrette. The seared duck breast is served with pureed parsnips, sauteed Brussels sprouts and fig preserves. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Balcony Bar & Cafe
3201 Magazine St., (504) 894-8888
The Balcony burger is dressed with tomato, grilled onions, green peppers, mushrooms, bacon and jalapeno. Chicken quesadillas are flour tortillas filled with grilled chicken, cheese, onions, bell peppers and tomato and topped with salsa and sour cream. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Bamboula's
514 Frenchmen St., (504) 944-8461;
www.bamboulasnola.com
The Caribbean-flavored mixed grill includes shrimp skewers, barbecued ribs and brisket, island slaw, black beans, a choice of side and sweet and spicy barbecue sauce or chipotle barbecue sauce. Corn and crab salad features jumbo lump crabmeat, black bean and corn salsa, teardrop tomatoes, jalapenos and mixed greens in roasted red pepper vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Barcadia
601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1740;
www.barcadianeworleans.com
The Tchoup chicken wrap features grilled chicken, Napa cabbage, carrot, roasted peppers, fried noodles and herbs tossed in peanut dressing. Orzo-n-cheese balls consists of goat, manchego and white cheddar cheeses and chives rolled in panko, pan-fried and served with roasted tomato basil soup or spicy fondue. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Barcelona Tapas
720 Dublin St. (504) 861-9696;
www.letseat.at/barcelonatapas
Paella Valencia features saffron rice mixed with vegetables, chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, calamari and mussels. The Chef's pasta is made with sauteed shrimp, Kalamata olives, capers, tomatoes, crushed red pepper, onions and garlic tossed with Mediterranean sauce and linguine. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Cash only. $$

Baru Bistro & Tapas
3700 Magazine St., (504) 895-2225;
www.barutapas.com
Mazorca is roasted corn with salao cheese, pink sauce and potato. Peruvian ceviche features Gulf fish, aji amarillo (yellow chili pepper), cilantro, pickled onions, avocado and choclo (large-grain Andean corn) in spicy leche de tigre marinade. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Bayona
430 Dauphine St., (504) 525-4455;
www.bayona.com
Chef Susan Spicer's menu includes dishes such as wild Alaskan salmon with choucroute and Gewurztraminer sauce and peppered lamb loin with goat cheese and zinfandel sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., (504) 265-8090;
www.bayoubeergarden.com
Disco fries are topped with beef debris, gravy and cheese. Spicy Buffalo chicken wings are tossed in tangy sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Bayou Burger
503 Bourbon St., (504) 529-4256;
www.bayouburger.com
Seafood-stuffed mirlitons are filled with shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish dressing, topped with crawfish Creole sauce and served with a side. The Gator features a house-made alligator patty topped with coleslaw, pickled onions and Tabasco mayonnaise on a brioche bun. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Bayou Hot Wings
6221 S. Claiborne Ave., Suite 104, (504) 865-9464;
www.bayouhotwings.com
Creole-style sausage and seafood jambalaya includes crawfish, shrimp, smoked sausage and tasso. Louisiana gator bites and frogs' legs are served with one of more than 10 dipping sauces such as Buffalo, smoked jalapeno and pepper jelly. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Beach House Bar & Grill
124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331;
www.thebeachhousemandeville.com
Steak au poivre is an 8-ounce grilled New York strip with a black peppercorn crust served with garlic mashed potatoes and red wine cream sauce. Grilled chicken breast is cooked with lime-infused jalapeno oil, topped with pico de gallo and served with sauteed vegetables and spinach. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Beachcorner Bar & Grill
4905 Canal St., (504) 488-7357;
www.beachcornerbarandgrill.com
The 10-ounce hickory-smoked cheddar burger is topped with grilled onions. The 8-ounce grilled tuna steak is topped with house-made sauce and served as a sandwich or salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

The Bean Gallery
637 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 324-8176;
www.nolalovescoffee.com
The Mid-City sandwich layers smoked turkey, red onions, roasted red peppers, spinach, Swiss cheese and mustard on Leidenheimer bread. Bagel and lox sandwiches combine smoked salmon, capers, cream cheese, red onions and tomatoes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

Bear's Grill & Spirits
550 Gause Blvd., Slidell, (985) 201-8905; 4700 Hwy. 22., Suite 1, Mandeville, (985) 674-9090;
www.bearsgrillandspirits.com
The roast beef po-boy features slow-cooked roast beef dipped in jus, dressed with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. The bear seafood platter features oysters, catfish, shrimp, french fries and hushpuppies. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Bear's Poboys At Gennaro's
3206 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 833-9226;
www.bearsgrillandspirits.com
The Schoyster po-boy includes fried shrimp and oysters. The roast beef po-boy features roast beef simmered in gravy with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise on Leidenheimer French bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, 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 served in peppery sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Bei Tempi
901 Convention Center Blvd., Suite 115, (504) 561-8881;
www.facebook.com/beitempiristoranteitaliano
This Italian eatery serves antipasti, pasta, veal and seafood dishes, pizza, calzones, subs, burgers and more. Italian sausage and peppers are prepared with onions, garlic and roasted peppers in tomato sauce and served over pasta. Clams or mussels sauteed with garlic are topped with marinara or spicy fra diavolo sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bennachin
1212 Royal St., (504) 522-1230;
www.bennachinrestaurant.com
This casual eatery offers an array of West African dishes. The vegetarian dish jama jama ni makando features sauteed spinach with fried plantains and coconut rice. Ground peanut stew, available with beef or in a vegetarian version, is served over rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Besh Steak
Harrah's Casino, 8 Canal St., (504) 533-6111;
www.harrahsneworleans.com/restaurants/besh-steak.html
The menu includes Louisiana seafood dishes and large cuts of beef. Besh barbecue shrimp features five jumbo shrimp tossed in a sauce of Worcestershire, shrimp stock and black pepper served with persillade bread. The cowboy steak is a 38-ounce bone-in rib-eye served with a roasted sweet potato, mushrooms, local vegetables and bordelaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Betsy's Pancake House
2542 Canal St., (504) 822-0214
The Mid-City diner offers a breakfast special of two eggs, bacon, grits and pancakes. Red beans and rice comes with smoked sausage and salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Bevi Seafood Co.
4701 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 885-5003;
www.beviseafoodco.com
Boiled seafood is available for dine-in or take-out. The Smoky Oyster po-boy has fried oysters, bacon and smoked Gouda cheese. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Wed.-Mon., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

Bhava
2600 Chartres St., (504) 617-2652;
www.bhavanola.com
Khmer pumpkin curry soup is made with kaffir lime, lemon grass, galangal, Thai chili, turmeric and coconut. The artisan cheese board features a selection of house-made vegan cheeses including brie and cheddar, cured tofu and apple-thyme compote, quince pasta, Marcona almonds and cornichons. Reservations accepted. Dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bistreaux
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., (504) 586-8000;
www.maisondupuy.com/dining
Pan-fried local fish is topped with crawfish and crab ragout. Shell-on Louisiana jumbo shrimp are sauteed in New Orleans barbecue butter sauce and served with French bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bistro Byronz
1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-7595;
www.bistrobyronzmandeville.com
Grilled chicken breast fills a sandwich dressed with avocado, Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and moreau dressing and comes with bistro slaw. Grilled rainbow trout is topped with crabmeat sauteed in white wine butter sauce and served with grilled asparagus and a potato cake. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bistro Daisy
5831 Magazine St., (504) 899-6987;
www.bistrodaisy.com
Bouillabaisse features Gulf seafood in saffron and Herbsaint broth served with a grilled crouton. Julienned Gala apple salad is made with radicchio, toasted walnuts, Amish blue cheese and white wine vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Bistro Orleans
3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 304-1469The catfish platter features wild-caught fish from Des Allemands served with french fries, garlic bread and slaw. Crab cakes are topped with artichoke sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bittersweet Confections
725 Magazine St., (504) 523-2626;
www.bittersweetconfections.com
Peanut butter bars have a crunchy chocolate crust, peanut butter mousse filling and are drenched in dark chocolate ganache. Saturday morning's special is a Belgian waffle topped with strawberries, blueberries, pecans, chocolate chips and whipped cream. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Blind Pelican
1628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-9398;
www.theblindpelican.com
The fried green tomato stack includes three lightly battered tomato medallions with lump crabmeat, boiled shrimp and remoulade. Fish tacos feature blackened, grilled or fried redfish with red cabbage and cilantro lime sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Blue Dot Donuts
4301 Canal St., (504) 218-4866; 5236 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 941-7675;
www.bluedotdonuts.com
The sweet shop offers glazed, iced and powered donuts as well as Boston cream- and raspberry-filled donuts and flavors such as Key lime crumble and peanut butter banana. Bacon and maple-glazed Long Johns are a house specialty. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Blue Tomato
4401 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, (504) 734-3000
Teriyaki-glazed salmon is served with smothered green beans and yellow rice. The quesadilla features Gulf shrimp, artichoke hearts, creamed spinach and Jack and cheddar cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Bombay Club
830 Conti St., (504) 586-0972;
www.thebombayclub.com
Cajun-seasoned, pan-seared Maine scallops are served with a Louisiana crabmeat beignet, grilled corn relish and fresh corn aioli. The Louisiana crab and roasted Creole tomato fondue is served with crostini. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St., (504) 524-3386;
www.thebontoncafe.com
Redfish Bon Ton is a seared drum fillet topped with lump crabmeat and lemon butter. Crawfish etouffee is made with crawfish tails, green onions and garlic and served with parsley buttered rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

Bonefish Grill
4848 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 780-9964;
www.bonefishgrill.com
Longfin tilapia Imperial is stuffed with shrimp, scallops and crabmeat and topped with lemon-caper butter. Chilean sea bass is cooked on a wood-burning grill and served with choices of sauce and side. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Booty's Street Food
800 Louisa St., (504) 266-2887;
www.bootysnola.com
The menu of street food items from around the globe includes chicken empanadas served with smoked tomato aioli. Tsukemono are Japanese-style pickled vegetables served with snow pea salad with ginger-sesame vinaigrette, and grilled tofu is an optional addition. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Bop's Frozen Custard
2660 Florida St., Suite K, Mandeville. (985) 727-5003;
www.bopsfrozencustard.com
Bop's serves tamales, wraps, burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, sundaes, frozen custard, shakes, malts, floats and more. The Snappy Turtle is a custard sundae topped with hot fudge, caramel, pecans, whipped cream and a cherry. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Borgne
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 613-3860;
www.borgnerestaurant.com
Duck poppers are made with bacon and jalapenos. Fish in a Bag is a Gulf fish prepared with caramelized fennel, spinach, tomatoes and crab fat. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Borracho
Kajuns Pub, 2256 St. Claude Ave., (504)-267-6108;
www.eatatborracho.com
Baked potato dip features sour cream, cheddar cheese and chives whipped together and topped with bacon and served with hand-cut fries. Italian sausage is sauteed with roasted tomatoes, bell peppers and white wine and served on a roll. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Bosco's Italian Cafe
2040 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 624-5066;
www.boscositalian.com
Oysters Bosco tops oysters with pancetta, artichoke hearts, garlic, green onions and seasoned breadcrumbs. The muffuletta has layers of salami, mortadella, smoked ham, mozzarella and provolone cheeses and olive salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Boston Restaurant
100 N.E. Central Ave., Amite, (985) 748-5555;
www.bostonofamite.com
Panko-crusted chicken breast is served with crawfish cream sauce, two sides and salad. The black Angus tomahawk rib-eye for two comes with a choice of three sides and two side salads. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Boswell's Jamaican Grill
3521 Tulane Ave., (504) 482-6600
Oxtail is smothered in gravy and served with broad beans. Jerk chicken comes with plantains and two side dishes. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St., (504) 862-5514;
www.boucherie-nola.com
Scottish salmon is marinated, pan seared medium rare and served with baby bok choy and grilled avocado. Duck breast medallions are presented with whipped lardo white bean hummus and charred beets in duck tasso sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Bouligny Tavern
3641 Magazine St., (504) 891-1810;
www.boulignytavern.com
Chef John Harris' elegant tavern offers cheese boards and small plates. Dishes include bone marrow and garlic crostini and Gouda beignets. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111;
www.bourbonhouse.com
Bourbon House serves seafood dishes including New Orleans barbecue shrimp, redfish cooked skin-on, oysters from the raw bar and more. Bourbon barbecue shrimp are prepared with rosemary, garlic and bourbon. The bar is stocked with a large selection of bourbons. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Bravo! Cucina Italiana
3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-8828;
www.bravoitalian.com
Chicken scaloppine is sauteed chicken served with roasted portobello, provolone cheese and lemon caper butter over herbed linguine. Balsamic-glazed chicken is a marinated and grilled chicken breast served over orzo and farro pilaf with artichokes, fresh basil, Kalamata olives, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, feta cheese and grilled asparagus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Brazilian Market & Cafe
2424 Williams Blvd., Suite N, Kenner, (504) 468-3533;
www.brazilianmarketcafe.com
Coxinha are deep-fried fritters made with spiced and floured shredded chicken. Feijoada is a traditional black bean and pork stew made with salted pork, smoked pork ribs and smoked sausage and served with collard greens, orange slices and rice sprinkled with tapioca flour (farofa). Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Breads On Oak
8640 Oak St., (504) 324-8271;
www.breadsonoak.com
Organic flours are used to bake breads such as ciabatta, whole wheat and Parisien baguettes. Herb tarts are made with cashew ricotta, sauteed onions and oven-roasted tomatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Breaux Mart
Citywide;
www.breauxmart.com
At the deli counter, crispy fried catfish comes with sides like macaroni and cheese or fried okra. Monday's red beans and rice special comes with a baked or fried pork chop and side items. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Brick Oven Cafe
2805 Williams Blvd., Suite F, Kenner, (504) 466-2097;
www.brickovencafe.biz
The namesake Brick Oven pizza features Italian sausage, roasted chicken, mushrooms, roasted garlic, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and house-made marinara. Cosoletta di vitello is a grilled 12-ounce veal chop topped with Marsala sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St., (504) 861-7610;
www.brigtsens.com
Cochon du lait is served on top of cornbread stuffing with cracklings, mashed sweet potatoes and pan gravy. The seafood platter comes with grilled drum amandine, shrimp cornbread with jalapeno smoked butter, baked oyster Leruth, shrimp and Napa cabbage slaw, artichoke baked oysters and sea scallops with roasted cauliflower. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Brisbi's Lakefront Restaurant & Bar
7400 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 304-4125;
www.brisbisrestaurant.com
Fish tacos are filled with blackened or grilled fish and topped with cilantro-lime salsa, feta cheese and horseradish cream sauce. Gulf fish Pontchartrain is topped with crabmeat and hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Brooklyn Pizzeria
4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-1288;
www.eatbrooklyn.net
The Philly steak and cheese sandwich comes with sliced steak, onions and bell peppers. The Godfather pizza is topped with anchovies, minced garlic, garlic sausage and feta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Brothers Ole New Orleans Cafe
1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, (504) 366-1073;
www.brotherscafe.net
The Who Dat burger is a half-pound bacon-cheddar burger served with steak fries. The Kelly shrimp burger features fried shrimp topped with remoulade and Swiss cheese on a bun and is served with french fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Broussard's Restaurant
819 Conti St., (504) 581-3866;
www.broussards.com
Marinated and fried frogs legs are served with sauteed baby spinach, oyster mushrooms and roasted garlic butter sauce. Baked Dover sole is filleted tableside and served with fingerling potatoes, celeriac mousseline and almond beurre noisette. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Bruno's Tavern
7538 Maple St., (504) 861-7615;
www.brunostavern.com
Fries are dusted with Creole seasoning and smothered in roast beef debris, pepper Jack and cheddar cheeses and horseradish cream sauce. The one-eyed jack burger is topped with bacon, onion rings, pepper Jack cheese and a fried egg. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
429 Decatur St., (504) 522-5800;
www.bubbagump.com
Inspired by the movie Forrest Gump, this chain restaurant focuses on Gulf seafood. Shrimp and grits feature shrimp, ham, onions, andouille and garlic over Carolina grits. "I'm Stuffed" shrimp are jumbo shrimp stuffed with crabmeat, topped with garlic butter sauce and Monterey Jack cheese and served over jasmine rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bucktown Burger and Fish Co.
200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, (504) 840-0902
The Bucktown burger features house-ground beef on an onion bun with lettuce, tomato and cheese. Grilled fish tacos are topped with house-made coleslaw and pico de gallo. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bud's Broiler
Citywide;
www.budsbroiler.com
These burger joints specialize in char-broiled patties. The No. 4 special is a burger topped with cheddar cheese and chili or hickory sauce. Hot dogs are served split on burger buns and topped with chili and cheddar cheese. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Some locations accept credit cards. $

click to enlarge Buffa’s Lounge is open around the clock and the menu includes a blackened redfish po-boy. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Buffa’s Lounge is open around the clock and the menu includes a blackened redfish po-boy.

Buffa's Lounge
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038;
www.buffasrestaurant.com
The menu includes chicken wings, salads, deli sandwiches, burgers, pasta dishes, omelets and a few entrees. Bratwurst jambalaya is made with beer-soaked Johnsonville brats. The patty melt combines a ground-beef patty, sauteed onions and Swiss cheese on toasted rye bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

The Buffet At Harrah's
8 Canal St., (504) 533-6000;
www.harrahsneworleans.com/restaurants/the-buffet-at-harrahs
The buffet features a large selection of Louisiana and American favorites. Regular items include Southern fried chicken, roasted turkey and shrimp and catfish dishes. Friday features a host of seafood specials. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

The Bulldog
3236 Magazine St., (504) 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4191;
www.draftfreak.com
The Buffalo chicken sandwich features fried chicken tenders tossed in Moe's wing sauce and served on a cheddar-jalapeno wheat bun with either blue cheese or ranch dressing. King's nachos are topped with refried beans, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole. Magazine Street: no reservations; Canal Boulevard: reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Buster's Place
519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 809-3880;
www.bustersplaceonline.com
Buster's burger features a char-grilled half-pound beef patty served dressed on a Kaiser roll. Char-grilled oysters come with lemon-garlic butter and French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Byblos
1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 834-9773; 3242 Magazine St., (504) 894-1233;
www.byblosrestaurants.com
Drunken Halloumi is Cypriot Halloumi cheese sauteed in ouzo and olive oil and served with tomatoes and garlic sauce. Lamb kebabs come with sides such as hummus or basmati rice pilaf. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Byblos Market
2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-9777;
www.byblosrestaurants.com
Grilled mahi mahi kebab is a new dish. Fatoush salad is a lettuce and tomato salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $



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