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Gambit's 2014 Spring Restaurant Guide: C 

Casa Borrega serves authentic Mexican fare in a dining room adorned with folk art.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Casa Borrega serves authentic Mexican fare in a dining room adorned with folk art.

CC's Community Coffee House
Citywide;
www.ccscoffee.com
This coffeehouse chain offers a variety of hot and cold specialty drinks, including Mochasippi, a creamy frozen espresso drink topped with whipped cream. Many locations serve chocolate croissants, muffins, cookies and other baked goods. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Credit cards. $

Caddyshack Cafe & Bar
3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, (504) 833-1799;
www.facebook.com/pages/caddyshack-cafe-and-bar
Shrimp-stuffed peppers are served with a vegetable. Grilled chicken breast is served with spinach, artichoke, vegetables and bread. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe Abyssinia
3511 Magazine St., (504) 894-6238;
www.facebook.com/pages/cafe-abyssinia
This Ethiopian restaurant serves a variety of wots (stews), curries and tibs, dishes of sauteed meats or vegetables. Yebeg alicha is diced lamb in mild garlic-ginger curry sauce. The vegetable combo includes spicy red lentils in sauce, split peas cooked in a mild onion, garlic and ginger sauce, sliced cabbage and carrots in a mild sauce and potato and carrots in curry sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Adelaide and Swizzle Stick Bar
Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., (504) 595-3305;
www.cafeadelaide.com
Crackling-dusted duck confit is served with bacon- and onion-glazed Brussels sprouts and charred jalapeno jelly. Louisiana crab and French-style gnocchi features roasted garlic, smoked mushrooms, spicy corn veloute and lemon-Parmesan crust drizzled with white truffle oil. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Amelie
912 Royal St., (504) 412-8965;
www.cafeamelie.com
Blackened Two Run Farm rack of lamb is served with mango Scotch Bonnet pepper jelly, creamy mashed potatoes and asparagus. Louisiana jumbo lump crab cake is topped with local Meyer lemon drizzle and baby greens. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe at the Square
500 St. Charles Ave., (504) 304-7831;
www.cafeatthesquare.com
The fried green tomato BLT combines arugula, bacon, fried green tomatoes and remoulade. Pasta specials change daily. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe B
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700;
www.cafeb.com
Creole crab dip is made with Lake Pontchartrain crabmeat, house-made Creole cream cheese and scallions, topped with chevre and served with toasted brioche. Grilled Gulf fish is served with roasted spaghetti squash, grilled zucchini and charred Vidalia onions and drizzled with aged balsamic and extra virgin olive oil. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Beignet
311 Bourbon St., (504) 525-2611; 334B Royal St., (504) 524-5530;
www.cafebeignet.com
The Bourbon croissant features tuna, bacon, white cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles on a toasted croissant. The crawfish omelet includes bell peppers, tomatoes and Swiss cheese and is served with grits and French bread. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Cafe D'Cappuccino
4041 Williams Blvd., Suite B8, Kenner, (504) 443-2299;
www.cafedcappuccino.com
The club sandwich combines turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on 15-grain wheat toast. The chicken salad sandwich features chicken salad, avocado, lettuce and tomato on 15-grain wheat toast. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe Dauphine
5229 Dauphine St., (504) 309-6391;
www.cafedauphinenola.com
Creole pepper shrimp are butterflied shrimp in a garlic butter sauce with sweet and jalapeno peppers and onion served with garlic mashed potatoes and garlic bread. Bell peppers are stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp dressing and then battered and deep fried. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Degas
3127 Esplanade Ave., (504) 945-5635;
www.cafedegas.com
For brunch, butternut squash and corned beef hash is topped with two poached eggs and bearnaise sauce. Braised veal stew with carrots and pearl onions fill a puff pastry topped with wild mushroom and white wine bechamel. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Ditali's
1650 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, (504) 361-0058;
www.ditalis.com
Barbecued chicken features grilled chicken topped with applewood-smoked bacon, onions, bell peppers, a blend of cheeses and tangy barbecue sauce. Pasta Ditali includes chicken breast, onions, broccoli and mushrooms cooked in white wine and served over penne pasta with Parmesan. Reservations accepted for large parties. Delivery available. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Du Monde
Citywide;
www.cafedumonde.com
Cafe Du Monde serves its signature cafe au lait, iced cafe au lait and beignets topped with powdered sugar. Fountain drinks also are available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

Cafe East
4628 Rye St., Metairie, (504) 888-0078;
www.cafeeastnola.com
Thai red snapper is pan-roasted and served with artichokes and potatoes in green curry sauce. The Cafe East Trio is a stir-fry combining shrimp, beef, chicken, mushrooms and okra in spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Equator
2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-4772;
www.cafeequator.com
The Adaman Hunter features fried tilapia over sauteed shrimp, scallops and calamari. Lava beef features sauteed beef in Thai sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Fleur-De-Lis
307 Chartres St., (504) 529-9641;
www.nolalovescoffee.com
The roast beef po-boy combines beef short rib, brown gravy and Swiss cheese on French bread. The Fleur-de-lis omelet combines crawfish tails, pepper Jack cheese, bell peppers and onions and is topped with Cajun crawfish sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Freret
7329 Freret St., (504) 861-7890;
www.cafefreret.com
Crabby Benedict features two poached eggs over crab cakes, an English muffin and hollandaise, served with grits or hash browns. The muffuletta combines mortadella, ham, provolone cheese, Genoa salami and house-made olive salad. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Fri.-Wed., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Gentilly
5325 Franklin Ave., (504) 281-4220;
www.facebook.com/cafegentilly
The crab cake Benedict features grilled French bread topped with a fried crab cake, crabmeat bechamel, a poached egg and hollandaise. Breakfast is available all day and includes a creamed spinach, crawfish and Swiss cheese omelet, which also can be ordered as a po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154;
www.cafegiovanni.com
Strawberry balsamic salad features prosciutto, Parmesan and balsamic vinaigrette with fresh strawberries. The spicy seafood Caprese features Louisiana crab, shrimp and crawfish in spicy cream sauce over fresh mozzarella and tomato. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Granada
1506 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 865-1612;
www.cafegranadanola.com
Seafood paella combines shrimp, mussels, clams, chicken, calamari and chorizo. The ceviche changes regularly but always features local fish marinated in lime juice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Luna
802 1/2 Nashville Ave., (504) 333-6833;
www.facebook.com/cafeluna504
Luna lox features a bagel with lox, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, capers and cream cheese. The 802 features one half with Black Forest ham, green apple and Swiss cheese and one half with turkey, avocado and cheese on a plain or everything bagel, served with mesclun greens dressed with lemon-caper aioli. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Lynn
3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007;
www.cafelynn.com
Filet au poivre is an 8-ounce filet mignon topped with brandy and green peppercorn sauce. Pan-seared fish of the day comes with crabmeat, toasted almonds and brown butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Maspero
601 Decatur St., (504) 523-6250;
www.cafemaspero.com
The seafood platter includes fried catfish, shrimp, oysters and calamari and salad. The grilled alligator sausage po-boy comes with fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Minh
4139 Canal St., (504) 482-6266;
www.cafeminh.com
For an appetizer, jumbo lump crab, watermelon, avocado, jalapenos, onions and cilantro are served with shrimp chips for dipping. The Seafood Delight features grilled lobster tail, jumbo shrimp and jumbo scallops skewered with fresh lemon grass and served with grilled vegetables and sake-soy reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Cafe NOMA
New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 482-1264;
www.cafenoma.com
The roast beef po-boy is made with Havarti cheese and red wine-onion relish and pressed on Leidenheimer French bread. Roasted pear salad features mesclun greens, walnuts, dried cherries, blue cheese, grape tomatoes and Champagne vinaigrette. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe Navarre
800 Navarre Ave., (504) 483-8828;
www.cafenavarre.com
The Cuban sandwich is made with pulled pork, sliced ham, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles and Swiss cheese on pressed Leidenheimer French bread. The spinach and artichoke panino features feta, tomatoes and mozzarella on sourdough bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Cafe Opera
541 Bourbon St., (504) 648-2331;
www.fourpointsfrenchquarter.com
Crab cakes are served with smoked tomato relish and Tabasco beurre blanc. Fried green tomatoes are topped with shrimp remoulade. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Pontalba
546 St. Peter St., (504) 522-1180
The crawfish combination includes crawfish pie, crawfish Caesar salad and crawfish etouffee. The Cajun combination features red beans and rice with smoked sausage, jambalaya and a cup of gumbo. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Reconcile
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 568-1157;
www.cafereconcile.org
This restaurant and culinary training center offers a menu of Creole favorites, such as the popular Thursday special, white beans and shrimp cooked with tasso and served over rice. Fried catfish is available with or without crawfish sauce and served with two sides. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe Roma
1901 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 524-2419;
www.caferomauptown.com
The Roma sandwich is an Italian loaf filled with pepperoni, salami, ham, cheese, black olives and onions. Chicken Caesar salad is tossed with house-made Caesar dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Rose Nicaud
632 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-3300;
www.caferosenicaud.com
The Southern breakfast features scrambled eggs, rosemary cheese grits, alligator sausage or bacon and five-grain sourdough toast or a biscuit. The portobello mushroom sandwich is dressed with provolone cheese, arugula and balsamic vinaigrette on ciabatta bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Royale
3343 Metairie Road, Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 304-8438
Feta Fiesta salad features grilled chicken, spinach, feta, avocado, sun-dried cranberries, glazed walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette. The spinach artichoke panino is made with grilled chicken, spinach, artichoke, provolone and Roma tomatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Cafe Soule
720 St. Louis St., (504) 304-4636;
www.cafesoule.com
Shrimp and eggplant Pierre features fried eggplant topped with Louisiana shrimp sauteed in white wine and served with light cream sauce. Sweet and savory crepes also are available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Caffe! Caffe!
3547 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 267-9190; 4301 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, (504) 885-4845;
www.caffecaffe.com
Boiled shrimp are tossed with remoulade and greens and stuffed in a whole wheat wrap. The corned beef sandwich is served on toasted marble rye with lettuce, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and a pickle spear. No reservations. Clearview Parkway: Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. N. Hullen Street: breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Caffe Fresca
4445 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, (504) 887-2010;
www.caffefresca.com
Trout amandine is served grilled or fried and topped with toasted almonds and meuniere sauce. Eggplant Fresca is fried eggplant topped with an herb-butter seafood sauce over angel hair pasta. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Caffe Latte Da
5860 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, (504) 818-0051;
www.caffelatteda.com
Avocado salad features spring mix, avocado, red onions, sprouts, blue cheese, walnuts and orange slices. The herbed focaccia club sandwich includes grilled chicken, ham, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato and comes with house-made sweet potato chips. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Cajun Grill & Bar
2325 N. Hullen St., Suite 100, Metairie, (504) 831-0095
The Super seafood platter combines catfish, shrimp, oysters, a soft-shell crab, stuffed shrimp, fries, salad and a vegetable. The New Orleans sampler includes shrimp Creole, fried catfish, gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Camellia Cafe
525 Hwy. 190 W. Slidell, (985) 649-6211; 69455 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313;
www.thecamelliacafe.com
Blackened redfish is an 8-ounce fillet blackened on the grill and served with salad. On Tuesdays, Camellia serves raw oysters on the half-shell. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Camellia Grill
626 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-2679
The 10-inch deli roast beef po-boy is piled with roast beef in gravy. Hickman's burger is topped with melted Swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onions. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Campbell's Coffee & Tea
516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992;
www.campbellscoffee.com
Coffee drinks include hot and iced coffee and specially blended cafe au lait. Baked goods include white chocolate almond scones and sage-cheddar biscuits. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

Canal Street Bistro
3903 Canal St., (504) 482-1225;
www.canalstreetbistro.com
At brunch, the Bayou St. John crabmeat Napoleon features a potato cake, a crab cake, sauteed spinach, two sunny side-up quail eggs and pablano cream sauce. Doppelbock brisket comes with mushroom-cognac cream sauce, mashed potatoes and a vegetable. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cane & Table
1113 Decatur St., (504) 581-1112;
www.caneandtablenola.com
This Caribbean-focused restaurant serves peas and rice, which is a blend of petite red peas cooked with turmeric, ginger root and allspice, Jamaican curry, house-made chili vinegar and andouille and popcorn rice. The vegetable plate offers a choice of four side dishes, with options including black-eyed peas and rice, sauteed kale and stewed tomatoes with achiote jam. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Canseco's Market
1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-5979; 3135 Esplanade Ave., (504) 322-2595; 5217 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 218-8426;
www.cansecosmarkets.com
The markets offer an array of sandwiches, salads, entrees, cheeses, baked goods and more. The pressed Cuban sandwich is filled with marinated pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. Garlic roast beef is cooked in-house and served hot on French bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Capdeville
520 Capdeville St., (504) 371-5161;
www.capdevillenola.com
Shrimp and chorizo tacos fill flour tortillas with peppers, onions, cilantro and poblano coulis. The loaded grilled cheese features prosciutto, Gruyere, Gouda, basil and roasted red pepper on sourdough bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Carmelo Ristorante
1901 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 624-4844;
www.carmeloristorante.com
Veal piccata is sauteed, hand-cut veal topped with peppers and artichokes in lemon butter sauce. Leonora fish of the day is pan-roasted and served with lemon butter and artichokes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Carmo
527 Julia St., (504) 875-4132;
www.cafecarmo.com
Shima sashimi is the daily fish marinated in soy and mirin. Esmeralda salad includes quinoa, black beans, poblano peppers, organic corn, pumpkin seeds and Cotija cheese in coconut chili lime vinaigrette. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Carousel Bar and Lounge
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341;
www.hotelmonteleone.com
The Yardbird pistolette features chicken with Buffalo sauce on French bread. The Cuban Sammy is a tapas-size dish of braised pork, shaved ham, dill pickles and brown mustard. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Casa Borrega
1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 427-0654;
www.facebook.com/casaborrega
Tacos de Borrego are made with organic Two Run Farm lamb marinated in tequila with achiote, chile morita and serrano chilis and served with chopped onions, cilantro and tomatillo salsa. Coctel de Camaron de la Viga features large Gulf shrimp in spicy tomato base with pico de gallo and avocado, served with tostadas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Cate Street Seafood Station
308 S. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 340-3891;
www.cate-street308.com
The Ultimate crab platter features one pound each of Dungeness and snow crabs and two Alaskan king crab legs in house-made crab boil. The Sushi Martini is a combination of salmon, smelt roe, squid salad, crabstick and seaweed salad served with ponzu sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri. Credit cards. $$

Central Grocery
923 Decatur St., (504) 523-1670;
www.centralgroceryneworleans.com
This Italian grocery is known for its muffuletta, available on whole or half loaves. Eat in or do as most do and get a muffuletta to go. Jarred olive salad also is available. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar
2200 Magazine St., (504) 644-4311;
www.charcoalgourmetburgerbar.com
In addition to a large variety of build-your-own burger options, Charcoal's menu includes appetizers such as Piggy Back Shrimp: jumbo Gulf shrimp stuffed with jalapeno, wrapped in smoked bacon and topped with Monterey Jack cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Charles Seafood
8311 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, (504) 405-4263;
www.charlesseafood14.com
The Charlie platter comes with catfish, oysters, shrimp, stuffed crab, a side, toast and a cup of gumbo. Jambalaya grits are made with andouille sausage, shrimp and roasted red peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $S

Charlie's Steak House
4510 Dryades St., (504) 895-9323;
www.charliessteakhousenola.com
The wedge salad features iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, shaved onions and house blue cheese dressing. The Charlie is a 32-ounce thick-cut T-bone served on a sizzling hot platter. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Chartres House
601 Chartres St., (504) 586-8383;
www.chartreshouse.com
Louisiana Gulf fish is grilled and served with crawfish stuffing, lemon butter, steamed vegetables and Cajun potatoes. The Chartres burger combines a grilled half-pound Angus beef patty, a hot sausage patty, provolone cheese and garlic mayonnaise on a jalapeno-cheddar bun. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Chateau Cafe
139 Robert E. Lee Blvd., (504) 286-1777; 701 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 461-9819; 3501 Chateau Blvd., Suite E4, Kenner, (504) 465-9444;
www.chateaucafe.com
The French dip is a hot sandwich of thin-sliced roast beef, Swiss cheese and grilled onions on French bread served au jus. Southwestern chicken salad is made with corn, salsa, black beans, cheddar Jack cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, tortilla strips, romaine and ranch dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Chateau du Lac Bistro
2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-3773;
www.chateaudulacbistro.com
Duck leg confit is served with citrus salad. Steak frites feature an 8-ounce beef tenderloin steak served with au poivre sauce or bearnaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Checkpoint Charlie
501 Esplanade Ave., (504) 281-4847
The half-pound Charlie burger comes dressed with lettuce, pickles and onion. For a snack or side, french fries are loaded with melted cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Cheeseburger Eddie's
4517 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-5511;
www.austinsno.com
The Better Than Breakfast burger is made with an over-easy egg, bacon, cheddar cheese and hash browns. Mr. Ed's "famous fried chicken" plate includes half a fried chicken, french fries and toast. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Cheesesteak Bistro
528 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 875-9793;
www.thecheesesteakbistro.com
Cheese steak features sliced sirloin, grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms and provolone cheese on a soft-seeded French roll. Bistro eggs Benedict tops English muffins or French bread with poached eggs, ham and hollandaise and comes with grits or hash-brown casserole. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop
2309 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-2022;
www.gumbostop.com
The seafood gumbo features a rich dark roux and local shrimp and crabmeat with local Jazzmen rice. The chicken and sausage jambalaya is made with Jazzmen brown rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Chiba
8312 Oak St., (504) 826-9119;
www.chiba-nola.com
The St. Charles Avenue roll is crunchy spicy yellowtail topped with salmon, mango, avocado and black tobiko. New York steak is grilled soy-mirin glazed steak served over marbled potatoes with tasso tossed in a spicy Thai basil sauce. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Chicken Sue's
203 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 371-5546;
www.chickensues.com
The West Harrison sandwich is layered with hot ham, turkey and roast beef and a choice of melted cheese. Country-fried steak plates and po-boys also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

China Doll
830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 366-1111;
www.chinadoll-restaurant.com
Cantonese crab corn soup is egg drop soup with crab, creamed corn, shredded roast pork and green onions. Cantonese crab fingers are crab fingers stir fried with pork strips, Chinese garlic, water chestnuts and mushrooms in black bean wine sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

China Orchid
702-704 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 865-1428;
www.chinaorchidneworleans.com
Sizzling beef is sauteed with broccoli, spinach and mushrooms in hot chili sauce. Lightly battered spicy fish is served with tofu, onions, carrots, corn and red bell peppers. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

China Rose
3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, (504) 887-3295;
www.chinaroseno.com
The China Rose special is a marinated half duck sauteed with bell peppers and served with brown sauce. Spicy Mongolian beef is topped with hot garlic sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Chophouse New Orleans
322 Magazine St., (504) 522-7902;
www.chophousenola.com
Center-cut filet mignon is prepared Pittsburgh-style with a charred exterior and served with creamed spinach spiced with nutmeg. Carpaccio is thinly sliced raw beef tenderloin topped with balsamic reduction, horseradish aioli, Parmesan, arugula and capers. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Christopher's on Carey
2228 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-4501;
www.christophersoncarey.com
Veal saltimboca is veal scallopini topped with sage, prosciutto, fontina and porcini mushrooms and served over pasta bordelaise. Crispy duck breast is served with tasso-infused duck sauce and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Cibugnu
709 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-8990;
www.cibugnu.com
Ravioli filled with sweet corn mousse, charred corn and mascarpone are served with roasted garlic cream, warm blueberries, scallions, olio verde and Pecorino Romano. Wood-fired pork chop is served with house-made vinegar peppers and potatoes Delfina. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner Tues.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Ciro's Cote Sud
7918 Maple St., (504) 866-9551;
www.cotesudrestaurant.com
Cotes d'agneau grillees aux herbs de Provence is a grilled rack of lamb served with vegetables. Les moules frites is a large bowl of steamed mussels served with fries and a choice of marinieres, curry, Provencal or blue cheese sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

City Diner
201 Baronne St. (504) 309-7339; 3116 S. I-10 Service Road East, Metairie, (504) 831-1030; 5708 Citrus Blvd., (504) 309-7614;
www.citydiner.biz
Bottom of the Bowl is a bread bowl filled with crawfish, crabmeat and shrimp in cream sauce topped with mixed cheeses. The Cajun burger features a hot sausage and ground beef patty. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Clancy's
6100 Annunciation St., (504) 895-1111;
www.clancysneworleans.com
Soft-shell crab is mesquite-smoked and served with sauteed lump crabmeat in lemon-Worcestershire brown butter with parsley. Grilled veal chop is served with roasted tomato demi-glace, spaetzle and sauteed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Cleo's Mediterranean Cuisine & Grocery
165 University Place, (504) 522-4504;
www.facebook.com/cleosnola
This cafe serves American-style breakfasts and Mediterranean favorites such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, gyros and more. Specials include chicken-fried steak and fried eggplant. No reservations. 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Clover Grill
900 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1010;
www.clovergrill.com
This retro-styled diner serves burgers and breakfast items around the clock. Chicken-fried steak comes with two eggs, toast and hash browns or grits. Biscuits and gravy features country gravy on an open-face biscuit. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 588-2123;
www.cochonrestaurant.com
Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski modernize rustic Cajun cooking. Wood-fired oysters are topped with chili-garlic butter. Louisiana cochon is served with turnips, cabbage and cracklings. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 588-7675;
www.cochonbutcher.com
The charcuterie plate features house-cured meats including Genoa salami, spicy fennel salami, hog's head cheese and duck terrine, plus house-made crackers and accoutrements. The muffaletta is layered with Genoa salami, mortadella, capicola, provolone cheese and olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Coffee Rani
234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; 3510 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560;
www.coffeerani.com
The vegetable tortilla features roasted vegetables, avocado and alfalfa sprouts and is served with salsa. Sashimi tuna plates are available with 4 or 8 ounces of thinly sliced tuna served with greens and peanut dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

Cold Stone Creamery
624 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 218-8900; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite F, Harahan, (504) 736-5037; 70380 Hwy. 21, Suite 3, Covington (985) 871-1470;
www.coldstonecreamery.com
Cold Stone offers a rotating selection of ice cream flavors, plus sundaes, cakes, shakes, sorbets and other sweet treats. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Columbia Street Tap Room
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899;
www.covingtontaproom.com
The All-American burger features a ground chuck patty, American cheese, grilled onions, pickles and mayonnaise. Spinach and oyster salad includes a seasonal fruit vinaigrette, toasted almonds, pickled red onions and goat cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308;
www.thecolumns.com
Pan-seared shrimp balls are served with Creole tomato sauce and horseradish cream. The jumbo lump crab cake is served with fried green tomato and lemon grass beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Ave., (504) 899-8221;

www.commanderspalace.com
Chef Tory McPhail serves refined contemporary Creole dishes. Louisiana Gulf fish is served with crushed corn sauce, poached crabmeat and spiced pecans. Creole bread pudding souffle is served with whiskey cream. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Common Grounds
335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 227-2200;
www.commongroundsgretna.com
Artichoke Amelia features deep-fried artichoke croquettes with remoulade. Asian-Cajun wings are marinated, Cajun-spiced and deep-fried chicken wings served with sweet Thai chili sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

The Company Burger
4600 Freret St., (504) 267-0320;
www.thecompanyburger.com
The namesake Company Burger includes two patties, house-made bread-and-butter pickles, American cheese and red onions. The lamb burger features house-ground lamb, local feta, arugula and chili-mint glaze on a toasted bun. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Coop's Place
1109 Decatur St., (504) 525-9053;
www.coopsplace.net
Rabbit and sausage fill jambalaya and the "supreme" version also features shrimp, tasso and crawfish tails. Smoked duck quesadillas are topped with orange sauce and salsa. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Cooter Brown's Tavern
509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104;
www.cooterbrowns.com
There's a raw bar for oysters on the half shell. The Bayou Philly fills French bread with alligator sausage, shrimp, bell peppers, onions and pepper Jack and American cheeses. The Cooter dog is a large beef frank topped with chili, cheese and sauerkraut. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro
2001 St. Charles Ave., (504) 593-9955; 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 454-7620;
www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com
Blackened shrimp fettuccine Alfredo is served in an herb-cheese pizza bowl and topped with shaved Parmesan. Baked crab and crawfish dip comes with garlic bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Copeland's of New Orleans
Citywide;
www.copelandsofneworleans.com
Copeland's serves a menu of creative twists on Cajun, Creole and Italian dishes, as well as burgers, steaks, pasta and sandwiches. Crab cakes and shrimp Alfredo features two crab cakes topped with shrimp Alfredo sauce over angel hair pasta. The eggplant pirogue tops fried eggplant slices with shrimp and crab claws in au gratin sauce over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Copper Monkey Bar & Grill
725 Conti St., (504) 527-0869;
www.coppermonkeygrill.com
Crawfish etouffee features seasoned crawfish in home-style brown gravy. For dessert, multibuns, or banana-filled beignets, are a Copper Monkey original. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Coquette
2800 Magazine St., (504) 265-0421;
www.coquettenola.com
Farro is served with charred cabbage, fried Brussels sprouts, black truffle and charred onion broth. Grilled duck breast comes with smoked duck leg confit, braised celery, spiced corn bread crumble and tangy mustard tamarind sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Mon., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Corky's Ribs & Bar-B-Q
4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-5000;
www.corkysbarbq.com
Memphis-style ribs come wet (slathered in barbecue sauce), dry (rubbed with Corky's dry shake) or both. Pulled pork shoulder is slow-smoked for 12 to 14 hours and topped with Corky's special sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Corner Cafe
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 454-1008
The seafood platter for two includes two cups of gumbo, salad, stuffed jalapeno poppers, onion rings, crab balls, hushpuppies, stuffed shrimp, two baby soft-shell crabs, popcorn shrimp and fried shrimp, oysters and catfish. A whole catfish fillet is stuffed with crabmeat dressing and topped with shrimp. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Corner Oyster House
500 St. Peter St., (504) 522-2999;
www.corneroysterhouse.com
Alligator sauce piquante features alligator stewed in Creole-seasoned tomato sauce and served with rice. Crawfish and chicken Homerun is a marinated grilled chicken breast topped with crawfish, bell pepper and mushroom sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Coscino's Italian Grill
1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984;
www.coscinositaliangrill.com
New York-style hand-tossed pies feature thin crusts and are cooked on stone deck ovens. Eggplant Parmesan tops lightly breaded fried eggplant medallions with red gravy and mozzarella cheese and is served with pasta and house-baked bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Sat. Credit cards. $$

Counter Market & Deli
335 Chartres St., (504) 587-0908;
www.kingfishcounter.com
Adjoining chef Greg Sonnier's Kingfish is his casual lunch counter. The Red Eye Gator Boy features alligator meatballs braised in red gravy and topped with melted provolone. The D.A.T. combines coffee-cured duck bacon, tomato, arugula and aioli on rye bread. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

The Country Club
634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742;
www.thecountryclubneworleans.com
Boudin balls are made with house-made pork sausage and rice and served with whole grain mustard. Fried green tomato Napoleon is layered with fresh mozzarella, pesto and balsamic vinegar. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Country Flame
620 Iberville St., (504) 522-1138 Seafood soup brims with crabmeat, catfish, shrimp and fried plantains. Fried tilapia is topped with tomato sauce and served with fried plantains and white rice. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Court Of Two Sisters
613 Royal St., (504) 522-7261;
www.courtoftwosisters.com
Veal Oscar comes with asparagus, sauteed lump crabmeat, tasso hollandaise and mashed new potatoes. Fried oysters Rockefeller features cornmeal-breaded Louisiana oysters served over baked Herbsaint creamed spinach with bacon and bearnaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and brunch daily. Credit cards. $$$

Cowbell
8801 Oak St., (504) 298-8689;
www.cowbell-nola.com
Barbecued Harris Ranch all-natural rib-eye comes with macaroni and cheese, grilled asparagus and onion rings. The Uncle Warren burger is a free-range Cowbell burger topped with hot pastrami, Jarlsberg cheese, creamy slaw and hand-cut fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $$

Coyote Blues
4860 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 301-3848;
www.coyotebluesfreshmex.com
Fajitas are cooked on a wood-burning grill and served with onions, bell peppers, poblano rice, charro beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, garlic butter and flour, wheat or corn tortillas. Nuevo crab enchiladas feature two roasted corn crepes filled with crab and cheese and topped with mango and red pepper salsa. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Crabby Jack's
428 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 833-2722;
www.crabbyjacksnola.com
The fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade po-boy is served on French bread. Shrimp and tasso pasta combines Cajun-seasoned Gulf shrimp, house-cured tasso and pasta in Parmesan cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Crazy Johnnie's Steakhouse
3520 18th St., Metairie, (504) 887-6641;
www.crazyjohnnies.net
Giant Dippin' Shrimp is New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp served with French bread. Crawfish Johnnie combines crawfish, onions and mushrooms in cream reduction. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Crazy Lobster
Riverwalk Marketplace, 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, (504) 569-3380;
www.thecrazylobster.com
Char-grilled oysters are topped with garlic butter and cheese. The steamed seafood bucket includes lobster, snow crab, shrimp, crawfish, clams, mussels, corn, potatoes and sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Creole Creamery
4924 Prytania St., (504) 894-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., (504) 482-2924;
www.creolecreamery.com
The skyscraper sundae features scoops of chocolate, vanilla and cookies and cream ice cream with fudge, caramel and Oreos on top. The peanut butter fudge sundae has two scoops of fudge ice cream, peanut butter sauce, peanuts, hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, wafers and cherries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

Crepes a la Cart
1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-2362;
www.crepecaterer.com
Chicken florentine comes with Swiss cheese, mushrooms, red onion and baby spinach. The tiki rum runner is filled with Nutella, pecans, coconut, raisins, caramel, rum and cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571;
www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
Redfish Pontchartrain is topped with a fried soft-shell crab and roasted red pepper crabmeat aioli and served with asparagus. Brewhouse ribs are served with sweet potato fries and slaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Crescent City Steak House
1001 N. Broad St., (504) 821-3271;
www.crescentcitysteaks.com
The 20-ounce bone-in New York strip is served with pepper cream sauce. Surf and Turf features an 8-ounce lobster tail and 6-ounce bacon-wrapped filet. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Crescent Pie and Sausage Company
4400 Banks St., (504) 482-2426;
www.crescentpieandsausage.com
The mixed grill features three types of sausage and is served with Dijon Creole mustard, marmalade and house-made pickles. The brisket sandwich includes house-smoked meat, roasted red peppers and onions and is served with house-made Parmesan and truffle potato chips. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Renell Jones serves contemporary Creole dishes at Criollo Restaurant - & Lounge. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Renell Jones serves contemporary Creole dishes at Criollo Restaurant & Lounge.

Criollo Restaurant & Lounge
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 681-4444; -
www.criollonola.com
Shellfish court-bouillon features grilled grouper, Gulf shrimp, blue crabmeat and diver scallops in a Creole tomato and fennel broth over citrus linguine. Barbecue shrimp boudin features one boudin link and two shrimp served with hedgehog mushrooms, grape tomatoes and corn cooked with brown butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Croissant D'or
617 Ursulines Ave., (504) 524-4663;
www.croissantdornola.com
Chicken or cream of spinach pochettes are flaky pastries filled with bechamel and chicken, spinach or other fillings. Almond croissants are filled with almond paste and topped with almond slices. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Crystal Room At Le Pavillon
833 Poydras St., (504) 620-8899;
www.lepavillon.com/crystalroom.htm
Two pan-seared crab cakes are served over baby greens with remoulade. Chicken Le Pavillon is braised chicken with apple-raisin-spinach stuffing. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cucos
2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 393-7766;
www.cucosmex.com
Steak, chicken and shrimp fajitas are served with sauteed onions and peppers, lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo and guacamole. El Presidente includes beef and cheese enchiladas, chimi pequitos, a beef taco, beans and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cure
4905 Freret St., (504) 302-2357;
www.curenola.com
Steak tartare combines prime sirloin, mashed capers, shallots, parsley and crispy sunchokes and is served with fingerling potato chips. Maitake mushrooms are served with Louisiana Pride Gristmill polenta, shaved Parmesan and braising jus. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$



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