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Gambit's 2014 Spring Restaurant Guide: I 

Diners prepare for St. Patrick’s Day at The Irish House.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Diners prepare for St. Patrick’s Day at The Irish House.

IHOP
Citywide;
www.ihop.com
The breakfast sampler includes two eggs, two strips of bacon, two pork sausage links, two pieces of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. Grilled tilapia is served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Ignatius Eatery
3121 Magazine St., (504) 899-0242;
www.ignatiuseatery.com
Macaroni and cheese is made with fried shrimp, sharp cheddar and provolone cheeses and applewood-smoked bacon. The grilled alligator po-boy comes on Leidenheimer bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Igor's Buddha Belly Burger Bar
4437 Magazine St., (504) 891-6105
The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and hot sauce and served with french fries or onion rings. Jalapeno poppers are battered and fried cheese-stuffed peppers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Igor's Lounge & Gameroom
2133 St. Charles Ave., (504) 568-9811;
www.facebook.com/igorslounge
The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and topped with hot sauce. Shoestring fries can be topped with American cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Il Posto Italian Cafe
4607 Dryades St., (504) 895-2620;
www.facebook.com/ilpostocafe
The Pacifico sandwich features Italian tuna salad, lemon, fresh thyme, tomato, red onion and extra-virgin olive oil on multi-grain bread. The Milano panino is made with sopressata, fontina, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar on pressed ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Impastato's Restaurant
3400 16th St., Metairie, (504) 455-1545;
www.impastatos.com
Soft-shell Marcello is soft-shell crab topped with crabmeat, shrimp and lemon butter. The pecan-smoked filet is a 10-ounce steak smoked over pecan woodchips and broiled. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Irene's Cuisine
539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
Paneed oysters and grilled shrimp are served with raspberry sauce over tossed fresh spinach. Lamb a la Provence features grilled lamb chops and roasted garlic mashed potatoes finished with rosemary port demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Iris
321 N. Peters St., (504) 299-3944;
www.irisneworleans.com
Duck confit and pork belly are served with Brussels sprouts, turnips and preserved Meyer lemon jus. Beef short rib is served with sweet potatoes, broccoli, coconut milk and sweet and sour glaze. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 595-6755;
www.theirishhouseneworleans.com
Chef Matt Murphy offers hearty pub fare and refined dishes. Beer-battered fish and chips come with house-made tartar sauce and malt vinegar. Traditional shepherd's pie is topped with melted cheddar and served with salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Isabella's Pizzeria
300 Hewitt Road, Hammond, (985) 230-9900; 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620;
www.isabellaspizzeria.net
The shrimp pesto pie is topped with pesto sauce, roasted garlic, Roma tomatoes, red onions, Kalamata olives and shrimp. The Tuscan panino features smoked ham, roasted chicken, provolone cheese, Roma tomatoes and chipotle mayonnaise on pressed ciabata. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Italian Barrel
430 Barracks St., (504) 569-0198;
www.italianbarrel.com
Pumpkin ravioli features house-made pasta filled with pumpkin sauteed in butter and sage. The grilled 12-ounce center-cut filet mignon is served with sauteed potatoes and creamy green peppercorn sauce or dolce Gorgonzola sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Italian Pie
Citywide;
www.italianpie.com
These pizzerias serve pizzas, salads, pasta, sandwiches and more. The Mediterranean pie features artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, mozzarella and pesto sauce. Fettuccine is topped with grilled chicken or shrimp and creamy Alfredo sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Ivy
5015 Magazine St., (504) 899-1330
Chef Sue Zemanick's small plate offerings include grilled lobster served with arugula, roasted potatoes and corn. Warm snow crab claws are served with truffle butter. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Izzo's Illegal Burrito
1901 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 101, Harvey, (504) 708-4530; 4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite A, Metairie, (504) 708-5220; 70488 Hwy. 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 288-2388;
www.izzos.com
Diners can order an array of items assembled to order. Burritos include a choice of tortilla (flour, cayenne, spinach or wheat), meat (chicken, steak, shrimp), vegetables, salsas, cheeses, rice and beans. Izzo's salads include romaine lettuce, choices of meat and toppings, tortilla strips and salsa or one of three house dressings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $



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