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Gambit’s 2016 summer restaurant guide: E 

Eat New Orleans
900 Dumaine St., (504) 522-7222;
Crawfish boil stew includes Louisiana crawfish tails, potatoes, corn on the cob and rice. The Trio includes a stuffed pepper, a cup of andouille and chicken gumbo and a cup of red bean and andouille gumbo. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

El Gato Negro
81 French Market Place, (504) 525-9752; 300 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-0107; 800 S. Peters St., (504) 309-8864;
The sauteed fish of the day is served with roasted Mexican squash, red bell pepper and rustic avocado salad with a guajillo-chimichurri drizzle. The combo platter includes a cheese enchilada, a chicken enchilada topped with Chihuahua cheese, a chicken tamale, rice, beans, tomatillo salsa, orange oregano salsa, guacamole and sour cream. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

El Libre
508 Dumaine St., (504) 309-2699;
The Cuban sandwich features roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles on pressed French bread. The tres leches cake is infused with rum. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Wed.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

El Paso
601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 218-4590; 1110 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 445-1450; 3010 Holiday Drive, (504) 309-8833;
Bistec a la Mexicana features grilled steak, onions, tomatoes, guacamole salad, rice, refried beans and flour tortillas. Fajitas al pastor includes marinated strips of pork and pineapple in adobo sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole salad, sour cream, refried beans, rice and flour tortillas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

El Pavo Real
4401 S. Broad St., (504) 266-2022;
Chipotle-rubbed hanger steak fills a taco dressed with tomatillo-avocado salsa, cilantro and jalapenos and is served with queso fresco. Roasted chicken is topped with Oaxacan mole poblano and served with tangy slaw and tortillas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

601 Gallier St., (504) 944-9272;
Shrimp- and rice-stuffed pork loin is served with bourbon pan gravy. At brunch, eggs Florentine features poached eggs over fried oysters, creamed spinach and potatoes with hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Elysian Seafood
St. Roch Market, 2381 St. Claude Ave., (504) 323-9123;
A Louisiana crab cake with sweet corn and charred scallion cream comes with Creole roasted potatoes. Char-broiled Gulf oysters are topped with roasted garlic, herb and Grana Padano butter and served with a toasted baguette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Emeril's Delmonico
1300 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-4937;
Jumbo lump crabmeat Remick is served with applewood-smoked bacon, Parmesan and toasted French bread. Creole braised lamb shank comes with roasted poblano grits and mirliton pikliz. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 528-9393;
Whole chicken two ways is served with pepper jelly and scampi butter. Andouille-crusted drum fish is served with grilled local vegetables, shoestring potatoes, glazed pecans and Creole meuniere. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

The English Tea Room
734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988;
Coronation chicken salad is made with grapes, apples, cream and curry and sprinkled with walnuts and can be served on a salad or a sandwich. Shepherd's pie is filled with seasoned beef and vegetables and baked with mashed potatoes on top. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Ernst Cafe
600 S. Peters St., (504) 525-8544;
The Ernster po-boy features fried oysters and roast beef gravy. Red beans and rice is served with fried chicken and bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Espresso Express
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, (504) 524-5115; 639 Loyola Ave., seventh floor; (504) 576-2038 The Mr. Rubin sandwich includes turkey, Swiss cheese, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato and Creole mustard on wheat or white toast. The barbecue chicken wrap features chicken, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, carrots and red onion. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Estrella Steak & Lobster House
237 Decatur St., (504) 525-6151
Filet mignon is stuffed with crabmeat, crawfish and shrimp in red wine reduction and served with steamed lobster. Red fish Estrella is topped with crawfish cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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