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Gambit’s 2016 summer restaurant guide: V 

Hotel Ste. Marie, 827 Toulouse St., (504) 207-4532;
Pan-roasted duck breast is served with roasted okra, red peppers and yams and finished with Steen's cane syrup glaze. A roast beef debris po-boy includes slow-cooked beef round with gravy on French bread and is served with roasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Vazquez Seafood & Po-boy Restaurant
515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336;
Cuban specialties include roast pork served with black beans, rice and fried plantains. The pressed Cuban sandwich is filled with ham, chorizo, Swiss cheese and pickles. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

Vega Tapas Cafe
2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-2007;
Fideua is a pasta version of paella made with shrimp, mussels, chicken, chorizo and vegetables. Jumbo Gulf shrimp are cooked in smoked paprika-garlic oil. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Velvet Cactus
6300 Argonne Blvd., (504) 301-2083;
The chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito filled with house-smoked brisket, rice and black beans topped with queso and served with horseradish sauce. Chilies rellenos features fried poblano peppers stuffed with mushrooms, charred corn and chorizo and topped with queso and ranchero sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Venezia Restaurant
134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991;
Breaded veal Pontchartrain is topped with crabmeat, artichokes, mushrooms, green onions and lemon butter. Blackened drum is topped with grilled shrimp and citrus beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Verti Marte
1201 Royal St., (504) 525-4767
The All That Jazz po-boy fills grilled French bread with ham, turkey, shrimp, American and Swiss cheeses, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes and house "Wow" sauce. Barbecued ribs are served with macaroni and cheese, baked beans and two vegetable sides. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $$

Vic's Kangaroo Cafe
636 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 524-4329
Shepherd's pie features ground beef topped with garlic mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. Spicy jambalaya is made with chicken, spicy sausage, vegetables and rice. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Vincent's Italian Cuisine
4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., (504) 866-9313;
Oysters are sauteed with green onions, garlic and olive oil and served over angel hair pasta. House-made cannelloni are stuffed with ground veal, spinach and Parmesan, baked in Alfredo sauce and topped with house-made tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards.  $$

Vine and Dine
141 Delaronde St., (504) 361-1402;
Prosciutto salad includes field greens, dates, Parmesan and balsamic vinaigrette and is served with bread crisps. Mediterranean pizza is topped with pesto, artichokes, roasted red peppers, black olives and feta. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

Voleo's Seafood Restaurant
5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, (504) 689-2482
The Big Boy seafood platter for two features fish, shrimp, oysters, stuffed crabs, crab claws, stuffed shrimp, frog legs, crawfish tails and soft-shell crab. Seafood pizza is topped with shrimp, crawfish, crab, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, mozzarella and tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Voodoo BBQ & Grill
The Graveyard platter includes two meats from choices of pulled pork, smoked brisket, smoked sausage and more, plus two sides and cornbread. Pulled pork fills a white or wheat bun and optional toppings include sweet and spicy pickles, coleslaw and onion strings. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

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