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Gambit's 2017 spring restaurant guide: E 

click to enlarge The Champagne bar Effervescence serves grapefruit Champagne sabayon with caramel and meringues.

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The Champagne bar Effervescence serves grapefruit Champagne sabayon with caramel and meringues.

Eat New Orleans
900 Dumaine St., (504) 522-7222; www.eatnola.com
Spicy deviled eggs are topped with bacon or smoked salmon. Crawfish boulettes are served with remoulade. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Effervescence
1036 N. Rampart St., (504) 509-7644; www.nolabubbles.com
The new Champagne bar serves a menu of cheeses, chilled seafood items and small plates. Bowfin or Royal Sturgeon Sterling Reserve Caviar are served with creme fraiche, chives and pepper mash potato chips. Grapefruit is served with Champagne sabayon, crispy meringues and caramel. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night Wed.-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; www.elgatonegronola.com
The mixed grill includes wet-aged skirt steak, chicken breast, chorizo, shrimp, a lamb lollipop, sauteed vegetables, chimichurri drum and guajillo-chimichurri sauce. El Macho Man combo features three kinds of enchiladas, a chicken tamale, a pulled pork quesadilla, sour cream, guacamole, beans, rice and orange-oregano salsa. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

El Libre
508 Dumaine St., (504) 309-2699; www.ellibrenola.com
Pollo de Libre features chicken slow-cooked in mojo sauce served with rice, black beans, avocado and roasted corn. The Cubano is a pressed sandwich featuring pork shoulder slow-roasted in mojo sauce with ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

El Paso
601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 218-4590; 1110 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 445-1450; 1900 Highway 51, LaPlace, (958) 618-3313; 3010 Holiday Drive, (504) 309-8833; www.elpasomex.com
The menu includes nachos, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and more. Bistec a la Mexicana is a grilled steak served with onions, tomatoes, guacamole salad, rice, refried beans and flour tortillas. Fajitas al pastor includes marinated 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. $$

Elizabeth's
601 Gallier St., (504) 944-9272; www.elizabethsrestaurantnola.com
Soft-shell crab is served with two eggs cooked any style and chili hollandaise. A whole fried chicken comes with two sides. 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; www.elysianseafood.com
Louisiana crab cakes come with Creole potato hash, corn and charred scallion cream. Char-broiled oysters are topped with roasted garlic, herbs and Grana Padano and served with a baguette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Emeril's Delmonico
1300 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-4937; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-delmonico
Paneed veal bordelaise is served with linguine, jumbo lump crabmeat, artichoke, mushrooms and charred tomatoes. Pecan-glazed Colorado lamb loin is served with bourbon- and lamb bacon-braised kale, black-eyed peas and pecan gremolata. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 528-9393; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-new-orleans
Cast-iron baked escargot are served with angel hair pasta tossed with garlic-chili oil, bottarga fish roe and Parmesan. A tamarind-glazed double-cut pork chop is topped with green chili mole and served with sweet potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

The English Tea Room & Eatery
734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; www.englishtearoom.com
A coronation chicken salad sandwich is served with crisps. Shepherd's pie is filled with beef and vegetables and baked with a mashed potato crust. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Ernst Cafe
600 S. Peters St., (504) 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.co
The Ernster po-boy features fried oysters, Swiss cheese and roast beef gravy. The menu also includes gumbo, red beans and rice with sausage or fried chicken, boudin balls and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Espresso Express
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 116, (504) 524-5115
The turkey avocado panino includes roasted turkey, avocado, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, red onion and honey-mustard dressing on grain bread. A Thai chicken wrap is stuffed with roasted chicken, sweet Thai chili sauce, cucumber, carrot and Monterey Jack cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

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



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