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Gambit's Spring Restaurant Guide 2016: E 

Eat New Orleans
900 Dumaine St., (504) 522-7222;
Crawfish boil stew includes Louisiana crawfish tails, potatoes, corn on the cob and rice. Eggplant and shrimp casserole is a cast iron skillet filled with smothered eggplant, Gulf shrimp and Parmesan with breadcrumbs on top. 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 Michoacan mixed grill includes aged skirt steak, chicken breast, jumbo Gulf shrimp, sauteed vegetables and chimichurri sauce. Carne asada comes with 10 ounces of aged Black Angus skirt steak, fire-roasted Mexican squash, pinto beans and a choice of salsa. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards.  $$

El Libre
508 Dumaine St., (504) 309-2699;
The Cuban-themed cafe serves a Cuban sandwich featuring roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and French Pickl'er pickles on pressed French bread. Baked goods include tres leches cake, sweet plantain bread and cookies. 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 include 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 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;
Elizabeth's is known for its candied praline bacon. 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 daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Elysian Seafood
St. Roch Market, 2381 St. Claude Ave., (504) 323-9123;
Louisiana crawfish cake is served with roasted poblano aioli, crispy fried leeks and Creole potato hash. Ceviche is made with Gulf fish and served with flatbread. Reservations accepted for large parties. 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;
Truffled fried chicken is accompanied by seasonal fixings. 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 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 menu includes burgers, po-boys, fried boudin balls, salads and more. 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 daily, late-night Thu.-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 turkey avocado panino is dressed with Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, red onions and honey mustard. The chicken wrap features grilled chicken, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, carrots, red onion and barbecue and ranch sauces in a wheat or white wrap. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Estrella Steak & Lobster House
237 Decatur St., (504) 525-6151
The Cajun filet mignon is stuffed with crabmeat, crawfish and shrimp and served with red wine reduction and mushrooms. A crab cake is served with sauteed shrimp over garlic and herb fettucine. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Dollar signs reflect the average price of a dinner entree.
$ = $1-$10 • $$ = $11-$20 • >$$$ = $21-up

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