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Gambit's Spring Restaurant Guide 2016: I 

click to enlarge An alligator po-boy comes with french fries at Ignatius Eatery.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

An alligator po-boy comes with french fries at Ignatius Eatery.

The breakfast menu includes pancakes, waffles, omelets and combinations such as the breakfast sampler featuring two eggs, two strips of bacon, two pork sausage links, ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. The blue cheese bacon burger is served with fries, onion rings, hash browns or fruit. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Ignatius Eatery
3121 Magazine St., (504) 899-0242;
Panko-crusted bell peppers are stuffed with crabmeat, crawfish and shrimp and served with maque choux and cream cheese mashed potatoes. The alligator sausage po-boy is dressed with sauteed peppers, lettuce, mayonnaise, Creole mustard and remoulade on Leidenheimer bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Igor's Buddha Belly Burger Bar
4437 Magazine St., (504) 891-6105
The Cajun burger is 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;
igorsloungeThe Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and topped with hot sauce. Sides include onion rings and shoestring fries, which can be topped with American cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Il Posto Cafe
4607 Dryades St., (504) 895-2620;
The prosciutto panino is made with house-made pesto and fresh mozzarella on Bellegarde Bakery ciabatta. Shaved Brussels sprouts salad includes toasted almonds, Parmesan, Gala apples and lemon-herb vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Impastato's Restaurant
3400 16th St., Metairie, (504) 455-1545;
Two soft-shell crabs are topped with crabmeat, shrimp and lemon butter. A 10-ounce filet mignon is smoked over pecan wood and broiled. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Irene's Cuisine
539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
Paneed oysters and grilled shrimp are served on a bed of spinach. Oven-roasted duck is served with mashed sweet potatoes and spinach in raspberry vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 595-6755;
Beer-battered fish and chips come with house-made tartar sauce and malt vinegar. The Full Irish breakfast includes sunny side up eggs, black and white puddings, Irish sausage, baked beans, roasted mushrooms, a grilled tomato, potato hash and toast. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Isabella's Pizzeria
200 Hewitt Road, Hammond, (985) 230-9900; 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Highway 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620;
Lasagne is made with Italian sausage, ground beef, marinara and Parmesan, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. Four Seasons pizza offers a taste of four pizzas — tomato and basil, green onion sausage, seafood and spinach combo — separated by braided dough. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Italian Barrel
430 Barracks St., (504) 569-0198;
Porcini and truffle ravioli are finished with creamy white wine sauce and white truffle extra virgin olive oil. For a Friday and Saturday dinner special, veal osso buco is served with red sauce and polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Izzo's Illegal Burrito
Izzo's offers a build-your-own approach to tacos, burritos, salads, quesadillas and more. Diners choose meats (steak, ground beef, chicken, pork, shrimp), vegetables, cheeses, salsa, sour cream and other items. Burrito bowls are build-your-own dishes served on a bed of rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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

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