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La Bella's
2118 Third St., Kenner, (504) 466-4675; www.labellascatering.com
Fish tacos feature grilled fish in flour tortillas topped with thinly sliced cabbage slaw, avocado, pico de gallo and lime-dill sauce. The turkey burger is served dressed on a seeded bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

La Boca
870 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.com
House-made cavatelli pasta is tossed with arugula, butternut squash, pecans and honey. Arugula salad combines arugula, candied pecans, Fuji apples, blue cheese, red onion and sherry vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

La Boulangerie
4600 Magazine St., (504) 269-3777
Mille feuille vanille features puff pastry and pastry cream drizzled with chocolate and vanilla icing. Le Parisien is a ham and cheese sandwich on a house-baked baguette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

La Crepe Nanou
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.com
Moules marinieres features steamed mussels in white wine, garlic and cream sauce served with pommes frites. Seared scallops are served over braised kale with apple-herb sauce. No reservations. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

La Divina Gelateria
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., (504) 342-2634; Loyola University, Carrollton Residence Hall, 300 LaSalle Place, (504) 258-2115; www.ladivinagelateria.com
Popular gelato flavors include Azteca, a spicy chocolate flavor, and bourbon-pecan made with Maker's Mark. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

La Macarena Pupuseria and Latin Cafe
8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252; www.pupusasneworleans.com
The NOLA Special breakfast burrito is stuffed with hot sausage, organic eggs, refried black beans, hash browns and American cheese. Carne asada is marinated and grilled beef tenderloin served with saffron rice and tropical salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Mon. Cash only. $$

La Madeleine
601 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8662; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, (504) 456-1624; 3434 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, (504) 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com
The French dip is a sandwich of roast beef, caramelized onion, Gruyere and horseradish sauce served with French onion soup for dipping. Caesar salad comes with garlic croutons and can be topped with chilled salmon. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine St., (504) 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.com
Gulf shrimp and grits is served with roasted shiitake mushrooms, smoked bacon and thyme. Pan-fried rabbit is served with spaetzle and caper-butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

La Provence
25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com
Oysters Ooh La La are broiled with saffron, chili flakes and a crab-fat butter crust. House-made rabbit sausage and ricotta cavatelli are served with rabbit jus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards.  $$$

Lager's International Ale House
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923; www.lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com
Grilled ahi tuna is served on a salad of spinach, chopped walnuts, goat cheese, red onions and tomatoes. Gourmet grilled cheese is made with Fontana, cheddar, Jack and goat cheeses on grilled sourdough and served with tomato-basil soup. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

The Lakehouse
2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006; www.lakehousecuisine.com
The lakehouse salad features field greens, candied pecans, strawberries, and blue cheese in sherry vinaigrette. Steamed ruby red shrimp are served with drawn butter, truffle fries and grilled corn on the cob. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Thu. and Fri., brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $$

Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe
5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.com
Sashimi tuna salad is sesame-crusted tuna over organic greens, shredded carrots, purple cabbage and julienne cucumbers with cucumber-wasabi dressing on the side. The open-faced tuna or chicken avocado melt is topped with melted Monterey Jack, Parmesan and tomatoes on white, wheat or multigrain bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Lakeview Grocery
801 Harrison Ave., (504) 293-1201; www.lakeviewgrocery.com
Red beans and rice is served with a grilled pork chop or smoked sausage. Spicy California rolls feature crab, cucumber, and avocado wrapped in seaweed with sesame seeds and spicy sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Lakeview Harbor
911 Harrison Ave., (504) 486-4887; www.neworleansbestburger.com
The seafood platter comes with oysters, shrimp, catfish, stuffed crab and fries. The spicy burger combines 4 ounces of ground beef and 4 ounces of hot sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Landing
Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 467-5611; www.neworleansairporthotel.com
Shredded potato- and crab-crusted Hawaiian salmon is served with lemon beurre blanc and vegetables. Crawfish etouffee is simmered in a copper-colored roux-based sauce and served with white rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Landry's
400 N. Peters St., (504) 558-0038; 8000 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 283-1010; www.landrysseafood.com
Shrimp en brochette is served with seafood stuffing, pepper Jack cheese, jalapenos wrapped in bacon and Mornay sauce. The Zydeco platter features fried fish and shrimp, crawfish etouffee, frog legs, boudin and alligator sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards.  $$$

Langenstein's
800 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St., (504) 899-9283; www.langensteins.com
The better cheddar dip combines white cheddar cheese, walnuts, garlic and green onions. Shrimp salad is made with Gulf shrimp, Creole mustard, mayonnaise, horseradish and capers. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Laurel Street Bakery
2701 S. Broad St., (504) 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.com
The Gene sandwich is made with sliced turkey, tomatoes, avocado, red onions, mixed greens, white cheddar and mayonnaise on sourdough, multigrain, ciabatta or croissant and comes with a side salad or Zapp's chips. Salmon nicoise salad features soy- and honey-glazed salmon over mixed greens, tomatoes, red onions, green beans, potatoes, olives, a hard-boiled egg and house-made apple cider vinaigrette with toasted ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Le Citron Bistro
1539 Religious St., (504) 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.com
Blackened redfish is topped with lump crabmeat and hollandaise and comes with mixed vegetables and sweet potato mash. Fried green tomatoes are topped with remoulade. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Le Foret
129 Camp St., (504) 553-6738; www.leforetneworleans.com
The sugarcane pork belly features a candied pecan glaze, goat cheese, Covey rice salad, cantaloupe and arugula salad. The Maple Leaf duck breast combines grilled eggplant Napoleon, duck confit, red cabbage, braised onions and peppers with seared foie gras on top. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

Lebanon's Cafe
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com
The lamb chop plate includes six chops, hummus and salad. The chicken shawarma is marinated for two days in Middle Eastern spices, baked and served with hummus and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Legacy Kitchen
759 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-5231; www.legacykitchen.com
The chicken and waffles combination includes fried chicken, a bacon-studded waffle, honey butter and pepper jelly maple syrup. The lemon ice box pie is made from scratch with Nilla wafers and a nut crust and topped with fresh whipped cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, Credit cards. $$$

Li'l Dizzy's Cafe
1500 Esplanade Ave., (504) 569-8997; www.lildizzyscafe.com
Creole file gumbo is made with ham, chicken, crab and house-made sausage. Trout Bacquet is topped with crabmeat and lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Liberty Cheesesteaks
5031 Freret St., (504) 875-4447; www.libertycheesesteaks.com
The Wiz features steak, caramelized onions and cheddar-Colby cheese sauce on an Italian hoagie roll. The vegetarian hoagie has green and yellow squash, kale, red onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and provolone cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Lilette
3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com
Bronzino is Mediterranean sea bass served with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, wilted spinach and Marsala cream. Alaskan king crab claws are served with passion fruit butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lilly's Cafe
1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999
The restaurant's signature spicy tofu appetizer is served with a chef's special sauce. Vegan pho comes with bok choy and vegetables cooked in the broth. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Lin's
3715 Westbank Expressway, (504) 340-0178; www.linsmenu.com
Papaya salad is a Thai dish combining green papaya, carrots, tomatoes, peanuts and shrimp or calamari. Bun, a Vietnamese vermicelli salad featuring pickled carrots, lettuce, bean sprouts, cilantro, fried onions, peanuts, fish sauce and cucumbers, can be topped with egg rolls, shredded pork, grilled shrimp, stir-fried beef or chicken or grilled pork. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Little Gem Saloon
445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863; www.littlegemsaloon.com
Char-grilled Gulf oysters are topped with artichoke and andouille cream sauce. Smoked St. Louis-cut ribs are prepared with peach-mustard barbecue sauce and served with coleslaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Little Korea
3301 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 821-5006
La galbi features beef short ribs marinated for three days and grilled. Jae yook features thinly sliced pork marinated in spicy sauce and stir-fried with vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com
The Burning Man roll has spicy tuna, crunchy flakes and sesame inside and pepper tuna, avocado, green onion, ponzu sauce, eel sauce and chile sauce on top. The Volcano roll has fresh salmon, smelt roe and avocado inside and spicy tuna, snow crab, crunchy flakes, chef's sauce and chile sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant
310 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 485-5658; 2300 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-6788; www.littletokyonola.com
The omakase platter features 10 to 12 kinds of fish flown in from Japan. Grilled eggplant is served with oysters sauteed with miso. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo Small Plates & Noodle Bar
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.com
Squid steak is a whole squid cooked with sake and soy sauce. The Burning Man roll features spicy tuna inside and is topped with pepper tuna, avocado, eel sauce and ponzu. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888
Creole gumbo is made with shrimp, chicken and smoked sausage. The barbecue shrimp po-boy features shrimp cooked in peppery butter sauce and served in a hollowed-out French bread pistolette. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com
The Frenchuletta is a muffuletta served hot on French bread. Eggplant Parmesan is served with pasta, red gravy, salad and garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, early dinner Sun.-Mon., dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

Live Oak Cafe
8140 Oak St., (504) 265-0050; www.liveoakcafenola.com
Barrett Boudin features boudin with Gruyere cheese grits and a house-made lard-based biscuit. The huevos rancheros are two eggs topped with ranchero sauce, black beans, salsa and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Lola
517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992; www.lolacovington.com
A salad of microgreens is topped with fried oysters, lardons, pickled radish, farmhouse berry chevre and avocado ranch dressing. Grilled octopus is served atop a smoked bacon and lima bean puree with Kalamata olives and lemon vinaigrette drizzle. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lola's
3312 Esplanade Ave., (504) 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.com
Caldereta is lamb stew made with paprika, hot peppers, onions, garlic, carrots and red wine. For an appetizer, jumbo shrimp are simmered in garlic, olive oil and spices. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

Lost Love Lounge
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com
Tamarind-spiced tofu banh mi is dressed with jalapenos, pickled carrots and cilantro on buttered French bread. Vegetarian pho is topped with crimini and enoki mushrooms, tofu and leeks. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Louie & The Redhead Lady
2820 E. Causeway Approach., Mandeville, (985) 626-6044; www.louieandtheredheadlady.com
Eggplant Algiers features three fried eggplant medallions layered with a crab cake, boiled shrimp, crabmeat and light sherry cream sauce. Oysters La Luzianne are fried and topped with garlic, parsley, butter and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Louisiana Bistro
337 Dauphine St., (504) 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net
Blue crab, panko-crusted asparagus spears and applewood-smoked bacon top mixed greens in lemon-pepper aioli. The Creole surf and turf features pan-roasted filet mignon topped with crawfish tail scampi. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
95 French Market Place, (504) 522-9500; www.lpkfrenchquarter.com
Roasted chicken pizza is topped with black beans, cilantro, jalapenos, Roma tomatoes, mozzarella and sour cream. Artichoke ravioli features cheese-stuffed pasta shells sauteed with pesto cream sauce, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown
615 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-5900; www.louisianapizzakitchenuptown.com
Shrimp and andouille macaroni and cheese combines penne pasta and cheddar Alfredo sauce sprinkled with scallions. Cuban pizza is topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, barbecue sauce, mozzarella and pickles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Lucky Rooster
515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825; www.luckyroosternola.com
The Tokyo ramen features house-made ramen noodles, three types of pork and sugar snap peas in sesame broth. The "po-po" platter includes spring rolls, glazed ribs and Korean fried chicken. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com
Dinner-time crawfish boils occur every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The Fiesta burger features an 8-ounce patty between crispy tortillas with melted cheese, jalapenos, pico de gallo and shredded lettuce and comes with salad and french fries or sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Luke Hilton Hotel
333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com
Le grand plateau de fruits de mer includes P&J oysters, chilled clams, mussels, Louisiana shrimp, whole Maine lobster and ceviche with remoulade, horseradish, cocktail and mignonette sauces. Choucroute garnie maison features bratwurst, crispy pork belly, smoked pork shank, house-made sauerkraut and sweet mustard. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


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