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Summer Restaurant Guide 2015: L 

Le Meridien New Orleans Hotel, 333 Poydras St., (504) 529-9444;
Blackened ahi tuna tartare is served atop a salt block with avocado, sweet chili cream sauce and ghost pepper caviar. Roasted beet and grilled avocado salad includes quinoa, feta and tomato-saffron vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

La Bella's
2118 Third St., Kenner, (504) 466-4675;
LaBella's roast beef po-boy features slow-roasted, thinly sliced beef topped with gravy on Leidenheimer French bread. The muffuletta combines Genoa salami, ham, provolone cheese and house-made olive salad on a toasted house-baked muffuletta bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

La Boca
870 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-8205;
Strawberry-arugula salad features Ponchatoula strawberries, candied pecans and creamy goat cheese. The Gaucho plate includes skewered beef, chorizo, sweetbreads and beef empanadas. 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 Casita
634 Julia St., (504) 218-8043;
The Fuego is braised brisket with Monterey Jack cheese, verde sauce and pico de gallo available in tacos or a burrito. Cochon is braised pork shoulder with avocado, pickled cabbage and ancho crema, and also is available in tacos or a burrito. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

La Crepe Nanou
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670;
Mussels are cooked in white wine and garlic, finished with cream and served with french fries. Louisiana Shrimp are sauteed in white wine with parsley and garlic and served over angel hair pasta. No reservations. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

La Divina Gelateria
Loyola University, 501 Pine St., (504) 861-5451; 621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692;
Pasta salad features fresh mozzarella, basil, roasted red pepper and balsamic vinaigrette. Blueberry and basil is a popular sorbet flavor. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

La Macarena Pupuseria & Latin Cafe
8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252; www.pupusasnew-
The Cosmopolitan burrito includes Argentine-style smoked sausage, egg, American cheese and hash browns and comes with refried black beans and fried plantains. Latin American-style carne asada is served with tropical salad, yellow saffron rice and a pupusa. No reservations. Brunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Cash only. $$

La Madeleine
601 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8662; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, (504) 456-1624; 3434 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, (504) 818-2450;
The hot chicken Parisien features balsamic chicken, bacon, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato and mayonnaise on a sourdough roll and is served with chips or pasta salad. Strawberry spinach salad is tossed with strawberry vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine St., (504) 891-3377;
Gulf shrimp and grits are prepared with roasted shiitake mushrooms, smoked bacon and thyme. Turtle Bolognese comes with bucatini, sherry, parsley and a fried soft-boiled egg. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

La Provence
25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662;
Oysters Ooh La La are topped with crab fat butter, saffron and chili flakes. Fried soft-shell crab is served with sweet peas, roast crab jus, brown butter, almond, Meyer lemon and parsley. Reservations recommended. Dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

The Lakehouse
2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006;
The fried green tomato Napoleon has shrimp, jumbo lump crabmeat, remoulade and Avery Island butter. Oven-roasted filet mignon is served with garlic confit and grilled portobello sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe
5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001;
Sashimi tuna salad features sesame-crusted tuna over organic greens, shredded carrots, purple cabbage and julienned cucumber with wasabi dressing on the side. Pork debris and two poached eggs top a toasted biscuit with hollandaise and green onions. 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;
The surf-and-turf 12-ounce rib-eye is topped with grilled Louisiana Gulf shrimp and served with a loaded baked potato and garlic bread. The spicy half-pound burger features a hot sausage and ground beef patty and comes with a loaded baked potato and a soft drink. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Lakeview Harbor
911 Harrison Ave., (504) 486-4887;
The cheeseburger features an 8-ounce ground beef patty and is served with a loaded baked potato. The fried shrimp plate comes with salad and a baked potato. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Lager's International Ale House
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923;
Spinach and goat cheese top flatbread. The California grilled chicken sandwich comes with guacamole and applewood-smoked bacon. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

800 Metairie Road, Suite G, Metairie, (504) 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St., (504) 899-9283; www.langensteins.comBetter Cheddar dip combines white cheddar cheese, walnuts, garlic and scallions. Shrimp salad is made with Gulf shrimp, Creole mustard, mayonnaise, horseradish and capers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Laurel Street Bakery
2701 S. Broad St., (504) 897-0576;
The Brooklyn bagel sandwich features smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato, red onion and capers. The Cobb salad includes ham, turkey, bacon, white cheddar cheese, hardboiled egg, tomato and avocado on mixed greens. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Le Bayou
208 Bourbon St., (504) 525-4755;
Shrimp Ya-Ya is a six-shrimp appetizer served with creamy pesto sauce, red pepper flakes and garlic bread. Blackened redfish is served with jambalaya and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Le Citron Bistro
1539 Religious St., (504) 566-9051;
Fried green tomatoes are served with Creole mustard sauce. Blackened drum is topped with lump crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Le Fore
t129 Camp St., (504) 553-6738;
Sauteed soft-shell crab comes with mirliton-corn macque choux, charred tomato vinaigrette, jumbo lump crabmeat and wilted arugula. A crabmeat-stuffed roasted squash blossom is served with squash and zucchini marinated with Champagne vinegar and herbs, grilled heirloom tomatoes, lemon aioli and roasted red pepper coulis. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Legacy Kitchen
759 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-5231;
Tuna tango salad features seared ahi tuna, avocado, mango, macadamia nuts, wontons, greens and ginger-lime dressing. Lemon ice-box pie is made from scratch with a Nilla wafer and nut crust and fresh whipped cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, Credit cards. $$$

Li'l Dizzy's Cafe
1500 Esplanade Ave., (504) 569-8997;
Creole file gumbo features Gulf shrimp, crab, hot sausage, smoked sausage and smoked ham in spicy broth served with rice. Fried chicken is served with potato salad, french fries or red beans and rice. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

click to enlarge Liberty Cheesesteaks serves a variety of Philly-style cheese steaks. - SUMMER RESTAURANT GUIDE 2015
  • Summer Restaurant Guide 2015
  • Liberty Cheesesteaks serves a variety of Philly-style cheese steaks.

Liberty Cheesesteaks
5031 Freret St., (504) 875-4447;
The Original is a Philly-style cheese steak filled with chopped New York strip steak, caramelized onions and melted provolone. The Buffalo chicken steak features chicken breast dressed with wing sauce and American and blue cheeses, and ranch dressing is optional. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Liberty's Kitchen
300 N. Broad St., (504) 822-4011;
Liberty's salad features mixed greens, roasted chicken, Granny Smith apples, blue cheese, sugared pecans, green onions and tarragon vinaigrette. The turkey burger is topped with caramelized onions, roasted tomato, provolone and red bell pepper aioli on a toasted brioche bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636;
Sauteed branzino is served with roasted shiitake mushrooms, creamed spinach, escarole and black garlic verjus butter. Alaskan king crab claws are served with passion fruit butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lilly's Cafe
1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999;
Spicy tofu is marinated with ginger, scallions and shallots and served with chef's special sauce. Rare flank and brisket pho is served with basil, bean sprouts, onions, jalapenos and cilantro. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Little Korea
3301 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 821-5006
Spicy oxtail stew is seasoned with Korean spices and served with four side dishes, miso soup and white rice. Buckwheat noodles are served in cold broth with beef brisket, pickles, cucumber, pickled radishes and half of a boiled egg and kimchi on the side. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532;
The Burning Man roll has spicy tuna, crunchy flakes and sesame oil on the inside and is topped with pepper tuna, avocado, green onion, ponzu sauce, eel sauce and chili sauce. The Fat J Roll features tempura shrimp, snow crab, avocado, asparagus and smelt roe wrapped in soy paper with tuna, boiled shrimp, crunchy flakes, eel sauce and chef's sauce on top. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo Restaurant
310 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 485-5658; 2300 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-6788; 7537 Maple St., (504) 570-6440;
Cucumber seafood salad includes tuna, salmon, yellowtail, octopus, crabstick and ponzu sauce. The cucumber sashimi roll features snow crab, tuna, salmon and whitefish rolled in cucumber and served with spicy mayonnaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo Small Plates & Noodle Bar
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-6088;
Tonkotsu ramen is a pork bone soup with ramen noodles, chashu pork, green onions, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, fish cake and half a boiled egg. The pan-seared squid steak is drizzled with sweet and tangy sauce. Reservations accepted for karaoke room only. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888;
The sandwich special includes half a po-boy and gumbo, turtle soup or crawfish etouffee. Barbecue shrimp features Creole butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120;
The Frenchuletta is a muffuletta made with house olive salad and served hot on French bread. The house special eggplant casserole comes with house-made meatballs, pasta and red gravy. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

Live Oak Cafe
8140 Oak St., (504) 265-0050;
Huevos rancheros includes corn tortillas, black beans, fried eggs, ranchero sauce, salsa and Cotija cheese. Smoked salmon Benedict features poached eggs, smoked salmon and hollandaise over bread or a biscuit and comes with grits, potatoes or fruit. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992;
Pepper jelly-glazed oysters are served with pork belly, feta and pickled okra. Louisiana legacy 14-ounce strip steak is served with fingerling potatoes, broccoli rabe, wild mushroom fricassee and bordelaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

3312 Esplanade Ave., (504) 488-6946;
Garlic mushrooms are seasoned with red pepper, finished with sherry and served sizzling in a skillet. Crabmeat tropical features half of an avocado topped with crabmeat salad. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

Lost Love Lounge Vietnamese Kitchen
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009;
Shrimp-, vermicelli- and herb-filled spring rolls are served with peanut sauce. Bun salad features a choice of tofu, pork, chicken, meatball or shrimp over mixed greens, rice noodles, daikon radish, carrots, onions, mushrooms, cilantro, mint and peanuts. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
95 French Market Place, (504) 522-9500;
Jumbo Gulf shrimp are sauteed with sherry, tomatoes, white wine, basil, garlic, butter and served over angel hair pasta. A vegan wrap combines black bean sauce, vegan sour cream, vegan cheese, cilantro, jalapeno, onions, carrots and comes with french fries, asparagus or pasta salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown
615 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-5900; www.louisi-
Rosemary tortellini features marinated chicken breast, red bell peppers and portobello mushrooms, Parmesan and pesto cream sauce. Smoked salmon pizza is topped with Roma tomatoes, capers, caviar, red onions, cream cheese and mozzarella. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995;
neworleansCabo shrimp and grits features jumbo shrimp marinated with honey, jalapenos and chilies and served over poblano pepper Jack cheese grits. Tiki Taco Shack tacos feature a choice of any two tacos (pao pao shrimp, tuna tatiki, chimichurri steak) and refried beans or black beans and seasoned rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Hilton New Orleans, 333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840;
Soft-shell crab BLT features Creole tomatoes, butter lettuce, Benton's bacon and aioli on open-faced toasted brioche. Gulf Shrimp and Cavatelli Etouffee includes Creole tomatoes, garlic and shrimp butter. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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