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DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive., 392-7589; www.dimartinos.com See West Bank — Other section for restaurant description.

DRY DOCK CAFE 133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com Take the ferry to historic Algiers Point and disembark at Dry Dock for a menu of burgers, soups, salads, New Orleans classics and sandwiches. The Best Bank burger is grilled to order and topped with cheese, bacon, grilled onions and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE5145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description.

RENDEZ VOUS CAFE3001 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 367-6013; www.myrendezvouscafe.comRendez Vous' extensive menu covers Mediterranean cuisine as well as wraps, sandwiches and salads. Popular items include hummus, chicken shawarma and chicken Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, open 24 hours Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TOUT DE SUITE CAFE347 Verret St., 362-2264This cafe and coffee shop serves up stick-to-your ribs breakfast fare like the Farmer Brown's, a hearty meal of diced potatoes seasoned with onions and topped with cheddar cheese and salsa. There are lighter lunch and early dinner options including sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VINE AND DINE141 Delaronde St., 361-1402; www.vine-dine.comThis wine shop has seating for guests to open a bottle of wine and drink with a selection of gourmet cheese boards, house-made pate and ciabatta bread pizzas with toppings including cheese, pesto, prosciutto, salami, vegetables and more. There also is a menu of sandwiches and quesadillas. No reservations. Lunch Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

 

 

GRETNA

BANANA BLOSSOM THAI CAFE2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 392-7530; www.eatbananablossom.comOrder pan-fried dumplings or lemongrass-scented tom yum soup for a starter at this casual cafe. The menu is divided into sections featuring curries, fried rice or noodle dishes, each with a choice or meat, tofu of shrimp. The massaman yellow coconut curry with potatoes, onions and crushed peanuts is a vegetarian option. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEEF CONNECTION501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275This steak house makes no bones about its specialty. Big T-bones, marbled rib-eyes, filets mignon and New York strips are seared to order. Classic steak house sides like creamed spinach, broccoli and au gratin potatoes round out a meal. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

CAFE ETIENNE423 10th St., Gretna, 309-4072This cottage cafe exudes homey charm, while the menu offers creative takes on Creole standards. The pecan-crusted flounder is pan-roasted, topped with crabmeat and served over barbecue onions and sauteed spinach. Stuffed artichoke is filled with fried seafood. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHRISTINA'S EMPRESS OF CHINA429 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 392-3939; www.empressofchina.net Christina Tsang's restaurant offers a wide range of traditional Chinese dishes as well as specialties such as the Emperor's lo mein, which includes chicken, beef and shrimp over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CLEMENTINE'S BELGIAN BISTROT 2505 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-3995; www.bistrogallerie.com Clementine's offers classic Belgian cuisine in a bistro setting. Popular items on the menu include moules au curry — steamed mussels in creamy curry sauce served with Belgian fries. New on the menu is seared redfish with meuniere sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

COMMON GROUNDS 335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200Common Grounds offers breakfast in the morning and sandwich and seafood dishes later in the day. Artichoke Amelia features artichoke hearts, Italian spices and Parmesan cheese. Shrimp Julia is the restaurant's version of shrimp cocktail. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY GRILL101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272Crescent City Grill's 1-2-3 special features one egg, two pancakes and three strips of bacon less than $5. The fisherman's platter combines fried fish, oysters and shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CUCOS MEXICAN CAFE2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7766See Metairie section for restaurant description.

DE-NO SEAFOOD505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 362-4608De-No's blackened redfish is topped with crabmeat and garlic butter. Soft-shell De-No consists of a crab over angel hair pasta with cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GAMBINO'S BAKERY300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; www.gambinos.comIn addition to baking and shipping king cakes year-round, Gambino's bakes pies, petit fours and doberge cakes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com Gattuso's serves everything from gourmet salads, wraps and sandwiches to steak and seafood platters. Sloppy roast beef po-boys are topped with Swiss cheese and served on Leidenheimer bread. Spaghetti and meatballs are served with French bread and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GROUND PAT'I RESTAURANT11 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 367-9512Burger options include the smoking ring burger, a patty topped with barbecue sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, cheese and an onion ring with fries on the side. The barbecue rib and chicken combo includes a half rack of ribs, mesquite-grilled chicken breast, salad and your choice of fries, baked potato or vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOA HONG/9 ROSES 1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665The menu at 9 Roses includes a wide array of Vietnamese dishes plus some Chinese specials. Vermicelli noodle bowls come with char-grilled pork, crunchy spring rolls and sprouts. Whole fish overe scallions arrives still steaming. Paper-thin beef is served with fresh herbs and a burner for tableside cooking. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HOOTERS 2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7177; www.hooterslouisiana.comSee Metairie section for restaurant description.

HUEY P.'S PIZZERIA139 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 366-1818Homemade dough is baked into thin-crust pies like the Who Dat, topped with ground beef, prosciutto, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoncini, cheddar and mozzarella. Starters include fried eggplant sticks with marinara and corn and crab chowder. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IHOP 151 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-4177; www.ihop.com See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

KIM SON349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489; www.kimsonnola.comCantonese, Szechuan and Vietnamese cuisines share space on Kim Son's pan-Asian menu. Fresh Gulf fish comes with black bean sauce. The seafood platter boasts an assortment of scallops, lobster and salt-baked shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KINGFISH GRILLE500 Lafayette St., Gretna, 309-0680Kingfish offers classic sandwiches and originals like the Velvet Elvis, a burger patty between a pair of grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches. The "hot brown" is an open-face turkey sandwich with hot Mornay sauce. Other options include po-boys and a pepper weiner. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PHO TAU BAY113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846Choose from more than 20 pho varieties and dozens of rice and noodle dishes. Pho ap chao is a combination of pan-fried noodles and marinated stir-fried beef with vegetables and pineapple. "P.T.B." wonton soup features house-made pork and shrimp wontons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE RED MAPLE RESTAURANT1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; www.theredmaple.comFind signature seafood specialties at this Gretna institution. Redfish Pontchartrain is a grilled 8-oz. fillet topped with mushroom-sherry cream and lump crabmeat. A crispy mirliton shell is filled with Gulf shrimp, jumbo lump crabmeat, andouille and fried oysters. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner nightly. Credit cards. $$$

RED PALACE RESTAURANT1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-7071An extensive menu includes pot stickers, lo mein dishes, curries and more. Other items include soft-shell crabs topped with crawfish tails in spicy sauce, and chicken Shanghai, two sesame-coated fried chicken breasts served with a spicy soy-based sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090This bistro serves familiar Italian dishes such as veal Parmesan, featuring breaded veal served over pasta with marinara and cheese. Spinach lasagna is layered with pasta, spinach, a blend of cheeses and Alfredo sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUN RAY GRILL 2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.comSee Kenner section for restaurant description.

TAN DINH1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 361-8008This Gretna favorite can satisfy a pho fix, but its voluminous menu is packed with rewards for those exploring Vietnamese cuisine. One popular house specialty combines seared goat meat and lemongrass-infused goat curry with crushed peanuts, cilantro and basil. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678Thanh Thanh's menu of pan-Asian offerings includes Vietnamese dishes as well as pad thai, the noodle dish topped with crunchy bean sprouts, carrots and peanuts. The pho and made-to-order spring rolls can be customized to suit your palate with the addition of basil, jalapenos or bean sprouts. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

 

 

Harvey

ALLIGATOR PEAR 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 342-2640; www.alligatorpearcafe.comThe wide-ranging menu of this eclectic restaurant includes Asian dishes like Mongolian beef and pad thai, New Orleans favorites like seafood po-boys, and a creation called the "monster Cajun burger," which piles on mushrooms, bacon, onions and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

BROTHERS OLE' NEW ORLEANS CAFE1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073Serving traditional Creole cooking since 1975, this neighborhood cafe features daily specials from Monday's red beans and rice to Friday's fried seafood. Come early for the Big Deal breakfast combo, which includes eggs, a meat, pancakes and grits. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DITALI'S 2104 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-0058See Kenner section for restaurant description. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHEVY'S FRESH MEX1201 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 368-2100; www.chevys.com See Metairie section for restaurant description.

CHINA DOLL830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-8822China Doll serves Chinese staples like emperor's lo mein and crab rangoons — fried wontons filled with cream cheese and crabmeat. Other classic Chinese dishes include sweet-and-sour chicken and wonton soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-1113; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.com The chef's vegetarian plate is a formidable meal: soup, tabbouleh, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, hummus and two falafels. The restaurant also serves an Angus beef rib-eye that comes with onion rings, baked potato and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

PARROT PETE'S 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-9780: www.parrotpetes.comThe cafe specializes in fresh-baked pastries and cakes. Choose from beignets, waffle cones, triple berry cake, brownies and croissants. Parrot Pete's breakfast options include a menu of omelets, grits and biscuits, plus unlimited pancakes on weekdays. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PHO HOA RESTAURANT1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-2094Order beef broth pho with a choice of rare steak, well-done flank steak, brisket, tenderloin, chicken, shrimp or tripe. Also look for banh mi and vermicelli noodle bowls filled with lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro and bean sprouts as well as crispy egg rolls and char-grilled beef, pork or shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PIER 4 Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, 364-8816; www.boomtownneworleans.comSteak and seafood dishes are good bets at Pier 4. The seafood platter includes speckled trout, a jumbo lump crab cake, Gulf shrimp, oysters, a soft-shell crab and spicy onion rings. For surf-and-turf options, try the filet mignon topped with crabmeat or the grilled rib-eye served with barbecue shrimp. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

ROYAL PALM1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 644-4100; www.royalpalmrestaurant.comTry appetizers like calamari Italiano, which is fried calamari and zucchini sprinkled with fresh-grated Parmesan and served with marinara dipping sauce. Royal One is a bone-in 22-oz. certified Angus beef rib-eye served with roasted garlic, red-skinned mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

TENNOU SUSHI BAR1818 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-3898; www.tennousushi.comA full range of fresh, affordable sushi and cooked dishes like grilled salmon teriyaki and crispy fish fillets make this West Bank eatery a popular lunch or dinner spot. Bento box lunches include soup, salad and an appetizer. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

 

 

 

OTHER

ADAM'S CATFISH HOUSE8523 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 392-0541The specialty of the house is no surprise at Adam's Catfish House, where the South's most popular fish is fried or grilled and served on platters with coleslaw and hushpuppies on the side. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

CAFE DIBLASI 1801 Stumpf Blvd., Terrytown, 361-3106; www.cafediblasi.comFamily traditions carried from Florence and Palermo inspire the menu at Cafe DiBlasi. Chicken is pan fried with capers and artichokes in lemon butter sauce for one house specialty. Bracioloni is steak flattened out and rolled with Italian meats and cheeses and simmered in tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-7589; 6641 Westbank Expwy., Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com Home of the famous muffuletta, DiMartino's also offers burgers, po-boys and seafood platters. Entrees include crawfish etouffee, grilled Gulf fish and spaghetti and meatballs or Italian sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DITALI'S PIZZA8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-1160Ditali's offers pizza and much more. In addition to a wide range of thin-crust pies, Ditali's also serves favorites from the cousin Cafe Ditali's menu, including spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and chicken Parmesan. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

DOUBLE DRAGON8236 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 433-4333Szechuan, Mandarin and Cantonese cuisines are the specialties at Double Dragon. Popular dishes include General Tso's chicken and spicy kung pao shrimp. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JAN'S CAJUN RESTAURANT4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, 689-2748Jan's offers a variety of seafood, Creole-Italian dishes and po-boys. Both shrimp and sausage gumbo and chicken gumbo have spicy heat. The stuffed crab plate includes fries, salad and toast. Sauteed shrimp comes with a baked potato and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MO'S PIZZA 1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.netMo's is known for its extra-large pizzas served whole or by the slice. Mo's muffuletta is piled high with ham, salami, provolone, mozzarella and homemade olive salad and served warm. Layers of meat sauce, ricotta and mozzarella pack blocks of lasagna, which are served with garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOSCA'S4137 Hwy. 90 W., Avondale, 436-9942; www.moscasrestaurant.comMosca's hearty Italian cooking is perfect for family-style dining. Oysters Mosca are fresh, local oysters cooked with breadcrumbs and Italian seasonings. Chicken a la Grande features chicken sauteed with rosemary, seasonings, whole garlic cloves and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 391-7229; www.obriensgrille.comO'Brien's is a steak house offering hearty portions and big flavors. Fried rabbit tenderloin is served with baby spinach, caramelized onions and Creole mustard sauce. The crawfish boil risotto incorporates crawfish, potatoes, corn, onions, andouille and garlic. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; www.olivebranchcafe.comSee Mid-City section for restaurant description. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834; www.desfamilles.comThis house on the edge of Jean Lafitte National Park specializes in local seafood and offers a view of the bayou. Soft-shell crab Foster is a fried crab topped with artichoke, mushrooms, green onion and white wine sauce and is served with potatoes and vegetables. Angel hair pasta Lafitte combines shrimp and crabmeat in cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALVO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-7303; www.salvosseafood.comSeafood is the star here, but there's also steak on the menu. The boiled seafood "Extravaganza" is a big catch of seven boiled seafood items including mussels and blue crabs. The butterfly shrimp plate features 12 jumbo shrimp served with fries or potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SHANE'S RIB SHACK 1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 341-2226; www.shanesribshack.comThe ribs get top billing, but extras like stuffed potatoes and fried pickles fortify the menu. The Big Dad sandwich features slow-smoked, hand-chopped pork on Texas toast topped with Shack sauce, a spicy version of remoulade. A gluten-free menu contains a variety of barbecue dishes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482Huge seafood platters and blackened flounder are popular dishes at this eclectic Lafitte eatery. Spicy bratwurst and Wiener Schnitzel appeal to Germanophiles, and seafood pizza comes piled with local shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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