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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - P 

345 Baronne St., 525-9678
Baked chicken is a popular lunch special. Roast beef and shrimp po-boys, red beans and rice and gumbo round out the menu. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

This locally founded coffeeshop chain offers a full range of coffee drinks and a variety of baked goods. Italian-style granitas are smooth frozen drinks and are available in mocha and caramel flavors. The Viennese blend combines cold-drip coffee and a splash of Melipone vanilla. Some locations serve sandwiches. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

605 Canal St., 523-1661; 
Crabmeat cheesecake is baked in a pecan crust and topped with sauteed wild mushrooms and Creole meuniere. Andouille-crusted fish is pan-roasted and served with Crystal beurre blanc, chive aioli, rissole potatoes and a vegetable. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

1204 Decatur St., 525-0200;
The Palm Court offers Creole cuisine and live traditional jazz. Shrimp Ambrosia features sauteed shrimp in fennel and Pernod cream sauce over pasta. Crawfish Nantua features tail meat flamed in brandy cream and is served over rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4141;
The club deluxe features seven-grain bread stacked with double portions of ham and turkey, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Chicken salad is served stuffed in an avocado. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047;
Parkway offers  classic po-boys and original ones like the surf-and-turf, combining roast beef and fried shrimp. The Reuben features corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing. Reservations for large parties accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416
Parran's offers a long list of po-boys plus muffulettas, club sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, salads, fried seafood plates and Creole-Italian entrees. The prime rib po-boy is served au jus with horseradish on the side. A seafood muffuletta packs fried catfish, shrimp and oysters on seeded bread with house-made Cajun mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-9780; 
The Pete's plate comes with two eggs any style, sausage or bacon, grits or hash browns and white or wheat toast. The Best Banker is a toasted croissant sandwich with roasted turkey breast, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar, avocado and honey-mustard dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-487
7 Signature barbecue shrimp are served in tangy butter sauce with French bread for dipping. The combination pan roast features oysters, shrimp and crabmeat with a blend of seasonings and parsley baked in a casserole dish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

624 Bourbon St., 525-4823;
Shrimp and grits features shrimp sauteed with peppers, garlic and red onions, deglazed with French brandy, simmered in espagnole sauce, and served over fried cheesy grit cakes. The Cajun shepherd's pie features layers of beef debris with carrots, celery, garlic and onions topped with cheddar mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

5540 Crowder Blvd., 240-6744
The seafood baked potato is stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish, green onions and cheese. The Southern-style pork chop is served with house-made gravy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

6078 Laurel St., 895-9441; Chef Aaron Burgau prepares pan-seared grouper with leek, fennel and oyster stew. Muscovy duck breast is served with cotechino sausage, duck confit, wild rice calas and chestnut honey reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

730 Bienville St., 200-3180;
Familiar as both a sommelier and maitre d', Patrick Van Hoorebeek opened his wine bar in what is now the Hotel Mazarin. The focus is on wine and there's a small selection of cheese and charcuterie plates and olives. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

8123 Hampson St., 865-0336;
The Nutella crepe is packed with fresh strawberries. The huevos rancheros features two fried eggs served over corn tortillas and topped with black beans, sour cream, Spanish guacamole and ranchero sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Mon., lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

741 Royal St., 581-4478;
The barbecue shrimp features shell-on shrimp sauteed in olive oil, butter and local herbs served with hot French bread for dipping. Soups include oyster and artichoke soup and gumbo. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 233-3020;
Petite Cupcakes offers an array of original flavors. A chocolate-banana cake is topped with frosting, a drizzle of chocolate and a banana chip. The strawberry-Champagne cake is topped with strawberry Champagne buttercream icing . No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

2020 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 674-3436;
Redfish Julia features a grilled fillet topped with creamy crawfish sauce over pasta in garlic butter. Eggplant Darin tops breaded eggplant slices with house-made artichoke dressing, fried oysters, and creamy shrimp sauce and served with garlic-buttered pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Tue., dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-1705; 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080;
The Zapp-alaya Basin burger features a Zapp's potato chips-crusted chicken breast topped with Swiss cheese, house-made jalapeno aioli, tomato, a pickle and red onion on a jalapeno bun. Burgers can be customized with choices from 18 sauces, 19 toppings and seven cheeses. Delivery available Mon.-Fri. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-2094 
Traditional pho can be topped with a choice of rare steak, well-done flank steak, brisket, tenderloin, chicken, shrimp or tripe. Char-grilled pork tops a vermicelli bowl filled with lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, bean sprouts and crispy egg rolls. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 457-4188;
The namesake Orchid pho is beef noodle soup containing eye-round steak, brisket, tenderloin, tripe and a meatball. Spring rolls can be filled with grilled pork, chicken, shrimp or tofu. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 941-7690;
The crispy bird's nest features stir-fried beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetables atop a nest of egg noodles. NOLA rolls are fried egg rolls stuffed inside rice paper spring rolls with vermicelli, pickled carrots and cilantro. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846
A West Bank institution since 1981, this family-owned Vietnamese restaurant combines pan-fried noodles and beef with vegetables and pineapple in the pho ap chao. Made-from-scratch PTB wonton soup comes with pork-and-shrimp wontons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-9950
Order chicken shawarma on a platter or sandwich. The kafta shish kebab platter comes with hummus, rice and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Piccadilly cafeterias offer an extensive array of Southern and American favorites from fried chicken, crawfish etouffee and blackened shrimp with fettuccine Alfredo to spaghetti and meatballs. There also are salads, pasta dishes, sides like mac and cheese and fried okra, and desserts like apple or peach cobbler. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

814 S. Peters St., 528-2743; 4300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5566;
The Roma pizza features garlic butter, fresh buffalo mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, Italian seasonings and roasted garlic. Crawfish cakes are a popular appetizer. No reservations. Veterans Memorial Boulevard: lunch and dinner daily. South Peters Street: lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

300 Canal St., phone n.a.; 5601 Magazine St., 899-4260;
Pinkberry serves its signature tart yogurt with a variety of toppings. Top the new peach flavor with blood orange pieces and a crisp waffle cookie. Lychee is a popular spring flavor. No reservations. Canal Street: Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Magazine Street: lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

5800 Magazine St., 899-4141;
The spicy black bean veggie burger is topped with grilled onions and additional options include spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, banana peppers, avocado and ancho-chili sauce. The Uptown club comes with turkey, bacon and avocado and additional options of spinach, tomatoes, green peppers, Swiss cheese and honey Dijon. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

4445 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-7888;
The smoked turkey salad includes turkey, bacon bits, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, corn and mozzarella cheese over lettuce with honey-mustard dressing. The eggplant wrap is filled with garlic sauce, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, feta and mozzarella. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1248 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 892-9874
The Wow pizza features a hand-tossed, olive oil-brushed crust topped with artichoke hearts, crab, garlic and Romano cheese, and asparagus and eggplant are optional additions. The Pizza Palace is loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, onions and house-made meatballs. Delivery available. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

141 W. Harrison Ave., Suite A, 872-0731;
The roasted veggie pizza combines roasted eggplant, portobello mushrooms, marinated red peppers, mozzarella, goat cheese and roasted red peppers over garlic-infused olive oil sauce. Both meat and vegetarian lasagnas are made with the house-made red sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3001 Tulane Ave., 301-4823;
The crew behind Mid-City's Crescent Pie & Sausage Co. opened this New York-style pizzeria and it serves salads, calzones and strombolis. The NOLA Green Roots pie is topped with vegetables from the community garden next door as well as pesto, fresh mozzarella and tarragon oil. The crescent sausage pie is topped with andouille, chaurice and Italian sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120;
Port of Call is known for burgers featuring thick half-pound patties served with a baked potato topped with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. For a side item, order mushrooms sauteed with wine and garlic. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934;
The Praline Connection specializes in Creole soul food and is known for its red beans and rice and fried chicken. Home-style meatloaf is topped with brown gravy and served with two side items. Three nights a week, a late-night "breakfast" menu offers items such as grillades and grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1113 Decatur St., 581-1112;
This lounge has a vast selection of vodkas and absinthes and serves zakuski, which is Russian for "small bites." The deep fried pierogie is filled with crawfish, cream cheese and green onion. The Pravda spring roll is stuffed with shredded potato, bacon, scallions and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 17th Street at Severn Avenue, Metairie, 835-3151; 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9970; www.lovepuccinos.comThe coffeehouse serves a selection of Italian coffee drinks. The eggs Puccino sandwich includes egg, ham and cheese on an English muffin. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

2300 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 368-5724Salvadoran pupusas feature a choice of pork, beans, cheese or a combination stuffed inside corn tortillas. The large sweet corn tamales are served with creme fraiche. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

 8108 Hampson St., 864-8108; Original Pure Tart is a custom blend of nonfat, all-natural, kosher-certified yogurt that tastes like Creole cream cheese. The Who Dat mystery flavor is a custom blend with freshly ground taro root. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3149 Calhoun St., 861-9602Pyramids Cafe serves Middle Eastern favorites like falafel, hummus and gyro pita sandwiches. Chicken tikka is a marinated and grilled skinless half-chicken. Lamb is sauteed with olive oil and spices and served with hummus. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


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