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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - A 

870 Tchoupitoulas St., 208-9280;
Start with the affettati misti, which includes an array of house-cured meats with accompaniments including house-made pickles and mostarda. Malloreddus features goat sausage made in-house served with saffron pasta, tomato and basil. The slow-cooked rabbit comes with oil-cured olives and roasted garlic. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205
Beef brisket is slathered in barbecue sauce and served with fresh-baked cornbread and two sides, such as boudin dressing, potato salad, coleslaw, mac and cheese and turnip greens. Slow-cooked pulled pork can be ordered in a sandwich or on a platter. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837;
Baby back ribs are marinated in Abita Purple Haze and served dripping with house-made sauce. It comes with a side of fries. The menu offers big burgers like the California, which is topped with avocado, sprouts and feta cheese. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056;
The oyster Rockefeller soup combines oysters, spinach, Parmesan and a touch of Herbsaint. The New Orleans medley includes gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice with grilled smoked sausage. Reservation policy varies by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-9046
Acropolis' Greek specialties include pastichio, a pasta dish combining three cheeses and bechamel sauce. Moussaka features layers of baked vegetables and herbs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

611 Frenchmen St., 948-3800
Above the Apple Barrel bar, Adolfo's is an intimate restaurant serving a wide variety of seafood. Fresh fish is available daily and is covered in creamy Ocean sauce with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp and capers. Ocean sauce also is an optional addition to some veal dishes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$

1958 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 867-8292;
The vegetable plate includes a choice of five items such as spinach pie, hummus and baba ghanoush. For a meatier option, try the gyro plate or chicken shawarma. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

811 Iberville St., 522-9187;
This late-night haunt offers a long list of bar snacks, plus entrees like barbecue shrimp over rotini pasta. The chicken Ceasar pita features char-grilled chicken, melted provolone, Romano cheese and romaine lettuce wrapped in flatbread and served with fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

1100 Poydras St., 582-2350;
The strawberry and spinach salad includes toasted pecans, Danish blue cheese and strawberry vinaigrette. The tenderloin and Brie sandwich features filet mignon with garlic-Brie aioli on a toasted bun and is served with french fries or coleslaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., 528-1940;
Chef John Besh gives '40s American favorites a gourmet upgrade. Beef short ribs are served with mac and cheese. In addition to entrees and sandwiches the restaurant also offers a craft cocktail menu, milkshakes and small plates such as mini cheeseburgers garnished with bacon-onion marmalade. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

4508 Freret St., 324-1636;
Chef Adolfo Garcia's Italian cafe serves an array of gourmet pies on house-made dough. The meatball pizza is topped with house-made meatballs, tomato, basil and Grana Padano cheese. The affettati misti is a changing selection of house-cured meats and salumi. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreas-
Chef/proprietor Andrea Apuzzo's restaurant serves dishes inspired by his native Italy. The lasagna features house-made pasta, spinach, imported cheese, ground beef and fresh herbs with tomato-basil sauce. The crab cake and eggplant Andrea is served with lemon-butter sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

220 S. Robertson St., 581-3500;
The Mediterranean pie is topped with house-made sun-dried tomato sauce, mozzarella, artichoke, herbed ricotta, kalamata olives, red onion and tomatoes. Spinach lasagna consists of layered spinach, caramelized onions, mozzarella and herbed ricotta and is topped with Alfredo sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1141 Decatur St., 566-0077; www.angelirestaurant.-
The Virtuous Angel vegetarian pizza has spinach, artichokes, tomato, mushrooms, feta, mozzarella and garlic herb sauce. Spaghetti and meatballs is a home-style Italian favorite. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1465;
This Mid-City sweet shop is known for house-made cannoli, cookies, Italian lemon ice, spumoni and cassata. Cucidata is an iced Italian fig cookie. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669;
Creole turtle soup comes with a dash of sherry and chopped egg. The veal Serena pairs veal with lump crabmeat, asparagus, angel hair pasta and bearnaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

513 Royal St., 525-8045;
Part of the sprawling array of rooms occupied by Antoine's Restaurant, this quaint cafe offers casual breakfast and lunch fare. The Caprese sandwich combines fresh mozzarella, basil, Roma tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. The ham and feta sandwich on a pistolette is garnished with lettuce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

713 St. Louis St., 581-4422;
Opened in 1840, Antoine's is a on old-line Creole restaurant with a sprawling array of dining rooms as well as the Hermes Bar. Trout cardinal features a grilled or fried trout fillet topped with crawfish tails in white wine sauce. For brunch, try Louisiana Gulf shrimp sauteed in garlic-tomato sauce and served with creamy buttered grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

4729 Magazine St., 894-8881; www.apollineres-
Smoked crabmeat and apple salad includes goat cheese, honey-roasted walnuts and white balsamic aioli. Baked Louisiana oysters are served with leek confit and andouille. Grilled diver scallops are served over corn and local fava bean succotash with a bacon plank and corn puree. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

813 Bienville St., 523-5433;
This nearly century-old Creole restaurant has an upscale cocktail bar, French 75, and an array of dining rooms on two floors. The shrimp Arnaud features Gulf shrimp in signature tangy remoulade. Oysters Kathryn tops oysters with artichoke hearts, garlic, Parmesan and extra-virgin olive oil. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

3138 Magazine St., 309-7557;
Bagels in a variety of flavors are baked in-house and served with flavored schmears or in sandwiches. The Downtown sandwich combines turkey, Swiss, bacon, avocado and sprouts. Salads also are available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

2631 Hwy. 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-9768;
Caponata features eggplant, onions, tomatoes and pine nuts on a bed of ziti with mozzarella baked on top. Oysters Neopolitan tops deep-fried oysters with lemon cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

901 Louisiana Ave., 891-9626;
Potato-crusted flounder is topped with crawfish, cauliflower, baby leeks and truffle beurre blanc. The boudin-stuffed quail is wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon and served with collard greens, mashed potatoes and natural reduction. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

230 Decatur St., 587-3756;
Marinated and grilled chicken is served with artichokes and mushrooms in white wine cream sauce over linguine. The tomato Buffalo features baked tomato slices topped with mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

6500 Magazine St., 212-5282;
The Sandbagger is a Belgian waffle sandwich filled with scrambled eggs, hash browns, shredded cheese and sausage patties. The Newman Reuben sandwich comes with warm shaved turkey, melted Swiss cheese and house-made red cabbage slaw on toasted marbled rye. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-7977; 3635 Prytania St., 899-5129;
Combination lo mein comes over Chinese egg noodles. Yang chow fried rice combines shrimp, roast pork and lettuce. The restaurant also serves Vietnamese dishes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1907 St. Charles Ave., 301-2097; www.avenue-
The Uptown Piggy breakfast sandwich piles scrambled eggs, bacon, ham and cheddar cheese on a croissant or H&H bagel with satsuma pepper jelly. The grilled chicken spinach salad combines thin-sliced chicken breast, red onions, walnuts, blue cheese and spinach in pepper jelly vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243;
Red beans and rice wontons are traditional creamy red beans stuffed into wonton wrappers and served with Sriracha-honey dipping sauce. The "grown-up grilled cheese" includes bacon, sage leaves, drunken goat cheese, sharp cheddar, feta, house-made pesto and tomato on sourdough bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

3300 Fourth St., Harvey, 371-7850;
The hamburger steak is made with Angus beef, topped with onions and mushrooms and served with french fries or mashed potatoes. The lasagna incorporates layers of pasta sheets, beef, house-made marinara and mozzarella, ricotta and provolone cheeses. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat., lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$


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