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2013 Winter Restaurant Guide: French 


3127 Esplanade Ave., (504) 945-5635;
Les moules au fenouil feature Prince Edward Island mussels steamed in white wine, fennel and fresh herbs and served with pomme frites and roasted garlic aioli. The house-made crawfish ravioli is stuffed with baby spinach and brandy-mushroom duxelle and served with lemon-herb beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

3051 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-9007;
Semi-boneless quail is pan-roasted. The fish of the day is served crabmeat and brown butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

720 St. Louis St., (504) 304-4636;
Salade crevette features sauteed Louisiana shrimp, carrots, red onions and julienne peppers on spring greens. The crepe de fraises et creme is filled with sliced strawberries and creme anglaise. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-3773
The roasted rack of venison comes with chestnut puree and huckleberry sauce. There's also a roasted half-duck with maple-pecan glaze, and the fresh fish of the day is seared and served with lemon-butter sauce. Reservations recommended on weekends. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

CIRO'S COTE SUD  7918 Maple St., (504) 866-9551; 
Cotes d'Agneau grillees aux herbs de Provence is a grilled rack of lamb with Provencal herbs and vegetables. Les moules frites is a large bowl of steamed mussels served with pommes frites and a choice of marinieres, curry, Provencal or blue cheese sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-2362;
The Spanish omelet crepe is filled with ham, eggs, baby spinach, mushrooms, red onions, salsa and a choice of cheese. The strawberries Romanoff crepe is made with chocolate chips or hazelnut chocolate, strawberries and a splash of orange liqueur. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670;
Grilled amberjack comes atop a bed of rice and mixed vegetables and bearnaise sauce. The crepe aux ecrevisse is filled with Louisiana crawfish tails in lobster sauce. No reservations. Dinner daily, lunch Friday. Credit cards. $$

700 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 613-2350
The bistro steak comes with truffled garlic potatoes and portobello mushrooms. The oysters on the half-shell come with horseradish, cocktail or mignonette sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

930 Poydras St., Suite 101, (504) 304-6988;
Hand-made gnocchi are seared and served with roasted cauliflower and butternut squash and house-cured pancetta in cream sauce and topped with grated Parmesan. Chicken and waffles features chicken marinated in hot sauce, deep fried and served with a buttermilk Belgian waffle and drizzled with Crystal hot sauce maple syrup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TARTINE 7217 Perrier St., (504) 866-4860;
Tuna nicoise salad includes olives, potatoes, boiled eggs, hearts of palm, roasted tomatoes, anchovies and vinaigrette. Pork rillette tops a toasted baguette with onion marmalade and cornichons. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

TOMAS BISTRO 755 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 527-0942;
The chicken Pontalba is a chicken breast served on a bed of brabant potatoes, diced ham and mushrooms with bearnaise sauce. The bouillabaisse is saffron broth brimming with shrimp, red snapper, black mussels and lobster. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$


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