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2015 Spring Restaurant Guide: 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-made muffuletta bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

La Boca
870 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-8205;
The Argentine-style steakhouse serves bone-in rib-eyes, New York strips, T-bones, skirt steaks and more. The Gaucho plate features 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
The bakery offers breakfast and dessert pastries, artisanal breads and gelato. 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 Crepe Nanou
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670;
This restaurant and creperie serves bistro dishes such as moules marinieres, or mussels steamed with white wine and garlic sauce served with french fries. The shrimp crepe is filled with sauteed Louisiana shrimp and lobster cream. No reservations. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

La Divina Gelateria
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; Loyola University, 501 Pine St., (504) 865-2011;
House-made cannoli feature a crunchy fried dough shell filled with sweetened ricotta cream, chocolate chips and pistachio. The porchetta panino features slow-roasted pork marinated with fennel, herbs and balsamic vinegar and served in its own juices with tomato on ciabatta. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

La Macarena Pupuseria & Latin Cafe
8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252;
La Macarena offers pupusas, tapas and Caribbean plates, and there are vegan options. Spanish-style sauteed garlic shrimp are served with garlic toast, salad and saffron rice. No reservations. Lunch 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 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, (504) 818-2450;
Baked goods include croissants, turnovers, muffins, cookies and breads. 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;
Chef Justin Devillier serves updated south Louisiana and contemporary cooking. Blue crab beignets are served with malt vinegar aioli. 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 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662;
Roasted quail is stuffed with dirty rice and served with gumbo jus. Slow-cooked Mississippi rabbit comes with spicy sausage, chestnut pasta, acorn squash, sage and rabbit jus. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

The Lakehouse
2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006;
The Lakehouse salad is made with field greens, candied pecans, shaved red onions, blue cheese and sherry vinaigrette. Tomato basil soup is topped with scallions. 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 and comes 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;
Red beans and rice is served with a grilled pork chop or smoked sausage. Spicy California rolls combine crab, cucumber and avocado in seaweed and are topped with sesame seeds and spicy sauce. 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 potato salad, french fries and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Lager's International Ale House
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923;
Grilled ahi tuna is served on a salad of spinach, chopped walnuts, goat cheese, red onions and tomatoes. The Philly cheese steak wrap features thinly sliced steak, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and Swiss cheese with spicy jus. 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;
Better 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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Laurel Street Bakery
2701 S. Broad St., (504) 897-0576;
The Brooklyn bagel sandwich is made with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, sliced tomatoes and red onions on a New York-style bagel. The chicken salad sandwich is served on a choice of bread or croissant with a side of salad, Zapp's chips or house-made tomato basil soup. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Le Bayou
208 Bourbon St., (504) 525-4755;
The menu includes raw and baked oysters, fried seafood platters, salads topped with seafood, po-boys and more. Blackened redfish is served with jambalaya and vegetables. Fried seafood platters come with french fries, hushpuppies and tartar and cocktail sauces. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Le Citron Bistro
1539 Religious St., (504) 566-9051;
Grilled Creole meatloaf is served with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Blackened drum is topped with shrimp etouffee and comes with mashed sweet potatoes and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Le Foret
129 Camp St., (504) 553-6738;
Lobster salad includes basil aioli, Louisiana citrus, frisee, baby arugula and ghost pepper-infused bowfin caviar. Louisiana alligator gumbo is served with alligator hushpuppies. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Legacy Kitchen
759 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-5231;
Tuna tango salad is made with seared ahi tuna, avocado, mango, macadamia nuts, wontons, ginger-lime dressing and greens. Lemon ice-box pie is made from scratch with a Nilla wafers 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;
The menu of traditional Creole dishes includes file gumbo made with ham, chicken, seafood and house-made sausage. 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. $$

Liberty Cheesesteaks
5031 Freret St., (504) 875-4447;
The Wiz features steak, caramelized onions and cheddar-Colby cheese sauce on an Italian hoagie roll. Buffalo chicken cheese steak is filled with white chicken meat tossed in house-made Buffalo sauce and ranch and blue cheese dressings. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Liberty's Kitchen
300 N. Broad St., (504) 822-4011;
Students in the workforce development program prepare traditional and creative versions of local favorites. The Cajun Cobb salad features pan-seared shrimp, smoked sausage and blue cheese dressing. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636;
Chef John Harris' bistro focuses on French cooking with Italian and Spanish influences. Sauteed branzino is served with roasted shiitake mushrooms, creamed spinach and escarole and black garlic verjus butter. Alaskan king crab claws are served with passion fruit butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lilly's Cafe
1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999;
House specialty spring rolls feature shrimp, pork, ham, avocado, strawberry, lettuce, mint and vermicelli. 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 three side dishes. Bulgogi hot pot rice includes grilled marinated beef and comes with three sides. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532;
The Deathly Hallows roll tops spicy tuna and tempura-fried eel with salmon, avocado, crunchy flakes, smelt roe, eel sauce and chili sauce. The Burning Man roll has spicy tuna, crunchy flakes and sesame oil inside and pepper tuna, avocado, scallions, ponzu sauce, eel sauce and chili 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;
These restaurants offer a range of sushi and cooked items, and diners can sit at the hibachi grill. Ramen noodle soup consists of seasoned chicken broth and Japanese egg noodles. Vegetable sides include sauteed kale and steamed or tempura-fried Brussels sprouts. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo Small Plates & Noodle Bar
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-6088;
Small plate offerings include edamame, tempura pickles, curry fries and pan-fried gyoza. There also are ramen and udon noodle soups, yakitori grilled meats and seafood, sushi rolls and more. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888;
The neighborhood bar's kitchen serves Creole gumbo made with shrimp, chicken and smoked sausage. The barbecue shrimp po-boy features shrimp cooked in peppery butter sauce and served in a hollowed-out pistolette. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120;
The menu features Creole and Italian dishes. The Frenchuletta is a muffuletta served hot on French bread. Eggplant Parmesan is served with pasta, red gravy, salad and garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992;
Fried Buffalo oysters are topped with Crystal butter sauce and served with blue cheese and pickled red onions. The Lola burger comes with house-made pimiento cheese, pickles, bacon marmalade and white truffle fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

3312 Esplanade Ave., (504) 488-6946;
This Spanish restaurant specializes in paellas and fideuas (paellas made with angel hair pasta). Ajo blanco is a traditional Andalusian chilled almond soup. Grilled ruby red rainbow trout is served with lemon-pepper sauce. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

Lost Love Lounge Vietnamese Kitchen
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009;
The menu of Vietnamese staples includes shrimp and pork spring rolls, bun, pho and banh mi. Rare beef pho features broth seasoned with ginger, anise and cinnamon. No reservations. 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 and butter and served over angel hair pasta. Roasted garlic pizza is topped with roasted whole garlic cloves, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta and mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown
615 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-5900;
Shrimp and andouille macaroni and cheese combines penne pasta and cheddar Alfredo sauce and is sprinkled with scallions. Cuban pizza is topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, barbecue sauce, mozzarella and pickles. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995;
Addictafish features a crispy catfish fillet topped with crawfish cream sauce and two onion rings served over roasted garlic potatoes. Todo Santos fish tacos are filled with smoked fish and topped with chipotle slaw and avocado crema. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Hilton New Orleans, 333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840;
Brussels sprouts salad includes Georgia apples, Marcona almonds, Espelette honey and Progress Milk Barn cheese. Le grand plateau de fruits de mer includes oysters, chilled clams, mussels, Louisiana shrimp, whole Maine lobster and ceviche with remoulade, horseradish, cocktail and mignonette sauces. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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