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2015 Spring Restaurant Guide: V 

Hotel Ste. Marie, 827 Toulouse St., (504) 207-4532;
Rabbit cassoulet is slow-cooked and served with collard greens, navy beans and leeks. The Taste of Vacherie sampler includes seafood and okra gumbo, crawfish etouffee, smothered collard greens and fried green tomatoes with remoulade. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Vazquez Seafood & Po-boy Restaurant
515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336;
Traditional shrimp Creole is made with bell peppers and onions and served over rice with salad. Large lima beans are prepared with smoked sausage and served with a salad. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Vega Tapas Cafe
2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-2007;
Maiz asado is roasted corn on the Cobb served with spicy alioli and Cotija cheese. Pan-roasted ahi tuna is served over marinated beluga lentils. Seared beef is served with peppercorn vinaigrette over sun-dried tomato couscous. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Velvet Cactus
6300 Argonne Blvd., (504) 301-2083;
There is a long list of tequilas and specialty margaritas and a menu of Mexican favorites including nachos, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and grilled items. Chicken Pablo is mesquite-smoked chicken topped with roasted portobello mushrooms, grilled onions, pico de gallo and jalapeno creme and served with two sides. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Venezia Restaurant
134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991
The menu features classic Creole Italian dishes and pizza. Veal Pontchartrain is breaded and topped with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, crabmeat and lemon-butter sauce. Steak choices include an 8-ounce center-cut filet. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Verti Marte
1201 Royal St., (504) 525-4767
The All That Jazz po-boy fills grilled French bread with ham, turkey, shrimp, American and Swiss cheeses, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes and house "wow" sauce. Barbecued ribs are served with macaroni and cheese, baked beans and two vegetable sides. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

Vianne's Tea House
544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683;
Peanut chicken salad features a paneed chicken breast over baby greens, peanuts, sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes and Mandarin oranges. Barbecue-glazed salmon is served on a salad of organic mixed greens, capers, cranberries and walnuts. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Vic's Kangaroo Cafe
636 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 524-4329
Shepherd's pie is filled with ground beef and topped with garlic mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. Spicy jambalaya is made with chicken, spicy sausage, vegetables and rice. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Village Coffee & Tea Company
5335 Freret St., (504) 861-1909;
The village salad features grilled chicken over organic spinach, grated cheese, strawberries and walnuts. The Freret club sandwich includes turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses and honey mustard. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Vincent's Italian Cuisine
4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., (504) 866-9313; www.vincentsitalian-
House-made cannelloni are stuffed with ground veal, spinach and Parmesan, baked in Alfredo sauce and topped with house-made tomato sauce. Creamy corn and crab bisque is served in a toasted bread bowl. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Vine and Dine
141 Delaronde St., (504) 361-1402;
Mediterranean pizza is topped with pesto, salami, roasted red peppers, black olives and feta. Truffled portobello pizza is topped with portobello, prosciutto, Alfredo sauce, mozzarella and a drizzle of truffle oil. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Vintage Garden Kitchen
925 S. Labarre Road, Metairie, (504) 620-2495; Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., second floor;
Weekly specials include dishes such as yellow split pea soup, shrimp Creole and Moroccan chickpea stew. The kale slaw is a kale, cabbage and carrot blend with almonds and cranberries tossed in a house-made ginger cider vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

Vitascope Hall
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 613-3740;
Bone-in beef short ribs are dry rubbed and smoked and come with honey-baked spaghetti squash, ciabatta crostini and sweet potato fries. The Tanglewood chicken breast sandwich features farmhouse cheddar, smoked bacon, rainbow Swiss chard and tomatoes on pumpernickel bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Voleo's Seafood Restaurant
5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, (504) 689-2482
The Big Boy seafood platter for two features fish, shrimp, oysters, stuffed crabs, crab claws, stuffed shrimp, frog legs, crawfish tails and soft-shell crabs. Seafood pizza is topped with shrimp, crawfish, crab, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, mozzarella and tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Voodoo BBQ & Grill
The menu includes pulled pork, smoked brisket, smoked sausage, ribs, chicken, turkey burgers and more. Sides include beans, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese and corn pudding, which is a cornbread souffle baked with whole sweet corn. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

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