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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Neighborhood 

BACK TO THE GARDEN 833 Howard Ave., 299-8792 The chicken salad features char-broiled chicken on a bed of lettuce with avocado, tomato, carrots and cucumber. The croissant sandwich comes with a choice of chicken salad, tuna salad or sliced turkey dressed with avocado, tomato, alfalfa sprouts and mayo. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BETSY'S PANCAKE HOUSE 2542 Canal St., 822-0213 This old-school diner serves Southern favorites for breakfast and lunch. Buttermilk pecan pancakes are popular at breakfast. The breakfast special features two eggs, bacon, grits and pancakes. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CHICKEN SUE'S 203 W. Harrison Ave., 371-5546 Order the restaurant's signature fried chicken with baked macaroni, potato salad or smothered green beans. The City Park po-boy combines roast beef and creamy baked mac and cheese topped with brown gravy. Other options include hot tomales, stuffed artichokes and deli sandwiches. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE COUNTRY CLUB 634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclub- Almond and pecan crusted flounder is served with sauteed spinach, almond puree and candied cranberries. The black-eyed pea hummus sandwich comes with spinach, roasted red peppers and grilled onions on house-made olive foccacia bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

COWBELL 8801 Oak St., 298-8689; Chef Brack May serves gourmet comfort food at Cowbell. The barbecue rib-eye Truck Stop Deluxe is a rib-eye grilled with ancho-barbecue sauce and served with poblano mac and cheese, grilled asparagus and spicy onion rings. A Wednesday special is grilled organic chicken and waffles served with pecan butter, country greens, house-made sausage gravy and maple syrup. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CRESCENT PIE AND SAUSAGE COMPANY 4400 Banks St., 482-2426; House-made sausages star at this neighborhood eatery. The pecan-smoked turkey muffuletta is served with fig spread, lettuce, tomato and spicy mustard on ciabatta bread. Bart's black jambalaya includes braised pork, chicken, sausage and black-eyed peas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

ELIZABETH'S 601 Gallier St., 944-9272; www.elizabeths-restau- Berkshire pork osso buco and is served with a fried grit cake and natural jus. The Dream burger is topped with blue cheese and the restaurant's signature praline bacon. Reservations accepted during the week. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards.  $$

FRENCH QUARTER CAJUN 403 Iberville St., 561-6070 Pakistani, Cajun, Indian and Italian cuisines share space on a diverse and extensive menu. A large selection of vegetarian dishes includes yellow lentil dahl served with naan bread, salad and house-made raita. Pizza toppings include pepperoni, sausage, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT 435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114; Grilled shrimp, bacon and melted provolone comes dressed on a choice of bread and is served with fries. Grandma's spaghetti and meatballs include hand-rolled meatballs, red sauce, pasta, French bread and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GOTT GOURMET CAFE 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579; The crab and Brie omelet is topped with lobster-cognac cream and grilled asparagus. English muffins are topped with Dr Pepper shaved ham, melted Brie, basted eggs and green onion hollandaise. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

HIGH HAT CAFE 4500 Freret St., 754-1336; This corner cafe serves fried farm-raised catfish with fresh cut fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies. Spicy Gulf fish is served with potato and shrimp hash. There's a kid's menu as well. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HOBNOBBER CAFE 5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, 734-8448; The cafe's sizable list of po-boys includes the Hobnobber which is loaded with hot roast beef, ham and Swiss cheese. The grilled tuna steak is served with grilled tomatoes and broccoli. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

JAM'S PO-BOYS & CATERING 612 Sena Drive, Metairie, 833-5882 Jam's popular roast beef po-boy is made with slow-cooked beef. The all-you-can-eat catfish special is offered all day. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat., lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Fri. Credit cards. $

KOZ' S 515 Harrison Ave., 484-0841; 6215 Wilson St., Harahan, 737-3933; Koz's roast beef is house cooked and served with house-made gravy. Fried shrimp and oysters also fill popular po-boys. No reservations. Wilson Street: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Harrison Avenue: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR 911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887; Lakeview Harbor is known for burgers, baked potatoes and fried seafood. Try the gumbo or the fried crab claws for starters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; This neighborhood spot serves a mix of casual Creole and Italian dishes. The Frenchuletta is a muffuletta served warm on French bread. Italian seasoned breadcrumbs coat eggplant served with marinara sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $$

THE LUCKY LADLE 1906 Magazine St., 304-6090 The Full Mary comes with three eggs any style, sausage, bacon, grits, loaded home fries and toast. The Streetcar cheese steak po-boy features sauteed onions, peppers and steak with mozzarella cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and brunch Thu.-Sun., lunch daily. Credit cards. $

PRAVDA 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112; This bar decorated with Soviet kitsch offers zakuski, small plates of Russian cuisine. The deep-fried pierogies are filled with crawfish, cream cheese and green onion. The Pravda spring roll is made with shredded potato, bacon, scallions and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

VILLAGE INN 9201 Jefferson Hwy., 737-4610 Seasonal boiled seafood is served at Village Inn. The savory char-grilled oysters are popular choice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$


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