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Gambit's 2014 Spring Restaurant Guide: A 

Abita Bar-B-Q
69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205;
Dry-rubbed St. Louis ribs are smoked with pecan wood and served with house barbecue sauce. Barbecued half chickens are dry-rubbed and cooked for two hours. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abita
Boudin-stuffed fried quail is topped with blueberry glaze and served with andouille cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and vegetables. The Killer burger is topped with fried onion rings, pepper Jack cheese, spicy house wing sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Abita Roasting Company
504 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 246-3340; 22132 Level St., Abita Springs, (985) 400-5025;
Rosemary chicken salad is served on a warm croissant with mixed greens, toasted almonds and blue cheese with a side of kettle chips. The turkey panino is dressed with mixed greens, tomatoes, Swiss cheese and house-made avocado spread. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056; Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (504) 708-2409;
The New Orleans medley includes samples of gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice and grilled smoked sausage. The Peacemaker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters dressed with Tabasco-infused mayonnaise. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Acropolis Cuisine
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-9046
Fried ravioli are seared in olive oil and served with marinara sauce. The souvlaki wrap combines marinated and grilled pork, lettuce, tomato, grilled sweet peppers, Bermuda onions and tzatziki sauce and comes with steak fries or grilled vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

611 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-3800
House-made crabmeat and corn cannelloni are served with spicy cream sauce. The bone-in veal chop comes with creamy brandy and mushroom sauce. All entrees come with pasta or salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$

Adrian's Bakery
2016 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 875-4302; 4710 Paris Ave., (504) 282-2283;
Praline pound cake is an old-fashioned butter pound cake coated with praline icing. The bakery also offers wedding and birthday cakes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant
1958 N. Hwy. 190, Suite A, Covington, (985) 867-8292; 3501 Severn Ave., Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 304-8441;
The souvlaki sandwich features beef, tahini, tomato and onion on pita bread and comes with french fries or hummus and salad. The "meat stuffed plate" includes grape leaves, cabbage, squash, a stuffed bell pepper and feta salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Alibi
811 Iberville St., (504) 522-9187;
The Popeye wrap combines grilled chicken, spinach, applewood-smoked bacon, feta and warm bacon dressing. The classic burger features a 10-ounce patty and comes with fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Allegro Bistro
1100 Poydras St., (504) 582-2350;
Grilled salmon is served on a bed of sauteed spinach with Creole mustard hollandaise. Pasta jambalaya includes andouille, chicken, onion, bell peppers, penne pasta and house-made marinara. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

The American Sector
The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1940;
The Perfect Pig po-boy features locally sourced pork shoulder, belly and ham and is dressed with pickled vegetables, herbs and spicy mayonnaise. The American burger features an 8-ounce beef patty, Benton's bacon, Texas sweet onion rings and pepper Jack cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

American Sports Saloon
1200 Decatur St., (504) 300-1782;
sportsaloonThis sports bar serves brisket and pulled pork sliders, chicken wings with Buffalo or garlic-cilantro-lime sauce and more. Boiled crawfish are available weekly. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Amici Ristorante & Bar
3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250;
Coal-fired carni Italiane pizza is topped with house marinara, salami, pancetta, meatballs, capicola and mozzarella. Pasta granchio features lump crabmeat and serrano peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria
4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636;
Pizza Diavola has spicy Naples salumi, fior di latte, chili and tomato. The antipasti plate is a sampling of all available appetizers, including bruschetta and cured meats. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583;
Veal osso buco is cooked with vegetables in brown sauce and served with saffron risotto. Pan-seared pompano is served with dry vermouth pesto sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Andy's Bistro
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, (504) 455-7363;
Grilled pompano is topped with crabmeat and served with asparagus, brabant potatoes, lemon-lime butter sauce and balsamic extraction. Steaks such as the U.S.D.A. Prime New York strip are served sizzling in butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Angeletto's Pizzeria & Pub
220 S. Robertson St., (504) 581-3500
Angeletto's special pizza is topped with house-made garlic sauce, mozzarella, grilled chicken, spinach, feta and roasted red peppers. The meatball sandwich features house-made spicy Italian meatballs topped with mozzarella cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Angeli On Decatur
1141 Decatur St., (504) 566-0077;
Chicken diavolo pizza is topped with grilled chicken, mozzarella, spicy red pepper sauce, roasted garlic, roasted red peppers and red onions and jalapeno peppers on request. The gyro sandwich consists of roasted lamb, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and tzatziki in a warm pita. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Angelo Brocato
214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1465;
House-made cannolis feature fried cinnamon pastry shells and sweet ricotta cheese filling. House-made stracciatella gelato is made with a vanilla cream base and imported Italian chocolate chips. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Annadele's Plantation
71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669;
Paneed veal is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and bearnaise and served with angel hair pasta and grilled asparagus. The Ponchatoula strawberry salad features Ponchatoula strawberries, mesclun, shaved red onion, toasted almonds and vanilla bean vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Another Broken Egg
2917 Magazine St., (504) 301-2771; 607 Harrison Ave., (504) 301-4667
Blackened redfish is served over garlic toast with confit potatoes and crawfish etouffee cream sauce seasoned with tasso. Eggs blackstone features grilled tomatoes, poached eggs, hollandaise and chopped bacon. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Antoine's Annex
513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045;
The breakfast platter combines scrambled eggs, grits, hickory-smoked bacon and a biscuit or toast. The Caprese sandwich features thick-sliced mozzarella, Creole tomato, pesto and balsamic vinaigrette on a pistolette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Antoine's Restaurant
713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422;
Oysters Rockefeller, created here in 1899, are baked oysters covered with pureed greens (not spinach) and seasoned breadcrumbs. Alaska Antoine is the restaurant's signature baked Alaska dessert for two: ice cream wrapped in pound cake and crowned with a toasted meringue shell and hot fudge. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Apolline Restaurant
4729 Magazine St., (504) 894-8881;
Beeler's pork chop is brined, smoked and grilled and served with whipped potatoes, onion rings and marchands de vin made with smoked andouille. Pan-seared diver scallops sit atop a bacon plank and come with Gulf shrimp and grilled corn maque choux. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Arnaud's Restaurant
813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433;
Baked Louisiana oysters Bienville are topped with shrimp, mushrooms, green onions, herbs and white wine sauce. Shrimp Arnaud features Gulf shrimp marinated in Arnaud's tangy Creole remoulade. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Assunta's Italian Restaurant
2631 Gause Blvd West., Slidell, (985) 649-9768;
The frutti di mare is a combination of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, calamari, mussels, clams and bay scallops sauteed with diced tomatoes, olive oil, marinara and garlic. The osso buco is a veal shank braised in olive oil, onions and diced tomatoes served over a bed of bowtie pasta. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Asuka Sushi and Hibachi
7912 Earhart Blvd., (504) 862-5555;
The sushi lunch special includes six pieces of sushi, a California roll, soup and salad. The Five Cooked Roll dinner includes the Rock 'N' Roll, Tiger Eye roll, California roll, crawfish roll, snow crab roll, salad and soup. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

901 Louisiana Ave., (504) 891-9626;
Chappapeela Farms duck breast is served with poppy seed spaetzle, duck confit, Swiss chard, spiced pear compote and natural jus. The Boudreaux includes sunny side up eggs, alligator sausage, jalapeno cornbread, Crystal potatoes and Creole hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Attiki Bar and Grill
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756;
The Mediterranean menu includes a chicken shawarma platter served with two sides. Paella is made with shrimp, calamari, scallops, mussels, crawfish, sausage and chicken served over saffron rice with pine nuts. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Audubon Clubhouse Cafe
Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 212-5282;
Sharable breakfast baskets include fried beignet sticks served with powdered sugar and warm syrup. The Newman Reuben features warm corned beef, melted Swiss cheese and red cabbage slaw on toasted marble rye. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

August Moon
875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-7977; 3635 Prytania St., (504) 899-5129;
This cafe serves Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Sichuan eggplant has sauteed vegetables tossed in spicy garlic sauce. Cantonese lobster is sauteed with ginger and scallions. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Austin's Seafood and Steakhouse
5101 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5533;
Veal Austin is paneed veal served over a mixture of bacon, asparagus, potatoes and mushrooms and topped with lemon caper crabmeat sauce. Roasted Louisiana redfish is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and wild mushrooms and served with brabant potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Avenue Pub
1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243;
This bar is known for its craft beer selection, and the selection of small plates includes toast au champignon, a Belgian wild mushroom dish with cream reduction, smoked burrata and fennel. Dump truck fries are hand cut and topped with bechamel and topped with port roasted pork. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Avery's Po-Boys
2510 Tulane Ave., (504) 821-4110;
The Pearl River po-boy is loaded with fried oysters, roast beef gravy and chopped bacon. Deep-fried potato salad is topped with bacon, cheddar, sour cream, onions, pickles and horseradish cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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