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Gambit's 2014 Spring Restaurant Guide: H 

Haifa Turkish Cuisine & Hookah Bar
4740 Canal St., (504) 309-7719;
Pistachios kebab features ground beef and lamb prepared with pistachios, parsley, garlic and bell peppers and served with rice or bulgur, salad and bread. The Turkish panino combines spicy Turkish sujuk sausage, mozzarella and tomatoes on white or wheat bread and is served with salad or french fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Hana Japanese Restaurant
8116 Hampson St., (504) 865-1634
The Who Dat roll features shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, snow crab, tuna, salmon, avocado, crunchy flakey, smelt roe and a variety of sauces. The No Name roll bundles tuna, salmon, eel, tomago, snow crab and smelt roe in soy paper topped with smelt roe, crunchy flakes, eel sauce and Hana sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Handsome Willy's Patio Bar & Lounge
218 S. Robertson St., (504) 525-0377;
The Wolf Man burrito, named after New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, is filled with slow-cooked pork, pulled chicken, ground beef and black beans. The Flying Pig is stuffed with pulled pork, bacon and cheddar. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Happy Italian Pizzeria
7105 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, (504) 305-4666;
This pizzeria makes its own dough, sauces and Italian sausage, and pastries are baked in house. Ziti is tossed with pancetta in creamy garlic sauce, topped with black walnuts and Gorgonzola and baked. The Classic pizza is made with butternut squash sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheeses, duck confit, caramelized onions, crimini mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Harbor Bar & Grill
3024 17th St., Metairie, (504) 832-4117;
The filet special features an 8-ounce steak, potatoes and string beans. The Harbor burger, served on po-boy bread or a bun, tops a 12-ounce patty with melted cheddar. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Hard Rock Cafe
125 Bourbon St., (504) 529-5617;
Twisted Mac, Chicken & Cheese combines corkscrew pasta, grilled chicken breast, three-cheese sauce, garlic, roasted red peppers and Romano-parsley breadcrumbs. West Tennessee-style hickory-smoked ribs are dry-rubbed, slow cooked and basted with hickory barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant
701 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-4114;
Chef Donald Link prepares contemporary Louisiana cuisine. Muscovy duck leg confit is served with dirty rice and citrus gastrique. Louisiana shrimp are served with Calasparra rice, artichokes and maitake mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Heritage Grill
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 150, Metairie, (504) 934-4900;
Duck and wild mushroom spring rolls are served with mirin-soy dipping sauce. Louisiana crawfish are topped with fontina and white cheddar cheeses on grilled seven-grain bread and served with a cup of crawfish bisque. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

Hey! Cafe
4332 Magazine St., (504) 891-8682;
The baked tofu and herb sandwich is served with vegan mayonnaise on whole wheat bread. House-made items include hummus, vegan blueberry muffins and juice blends. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

Hickory Cafe & Grill
1313 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 737-0033
The hickory salad features blackened shrimp over mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, toasted pecans, blue cheese and pepper jelly vinaigrette. The herbed focaccia burger is an 8-ounce patty topped with roasted red peppers, pepper Jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and basil mayonnaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

High Hat Cafe
4500 Freret St., (504) 754-1336;
House-made seasonal pies include the Ponchatoula strawberry pie topped with whipped cream. Barbecue shrimp or smoked roasted chicken are served with a choice of sides including pimento macaroni and cheese or sweet potato salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Hillbilly Bar-B-Q
2317 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 738-1508;
House-made alligator sausage, boudin and dry-rubbed pork spare ribs are smoked over Kentucky hickory wood. Loaded baked potatoes are topped with pork, beef, chicken or Hillbilly chili and cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

Hoa Hong/9 Roses
1100 Stephens St., Gretna, (504) 366-7665;
Hot-and-sour soup features a choice of fish, shrimp or chicken in tangy broth with tomatoes, pineapple and okra. Diners can grill marinated beef at their tables and wrap it in lettuce or rice paper with herbs and pickled carrots. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

Hobnobber Cafe
5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, (504) 734-8448;
The Hobnobber po-boy features hot roast beef, ham and Swiss cheese. Monday's red beans special comes with smoked sausage or a breaded pork chop. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

920 Poydras St., (504) 561-8914
The sashimi plate features tuna, salmon, red snapper, yellowtail, scallops, octopus and squid. A half dozen oysters on the half shell are topped with green onion, red radish, spicy sauce and ponzu sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

House Of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999;
Shrimp and grits feature pan-seared jumbo shrimp simmered in chipotle cream sauce served over a fried grit cake with teardrop tomatoes. St. Louis ribs, available by the full or half rack, are rubbed with adobo spice, slow cooked and served with tomato barbecue sauce, barbecue baked beans and coleslaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Houston's Restaurant
1755 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-1578; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-2301;
Cedar plank salmon comes with Creole mustard sauce, coleslaw and vine-ripened tomatoes. Shrimp Louie salad combines jumbo poached shrimp, avocado, teardrop tomatoes and herbs over a lettuce wedge. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Huey P's Pizzeria
139 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 366-1818;
Huey P's pizza is topped with sausage, pepperoni, chicken, mushroom, onions, black olives, bell peppers and tomatoes. Fried chicken and waffles are another favorite. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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