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click to enlarge Combination fajita platters feature shrimp, steak and chicken at Los Jefes Tortilleria & Grill.

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Combination fajita platters feature shrimp, steak and chicken at Los Jefes Tortilleria & Grill.

LMNO
Le Meridien New Orleans Hotel, 333 Poydras St., (504) 525-9444; www.lmnonola.com
Short rib hash is served with two eggs, grilled asparagus and Creole hollandaise. Parallel eggs Benedict features bourbon and sugar-glazed Duroc pork belly, deep-fried poached eggs and Creole mustard cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast daily. Credit cards. $$

La Bella's
2118 Third St., Kenner, (504) 466-4675; www.labellascatering.com
The roast beef po-boy features slow-roasted, thinly sliced beef dressed with gravy on Leidenheimer French bread. The muffuletta combines Genoa salami, ham, provolone and house-made olive salad on a toasted house-baked muffuletta bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

La Boca
870 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.com
The Gaucho plate includes skewered beef, chorizo, sweetbreads and beef empanadas. Steak choices include Painted Hills organic hanger steak. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$$

La Boulangerie
4600 Magazine St., (504) 269-3777; www.laboulangerienola.com
Le Parisien features Cochon Butcher ham, Comte cheese and cornichons on a house-baked baguette with salted butter. Baked goods include chocolate-covered croissants. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

La Casita
634 Julia St., (504) 218-8043; 8400 Oak St., (504) 826-9913; www.eatlacasita.com
El Fuego tacos feature braised brisket, Monterey Jack cheese, salsa verde and pico de gallo in corn tortillas. Pork and sweet potato quesadillas are filled with carnitas, spicy sweet potatoes, pico de gallo and manchego. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

La Crepe Nanou
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.com
Mussels are steamed in white wine, garlic and cream. Lamb chops are served with cognac reduction and french fries. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

La Divina Cafe e Gelateria
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.com
Sweet Italian sausage is dressed with onions and red and green bell peppers on pressed ciabatta. Pasta salad combines fresh mozzarella, basil, roasted red peppers and balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards.  $

La Macarena Pupuseria & Latin Cafe
8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252; www.pupusasneworleans.com
The vegan breakfast burrito combines avocado, Spanish rice, beans and smothered vegetables in a wrap served with beans and fried plantains. Grilled steak tamales are served with a choice of sides. No reservations. Breakfast, 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 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, (504) 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com
The French country breakfast includes two eggs, a potato galette, bacon or sausage and a croissant. Roasted salmon is topped with garlic dill sauce and served over rice Provencal with roasted asparagus. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine St., (504) 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.com
Gulf shrimp and grits are prepared with roasted shiitake mushrooms, smoked bacon and thyme. Alligator 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 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com
Oysters Ooh La La are topped with crab fat butter, saffron and chili flakes. Louisiana seafood pasta includes Gulf oysters, shrimp, crawfish, mushrooms and bouillabaisse jus over house-made spaghetti. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA Smokehouse
8300 Earhart Blvd., (504) 265-8905; www.lasmokehouse.com
Maque choux macaroni and cheese is made with cheese sauce, bacon, corn, bell peppers and onions. The Southern barbecue grits and grillades bowl features a choice of meat (pulled pork, chicken, sausage), sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, cheddar, green onions and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Lager's International Ale House
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923; www.lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com
Crawfish banditos feature fried flour tortillas stuffed with crawfish, mixed cheeses and roasted green chilies served with guacamole and sour cream. Margherita flatbread is topped with house-made tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil pesto and balsamic vinegar reduction. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

The Lakehouse
2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006; www.lakehousecuisine.com
Seared scallops and jumbo shrimp are plated with cauliflower puree, grilled grape tomatoes, tomato saffron broth rouille, croutons and basil. The Lakehouse salad includes greens, candied pecans, red onions, strawberries, blue cheese and sherry vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe
5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.com
Eggs Florentine features poached eggs over sauteed organic baby spinach, feta and an English muffin and is served with grits or hashbrowns. Sesame-crusted ahi tuna is topped with cucumber, tomato and cucumber-wasabi dressing and served on a toasted croissant. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Lakeview Burgers and Seafood
872 Harrison Ave., (504) 289-1032
Burgers feature 8-ounce ground chuck and brisket patties topped with lettuce and pickles. The Cuban sandwich includes pulled pork, ham, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards.  $$

Lakeview Grocery
801 Harrison Ave., (504) 293-1201; www.lakeviewgrocery.com
The deli counter serves hot roast beef debris po-boys dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise, mustard or ketchup. Roast beef debris fries are topped with sour cream and green onions. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Lakeview Harbor
911 Harrison Ave., (504) 486-4887; www.facebook.com/lakeview-harbor
The cheeseburger features an 8-ounce ground beef patty and is served with a baked potato. The fried shrimp plate comes with salad, potato salad and a side. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Laurel Street Bakery
2701 S. Broad St., (504) 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.com
The California breakfast sandwich features scrambled egg, cheese, tomato, avocado and shallot cream cheese on a bagel or croissant. Cobb salad is made with chopped honey-maple turkey, white cheddar cheese, ham, bacon, hard-boiled egg, tomato, avocado, mixed greens and apple cider vinaigrette and served with toasted ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Legacy Kitchen
700 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 613-2350; 759 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-5231; www.legacykitchen.com
Tuna Tango salad features seared ahi tuna, avocado, mango, macadamia nuts, wontons, greens and ginger-lime dressing. Barbecue shrimp are served with Creole lemon-brown butter sauce, popcorn rice, mushrooms and green onions. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Li'l Dizzy's Cafe
1500 Esplanade Ave., (504) 569-8997; www.lildizzyscafe.net
Creole file gumbo features Gulf shrimp, crab, hot sausage, smoked sausage and smoked ham in spicy broth served with rice. Fried chicken is served with potato salad, french fries or red beans and rice. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Liberty Cheesesteaks
5031 Freret St., (504) 875-4447; www.libertycheesesteaks.com
The Original is a Philadelphia-style cheese steak filled with chopped New York strip steak, caramelized onions and melted provolone. Buffalo chicken steak features chicken breast dressed with wing sauce and American and blue cheeses, and ranch dressing is optional. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Lilette
3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com
Veal scallopini comes with gnocchetti, pea tendrils and lemon-caper butter. Sauteed spiced drum is served with French couscous, toasted almonds, pickled Anaheim peppers and Meyer lemon yogurt. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lilly's Cafe
1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999; www.facebook.com/lillyscafe
Spicy tofu is served with rice noodles and a vegan egg roll. 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 Gem Saloon
445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863; www.littlegemsaloon.com
Shrimp and grits features head- and tail-on shrimp sauteed with onions, peppers and andouille served over stone-ground grits and topped with white truffle cream sauce. St. Louis ribs are served with Creole mustard, peach barbecue sauce and hand-cut french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Little Korea
2240 Magazine St.
Spicy oxtail stew is seasoned with Korean spices and served with four side dishes, miso soup and white rice. Buckwheat noodles are served in cold broth with beef brisket, pickles, cucumber, pickled radishes, boiled egg and kimchi on the side. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com
Jalepeno sashimi salad includes yellowtail, smelt roe and jalepenos tossed in jalepeno-lemon dressing. The Burning Man roll has spicy tuna, crunchy flakes and sesame oil on the inside and is topped with pepper tuna, avocado, green onion, ponzu sauce, eel sauce and chili sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo Restaurant
310 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 485-5658; 2300 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-6788; www.littletokyonola.com
Cucumber seafood salad includes tuna, salmon, yellowtail, octopus, crabstick and ponzu sauce. The Buddha roll features barbecue eel, cream cheese, crab stick, salmon, smelt roe and avocado wrapped in cucumber and seaweed. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo Small Plates & Noodle Bar
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.com
Tonkotsu ramen features pork bone broth, ramen noodles, chashu pork, green onions, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, fish cake and half a boiled egg. Pan-seared squid is drizzled with sweet and tangy sauce. Reservations accepted for karaoke rooms only. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Little Vic's
719 Toulouse St., (504) 304-1238; www.littlevics.com
Lasagne is made with Sicilian-style beef ragu and comes with salad. The Papa Vic tops pulled pork with melted cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888; www.liuzzasnola.com
The sandwich special includes half a po-boy and gumbo, turtle soup or crawfish etouffee. Barbecue shrimp come with Creole butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com
House-made meatballs are served with pasta, red gravy and eggplant casserole. The Frenchuletta is a muffuletta made with house-made olive salad served hot on French bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Live Oak Bar & Grille
Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberlane Drive, Gretna, (504) 367-5010; www.timberlanecc.com
The Italian Deli flatbread is topped with salami, ham, mozzarella and olive tapenade. Braised boneless beef short ribs are served with veal demi-glace, mashed potatoes and green beans. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Live Oak Cafe
8140 Oak St., (504) 265-0050; www.liveoakcafenola.com
Huevos rancheros includes corn tortillas, black beans, fried eggs, ranchero sauce, salsa and Cotija cheese. The Hangover is creamy cheese grits topped with two eggs over-easy, sausage and bacon bits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

Lola
517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992; www.lolacovington.com
Pepper jelly-glazed oysters are served with pork belly, feta and pickled okra. A poached yard egg tops risotto with black truffle and Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lola's
3312 Esplanade Ave., (504) 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.com
Gazpacho is a chilled blend of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, olive oil and garlic. Seafood paella combines shrimp, fish, calamari, scallops, mussels, vegetables, garlic, saffron, herbs and arborio rice. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

Los Jefes Tortilleria & Grill
3224 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, (504) 516-2861; www.losjefesgrill.com
Fish tacos are topped with cabbage, pico de gallo, cilantro queso fresco and creamy chipotle sauce. Combination fajitas include chicken, steak, shrimp, grilled onions, bell peppers, rice, refried beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and tortillas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Lost Love Lounge Vietnamese Kitchen
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com
Vegetarian pho features broth accented with cinnamon, ginger and star anise and is served with vegetables and herbs. Pork bun salad features mixed greens, rice noodles, daikon radish, carrots, onions, mushrooms, cilantro, mint and peanuts. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Lotus Thai Cafe
2104 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, (504) 365-5525; www.facebook.com/lotusthaicafenola
Seafood papaya salad combines shredded green papaya, green beans, tomato, peanuts and seafood. Lotus' special noodle soup features egg noodles, roasted pork, crab and Asian greens. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Louisiana Bistro
337 Dauphine St., (504) 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net
Crispy duck breast is served with fig-whiskey glaze and tasso and sweet potato hash. Flash-fried Gulf oysters are topped with creme de brie and applewood-smoked bacon and placed over creamed spinach. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

click to enlarge Louisiana Pizza Kitchen at the French Market serves smoked salmon pizza topped with tomatoes, red onions, capers, caviar and cream cheese. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Louisiana Pizza Kitchen at the French Market serves smoked salmon pizza topped with tomatoes, red onions, capers, caviar and cream cheese.

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
95 French Market Place, (504) 522-9500; www.lpkfrenchquarter.com
Jumbo Gulf shrimp are sauteed with sherry, tomatoes, white wine, basil, garlic and butter and served over angel hair pasta. A vegan wrap combines black bean sauce, vegan sour cream, vegan cheese, cilantro, jalapenos, onions and carrots and comes with french fries, asparagus or pasta salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown
615 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-5900; www.louisianapizzakitchenuptown.com
Tomato gnocchi features potato dumplings served with Roma tomatoes sauteed in olive oil, garlic, marinara and cream and finished with fresh basil and Parmesan. Shrimp pizza includes Roma tomatoes, jalapenos and mozzarella cheese. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LUCA eats
7329 Cohn St., (504) 866-1166
The breakfast sandwich features Gulf shrimp, corn grits and house-made Creole cream sauce on pressed French bread. Gumbo is made with andouille and locally raised chicken. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com
Guacamole is topped with queso fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds and served with warm tortilla chips. Cabo shrimp and grits features honey-jalapeno-chili marinated shrimp over poblano-pepper Jack cheese grits. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Luke
333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com
Chappapeela Farms pork schnitzel is served with wild mushroom ragout and fries. Egg white frittata comes with chicken sausage, avocado, pickled peppers and arugula. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$



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