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Gambit’s 2016 summer restaurant guide: W 

610 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-8000;
Diners can assemble a cheese plate from 20 varieties of soft, semi-soft, hard and blue cheeses. Baked brie is served with toasted walnuts and fig preserves. No reservations. Late lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WOW Cafe
The Shanghai fried shrimp po-boy is dressed with Asian slaw, cilantro, Shanghai Foo's gold sauce and ranch dressing. Santa Fe chicken tacos feature fried or grilled chicken topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and Santa Fe sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Aloft New Orleans Downtown, 225 Baronne St., (504) 581-9225;
The barbecued pulled pork sandwich is served on a pretzel bun with coleslaw, pickles and Zapp's Voodoo chips. Crab, spinach and artichoke dip is served with blue corn tortilla chips. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Waffles on Maple
7712 Maple St., (504) 304-2662;
The Heart Attack waffle features caramelized onions and mushrooms, two fried eggs, jalapenos, cheddar and muenster cheese. The Blueberry Fields features whipped sweet cream cheese, hot blueberry topping and vanilla ice cream. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Wakin' Bakin'
4408 Banks St., (504) 252-0343;
The grit bowl features grits covered with cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked bacon confit and two eggs any style. Creole hot sausage sliders are served with a side of grits, hash browns, fruit, black beans or salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar
1009 Poydras St., (504) 309-6530;
Cajundillas are tortillas filled with chicken, boudin, pepper Jack cheese, grilled onions, andouille and rice. Uncle B's buttermilk-dipped chicken fingers are served with waffle fries and honey mustard. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Warehouse Grille
869 Magazine St., (504) 322-2188;
Chicken and waffles features a deep-fried chicken breast on top of a Belgian waffle with house-made beer syrup. The Warehouse oyster po-boy is topped with barbecue sauce, bacon, blue cheese, green onions and ranch dressing and served with fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

900 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 267-3263;
Baked salmon and crabmeat are topped with eel sauce. The Saints roll has tempura shrimp, cream cheese and crunchy jalapeno on the inside with fresh salmon, barbecued eel, smelt roe and eel sauce on top. No reservations. Frenchmen Street: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: lunch Mon.-Sat., closed Sun. Credit cards. $$

WaterStreet Bistro
804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855;
Grilled Gulf shrimp are tossed in olive oil with sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, garlic, capers, leeks and red onions and served over baby spinach, feta cheese and pine nuts. Sauteed crab cakes are served with creamed corn and remoulade. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

4510 Freret St., (504) 309-0069;
Pork belly is served with brown butter-sage gnocchi, Steen's cane syrup-mustard sauce and sweet potato puree. The Mediterranean shish kebab platter includes skewers of grilled marinated hanger steak and vegetables and is served with house-made hummus, Greek salad and pita bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Wayne Jacob's Smokehouse & Restaurant
769 W. Fifth St., LaPlace, (985) 652-9990;
The Smokehouse platter includes half of a slow-smoked chicken, brisket, ribs, smoked sausage, house-made barbecue sauce and cheddar grits. Stuffed crab Benedict features blue crab stuffing, poached eggs, hollandaise, grits and a crackling biscuit. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 138, Metairie, (504) 593-6955;
The Wedding Cake smoothie is made with unsweetened almond milk, vanilla ultra meal, almond extract and organic pineapple. The Lemon Twist smoothie features a mix of alkaline water, lemon, strawberries, pineapple, banana, honey, probiotics, prebiotics and vitamin C. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Welty's Deli & Catering
336 Camp St., (504) 592-0223;
The New Orleans muffuletta consists of provolone, Genoa salami, ham, mortadella and house-made olive salad on Italian bread. Shrimp remoulade salad features boiled Louisiana shrimp, romaine lettuce, parsley, tomatoes, green onions, boiled egg and remoulade dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Who Dat Coffee Cafe
2401 Burgundy St., (504) 872-0360;
Not Yo Mama's corn cakes are jalapeno corn cakes topped with creamy egg sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions. Da Marigny features shrimp and crabmeat tossed in house sauce and served on open-faced grilled ciabatta. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Whole Foods Market
5600 Magazine St., (504) 899-9119; 300 N. Broad St., (504) 434-3364; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-8225;
Smoked mozzarella pasta salad is made with penne pasta, spinach, roasted red peppers, smoked mozzarella, Parmesan and parsley. Salmon is available grilled or roasted. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Willa Jean
611 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 509-7334;
Fruge Aquafarm crawfish gravy is served with a slow-poached egg, grits and cheddar biscuits. Corn and crab fritters are served with crab boil aioli. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Willie Mae's
Willie Mae's Grocery & Deli, 7457 St. Charles Ave., (504) 417-5424; Willie Mae's Scotch House, 2401 St. Ann St., (504) 822-9503;
Willie Mae's is known for its fried chicken. Bread pudding is served with chocolate rum sauce. No reservations. St. Ann Street: lunch Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Wink's Bakery and Bistro
1218 Decatur St., (504) 309-2481;
Buttermilk drops are made using McKenzie's recipe. Buttermilk drop bread pudding is made with cream, butter, egg and sugar and topped with rum sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Wit's Inn
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600;
Shrimp Florentine pizza features shrimp, mushrooms, roasted garlic, feta and mozzarella cheeses and red sauce. The Hawaiian pizza includes herb sauce, ham, pineapple, bacon, green and red peppers, provolone, mozzarella and jalapenos. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse
404 Andrew Higgins Drive, (504) 281-4893;
Roasted cauliflower includes coriander, almonds, mint, yogurt and black sesame. Gamberetti ceviche features shrimp, red onion, cucumber, garlic and lemon juice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

World of Beer
300 Julia St., (504) 299-3599; 4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 266-2689;
Giant Bavarian pretzels are served with house-made, stone-ground mustard, and cheese sauce made with NOLA Brown Ale is an optional addition. Belgian beer waffle s'mores are Belgian beer-batter waffles with toasted marshmallow, Kahlua fudge sauce and graham cracker crumbles on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

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