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click to enlarge Chef Vladimir Costa prepares dishes with house-made spirits at Lula Restaurant Distillery.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Chef Vladimir Costa prepares dishes with house-made spirits at Lula Restaurant Distillery.

LMNO
Le Meridien New Orleans Hotel, 333 Poydras St., (504) 525-9444; www.lmnonola.com
House-made ricotta is topped with arugula, Louisiana honey and lemon juice and served with grilled bread. Barbecue shrimp are served with sharp cheddar cheese grits. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

La Boca
870 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.com
The Argentinian-style steakhouse serves a Gaucho plate including skewered beef, chorizo, sweetbreads and beef empanadas. Centro de Entrana is a 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, muffins, scones, turnovers and more. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

La Casita
634 Julia St., (504) 218-8043; La Casita Taqueria, 8400 Oak St., (504) 826-9913; www.eatlacasita.com
El fuego papas fritas feature braised brisket, Monterey Jack cheese, salsa verde and pico de gallo over fried potatoes. Pork and sweet potato quesadillas are filled with carnitas, spicy sweet potatoes, pico de gallo and manchego cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Late-night Tue. and Fri.-Sat. at Oak Street location. Credit cards. $

La Crepe Nanou
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.com
Grilled lamb chops come with cognac reduction, french fries and haricots verts. Fried veal sweetbreads are served with lemon caper beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

La Divina Italian Cafe
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.com
A pressed sandwich features sweet Italian sausage, onions and red and green bell peppers on ciabatta. Pasta salad combines 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
These French-styled cafes offer baked goods including croissants, turnovers, muffins, cookies and macaroons. The strawberry and bacon spinach salad includes mushrooms, toasted pecans, bell peppers and balsamic vinaigrette. 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. Turtle 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.laprovenceestaurant.com
Roasted heirloom beet salad comes with whipped Gorgonzola, house-baked ciabatta and honey farmed on the premises. Jumbo Gulf shrimp are served with house-made tagliatelle pasta and garden greens. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA Smokehouse
8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 103, (504) 265-8905; www.lasmokehouse.com
The classic barbecue sandwich features a choice of smoked meat, house barbecue sauce and sweet pickled pepper coleslaw on a toasted kaiser roll. The Southern barbecue grits and grillades bowl includes a choice of meat, sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, fried onions and fried okra. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

La Thai Uptown
4938 Prytania St., (504) 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.com
Louisiana shrimp and crawfish are stir-fried with vegetables in spicy garlic sauce and served with flash-fried eggplant and jasmine rice. Pad ka pow gai is minced chicken prepared with garlic and Thai chili and served with fried egg and jasmine rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. 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
Lakehouse salad includes greens, candied pecans, red onions, strawberries, blue cheese and sherry vinaigrette. Jumbo lump crab cakes come with roasted tomatoes, shaved English cucumber, arugula, bucatini and Abita Amber Alfredo sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe
5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.com
Tuna salad features seared, sesame-crusted tuna over organic spring greens, shredded carrots, purple cabbage, julienned cucumbers and cucumber-wasabi dressing. The tuna or chicken salad avocado melt includes Parmesan and Monterey Jack cheeses and tomatoes served open-faced on multigrain, wheat or white bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Lakeview Burgers and Seafood Market
872 Harrison Ave., (504) 289-1032; www.lakeviewburgersandseafood.com
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, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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.laurelstreetakery.com
The Brooklyn bagel sandwich features a choice of house-baked bagel served with cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, sliced tomatoes and shaved red onion. Cobb salad is made with chopped honey-maple turkey, ham, bacon, hard-boiled egg, white cheddar cheese, tomato, avocado, mixed greens and apple cider vinaigrette and is served with toasted ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. 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. The lunchtime buffet includes items such as fried chicken, gumbo and macaroni and cheese. 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. The Veggie features red bell peppers, zucchini, cabbage, green garlic and shallots. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Lilette
3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com
Chef John Harris' menu combines French and Italian influences. Butternut squash agnolotti is served with ricotta and walnut brown butter. Braised lamb shoulder features house-made semolina gnocchi and wilted spinach. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lilly's Cafe
1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999
Spicy tofu is served with rice noodles and a vegan egg roll. Rare flank steak and brisket pho comes with a basket of basil, bean sprouts, onions and jalapenos. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Little Gem Saloon
445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863; www.littlegemaloon.com
Baked crawfish and bacon macaroni and cheese is topped with bread crumbs. Country-fried chicken is served with andouille sausage and red beans and rice. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Little Korea BBQ
2240 Magazine St., (504) 821-5006; www.littlekoreabbq.flavorplate.com
Kimchi fried rice features bulgogi (marinated beef), tofu or cheese. Tabletop grills allow diners to cook their own Korean-style barbecue, with options including pork belly, beef and spicy beef. No reservations. Lunch Mon. and Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com
The Burning Man roll includes spicy tuna, crunchy flakes and sesame oil on the inside and is topped with pepper tuna, avocado, green onion, ponzu, eel and chili sauces. The Erica bowl features rice, tuna, avocado, crunchy flakes and eel sauce. No Reservations. 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, chashu pork belly, ramen noodles, boiled egg, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, fish cake and green onions. Pan-seared squid is drizzled with sweet and tangy sauce. The menu also includes sushi and rolls. Reservations accepted for karaoke rooms. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888; www.liuzzasnola.com
The sandwich special includes half a po-boy with gumbo, turtle soup or crawfish etouffee. New Orleans-style 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
The menu includes Creole and Italian dishes. House-made meatballs are served with pasta, red gravy and eggplant casserole and come with salad and a French roll. The Frenchuletta is a muffuletta with house-made olive salad on French bread and is served warm. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. 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. Bacon sweet potato Benedict features roasted sweet potato medallions, marinated Creole tomatoes, bacon, poached eggs and herb hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

Lola
517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992; www.lolacovington.com
The Lola burger has pimiento cheese, pickles, bacon marmalade, arugula and Russian dressing on a brioche bun and comes with truffle fries. Pepper jelly-glazed oysters are served with pork belly, feta and pickled okra. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lola's
3312 Esplanade Ave., (504) 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.com
Seafood paella combines shrimp, fish, calamari, scallops, mussels, vegetables, garlic, saffron, herbs and arborio rice. Lamb caldereta is a stew served with rice and vegetables. 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 served with vegetables and herbs. Roasted pork fills a banh mi dressed with herbs. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

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

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
95 French Market Place, (504) 522-9500; www.lpkfrenchquarter.com
Garlic shrimp pasta features jumbo Gulf shrimp 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. Reser-vations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown
615 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-5900 www.louisianapizzakitchenuptown.com
The chicken salad croissant is dressed with mixed greens, Roma tomato slices and mozzarella cheese and served with tomato-basil soup and Caesar salad. The grilled three-cheese sandwich features colby Jack, cheddar and mozzarella and is served with pickles, tomato-basil soup and Caesar salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun. Credit cards. $$

Luca Eats
7329 Cohn St., (504) 866-1166; www.lucaeats.com
The Pepper, Pepper, Pepper grilled cheese sandwich includes pepper Jack, a fried bell pepper ring and pepper jelly on multigrain bread with house-made rosemary-sea salt chips. The steak sandwich features grilled top sirloin, white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and horseradish on ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/neworleans
The Juicy Lucy burger features an 8-ounce patty, tomato, lettuce, onion, pickles and special sauce and is served with fries, sweet potato fries or salad. Serious nachos are topped with black beans, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and queso. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Luke
333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com
Jumbo Louisiana shrimp sauteed with garlic, thyme, piquillo peppers, tomato, Creole spice, andouille and green onion pork sausages are served over roasted jalapeno grits with melted mozzarella. Rabbit and chicken liver pate is served with Creole mustard, butter pickles, pickled watermelon rind, apple-onion and sweet pepper marmalades, mustard and house-baked crostini. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Lula Restaurant Distillery
1532 St. Charles Ave., (504) 267-7624; www.lulanola.com
The distillery produces clear rum, gin and vodka on the premises. Ginger lemon grass shrimp are seasoned with chilies and lime juice. Pecan-smoked pompano avocado dip comes with toast points or sweet potato chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



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