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Gambit's 2017 spring restaurant guide: O 

O'Brien's Grille
2020 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, (504) 391-7229;
Savory artichoke cheesecake is topped with Louisiana oysters sauteed in butter, garlic and white wine. Crawfish boil risotto features crawfish, potatoes, corn, garlic, andouille and onions. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

8118 Oak St., (504) 302-1485;
Fried Brussels sprouts are tossed with pancetta. A hanger steak bruschetta is topped with red onion marmalade, chimichurri and chili oil. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Oceana Grill
739 Conti St., (504) 525-6002;
Blackened Redfish Lafourche is topped with crawfish and mushroom cream sauce and served with mashed potatoes and fried crawfish tails. The seafood platter includes fried oysters, shrimp, catfish, french fries, coleslaw, jalapeno hushpuppies and cocktail and tartar sauces. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Old Rail Brewing Company
639 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 612-1828;
Boudin balls are served with sweet and sour red cabbage, pickled corn and whole grain mustard made with beer. For brunch, lobster Benedict includes poached eggs, fried green tomatoes, avocado, an English muffin and hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Olive Branch Cafe
1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 348-2008; 5145 General de Gaulle Drive, (504) 393-1107;
Muffuletta pizza is topped with salami, ham and olive salad. Cajun trio pasta includes smoked sausage, chicken, crawfish, tomato-cream sauce and penne. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Opal Basil on the Trace
690 Lafitte St., Mandeville, (985) 778-2529;
Gnocchi are sauteed with shrimp, cream and spices. The lobster tamale is served with chorizo, a fried egg and lobster sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Original Fiorella's Cafe
5325 Franklin Ave., (504) 309-0352;
A fried seafood platter includes shrimp, oysters, fish fillets and soft-shell crab. Fried chicken is served with two sides, such as mashed potatoes, fries, onion rings, Caesar salad or vegetables. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Original French Market Restaurant & Bar
1001 Decatur St., (504) 525-7879;
St. Philip tomatoes features fried green tomatoes topped with spicy crawfish pepper sauce. Char-grilled oysters are topped with garlic, butter and Parmesan. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Original Pierre Maspero's
440 Chartres St., (504)  524-8990;
Seafood pistolettes are filled with crawfish, Gulf shrimp, bell peppers and onions in cream cheese sauce and topped with Parmesan. Baked eggs are served atop andouille sausage with green onions, tomato and cheddar cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Orleans Coffee Espresso Bar
3445 Prytania St., (504) 891-5774;
The coffeeshop serves locally roasted coffee in espressos, cappuccinos and lattes. Baked goods include pastries, muffins and cookies. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro
720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930;
New Zealand rack of lamb is served with brandy peppercorn demi-glace, truffled mashed potatoes and vegetables. A Black Angus filet is served with roasted fingerling potatoes, vegetables and crawfish demi-glace or Stilton cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Oscar's Lounge & Restaurant
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540;
The Oscalotta sandwich combines meats, mozzarella and olive salad on hot French bread. The house burger features a half-pound patty served with a stuffed baked potato. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Outlaw Pizza Co.
814 S. Peters St., (504) 528-2743;
Angel hair pasta is tossed with roasted broccoli, ricotta and spicy sauce. Arancini are fried breaded rice balls filled with peas, prosciutto, pine nuts and mozzarella and fontina cheeses. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

3162 Dauphine St., (504) 267-4776;
Fried regional oysters are served on a bed of celery root remoulade and topped with Choupique caviar and Meyer lemon gel. Steamed mussels come in an Amstel Light-blue cheese broth with caramelized onions and leeks, french fries and roasted garlic aioli. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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