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Gambit's 2017 summer restaurant guide: L 

LMNO
Le Meridien New Orleans Hotel, 333 Poydras St., (504) 525-9444; www.lmnonola.com
The hummus burger is a garlic hummus flatcake served with zucchini, squash, provolone, tomato and butter lettuce with roasted red pepper spread on a brioche bun. 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 beef skewers, chorizo, sweetbreads and beef empanadas. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

La Boulangerie
4600 Magazine St., (504) 269-3777; www.laboulangerienola.com
L'Atlantique features smoked salmon, lemon mayonnaise, avocado and arugula on toasted house-made olive bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge La Casita Taqueria serves creative tacos and margaritas.
  • La Casita Taqueria serves creative tacos and margaritas.

La Casita Taqueria
8400 Oak St., (504) 826-9913; www.eatlacasita.com
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. 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. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

La Divina Italian Cafe
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692
A chicken Parmesan panino features a breaded chicken breast topped with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast Thu.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

La Macarena Pupuseria & Latin Cafe
8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252; www.pupusasneworleans.com
The Hangover special is potato and chorizo hash topped with a fried egg. 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 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. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

La Provence
25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com
Roasted heirloom beet salad comes with whipped Gorgonzola, house-baked ciabatta and honey that's farmed on the premises. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA Smokehouse
8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 103, (504) 265-8905; www.lasmokehouse.com
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. 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 are fried flour tortillas stuffed with crawfish, mixed cheeses and roasted green chilies served with guacamole and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

The Lakehouse
2025 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 626-3006; www.lakehousecuisine.com
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
The grilled shrimp Caesar wrap features Cajun-seasoned Louisiana shrimp, shredded romaine lettuce, tomatoes, Parmesan and Caesar dressing in a choice of tortilla. 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
The fried shrimp platter is served with two sides such as french fries, coleslaw or Cajun potatoes. 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. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Laurel Street Bakery
2701 S. Broad St., (504) 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.com
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
The Legacy Burger is served with caramelized onions, baby portobello mushrooms, Swiss cheese and shoestring potatoes. 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. 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. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Lilette
3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com
Duck confit landaise is served with escarole, crispy bone marrow, potato and red wine vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lilly's Cafe
1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999
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.littlegemsaloon.com
The Little Gem burger features an 8-ounce Angus beef patty topped with chicken-fried bacon, an egg over-easy, Swiss, pickles and Creole honey mustard served with fries. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Little Korea BBQ
2240 Magazine St., (504) 821-5006; www.littlekoreabbq.flavorplate.com
Crispy fish poppers are fried fish cakes served with a soy sweet and sour sauce. 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. 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. 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
New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp comes 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 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. 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. 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. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

Los Jefes Tortilleria & Grill
3224 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, (504) 516-2861; www.losjefesgrill.com
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. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Louisiana Bistro
337 Dauphine St., (504) 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net
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
Smoked salmon pizza is topped with Roma tomatoes, capers, cream cheese, caviar, red onions and mozzarella. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown
615 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-5900
The chicken salad croissant is dressed with mixed greens, sliced Roma tomato and mozzarella cheese and served with tomato-basil soup and Caesar salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Luca Eats
7329 Cohn St., (504) 866-1166; www.lucaeats.com
A pressed muffaletta contains Genoa salami, mortadella, provolone and ham with house-made olive salad 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/
neworleansThe 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. 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 are sauteed with garlic, thyme, piquillo peppers, tomato, Creole spice, andouille and green onion pork sausages and served over roasted jalapeno grits with melted mozzarella. 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 Gulf fish club sandwich includes fried Gulf fish, bacon, coleslaw and tartar sauce on Pullman bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$




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