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Gambit’s 2017 winter restaurant guide: American 

5Fifty5
New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., (504) 553-5555; www.marriott.com
The Angus burger is topped with smoked bacon and cheddar cheese and served with fries. The short rib French dip sandwich includes melted Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and is served with fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The American Sector
945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1940; www.nationalww2museum.org/american-sector
Chicken fried steak is served with baked macaroni and cheese, greens, grits and gravy. Gulf shrimp are served over smoked Gouda grits with roasted tomatoes and tasso. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

American Sports Saloon
1200 Decatur St., (504) 300-1782; www.theamericansportssaloon.com
The Ball Park BLT features smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato on Texas toast, and a fried egg or avocado are optional additions. The Southwest burger is topped with melted cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, jalapenos and avocado. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Andy's Bistro
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, (504) 455-7363; www.andysbistro.com
The short rib flatbread is topped with Havarti and blue cheeses, horseradish and arugula. Pork shank is served with potato puree and cider slaw. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bayou Market Buffet
Boomtown Casino New Orleans, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 366-7711; www.boomtownneworleans.com/dining/bayou-market-buffet
The dinner buffet features Southern favorites such as fried chicken, shrimp, oysters and more. At the brunch buffet, waffles are made to order. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Blue Tomato Restaurant and Cantina
4401 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 734-3000
Teriyaki ginger-glazed salmon is served with Caribbean slaw and smothered green beans. The Blue Ribbon burger is a 12-ounce ground steak patty topped with smoked bacon, grilled jalapenos and melted Jack and cheddar cheeses on a toasted muffuletta bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon
4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 324-6841; www.bobbyheberts.com
Bobby & Deke's Mardi Gras pasta features shrimp, crawfish tails, bell peppers and onions in Alfredo sauce. JoJo's salad includes grilled shrimp, avocado, tomato, hearts of palm, Parmesan, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Boston Restaurant
100 N.E. Central Ave., Amite, (985) 748-5555; www.bostonofamite.com
The 30-ounce Stock Yards cowboy rib-eye is seasoned with the house spice blend and served with house-made steak butter. Blackened redfish is topped with crawfish and pepper Jack cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Boulevard American Bistro
4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-2301; www.boulevardbistro.com
The pressed Cuban sandwich features braised pork belly, sliced ham, Jack cheese and bread and butter pickles on French bread and served with coleslaw. Slow-roasted prime rib au jus is served with a loaded baked potato. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Brewster's
8751 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 309-7548; www.brewstersrestaurant.com
The Brewster burger features a 10-ounce patty topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles and served with a choice of fries, a baked potato, jambalaya, chili, sweet potato fries, salad or vegetables. Caesar salad includes sliced chicken breast over romaine lettuce, croutons, Caesar dressing and Parmesan. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Buffalo Wild Wings
Citywide; www.buffalowildwings.com
Chicken wings are available with sauces such as Buffalo, Parmesan-garlic, bourbon honey-mustard, hot barbecue, Thai curry and others. Street tacos are small flour tortillas filled with garlicky grilled chicken, pico de gallo, cilantro and Southwestern ranch dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

District: Donuts Sliders Brew
527 Harrison Ave., (504) 827-1152; 2209 Magazine St., (504) 570-6945; www.donutsandsliders.com; 5637 Magazine St., (504) 313-1316; www.districtcoffeebar.com
Original doughnut flavors include whiskey-ginger, lemon-blackberry, strawberry cheesecake, pineapple, Irish coffee, brownie batter and others. Pork belly sliders feature Duroc pork, sprouts, red onions, radish, garlic-Creole mustard. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Down the Hatch
1921 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.com
Hell's Kitchen wings are deep-fried, tossed in spicy sauce and served with blue cheese and celery. The Texan burger features a half-pound Black Angus patty, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, caramelized onion and a fried egg on a sesame seed bun. Delivery available for dinner. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

GB's Patio Bar & Grill
8117 Maple St., (504) 861-0067
The GB burger is an 8-ounce beef patty topped with melted cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, bacon, jalapenos and barbecue sauce and served with a side. Atlantic salmon comes with steamed broccoli and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Handsome Willy's Cafe & Bar
218 S. Robertson St., (504) 525-0377; www.handsomewillyscafe.com
The Flying Pig burrito is stuffed with ginger beer pulled pork, applewood-smoked bacon, house-made barbecue sauce, jalapenos, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and served with salsa and sour cream. The Dragon chicken sandwich features grilled chicken, pepper Jack cheese, Thai apricot sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

Hard Rock Cafe
125 Bourbon St., (504) 529-5617; www.hardrock.com/cafes/new-orleans
The honey-mustard grilled chicken sandwich is topped with smoked bacon, melted Jack cheese, Dijon mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes on a brioche roll. The Texan sandwich features either hickory-smoked pulled pork or chicken topped with chipotle barbecue sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, fried jalapenos and onions on toasted brioche. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Houston's Restaurant
1755 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-1578; www.hillstone.com/houstons
The Hawaiian rib-eye steak is marinated with pineapple, sesame and ginger and served with a loaded Idaho baked potato. Shrimp Louis salad combines poached jumbo shrimp, avocado, teardrop tomatoes and herbs over a lettuce wedge. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Jax Brewery Bistro Bar
620 Decatur St., Suite 1A, (504) 333-6914; www.jaxnola.com
The Hangover Killer breakfast sandwich includes eggs, brisket, potatoes and cheese. Bacon-wrapped duck is stuffed with jalapenos and cream cheese and served with dipping sauce. Reservations accepted. Brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Kayla's Restaurant
3036 St. Claude Ave., (504) 949-3477
The Trinity burger features a patty combining house-ground beef, onion, celery and bell pepper. An order of four deep-fried chicken wings comes with a choice of sides, including Creole-seasoned smothered potatoes. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Ma Momma's House of Cornbread, Chicken & Waffles
5741 Crowder Blvd., Suite A3, (504) 244-0021; www.mamommashouse.com
Waffle sandwiches are filled with eggs, cheese and sausage. Grilled fish is served with herbed rice and sauteed green beans. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

P&G Restaurant & Bar
345 Baronne St., (504) 525-9678
Two or three eggs cook-ed any way come with a choice of meat, hash browns or grits and toast or a biscuit. A shrimp po-boy comes dressed to order with a side of potato salad or fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Citywide; www.raisingcanes.com
The Box combo includes four fried chicken tenders, tangy Cane's sauce, french fries, Texas toast, coleslaw and a drink. The sandwich combo features three chicken fingers on a Kaiser roll dressed with Cane's sauce and lettuce, plus fries and a drink. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Red Dog Diner
3122 Magazine St., (504) 934-3333; www.reddogdiner.com
The chorizo mussel bowl features a spicy saffron broth. Cioppino includes clams, mussels, shrimp and drum in spicy tomato broth. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Rocksy's
3220 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, (504) 889-7064; www.rocksys.org
A Belgian waffle is topped with Crystal fried chicken tossed in apricot glaze and served with two strips of bacon. Crawfish beignets are made with jalapenos, corn and cheddar cheese and served with remoulade. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Steve's Diner
Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., (504) 522-8198; www.stevesdiner.net
Southwest salad is made with grilled chicken breast, pepper Jack cheese, tomato, black beans, mixed lettuces, spicy house-made tortilla chips and salsa ranch dressing. Slow-roasted herb chicken is served with two sides. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

The Store
814 Gravier St., (504) 322-2446; www.thestoreneworleans.com
The roasted turkey and brie sandwich is topped with caramelized onions and served on pressed sourdough or wheat bread. Shrimp nicoise salad features feta, green beans, shaved red onions, boiled Gulf shrimp, mixed greens, Kalamata olives, diced tomatoes, boiled egg and croutons with Creole mustard vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Sugar Park
3054 St. Claude Ave., (504) 942-2047; www.sugarparknola.com
The Brooklyn Bridge pie features spinach, mushrooms and garlic. Fried Sriracha chicken is served atop bacon waffles with syrup. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Wed.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Sun Ray Grill
2600 Belle Chasse Highway, Suite A, Gretna, (504) 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.com
The Orleans features a choice of pan-seared fish served with brown butter, green onions, mushrooms, jumbo lump crabmeat, spinach and tasso dressing. Plaquemines oyster bread features sauteed local oysters, artichokes, spinach and tomatoes in garlic cream sauce topped with fried oysters. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WOW Cafe
Citywide; www.wowcafe.com
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. $

Zea Rotisserie & Bar
Citywide; www.zearestaurants.com
Rotisserie chicken is served with two side items and sauces such as pineapple-jalapeno glaze or sweet chili glaze. Thai-style St. Louis ribs are basted with ginger-infused soy sauce and sweet chili glaze and topped with Asian herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$



African | American | Bar & Grill | Barbecue
Brewpub | Burgers | Cafe | Cajun | Caribbean/Cuban
Chinese | Coffee & Dessert | Contemporary | Creole
Deli | Diner | Fondue | French | Indian/Pakistani | Irish
Italian | Japanese/Sushi | Juice Bar | Korean | Latin American
Louisiana Contemporary | Mediterranean/Middle Eastern | Mexican
Music & Food | Neighborhood | Pan-Asian | Pizza | Sandwiches & Po-boys
Seafood | Steakhouse | Tapas/Spanish | Thai | Vietnamese

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