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Gambit’s 2017 winter restaurant guide: French 

Cafe Degas
3127 Esplanade Ave., (504) 945-5635;
Duck leg confit is served with a salad of baby arugula, frisee, green apples, spiced pecans and Gorgonzola. Roasted venison chops are served with celeriac flan, sauteed baby vegetables, mushrooms and blackberry grand veneur sauce. Reservations required. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Ciro's Cote Sud Restaurant
7918 Maple St., (504) 866-9551;
L'Ollivier pizza is topped with mozzarella, goat cheese, Greek olives, pesto, persillade and onions. Steamed mussels are served with fries and a choice of mariniere, curry, Provencale or blue cheese sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Checks. $$

Croissant d'Or Patisserie
617 Ursulines Ave., (504) 524-4663;
Quiche is baked with ham, leeks and heavy cream. Tarte tartin features Fuji apple slices cooked with salted caramel butter in a buttery pastry. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Flaming Torch Restaurant
737 Octavia St., (504) 895-0900;
House-made crab cakes are topped with aioli. Shrimp is served in a creamy etouffee sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

La Crepe Nanou
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670;
Escargot is baked in garlic butter and served with a baguette. Grilled whole local fish is served with lemon caper beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

La Provence
25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662;
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. $$$

333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840;
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. $$$

1117 Montegut St.;
There's a menu of imported canned fish and French dishes with Asian accents. Pork katsu is panko-fried pork shoulder served over beet puree. Seared tuna is crusted with rosemary and garlic and served with yuzu dressing. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

7217 Perrier St., (504) 866-4860;
Egg salad Tartine is topped with avocado butter and radishes. A grilled steak sandwich features pistou, spicy aioli, pickled carrots and shallots. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch 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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