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Gambit’s 2017 winter restaurant guide: Neighborhood 

click to enlarge In Faubourg Marigny, Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant serves eggs Benedict for brunch.

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In Faubourg Marigny, Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant serves eggs Benedict for brunch.

Augie's Restaurant
6005 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 733-3000, www.augiesnola.com
Beef brisket is served with potatoes, vegetables and horseradish sauce. Eggplant Parmesan is served over pasta with marinara. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat.. Credit cards. $$

The Backyard
244 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 309-8767; www.thebackyardnola.com
House-smoked brisket is served on a Weiss Guys bun with shaved onions, house-made pickles and barbecue sauce on the side. A burger features with two ground chuck patties, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles, shaved onions and additional choices of cheese and toppings. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Bar Redux
801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083; www.barredux.com
Jamaican jerk pork is dressed with jerk barbecue sauce and pickles on a Dong Phuong roll. Vegan chili features roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, vegetables and ancho, chipotle, jalapeno and green chilies. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Bayou Hot Wings
6221 S. Claiborne Ave., Suite 104, (504) 865-9464; www.bayouhotwings.com
Hot wings and chicken tenders come with a choice of sauces such as garlic butter-Parmesan, chipotle barbecue, pepper jelly and spicy pepper with varying levels of heat. Side items include onion rings, sweet potato fries, jambalaya and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Betsy's Pancake House
2542 Canal St., (504) 822-0214
The breakfast special features two eggs, bacon, grits and pancakes or toast. Monday's red beans and rice special comes with smoked sausage, a pork chop or a ham shank. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Bistro Orleans
3216 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 304-1469; www.bistroorleansmetairie.com
Thin-cut wild Des Allemands catfish is served with french fries, coleslaw and French bread. Char-grilled oysters are topped with Parmesan and garlic butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Bourree
1510 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 510-4040; www.bourreenola.com
Spicy Buffalo chicken wings are served with poblano ranch. House-smoked brisket fills a po-boy topped with barbecue sauce and pimiento cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., late-night Wed.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Buffa's Lounge
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www.buffasbar.com
The menu includes pasta, deli sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings, salads and a few Creole favorites. Bratwurst jambalaya is made with beer-soaked bratwurst. Ham is injected with honey-praline sauce and deep-fried. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Aquarius
2101 Paris Road, Chalmette, (504) 510-3080
Caesar salad features grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, Parmesan and house-made focaccia croutons with Creole mustard Caesar dressing, and it also is available in a wrap. The Izzy sandwich includes turkey, ham, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, arugula, Roma tomatoes and honey-mustard aioli on whole wheat bread or in a tomato tortilla. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue. Credit cards. $

Cafe Dauphine
5229 Dauphine St., (504) 309-6391; www.nolacafe- dauphine.com
Lizardi rolls are egg rolls filled with cabbage, crabmeat, shrimp and crawfish seasoned with Asian and Cajun spices and served with sweet chili sauce. Deep-fried bell peppers are stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Gentilly
5339 Franklin Ave., (504) 281-4220: www.thecafegentilly.com
Louisiana crawfish, creamed spinach and Swiss cheese fill an omelet. Eggs Benedict is topped with a soft-shell crab. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Chap's Chicken Restaurant & Catering
203 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 371-5546; www.chapschicken.com
Chicken is fried to order and served with macaroni and cheese, potato salad, fries, mashed potatoes, red beans, coleslaw or jambalaya. Chicken and waffles features three waffles topped with chicken tenders. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop
2309 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-2022; www.gumbostop.com
Mumbo gumbo features chicken, shrimp, crabmeat and sausage, and fried shrimp or crawfish top some types of gumbo. The menu also includes fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, boudin balls, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Crepes a la Cart
1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-2362; www.crepecaterer.com
The Boss' Favorite crepe is filled with smoked Atlantic salmon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses and topped with a fried egg, mushrooms and red onions. The Gateaux crepe is made with butter, sugar and cinnamon and drizzled with caramel and a splash of Grand Marnier. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Dry Dock Cafe
133 Delaronde St., (504) 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com
The menu includes gumbo, po-boys, fried seafood platters, salads and more. Red beans and rice are cooked with ham hocks. Seafood Delaronde features grilled shrimp, oysters and crabmeat topped with pesto-cheese sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Fat Harry's
4330 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-9582
The house burger features a half-pound Angus beef patty and can be topped with American cheese, blue cheese or chili. Traditional red beans and rice are available daily. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Fharmacy
2540 Banks St., (504) 324-6090; www.fharmacynola.com
Steak frites salad features sliced hanger steak over arugula and frisee lettuce, shoestring fries, cherry tomatoes, bacon and blue cheese dressing. A Vietnamese sausage sandwich is dressed with pickled carrots, jalapeno, cucumber, cilantro and aioli on a hoagie roll. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Gattuso's Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-1114; www.gattusos.net
Blackened salmon tops a salad of spinach, pecans, red onions, blue cheese and raisins with a choice of dressing. A fried shrimp po-boy is dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickle and mayonnaise on Leidenheimer French bread and served with fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Horn's
1940 Dauphine St., (504) 459-4676; www.hornsnola.com
The Guatemalan breakfast features two eggs, black beans, plantains, avocado, salsa and sour cream served with tortillas. The Tex-Mex slammer features hash browns topped with black beans, salsa, eggs, cheese and plantains served with sour cream and tortillas. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
3001 Magazine St., (504) 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.com
Fried green tomatoes are topped with grilled shrimp and served with remoulade. Fried eggplant Napoleon includes fried shrimp and crawfish cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KY's Olde Towne Bicycle Shop Restaurant
2267 Carey St., Slidell, (985) 641-1911; www.kysoldetowne.com
Oysters bordelaise features fried oysters over spaghettini with olive oil, herbs and Parmesan. Roast beef is slow-cooked in house, sliced thin and served as a po-boy with house-made gravy on Leidenheimer bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Katie's Restaurant & Bar
3701 Iberville St., (504) 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.com
The Legend sandwich features slow-smoked pulled pork tossed with barbecue shrimp on Gendusa French bread. The St. Louie sandwich includes fried Louisiana oysters topped with provolone and applewood-smoked bacon. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Kitchen Table Cafe
7005 St. Claude Ave., Arabi, (504) 301-2285; www.kitchentablearabi.com
Fried oyster salad is tossed with bacon and blue cheese vinaigrette. Seared hanger steak is served with sauteed mushrooms. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com
The neighborhood spot serves Creole and Italian dishes. House-made meatballs are served with pasta, red gravy and eggplant casserole. The Frenchuletta is a muffuletta made with house-made olive salad served hot on French bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/neworleans
The Juicy Lucy is an 8-ounce burger with tomato, lettuce, onion, pickles and special sauce, 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. Credit cards. $$

Mandina's Restaurant
3800 Canal St., (504) 482-9179; Azalea Shopping Center, 4240 Highway 22, Mandeville, (985) 674-9883; www.mandinasrestaurant.com
The menu includes Creole and Italian dishes. Gulf fish amandine is served with french fries. Traditional turtle soup is topped with sherry. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Napoleon House
500 Chartres St., (504) 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com
A muffuletta is filled with ham, Genoa salami, pastrami, Swiss cheese, provolone and house-made olive salad and served warm. Grilled alligator sausage fills a po-boy dressed with Tabasco pepper jelly and Creole mustard. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
Citywide; www.nohsc.com
The Shrimpzilla po-boy has fried shrimp, roast beef debris gravy, Swiss cheese, shredded cabbage and Creole mustard sauce served with garlic-herb fries. Some locations serve sugar-coated or chocolate beignets by New Orleans Coffee and Beignet Company. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Original Fiorella's Cafe
5325 Franklin Ave., (504) 309-0352; www.originalfiorellas.com
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. $$

Pepperoni's Cafe
8123 Hampson St., (504) 865-0336; www.pepperoniscafe.com
The New Orleans omelet features Gulf shrimp, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. A chicken Caprese sandwich includes grilled chicken breast, spinach, tomatoes, pesto aioli and mozzarella on house-made bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

R&O's Restaurant
216 Metairie Hammond Highway, Metairie, (504) 831-1248; www.ropizza.com
The menu includes seafood, po-boys, Italian dishes and boiled crawfish. The roast beef po-boy is dressed with cheese and brown or red gravy on a toasted sesame loaf. Seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crawfish, crabs and oysters. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Rivershack Tavern
3449 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com
An alligator po-boy features a spicy blend of pork and alligator sausage served with a side of fries or sweet potato fries. The menu also includes fried catfish, shrimp and oysters. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Rocky & Carlo's
613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, (504) 279-8323
The menu includes fried seafood po-boys, fried chicken, pasta dishes, bread pudding and more. Macaroni and cheese is a signature side item. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Russell's Marina Grill
8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 282-9980; www.russellsmarinagrill.net
Leroy's eggs are poached eggs with andouille on a sage grit cake topped with bechamel. The TexiCali omelet has chicken, avocado, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos and cheddar cheese and is topped with salsa. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SWEGS Kitchen
Citywide; www.swegskitchen.com
A chopped Asian salad includes seared tuna, mixed greens, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, almonds, avocado, mango and Asian vinaigrette. Roasted sirloin with kale chimichurri comes with a choice of vegetable sides such as stewed okra or roasted tomatoes and squash. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Shank Charcuterie
2352 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5281; www.shankcharcuterie.com
The charcuterie board includes salami, head cheese, sausages and cheeses. Pulled pork sliders feature Carolina-style pulled pork, white barbecue sauce and Hawaiian bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

The Shimmy Shack
1855 Dock St., Harahan, (504) 729-4442; www.shimmyshack.net
Blueberry-barbecue pork sliders are topped with melted provolone. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp are served in hollowed-out French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Slim Goodies Diner
3322 Magazine St., (504) 891-3447; www.slimgoodiesdiner.com
The Jewish Coonass features two potato latkes topped with grilled spinach, two eggs and crawfish etouffee. The Orleans Slammer includes hash browns, house-made chili, two strips of hickory-smoked bacon, two eggs and melted cheddar over toast or a biscuit. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Southside Cafe
3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.net
The Peacemaker po-boy includes a dozen fried oysters, American cheese, applewood-smoked bacon and fried eggs. A pork rib-eye dinner is available with a single or double-cut chop and comes with a choice of sides. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Tommy's Wine Bar
752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.com/tommys-wine-bar.html
The appetizer sampler includes oysters Bienville, oysters Rockefeller, oysters Tommy, mussels marinara, paneed oysters, grilled shrimp, chorizo sausage, escargot aux champignons and crabmeat canape. Chocolate almond truffle features chilled bittersweet chocolate mousse with creme anglaise, toasted almonds and whipped cream. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Truck Farm Tavern
11760 River Road, St. Rose, (504) 699-0099; www.truckfarmtavern.com
River Road barbecue shrimp comes with house-made Worcerstershire, black pepper roasted garlic butter and rosemary French bread. White chocolate bread pudding has a graham cracker crust and is topped with raspberry coulis. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Two Tony's Restaurant
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 282-0801; www.two-tonys.com
Shrimp and crabmeat top mixed greens tossed in citrus vinaigrette. The seafood platter features grilled, blackened or fried fish, shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, soup and a side item. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

W.I.N.O.
610 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-8000; www.winoschool.com
Diners can assemble a cheese plate from 20 varieties of soft, semi-soft, hard and blue cheeses. Baked brie is served with toasted walnuts and fig preserves. No reservations. Late lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $



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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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