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Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: American 

click to enlarge Shrimp and grits are a winning combination at Cafe Amelie in the French Quarter.

Shrimp and grits are a winning combination at Cafe Amelie in the French Quarter.

The Alibi
811 Iberville St., (504) 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com
The Alibi burger has a 10-ounce patty dressed on a seeded bun and served with fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. $

Alto
Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3066; www.acehotel.com/neworleans/alto
Gulf fish tacos are topped with avocado, cilantro, red onion, serrano salsa and lime. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily. $$

American Sports Saloon
1200 Decatur St., (504) 300-1782; www.theamericansportssaloon.com
The Ragin' Cajun burger is topped with Tabasco onions, lettuce and remoulade on a Dong Phuong brioche bun and served with fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. $

BB King's Blues Club
1104 Decatur St., (504) 934-5464; www.bbkings.com/new-orleans
Slow-cooked pork ribs are available by four-rib, eight-rib and whole-slab orders and served with baked beans and coleslaw. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. $$

Bayou Hot Wings
6221 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 662-9933; www.bayouhotwings.com
Hot wings come with a choice of sauces such as honey-mustard, blue cheese, teriyaki glaze, garlic-Parmesan, remoulade and progressively fiery spice options such as chipotle barbecue, Sauce 4 and Bayou Beast. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

Bayou Market Buffet
Boomtown New Orleans, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 366-7711; www.boomtownneworleans.com/dining/bayou-market-buffet
The buffet includes carving stations, New Orleans dishes, fried chicken and more. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. $$

Blake's on Poydras
920 Poydras St., (504) 679-0991; www.blakesonpoydras.com
The N.Y.M. grilled cheese sandwich is topped with several cheeses, avocado, bacon, tomato and bacon marmalade on brioche bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $$

The Blind Pelican
1628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-9399
Char-grilled oysters are topped with butter, herbs and Parmesan and served with French bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. $$

Bourree
1510 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 510-4040; www.bourreenola.com
Kimchi and lemon grass wings are served with miso aioli and blue cheese dressing or picante sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

Cafe Amelie
912 Royal St., (504) 412-8965; www.cafeamelie.com
Braised lamb shank comes with winter root vegetables over white corn grits. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.- Sun. $$

Dave & Buster's
1200 Poydras St., Suite 601, (504) 226-3300; www.daveandbusters.com
Applewood-smoked bacon-wrapped shrimp top a grilled 5-ounce sirloin served with lobster sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and Parmesan creamed corn. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

Flamingo A-Go-Go
869 Magazine St., (504) 577-2202; www.flamingonola.com
Na'cho Nachos are tortilla chips topped with chorizo, queso blanco, pico de gallo, roasted chilies and green chili aioli. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sun. $$

Freret Beer Room
5018 Freret St., (504) 298-7468; www.freretbeerroom.com
Crispy chicken confit is served with ricotta gnocchi, crimini mushrooms, Marsala, kale and Grana Padano. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. $$

G's Kitchen Spot
Balcony Bar, 3201 Magazine St., (504) 891-9226; www.gskitchenspot.com
The NOLA Green Roots pizza is topped with tomatoes, red onions, black olives, spinach, roasted garlic and marinara. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. $

Gattuso's Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-1114; www.gattusos.net
The fried oyster club sandwich includes bacon, provolone cheese, spinach, tomato, red onion and remoulade on toasted nine-grain bread and is served with fries. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

The Grille
2949 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 304-3304
The Smoke House burger is topped with cheddar cheese, fried onions, coleslaw and barbecue sauce and served with a side such as fries, coleslaw, corn maque choux, potato salad or chips. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

Hard Rock Cafe
125 Bourbon St., (504) 529-5617; www.hardrock.com/cafes/new-orleans
Parmesan and parsley-breaded chicken breast is served over cavatappi pasta in three-cheese sauce with roasted red peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. $$$

Lakeview Burgers and Seafood Market
872 Harrison Ave., (504) 289-1032; www.lakeviewburgersandseafood.com
Edamame salad includes cucumber, tomato, red onion and ginger dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. $$

Manning's Eat- Drink-Cheer
519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118; www.facebook.com/manningsnola
The Archie burger features a ground chuck and brisket patty, pimiento cheese and bacon-onion jam. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

The Mason Jar American Kitchen
4517 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 323-2115
The chicken Cuban features roasted chicken, shaved ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on pressed bread. No Reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.
Citywide; www.nohsc.com
The Shrimpzilla po-boy has fried shrimp, roast beef debris gravy, Swiss cheese, cabbage and Creole mustard sauce and is served with garlic-herb fries. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $

Parrot Pete's
Fountain Park Centre, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 362-9780; www.parrotpetes.com
The Southern Lovin' wrap has fried chicken, bacon, tomato, romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese and honey-mustard dressing in a flour tortilla. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $

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. No reservations. Hours vary by location. $

Red Dog Diner
3122 Magazine St., (504) 934-3333; www.reddogdiner.com
Griddled drum is served with grits, Creole butter sauce, roasted broccoli and mirliton chow-chow. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $$

The Rum House
3128 Magazine St., (504) 941-7560; www.therumhouse.com
Nachos are topped with pulled pork, black beans, melted cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes, red onion and lime crema. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

Semolina
Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 37, Metairie, (504) 454-7930; www.semolina.com
Macaroni and cheese cake is a wedge of macaroni and cheese topped with shredded cheddar cheese and cheese cream sauce. It's served with toasted French bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

The Shack
1204 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 888-6288; www.theshackcovington.com
Braised brisket machaca features brisket rubbed with coffee, cinnamon and ancho chilies served over a smoked provolone polenta cake with fried shallots. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. $$

Southside Cafe
3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.net
The Pontchartrain Pig is grilled pork loin topped with smoky barbecue sauce, melted Swiss cheese and coleslaw on Texas toast. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

Sun Ray Grill
2600 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, (504) 391-0053; www.sunraygrill.com
Plaquemines oyster bread is made with oysters, artichoke, spinach, tomato and basil and topped with fried oysters and garlic cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

Sweet Things & Grill
Citywide; www.sweetthingsdonuts.com
The Big Breakfast includes two eggs, bacon or sausage, grits or hash browns and toast or a biscuit. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. $

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. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. $

Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar
1009 Poydras St., (504) 309-6530; 1795 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houma, (985) 262-8501; Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 273-1233; 69796 Stirling Blvd., Covington, (985) 900-2234; www.walk-ons.com
Bayou pasta is linguine in crawfish cream sauce topped with fried shrimp and green onions and served with garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. $$

World of Beer
300 Julia St., (504) 299-3599; www.worldofbeer.com/locations/warehousedistrict
Large Bavarian-style soft pretzels are served with stone-ground mustard. Beer-cheese sauce is an optional addition. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. $$

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. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $$



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

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