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Gambit's Spring Restaurant Guide 2016: C 

click to enlarge Grilled Faroe Islands salmon is served at Criollo.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Grilled Faroe Islands salmon is served at Criollo.

CC's Community Coffee House
Citywide; www.ccscoffee.com
The coffeeshop chain serves coffee and tea drinks as well as baked goods and pastries. Mochasippi is a creamy frozen espresso drink topped with whipped cream. Tea lattes feature hot tea topped with steamed milk and froth. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Credit cards. $

Cafe Adelaide and Swizzle Stick Bar
Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., (504) 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com
Cast iron-seared salmon comes with roasted spaghetti squash, shiitake mushrooms, pickled mirliton slaw and green chili gastrique over curried carrot puree. "Poor Man's Foie Gras" is chicken liver pate served with blueberry-sherry jelly, boudin beignets, spicy mustard, sourdough bread and pickles. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Amelie
912 Royal St., (504) 412-8965; www.cafeamelie.com
The crab cake is topped with citrus sauce. Seared Atlantic salmon is topped with horseradish cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe at the Square
500 St. Charles Ave., (504) 304-7831; www.cafeatthesquare.com
Chicken and waffles features hand-battered chicken tenders, waffles, two eggs and sausage gravy and is available during weekend brunch. House-made macaroni and cheese includes three cheeses, heavy cream and a changing selection of pastas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Cafe B
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700; www.cafeb.com
Parmesan-crusted eggplant sticks are served with smoked paprika aioli. Lobster ravioli are stuffed with shrimp and goat cheese and served with Champagne beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Beignet
311 Bourbon St., (504) 525-2611; 334B Royal St., (504) 524-5530; www.cafebeignet.com
The Louisiana crawfish omelet includes bell pepper, tomato and Swiss cheese and is served with grits and French bread. The Decatur club sandwich features turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles on French bread. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Cafe Dauphine
5229 Dauphine St., (504) 309-6391; www.cafedauphinenola.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 Degas
3127 Esplanade Ave., (504) 945-5635; www.cafedegas.com
Roasted quail salad comes with local baby greens, red onion, Granny Smith apples, goat cheese-stuffed raspberries, poached quail egg and citrus vinaigrette. A Parmesan-breaded veal medallion is served with sauteed broccolini, yellow squash, zucchini, carrots and a lemon-caper beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Ditali's
1650 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, (504) 361-0058; www.ditalis.com
The cafe serves pizza, calzones, pasta dishes, sandwiches and more. Pasta Ditali features a chicken breast over penne pasta with mushrooms, onions and broccoli in white wine and olive oil sauce. The Philly cheese steak is dressed with smoked provolone on a hoagie roll. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Du Monde
Citywide; www.cafedumonde.com
Cafe Du Monde serves its signature cafe au lait and beignets topped with powdered sugar. Fountain drinks also are available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

Cafe East
4628 Rye St., Metairie, (504) 888-0078; www.cafeeastnola.com
General Tso's chicken is chopped chicken breast served with spicy sauce. Honey-walnut shrimp are tossed with bell peppers in ginger-honey-soy glaze. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Equator
2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-4772; www.cafeequator.com
Spicy basil eggplant is sauteed Asian eggplant served with onions, basil, bell pepper and pork, beef, chicken or shrimp. Fried tilapia with ginger features a fried fillet with sauteed young ginger, onion, carrots, squash and shiitake mushrooms in ginger sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Fleur-De-Lis
307 Chartres St., (504) 529-9641; www.cafefleurdelis.com
Seared shrimp and cheese top a bowl of grits. Seafood Benedict is a crab and crawfish cake topped with poached eggs and hollandaise served with hash browns or grits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Gentilly
5339 Franklin Ave., (504) 281-4220: www.thecafegentilly.com
The creamed spinach and Louisiana crawfish omelet includes Swiss cheese. The Jethro po-boy features hot roast beef, ham, Swiss cheese, gravy, lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise on French bread or a bun. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
Chef Duke LoCicero's spaghetti and meatballs features two meatballs with marinara sauce. Southern-style Voodoo shrimp are sauteed in sweet and spicy sauce and served with portobello mushrooms, fried green tomato and creamy corn grits. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Lynn
2600 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9007; www.cafelynn.com
Duck confit is served with Creole mustard cream sauce. Pan-seared redfish is topped with toasted almonds, brown butter and crabmeat. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Cafe Maspero
601 Decatur St., (504) 523-6250; www.cafemaspero.com
The cafe serves sandwiches and Creole staples such as jambalaya, gumbo and seafood platters. The muffuletta combines pastrami, salami, Swiss cheese and olive salad on a bun. The corned beef sandwich is dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and Creole mustard and served on a choice of bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Cafe NOMA
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, (504) 482-1264; www.cafenoma.com
The mesquite brisket sandwich is dressed with smoked Gouda and caramelized onion mayonnaise. Chili-lime shrimp salad includes roasted corn, black beans, grape tomatoes, chipotle Gouda and creamy tomato dressing. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Reconcile
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 568-1157; www.cafereconcile.org
The nonprofit culinary and hospitality training kitchen for young adults offers a menu of Creole and soul food favorites. For a Thursday special, white beans and shrimp are served with salad. Bananas Foster bread pudding is served for dessert. Delivery available for large orders. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Cafe Roma
1901 Sophie Wright Place, (504) 524-2419; www.caferomauptown.com
Garlic chicken pizza includes sauteed chicken strips, onions, roasted garlic, sliced tomatoes and garlic sauce. Baked lasagne is layered with cheeses and meat sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Cafe Rose Nicaud
632 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-3300; www.caferosenicaud.com
Rose Benedict features sunny side up eggs over rosemary cheese grits, caramelized onions, portobello mushrooms, avocado, tomato, arugula and Asiago cheese. The turkey sandwich is dressed with apple, goat cheese, sprouts and balsamic vinaigrette on ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Cajun Grill & Bar
2325 N. Hullen St., Suite 100, Metairie, (504) 831-0095
The New Orleans sampler plate includes gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp Creole, red beans and rice and bread. The super seafood platter includes fried shrimp, oysters, fish, soft-shell crab, stuffed crab, fries and salad. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

The Camellia Cafe
525 Highway 190 W., Slidell, (985) 649-6211; 69455 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 809-6313; www.thecamelliacafe.com
The seafood extravaganza platter includes fried or sauteed shrimp, the grilled catch of the day, gumbo and a side item. An 8-ounce filet mignon bordelaise is served with salad and a side. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Camellia Grill
540 Chartres St., (504) 835-8332; 626 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-2679
The grilled Reuben includes corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread. The Mexican omelet is made with ground beef, bell pepper, onions, American and Swiss cheeses, jalapenos and picante sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Canal Street Bistro
3903 Canal St., (504) 482-1225; www.canalstreetbistro.com
For brunch, a grilled 6-ounce New York strip steak is served with eggs, roasted poblano potatoes and chimichurri. Duck crepes feature duck confit, mole pipian, pumpkin seeds and queso fresco. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Canseco's Market
1519 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-5979; 3135 Esplanade Ave., (504) 322-2594; 5217 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 218-8426; www.cansecos.com
The deli counter serves sandwiches and hot plates and the market also offers baked goods, cheeses, olives and more. The pressed Cuban sandwich features marinated pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. Changing lunch specials include stuffed bell peppers, fried catfish and red beans and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Capdeville
520 Capdeville St., (504) 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.com
House-made butternut squash tortellini are served with sage brown butter sauce. The 50/50 burger is a patty of half-ground chuck and half-bacon and is topped with a fried egg, tomato, red onion and maple syrup aioli. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $$

Carousel Bar & Lounge
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com
Seafood gumbo is served with fried okra croutons. For an appetizer, chilled Gulf shrimp are served with blue crab, guacamole and spicy tomato coulis. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Carrabba's Italian Grill
4641 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 779-2252: www.carrabbas.com
Chicken Bryan is topped with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and butter sauce. Fettuccine Weesie is topped with sauteed shrimp, garlic and mushrooms in white wine lemon butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Carreta's Grill
137 Taos St., Slidell, (985) 847-0020; 1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-4833; 2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-6696; 70380 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 871-6674; www.carretasgrillrestaurant.com
El Primeron is grilled marinated pork served with potatoes and refried beans. The Julio Caesar wrap features grilled chicken, steak, shrimp or portobello mushrooms with romaine lettuce, Parmesan, croutons and Caesar dressing in a chipotle or spinach tortilla. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Carrollton Market
8132 Hampson St., (504) 252-9928; www.carrolltonmarket.com
A roasted bone-in veal chop comes with stone-ground grits, sauteed spinach, maitake mushrooms and Marsala jus. Oysters Goodenough are flash-fried oysters served with Benton's bacon, creamed leeks and bearnaise. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Casa Borrega
1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 427-0654; www.casaborrega.com
Pescado frito is a battered and fried Gulf fish fillet served with salad and Mexican rice. Bistek con chile pasilla is thinly sliced sirloin tip cooked with Mexican chili peppers and served with rice and pinto beans with bacon and chorizo. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $$

Casa Garcia
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 464-0354; www.casagarcia.com
The Mexican sampler includes mini flautas with guacamole, mini chimichangas with sour cream, a ground beef taco, a mini chalupa, a tamale with ancho chili sauce, rice and beans. Beef, chicken, pork or shrimp fajitas are served with caramelized onions, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, charro beans and flour tortillas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Casa Tequila
3229 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 443-5423; www.facebook.com/casatequilakenner
Carne asada features a 10-ounce rib-eye topped with grilled onions and bell peppers served with rice, refried beans, corn or flour tortillas and plantains or guacamole. Fajitas offer a choice of grilled chicken, steak, shrimp or vegetables with grilled onions, bell peppers, carrots, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, lettuce and corn or flour tortillas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Cate Street Seafood Station
308 S. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 340-3891; www.catestreet308.com
Blackened redfish is topped with crawfish and pepper Jack cream sauce and served with two sides. Southwest sashimi features thinly sliced fresh salmon wrapped around snow crab and jalapenos and topped with guacamole, green onions and smelt roe. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri. Credit cards. $$

Cavan
3607 Magazine St., (504) 509-7655; www.cavannola.com
From the menu's selection of small plates and snacks, Gulf shrimp are served with cocktail sauce. Pork chops are served with roasted sweet fingerling potatoes, grilled green onions and pepper jelly. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Fri.-Sun. Credit Cards. $$

Cello's
3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 456-5596; www.celloscatering.com
The Sicilian burger features a patty made from a meatball recipe, which is topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce on Leidenheimer bread. Spiedini is thin sliced pork stuffed with artichokes, rolled in breadcrumbs fried and served with tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Central Grocery
923 Decatur St., (504) 523-1620; www.centralgroceryneworleans.com
This Italian grocery is known for its muffulettas, available on whole or half loaves. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Chap's Chicken Restaurant and Catering
203 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 371-5546; www.chapschicken.com
Chicken is fried to order and served with a side such as 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. $

Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar
2200 Magazine St., (504) 644-4311; www.charcoalgourmetburgerbar.com
The house-ground antelope burger is topped with cheddar, bacon, a fried egg, iceberg lettuce and mayonnaise on a house-baked Hawaiian sweet bun. The Health Nut salad is made with spinach, quinoa, toasted walnuts and almonds, carrots, red apple, avocado, cherry tomatoes, egg whites, basil and house-made lemon-garlic dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Charles Seafood
8311 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 405-5263; www.charlesseafood14.com
Crabmeat-stuffed trout is served with salad and vegetables. Raw oysters are served on the half-shell. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Charlie's Steak House
4510 Dryades St., (504) 895-9323; www.charliessteakhousenola.com
Crabmeat au gratin features lump and claw meat in cream sauce topped with cheeses. The Charlie is a 32-ounce thick-cut T-bone served on a sizzling-hot platter. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Chateau du Lac Bistro
2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-3773; www.chateaudulacbistro.com
Steak frites features filet mignon with french fries and a choice of sauce au poivre, bearnaise or marchand de vin. Roasted duck is served with raspberry gastrique. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Checkpoint Charlie
501 Esplanade Ave., (504) 281-4847
The Cajun burger is a half-pound burger topped with hot sauce and bacon. For a snack or side, there are french fries loaded with melted cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Cheeseburger Eddie's
4517 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-5511; www.mredsrestaurants.com
The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, tacos, salads and more. The Better Than Breakfast burger features an over-easy egg, bacon, cheddar cheese and hash browns. The Smokehouse cheddar burger is topped with shredded cheese, crispy onion strings and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland's
2001 St. Charles Ave., (504) 593-9955; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com
The menu features creative takes on Cajun and Creole dishes. Blackened shrimp fettuccine Alfredo is served in an herb-cheese pizza bowl and topped with shaved Parmesan. Baked crab and crawfish dip comes with garlic bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards.  $$

The Cheezy Cajun
3325 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-0045; www.thecheezycajun.com
Poutine-style Dirty Tots are Wisconsin cheese curds melted over fried potatoes with gravy. The hot roast beef sandwich features Kaise Meister ghost pepper cheese sauce, pepperoncini and cabbage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Tue. and Thu. Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop
2309 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-2022; www.gumbostop.com
Stuffed gumbo features a hand-battered and fried catfish fillet atop chicken, sausage, shrimp and crabmeat gumbo. Pork boudin balls are served with Sriracha mayonnaise. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Cherry Espresso Bar
4877 Laurel St., (504) 875-3699; www.facebook.com/cherry.espresso.bar
The coffeeshop menu includes a breakfast quinoa bowl with a poached egg, vegetables, cilantro and avocado. A pork belly sandwich is dressed with onion marmalade, pickled zucchini and garlic aioli. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Chez Pierre French Bakery and Cafe serves Vietnamese dishes. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chez Pierre French Bakery and Cafe serves Vietnamese dishes.

Chez Pierre French Bakery and Cafe
2901 David Drive, Metairie, (504) 267-5839; 3208 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, (504) 467-3176; www.chezpierreneworleans.com
Vietnamese staples include pho, banh mi, rice dishes and shaken beef made with cubed flank steak. The bakery makes Chantilly cakes from scratch daily. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Chiba
8312 Oak St., (504) 826-9119; www.chiba-nola.com
Oak Street bouillabaisse combines crawfish, mussels, shrimp, whitefish, salmon, mushrooms and bok choy in red miso shellfish broth. Ichimi pepper-crusted Gulf snapper is served with vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

China Orchid Restaurant
704 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 865-1428; www.chinaorchidneworleans.com
Sizzling beef is sauteed with broccoli, spinach and mushrooms in hot chili sauce. Lightly battered and fried spicy fish is served with tofu, onions, carrots, corn and red bell pepper. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

China Rose
3501 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, (504) 887-3295; www.chinaroseno.com
The China Rose special is a marinated half duck sauteed with bell peppers and served with brown sauce. Spicy Mongolian beef is topped with hot garlic sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Chophouse New Orleans
322 Magazine St., (504) 522-7902; www.chophousenola.com
The traditional steakhouse menu includes large cuts of beef such as a bone-in 22-ounce rib-eye, seafood and a la carte sides such as potatoes, creamed spinach and onion rings. Beef carpaccio is thinly sliced raw tenderloin topped with balsamic reduction, horseradish aioli, Parmesan, arugula and capers. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Churros Cafe
3100 Kingman St., Metairie, (504) 885-6516
The pressed Cuban sandwich is made with ham, pork, Swiss cheese, butter, mustard and pickles. Pork is marinated with orange bitters, garlic, onions and herbs, slow roasted and served with black beans, rice and yuca. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Ciro's Cote Sud Restaurant
7918 Maple St., (504) 866-9551; www.cotesudrestaurant.com
The restaurant focuses on French cuisine but also serves pizza, including the Ollivier, topped with mozzarella, goat cheese, Greek olives, pesto, persillade and onions. Les moules frites is a bowl of steamed mussels served with fries and a choice of mariniere, curry, Provencale or blue cheese sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Cash and checks. $$

City Diner
3116 S. I-10 Service Road East, Metairie, (504) 831-1030; www.citydiner.biz
The Bottom of the Bowl is a bread bowl filled with crawfish, shrimp and crabmeat in Cajun cream sauce and is topped with cheddar and pepper Jack cheeses and green onions. Oysters St. John features a bed of hash browns topped with fried oysters, eggs, bacon, andouille, sauteed spinach and hollandaise. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Clancy's
6100 Annunciation St., (504) 895-1111; www.clancysneworleans.com
Seared sea scallops are served with Steen's cane vinegar brown butter. Smoked duck features a breast and leg smoked over cherry wood and served with red wine demi-glace, linguine and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Cleo's Mediterranean Cuisine & Grocery
165 University Place, (504) 522-4504; www.facebook.com/cleosnola
Mediterranean staples include falafel, stuffed grape leaves, gyros, lamb chops and more. Bone-in lamb shank is marinated in Greek olive oil, slow-roasted and served with two choices of hummus, salad or rice. Gyro platters come with hummus, salad, tzatziki and pita. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Clover Grill
900 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com
The Special club sandwich features turkey, smoked ham, bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise on three slices of toasted bread. The pork chop breakfast is served with two eggs, white or wheat toast and a choice of grits or hash browns. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 588-2123; www.cochonrestaurant.com
Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski serve creative Cajun dishes and house-made charcuterie. Crawfish pie is stuffed with crawfish, rice, green onions, parsley, herbs and spices and served with poblano and red and green bell peppers, roasted garlic and red wine vinegar. Onion-braised pork cheeks are served with grits, radish and crushed herbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 588-7675; www.cochonbutcher.com
The Cochon muffaletta includes house-made mortadella, capicola, Genoa salami, provolone cheese and Giardiniera on a sesame seed bun. The Gambino features house-made salami cotto, soppressata, coppa, arugula, red onion and herb vinaigrette on ciabatta. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Columbia Street Tap Room
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.covingtontaproom.com
The All-American burger is dressed with American cheese, grilled onions, pickles and mayonnaise. Buffalo chicken wings are served with Buffalo sauce and house-made ranch or blue cheese dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com
Jumbo Gulf shrimp are served with local mushrooms and smoked bacon over white cheddar grits. Slow-roasted beef is dressed with Swiss cheese and horseradish mayonnaise on French bread and served with fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Ave., (504) 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com
Chicory coffee-lacquered quail is served with fire-roasted chili, cochon de lait boudin, smoky bacon wilted greens with Tabasco pepper jelly and espresso pecan crust. Signature shrimp and tasso Henican features Louisiana white shrimp, tasso, pickled okra, sweet onions, five-pepper jelly and Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

The Company Burger
611 O'Keefe Ave., Suite C7, (504) 309-9422; 4600 Freret St., (504) 267-0320; www.thecompanyburger.com
The upscale burger joint offers a few types of patties as well as milkshakes and sides such as fries, sweet potato fries and slaw. The namesake Company Burger includes two beef patties, house-made bread-and-butter pickles, American cheese and red onions. The lamb burger is topped with feta, red onions, chili-mint glaze and basil mayonnaise. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

Compere Lapin
Old No. 77 Hotel, 535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 599-2119; www.comperelapin.com
Curried goat features goat meat slow roasted with ginger, chilies, garlic, chaat masala and coconut milk and served with roasted plantain gnocchi, toasted cashews and cilantro. Pici pasta is served with lobster and squash. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Continental Provisions
French Market, 1100 N. Peters St., Stall 23, (504) 407-3437; www.cpnola.com
The C.P. sandwich features salami cotto, capicola, provolone, basil mayonnaise, mixed greens and pickled red onions on Bellegarde Bakery ciabatta. The pimiento cheese sandwich includes house-made Hook's cheddar pimiento cheese, Granny Smith apples, jalapenos and arugula on Bellegarde ciabatta, and Edwards country ham is an optional addition. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Coop's Place
1109 Decatur St., (504) 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net
Jambalaya features rabbit and smoked pork sausage and the "supreme" version adds shrimp, tasso and crawfish tails. Smoked duck quesadillas are served with orange sauce, salsa and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Cooter Brown's Tavern
509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com
The Jalapeno burger is a half-pound Angus beef patty topped with fried jalapeno rings, pepper Jack cheese, caramelized onions, jalapeno aioli and house-made hot sauce. Fried shrimp po-boys are dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayonnaise on Leidenheimer bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Copeland's of New Orleans
Citywide; www.copelandsofneworleans.com
Two crab cakes are topped with shrimp Alfredo sauce and served over angel hair pasta. The eggplant pirogue features fried eggplant slices with shrimp and crab claws in au gratin sauce served with angel hair pasta. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Copper Monkey Bar & Grill
725 Conti St., (504) 527-0869; www.coppermonkeygrill.com
The Whitney special is a plate of mashed potatoes topped with two chicken tenders, nacho cheese, shredded cheddar, bacon, butter and sour cream. Fried, blackened or grilled catfish is served on French bread with remoulade and a side. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Corner Cafe
3316 Green Acres Road, Metairie, (504) 454-1008
The seafood platter for two includes two cups of gumbo, crab balls, stuffed shrimp, baby soft-shell crabs, popcorn shrimp, fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried catfish, salad, stuffed jalapeno poppers, onion rings and hushpuppies. The seafood platter po-boy is filled with shrimp, catfish, oysters and crab balls and served with french fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Corner Oyster House
500 St. Peter St., (504) 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.com
Char-grilled oysters are topped with local herbs, Parmesan and a pinch of cayenne. The muffaletta is filled with Italian meats, cheese, olives and pickled vegetables and served on a roll. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Coscino's Italian Grill
1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-4984; www.coscinositaliangrill.com
Lasagne has layers of pasta, red gravy, ground beef, Italian sausage, ricotta and mozzarella. Eggplant Parmesan features breaded eggplant medallions topped with red gravy and mozzarella and is served with pasta and house-baked bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Country Club
634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com
A Berkshire pork chop is served with goat cheese, stone-ground grits and apple jus. At brunch, fried green tomato Benedict is served with stone-ground grits or home fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Country Flame
620 Iberville St., (504) 522-1138; www.countryflamerestaurant.com
The menu includes Mexican and Cuban dishes. The Cuban sandwich combines marinated pork, ham, pickles, cheese and mustard on French bread. Chicken fajitas are served with guacamole, tortillas, rice and beans. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

The Court Of Two Sisters
613 Royal St., (504) 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com
Baked jumbo lump crabmeat is topped with Mornay sauce and Parmesan and served with steamed asparagus and tasso hollandaise. Duck leg confit is served with Madeira reduction, andouille butter beans and fried onions. Reservations recommended. Dinner and brunch daily. Credit cards. $$$

Crab Trap Seafood Restaurant
105 Peavine Road, LaPlace, (985) 224-2000; www.crabtrapseafoodrestaurantllc.com
The menu includes boiled seafood, barbecue shrimp, crawfish, soft-shell crabs, fried seafood platters, po-boys and more. Flounder is stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat, topped with barbecue sauce and served with salad and a side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Crabby Jack's
428 Jefferson Highway, (504) 833-2722; www.crabbyjacksnola.com
Jacques-Imo's chef/owner Jacques Leonardi's lunch counter serves a Fleur de Bree po-boy filled with house-baked ham, roast beef debris and gravy. Fried chicken made with the same recipe served at Jacques-Imo's comes on a platter with red beans, dirty rice, fries, coleslaw, potato salad or jambalaya. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar
509 Canal St., (504) 323-2109; www.creolehouserestaurant.com
Grilled Louisiana oysters are topped with smoked bacon, Monterey Jack cheese and garlic butter. Shrimp are sauteed with white wine, cherry tomotoes, shallots, garlic, herbs and butter and served over Gouda grits. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Crepes a la Cart
1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-2362; www.crepecaterer.com
The menu of sweet and savory crepes includes the Boss' Favorite (smoked Atlantic salmon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, egg, mushrooms, red onion, barbecue sauce and hot sauce) and the S'mores (Nutella or chocolate chips, marshmallow and graham cracker crumbs). No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
Redfish Pontchartrain is grilled redfish topped with a fried soft-shell crab and roasted red pepper crabmeat aioli and served with asparagus. Grilled pork ribs are served with creamy macaroni and cheese, fries and coleslaw. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Crescent City Steakhouse
1001 N. Broad St., (504) 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com
The traditional steakhouse serves a la carte steaks, such as rib-eyes, porterhouses, strip loins and filets wrapped in bacon. Side items include hand-cut au gratin potatoes, sauteed asparagus, mushrooms and spinach au gratin. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Criollo
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 681-4444; www.criollonola.com
The Criollo Cobb salad includes grilled chicken, avocado, smoked bacon, local beets, tomatoes, manchego and Steen's cane syrup vinaigrette. Shrimp Louie salad features grilled shrimp, avocado, baby iceberg lettuce, asparagus spears, grape tomatoes and Louie dressing. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Croissant d'Or
617 Ursulines St., (504) 524-4663; www.croissantdornola.com
The ham and Swiss cheese sandwich is served on a flaky house-baked croissant. Royal brioche is a soft roll made with eggs, butter, almond paste and rum-soaked raisins. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

Cure 
4905 Freret St., (504) 302-2357; www.curenola.com
The craft cocktail lounge offers a small menu including roasted asparagus salad with shiitake mushrooms, a farm egg and micro greens. Goat cheese ravioli are served with sunflower pesto, Parmesan and grape tomatoes. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$


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