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Ursa Major restaurant in New Orleans now serves lunch and a llama burger 

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  Ursa Major (611 O' Keefe Ave., 504-309-8765;, the new zodiac-themed restaurant from the owners of Booty's Street Food (800 Louisa St., 504-266-2887; now serves lunch. The menu features a sandwich-heavy selection with some more unusual items, including a farm-raised llama burger and a vegetarian "meatball" sandwich. Executive Chef Daniel Volponi gets llama meat from a Wisconsin farm several times a week. The burger is grilled and served on a brioche bun with comte cheese, pineapple agrodolce and black garlic aioli. The vegetarian-friendly Manchurian "meatball" sub includes meatballs made with vegetable pate which are dressed with sweet and spicy sauce and pickled mango on a baguette. Other sandwiches include slow-roasted pork belly with spicy mustard and encurtido, a Columbian-style pickled vegetable condiment, and a Bolivian empanada stuffed with coriander- and cumin-spiced lamb, pickled onions, duck skin and boiled egg dressed with a criolla sauce. All sandwiches come with mixed greens dressed with kombucha vinaigrette. Larger salads include charred romaine tossed with tomatoes, taftoon croutons, confit garlic and black tahini dressing. Sandwiches range from $8 to $15 and larger plates, including Malaysian-style fried chicken made with a coconut milk marinade, are $14 to $19.

  The restaurant also recently debuted a new cocktail list, which features drinks inspired by the Cancer sign, and a weekday happy hour, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features discounted small plates and specialty drinks.

  Ursa Major serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and dinner daily.


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