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Summer Restaurant Guide 2015: V 

Hotel Ste. Marie, 827 Toulouse St., (504) 207-4532;
Rabbit cassoulet is slow-cooked and served with collard greens, navy beans and leeks. The Taste of Vacherie sampler includes seafood and okra gumbo, crawfish etouffee, smothered collard greens and fried green tomatoes with remoulade. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Vazquez Seafood & Po-boy Restaurant
515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336;
Cuban specialties include a black bean and roast pork plate served with rice and fried plantains. The pressed Cuban sandwich is filled with ham, chorizo, Swiss cheese and pickles. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Vega Tapas Cafe
2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-2007;
Fideua is a pasta version of paella from the Valencia region of Spain. Oyster-stuffed duck breast is served over herbed orzo with sangria gastrique. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Velvet Cactus
6300 Argonne Blvd., (504) 301-2083;
Watermelon salad features balsamic vinegar, banana peppers, red onion, queso fresco and cilantro. Shrimp and chorizo cheesecake is served with warm salsa verde and chipotle aioli. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Venezia Restaurant
134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991
Linguine with clams is served with red or white sauce. The expanded selection of steaks features an 8-ounce center-cut filet mignon. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Verti Marte
1201 Royal St., (504) 525-4767
The All That Jazz po-boy fills grilled French bread with ham, turkey, shrimp, American and Swiss cheeses, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes and house "wow" sauce. Barbecued ribs are served with macaroni and cheese, baked beans and two vegetable sides. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

Vianne's Tea House
544 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-5683;
Vianne's Tea experience, or high tea, features fresh-baked scones with lemon curd, cream and jam, an assortment of tea sandwiches, desserts and a pot of tea. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Vic's Kangaroo Cafe
636 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 524-4329
Shepherd's pie is filled with ground beef and topped with garlic mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. Spicy jambalaya is made with chicken, spicy sausage, vegetables and rice. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Village Coffee & Tea Company
5335 Freret St., (504) 861-1909;
Grilled chicken salad features avocado, mango and lime vinaigrette. The tuna salad sandwich is served with multi-grain pita chips, apple and walnut coleslaw or soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Vincent's Italian Cuisine
4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., (504) 866-9313;
House-made cannelloni are stuffed with ground veal, spinach and Parmesan, baked in Alfredo sauce and topped with house-made tomato sauce. Creamy corn and crab bisque is served in a toasted bread bowl. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Vine and Dine
141 Delaronde St., (504) 361-1402;
Mediterranean pizza is topped with pesto, marinated artichokes, Roma tomatoes and feta cheese. House-made pate of liver and smoked sausage is topped with Grand Marnier sauce. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Vintage Garden Kitchen
Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., second floor; 925 S. Labarre Road, Metairie, (504) 620-2495;
Melon gazpacho is made with tomatoes, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, Vidalia onions, lemon, garlic and house-made hot sauce. For a salad, chicken, shrimp, portobello mushrooms or quinoa top greens, pineapple, bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, toasted sesame seeds, crunchy noodles and ginger-miso dressing. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

Voleo's Seafood Restaurant
5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, (504) 689-2482
The Big Boy seafood platter for two features fish, shrimp, oysters, stuffed crabs, crab claws, stuffed shrimp, frog legs, crawfish tails and soft-shell crab. Seafood pizza is topped with shrimp, crawfish, crab, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, mozzarella and tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Voodoo BBQ & Grill
The Graveyard platter includes two meats from choices of pulled pork, smoked brisket, smoked sausage and more, plus two sides and cornbread. Pulled pork fills a white or wheat bun and optional toppings include sweet and spicy pickles, coleslaw and onion strings. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

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