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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - T


T.G.I. Friday's
1201 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 368-2100; 3300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-7788;
Friday's eclectic menu includes seafood, pasta, steaks, ribs, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Cajun shrimp and chicken pasta features chicken and shrimp sauteed in Cajun butter and served over fettuccine in Alfredo sauce. Appetizers include everything from loaded potato skins and Buffalo wings to green bean fries and Tuscan spinach dip. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1207 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 277-6594
The meat market grinds its own beef and offers big burgers. The Butcher po-boy includes half a pound of ground beef and is dressed to order. House-made hogshead cheese is available by the pound. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

923 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-6859
Taj Mahal is one of New Orleans' longtime favorites for Indian cuisine. There are many vegetarian dishes and curried options like mutton. "Italian dosa" are thin rice crepes filled with pasta, fresh vegetables and cheese and topped with marinara. A buffet is offered for lunch. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Hotel Modern, 936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0909;
Chef Dominque Macquet's restaurant melds French and Vietnamese flavors. Grilled Morgan Ranch Wagyu beef coulette is served with Asian ratatouille, root vegetables, bok choy gratin and red wine jus. Fire-roasted Louisiana shrimp come with kaffir-lime beurre blanc over jasmine rice with crispy mirliton-squash relish. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

1705 Lafayette St., Suite A, Gretna, 361-8008
 Tan Dinh offers a voluminous menu of Vietnamese dishes. Chicken wings are simmered in a pan with spicy lemon grass sauce. Grilled pork spring rolls also include vermicelli, lettuce and rice paper. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

2916 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 889-7880;
The vegetable korma is a mix of vegetables cooked in a sauce with cheese, cream, raisins and nuts. The seekh kebab masala features ground lamb mixed with spices, green pepper and tomato cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1827 Hickory Ave., 738-6722; 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088; 5932 Magazine St., 897-3974;
These taquerias serve tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads and more. Flautas feature cheese and shrimp or beef in a fried tortilla. Cebollitas are bundles of char-broiled green onions sprinkled with seasoned salt. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3207 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 471-6141
Goat biryani is served with curry-spiced basmati rice. The Tandoori barbecue platter includes a chicken leg and breast, beef seekh kebab, a choice of rice or naan, and mint and yogurt chutney. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

7217 Perrier St., 866-4860;
This quaint French-style neighborhood cafe serves pork rillette with a toasted baguette, onion marmalade and cornichons. Tuna nicoise salad is topped with olives, potatoes, boiled eggs, hearts of palm, roasted tomatoes, anchovies and vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 10, Gretna, 265-8946;
Haitian dishes fill the menu at Taste of the Caribbean. Goat meat is marinated for 24 hours and served in a stew with onions, potatoes, bell peppers and garlic. Rice, salad and plantains are served on the side. Fried or grilled whole red snapper is served with peppers, onions, rice, salad, plantains and lime wedges. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-0688;
Cajun tuna sashimi is a version of tuna tataki with Cajun-seasoned tuna lightly seared on the hibachi grill, sliced thin and served with house-made sweet wasabi-soy sauce. The Upside Down roll features salmon and snow crab in a seaweed-wrapped roll with pepper tuna and garlic-jalapeno sauce on top. It's served on a sizzling platter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

810 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 302-2195; 3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615The Lot-O burger is a 5-ounce patty served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and Frostop's secret sauce. The menu also includes a long list of sandwiches, po-boys, wraps, salads and daily specials, plus malts, milkshakes and sundaes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1818 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 11, Harvey, 366-3898;
The signature Tennou roll is a tempura-fried combination of red snapper, snow crab, avocado, cream cheese and smelt roe and is topped with eel sauce and spicy mayo. The Sexiest Man Alive roll is a bundle of snow crab, spicy tuna, fresh tuna, salmon, avocado and asparagus, topped with spicy mayo, eel sauce, smelt roe and scallions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 129, 287-0877;
The BBLTA sandwich includes bacon, Brie, lettuce, tomato and avocado dressed with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard on whole wheat toast. The Terrazu shrimp salad combines butter lettuce, chopped romaine, hearts of palm, tomato and avocado with a house-made tarragon vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678
 The Asian grilled chicken salad combines grilled chicken, spring mix and romaine lettuces, cucumbers, pickled carrots, tomatoes, roasted peanuts, red onions, vermicelli and peanut vinaigrette. Mama's pad thai offers a choice of chicken or shrimp over flat rice noodles stir-fried with onions, garlic, bean sprouts, peanuts and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-0009;
The Southwest chipotle chicken wrap is filled with lemon-pepper chicken, bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, romaine and organic spring greens, tomatoes and spicy chipotle mayo. The cranberry turkey wrap includes Cajun-spiced turkey and house-made cranberry spread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4421 Clearview Pkwy., Suite A, Metairie, 454-5885; www.thatsamorepizzaon-
That's Amore prepares true Chicago-style deep-dish pies with pizza toppings amassed like pie filling between thin layers of crust. There's also a 24-inch New York-style pizza. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Thu.-Sun, dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

4024 Canal St., 302-1133; 4218 Magazine St., 894-8554;
Appetizers include breadsticks stuffed with cheese, jalapenos and garlic. The Vegan-ator pizza is cheese-free and features tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, yellow squash, purple onions, whole garlic, fresh mushrooms, jalapenos, pineapple, kalamata olives and crushed red pepper flakes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1900 Lafayette St., Gretna, 368-1355;
The seafood hot pot tops clear rice noodles with squid, scallops, shrimp, crabmeat, Chinese greens and mushrooms. Crispy Peking duck comes with special sauce and a steamed bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

536 Frenchmen St., 252-4801;
Feta fries are among the most popular small plates at Three Muses. Lamb sliders are small sandwiches featuring lamb patties on house-made buns with tomato chutney and herbed goat cheese. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

1827 Front St., Slidell, (985) 639-3335; 1896 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-1161;
The menu features 23 different types of hamburgers, including the Goldburger, a patty brushed with barbecue sauce and topped with pepper Jack cheese and onion rings. The large selection of salads includes the Jazzy chef's club salad, piled with turkey, ham, roast beef, and provolone, cheddar and Swiss cheeses. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

755 Tchoupitoulas St., 527-0942;
Gulf red snapper meuniere is topped with almonds and served with grilled asparagus and parsley potatoes. Duck Julia includes a roasted duck breast and duck leg confit with raspberry fig sauce, wild rice and Swiss chard. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103;
Fish Capri is a sauteed fillet topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, crawfish, artichokes and beurre blanc. Lightly battered and fried soft-shell crabs are served over linguine with fresh basil, Roma tomatoes and Reggiano-crawfish sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$ 

6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888Diners can have the chef send out a series of tasting portions of many popular dishes by saying, "Feed me, Mr. Tony." Popular menu choices include eggplant Tina, which features eggplant medallions topped with house-made tomato sauce and Romano cheese. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

1915 Pratt St., Gretna, 362-2010;
Eggplant Dominic Jude features layers of fried eggplant medallions, shrimp and crabmeat topped with shrimp Alfredo sauce. Shrimp Mandina is jumbo Louisiana shrimp in spicy butter sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

347 Verret St., 362-2264 The Atchafalaya is a grilled buttermilk biscuit topped with crawfish etouffee, poached eggs and sauce piquant. Pain perdu features almond-crusted brioche topped with orange zest and maple syrup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

2604 Magazine St., 899-2054;
Sitting on the edge of the Irish Chanel, Tracey's is an Irish pub offering po-boys and other casual fare. Its signature item is a roast beef po-boy dripping with gravy. Fries can be topped with roast beef gravy and cheddar cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

600 N. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 626-4476; 2100 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, (985) 345-6789;
Trey Yuen has been a Northshore bastion of Chinese cuisine for more than three decades. Honey-glazed pecan shrimp features large Gulf shrimp in sweet cream sauce and is served with honey-roasted pecans and sesame seeds. The Cantonese-inspired seafood and eggplant includes shrimp, scallops and crawfish stir-fried with Chinese eggplant in bean sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

8115 Oak St., 218-5416;
The Tru burger comes with either an Angus patty ground in-house or a veggie patty topped with Swiss cheese, thin-fried onions and house-made Tru sauce. The Deep South burger comes with an Angus patty or veggie patty topped with house-made pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, lettuce and onion. Hot dogs, corn dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, french fries and milkshakes also are available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

823 Decatur St., 525-8676;
Tujague's serves a prix fixe menu with a choice of entree plus shrimp remoulade, soup, brisket, dessert and coffee. The chicken bonne femme is pan-fried chicken generously seasoned with garlic and parsley and served with potatoes. The signature boiled brisket is served with Creole horseradish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Tutti Frutti offers a rotating daily selection of 14 flavors, with options ranging from green tea to vanilla bean. Topping options include candies, chocolate, fruits, sprinkles and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-0801; www.two-
Meat, pasta and Ricotta cheese are layered and topped with Sicilian marinara sauce in the Italian sausage lasagna. Seafood platters include an assortment of grilled, blackened or fried shrimp, oysters, catfish and a crab cake, and come with a side of house-made pasta, vegetables or potato salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

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