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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Bar & Grill

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ALIBI BAR AND GRILL 811 Iberville St., 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com This late-night haunt offers a long list of bar snacks, plus entrees like barbecue shrimp over rotini pasta. The chicken Ceasar pita features char-grilled chicken, melted provolone, Romano cheese and romaine lettuce, all wrapped in flatbread and served with crisp fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ATTIKI BAR & GRILL 230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com The linguini is topped with marinated and grilled chicken, artichokes and mushrooms in white wine cream sauce. The tomato Buffalo features baked tomato slices topped with mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

THE AVENUE PUB 1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com Red beans and rice wontons are traditional creamy red beans stuffed into wonton wrappers and served with Sriracha-honey dipping sauce. The "grown-up grilled cheese" includes bacon, sage leaves, drunken goat cheese, sharp cheddar and feta, plus house-made pesto and tomato on sourdough bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

BAYOU BEER GARDEN 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pwky., 302-9357; www.bayoubeergarden.com Head to to this Mid-City bar and grab a 10-oz. Bayou burger served on a sesame bun. Disco fries are french fries topped with cheese and debris gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BEACHCORNER BAR & GRILL 4905 Canal St., 488-7357; www.beachcornerbar- andgrill.com The 10-oz. hickory cheddar burger is topped with house hickory sauce and sharp cheddar and dressed to order. Many items can be prepared Buffalo style for extra spicy heat. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BROOKS SEAHORSE SALOON 1648 Gentilly Blvd., 218-4217 The fried chicken sandwich is dressed with lettuce, onions and pickles. The house burger features an 8-oz. patty cooked to order. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

BRUNO'S TAVERN 7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com The Ponchatoula salad features grilled chicken over a bed of spring mix tossed in poppy seed dressing with blue cheese, sugared and spiced pecans, red onions and strawberries. The 8-oz One Eyed Jack burger is topped with bacon, pepper Jack cheese, onion rings and a sunny side up egg. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

THE BULLDOG 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com Crawfish banditos feature two fried flour tortillas filled with crawfish etouffee, cheese and roasted green chilis served with house-made salsa, sour cream and avocado. The chili cheese steak wrap comes au jus for dipping. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CG'S CAFE AT THE RUSTY NAIL 1100 Constance St., 525-5515; www.therustynail.biz The Fleur Debris is slow-cooked pot roast served on sourdough bread with caramelized onions, roasted peppers, provolone and house-made horseradish mayonnaise. The Queso Loco combines provolone, cream cheese and goat cheese on grilled sourdough bread. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $

CADDYSHACK 3217 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 833-1799 Visit Caddyshack on a Monday for traditional red beans and rice. Friday seafood specials include fried fish, shrimp or oysters. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE 501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847 Whether you are waiting for a load of laundry or listening to a band, Checkpoint Charlie can sate a hungry appetite. The grilled chicken breast sandwich is served on a bun. Or order a burger seasoned with Cajun spices and a side of potato tots topped with melted cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

COOTER BROWN'S TAVERN 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com The tavern serves raw oysters and a wide array of domestic and imported beers. The Radiators special sandwich includes shrimp, oysters and a combination of cheeses on French bread. The Bayou Philly combines alligator sausage, shrimp, peppers, onions and pepper Jack and American cheeses, all on open-face French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CORNER OYSTER HOUSE 500 St. Peter St., 522-2999; www.corneroysterhouse.com Bacon-wrapped oysters are lightly fried and topped with crawfish sauce. Crawfish chicken features a grilled chicken breast topped with crawfish tails sauteed in a rich roux with bell peppers and mushrooms, served over steamed rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

THE CREOLE GRILLE & BAR 5241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7992; www.thecreolegrille.com The grilled pompano fillet is topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and white wine-lemon-butter sauce and served with steamed vegetables. Andouille-crusted oysters are served with mixed greens and Crystal-honey-butter sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DINO'S BAR & GRILL 1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900 Dino's tops its signature burger with bacon and cheddar. There also are Philly cheese steaks and a sirloin steak served with Cajun potatoes. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

DOWN THE HATCH 1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.com The Texas burger features an Angus beef patty topped with grilled onions, smoked bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. The house-made veggie burger combines 15 vegetables and is served with sun-dried tomato pesto. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ERNST CAFE 600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net Fried oysters, roast beef debris, gravy and mayo fill the Ernster po-boy. Steak tacos are flour tortillas filled with marinated beef and zesty slaw. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

F&M PATIO BAR 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.com F&M's cheese fries are seasoned waffle fries smothered with a blend of three cheeses and green onions. The burger is a quarter-pound patty topped with a choice of shredded cheese, bacon, mushrooms, chili, jalapenos or grilled onions and peppers. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

FAT HARRY'S 4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582; www.fatharrys-neworleans.com Buffalo wings and drumettes are fried and dipped in Fat Harry's house wing sauce. The Jazz burger features a ground beef and hot sausage patty topped with barbecue sauce and cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. It comes with fries. Grilled shrimp topped with remoulade are made into a po-boy. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

FOX AND HOUND 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 731-6000; www.foxandhound.com Fox and Hound offers more than 100 bottled beers and 36 on draft. The Play-Action appetizer platter includes wings, pretzels, potato skins and breaded mozzarella sticks. The spicy jalapeno burger tops an 8-oz. patty with hot sauce and pepper Jack cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

HANDSOME WILLY'S PATIO BAR 218 S. Robertson St., 525-0377; www.handsome-willys.com/index.html Bargain bar food includes pulled pork, tacos, nachos and sandwiches. Thursday's $1 tacos come with toppings like pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, lettuce and Mexican slaw. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HARBOR BAR & GRILL 3024 17th St., Metairie, 835-6111 The Harbor burger boasts a 12-oz. patty topped with shredded cheddar. The blackened tuna steak is served with French-style green beans and red new potatoes. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

HURRICANE BBQ & SEAFOOD Co. 4001 Airline Drive, Metairie, 315-4227; www.hurricanebbq.com This barbecue joint prepares slow-cooked beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken and ribs. Side items include fries, sweet potato fries, baked beans, jambalaya, mac and cheese and more. Hot boiled crawfish to go is available Thursday through Sunday. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

IGOR'S LOUNGE & GAMEROOM 2133 St. Charles Ave., 568-9811 The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty mixed with a blend of Cajun spices and topped with hot sauce. Get shoestring fries topped with American cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

JIGGERS BAR & GRILL 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555 Jiggers offers a casual menu to please sports-watching patrons. The 6-oz. rib-eye steak sandwich is topped with sauteed onions. The hot and spicy Buffalo fried chicken sandwich is dressed with blue cheese. Both come with a choice of fries, onion rings or sweet potato fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

KATIE'S RESTAURANT & BAR 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.com Katie's "barge" is a French bread loaf loaded with oysters, shrimp and catfish and is big enough for two or three people to share. The fresh ground chuck hamburger steak comes with peppers, onions, brown gravy and a side dish. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com Acadian pasta features penne in Acadian cream sauce and can be topped with a choice of chicken, mahi mahi or shrimp and crawfish. The delirium mushroom Jack burger is topped with mushrooms and Monterey Jack cheese and comes with a side dish. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK 1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888 The corner bar's kitchen offers a menu of seafood plates, burgers and salads. Specialty po-boys feature garlicky oysters or barbecue shrimp in a peppery sauce spooned into a hollowed-out pistolette. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL 200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.com Live Bait offers a large selection of local seafood. The Bucktown seafood platter includes shrimp, catfish, oysters, soft-shell crab, fries and Texas toast. For an appetizer, nachos are dressed with ground beef, salsa, jalapeno, sour cream and cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www.lucys-retiredsurfers.com/new-orleans The surf shack combines burgers and Mexican dishes. The fish tacos feature fried or grilled fish, beans, rice and avocado relish. The surf-and-turf board combines a grilled 4-oz. filet with mango butter, five marinated shrimp and a choice of lime rice or poblano-pepper Jack cheese grits. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

MELIUS BAR & CAFE 1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, 828-9446; www.meliusbarbucktown.com The Lafourche burger features an 8-oz. ground sirloin patty mixed with garlic, green onions and Cajun sauces. For a Wednesday special, smothered pork chops are served with mushroom gravy, creamed potatoes, vegetables and salad. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

O'HENRY'S FOOD & SPIRITS 634 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840; www.ohenrys.com Crawfish Monica pasta features sauteed crawfish tails tossed in penne pasta with cream sauce. The steak and fried shrimp plate comes with fries and garlic bread. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

OAK 8118 Oak St., 302-1485; www.oaknola.com Corn tortillas cradle Gulf shrimp, pickled vegetables, avocado and lime crema. The hanger steak bruschetta is topped with Point Reyes blue cheese and smoked red onion marmalade. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

OSCAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR 2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540 The signature Oscalotta combines meats, cheeses and olive salad on French bread and is served hot. The half-pound burger comes with an overstuffed baked potato. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and late-night Tue.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RED EYE GRILL 852 S. Peters St., 593-9393; www.redeyegrill.net A grilled tuna steak sandwich is dressed with lettuce, tomato and onion and served with Cajun fries. The cheeseburger features a patty dressed with cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce and is served with Cajun fries or onion rings. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

RIVERSHACK TAVERN 3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com Lunch specials include turtle soup and osso buco, and the burgers are popular with the tavern's late-night crowd. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SHAMROCK BAR 'N' GRILL 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938; www.shamrockparty.com Shamrock bills itself as the biggest neighborhood bar in town, and its cavernous space holds plenty of pool tables and games. The 12-oz. rib-eye comes with salad and a choice of side. The half-pound turbo burger comes with fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

SHIMMY SHACK 1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442; www.theshimmyshack.net Crispy fried Louisiana oysters and Brie are served atop wilted spinach with applewood-smoked bacon bites. Flats are pita bread sandwiches with different fillings, like the Philly round steak flat dressed with mozzarella and sauteed onions and peppers. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SID-MAR'S RESTAURANT & BAR 3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, 831-9541; www.-sidmarsrestaurant.com Sid-Mar's serves a wide array of fried and grilled seafood in po-boys and on platters. Seafood gumbo brims with crabmeat. The Fisherman's platter features oysters, shrimp, catfish and two different crab preparations. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SIDELINES BAR & GRILL 1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002 The Porky Pig features pulled pork in barbecue sauce topped with coleslaw and served on a brioche bun with a side of fries. Sliders are topped with caramelized onions, creamy Creole mustard, shredded cheddar cheese and pickles. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

STEP BROTHERS BAR & GRILL 4971 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 889-9856; www.-stepsbarandgrill.com The Step Ultimate burger tops a beef patty with cheddar, bacon, fried onion rings and barbecue sauce. The Timmy burger features a beef patty, hot sausage patties, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and secret sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VIC'S KANGAROO CAFE 636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329 This Australian-themed pub offers wine and beer from Down Under, along with sandwiches, dips and pizza. Chicken and sausage wild rice jambalaya is made from scratch. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

VITASCOPE HALL Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., 561-1234; www.neworleans.hyatt.com Vitascope offers burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads, seafood and sushi rolls. The potato chip-crusted Vitascope burger is topped with Brie and caramelized onions and served with hand-cut fries. Garlic and black pepper Gulf shrimp are served with creamy grits and a sauce of Cabernet, pancetta and herbs. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WALK-ON'S BISTREAUX & BAR 1009 Poydras St., 309-6530; www.walk-ons.com This sports bar offers a menu full of Cajun dishes. Catfish Atchafalaya features blackened or lightly fried fillets smothered with crawfish etouffee and served with fried crawfish. Cajundillas are quesadillas filled with chicken, pepper Jack cheese, grilled onions, andouille and Cajun rice, served with chipotle ranch dipping sauce and red beans and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

WINSTON'S PUB & PATIO 531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705 The burger is grilled over an open flame and comes with house made chips, sweet potato or waffle fries. British-style fish and chips feature batter-fried cod and malt vinegar, also with a choice of fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ZACHARY'S BY THE LAKE 7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 872-9832; www.zacharys-bythelake.com Zachary's burgers feature two ground chuck beef patties. Seafood options include the sugarcane shrimp, which are breaded, bacon-wrapped, fried and served with cane syrup sauce. Crab cakes are a new menu item. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ZADDIE'S TAVERN 1200 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 832-0830 Zaddie's fills hot tamales with pork. Visit on a Thursday for steak night or Friday for the fish fry. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

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