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LA BELLA'S
2118 Third St., Kenner, (504) 466-4675; www.labellascatering.com
The deli menu includes po-boys and salads. The muffuletta is piled high with layers of Genoa salami, Chisesi ham, provolone and mozzarella cheeses and house-made olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

LA BOCA
857 Fulton St., (504) 525-8205; www.labocasteaks.com
Bife de chorizo is a 14-ounce Prime strip steak served with three different kinds of chimichurri sauce: horseradish, pepper and traditional. For an appetizer, the gaucho plate presents a combination of chorizo, sweetbreads and Argentine empanadas. Reservations required. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LA BOULANGERIE
4600 Magazine St., (504) 269-3777
Le Parisien is a traditional ham and cheese sandwich on a fresh baguette. The mille feuille vanille layers puff pastry and pastry cream drizzled with chocolate and vanilla icing. No reservations. Breakfast daily, lunch Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

LA CARRETA
107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 NW Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.com
The Monterrey fajitas include certified Angus skirt steak, tortillas, rice and beans. The sampler plate features a chile relleno, a beef taco, a beef enchilada, rice and beans. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA CREPE NANOU
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670; www.lacrepenanou.com
A lump crabmeat omelet made with herbed bechamel and creamed spinach is featured on the new Sunday brunch menu. A white wine, kirsch and Swiss Emmentaler fondue is served with organic baguette. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LA DIVINA GELATERIA
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., (504) 342-2634; Loyola University, Carrollton Residence Hall, (504) 258-2115; www.ladivinagelateria.com
Bourbon pecan is a popular gelato flavor. The blueberry-basil sorbetto is made from fresh blueberries and homegrown basil. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA DOLCE NOLA
200 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 832-1122; www.ladolcenola.com
House-made artisan gelati comes in such flavors as blood orange, balsamic strawberry, and goat yogurt gelato comes with cranberry, fig compote, honey or strawberry. Fresh-baked challah bread is available on Fridays. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA FIN DU MONDE
2917 Magazine St., (504) 218-4088; www.lafinrestaurant.com
Bo ssam-style pork belly is slow roasted, topped with Steen's cane vinegar glaze and served with house-made kimchee. Shrimp and grits features Gulf shrimp sauteed with shallots, garlic, roasted red pepper, house-made tomato paste, house-made tasso, shrimp stock, lemon juice and butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch and brunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA MACARENA PUPUSERIA AND LATIN CAFE
8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252; www.pupusasneworleans.com
Pork pupusas are formed from handmade corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and beans and served with refried black beans and plantains. Traditional Salvadoran ceviche features citrus-marinated shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Cash and checks. $$

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT
1940 Dauphine St., (504) 943-1460
The deep-fried pork chop comes with your choice of potato side. Seafood platters, like the shrimp and oyster, make for a meal for two. No reservations. Open 24 hours Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

LA PETITE GROCERY
4238 Magazine St., (504) 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.com
Pan-fried rabbit is served with spaetzle and caper-butter sauce. Gulf shrimp and grits is served with roasted shiitake mushrooms, smoked bacon and thyme. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LA MADELEINE
601 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8662; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, (504) 456-1624; 3434 Hwy.190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, (504) 818-2450; www.lamadeleine.com
Caesar salad comes with house-made garlic croutons and can be topped with balsamic chicken. The daily soup selection includes options like country potato topped with bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAGER'S INTERNATIONAL ALE HOUSE
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com
Elevated pub grub includes the Chimay blue cheeseburger, Argentinean hanger steak (seasoned and served with sweet and tangy chimichurri sauce) and grilled mahi mahi sandwich. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LAKEVIEW BREW COFFEE CAFE
5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001; www.lakeviewbrew.com
The fleur de lis panino includes oven-roasted turkey, smoked Gouda, asparagus and apple butter spread on a grilled ciabatta baguette or multigrain or wheat bread. The chicken avocado wrap features an herb-garlic, spinach, tomato-basil or wheat tortilla filled with grilled chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes, romaine lettuce and mango vinaigrette and is topped with fresh fruit relish. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LAKEVIEW GROCERY
801 Harrison Ave., (504) 293-1201; www.lakeviewgrocery.com
Wednesday night is steak night and features 12-ounce rib-eyes served with loaded baked potatoes. On Friday nights, boiled crawfish and shrimp are available by the pound. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAKEVIEW HARBOR
911 Harrison Ave., (504) 486-4887; www.lakeview-harbor.com
The Crab Feast includes stuffed crab, a crab cake, a soft-shell crab, crab fingers and two sides. The 8-ounce burger is topped with mushrooms, bacon and cheese and comes with a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LANDRY'S
400 N. Peters St., (504) 558-0038; 8000 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 283-1010; www.landrysseafood.com
Acadiana green tomatoes are fried and topped with crawfish and andouille cream sauce. Pimento cheese grits and asparagus accompany broiled crab cakes drizzled with Creole mustard sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

LANGENSTEIN'S
800 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St., (504) 899-9283; www.langensteins.com
A quinoa and black bean salad mixes quinoa, black beans, corn and cilantro and is available hot or cold. For the shrimp salad, a combination of Creole mustard, mayonnaise, horseradish and capers are blended with Gulf shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

LAUREL STREET BAKERY
5433 Laurel St., (504) 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.com
This bakery prepares breads, bagels, pastries and pies like the seasonal berry pie. The lunch menu includes the popular ham-and-cheese croissant. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

LAZARO'S PIZZA & POBOYS
4413 Banks St., (504) 483-8609
Choose any seven of the vegetable toppings to make your own Herbivore pizza. The Firebird packs a spicy punch with peppers, hot sausage, pepperoni, chicken and asparagus. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LE BAYOU RESTAURANT
208 Bourbon St., (504) 525-4755; www.lebayourestaurant.com
The shrimp and grits Napoleon features fried green tomatoes, Gulf shrimp and Cajun cream sauce served with creamy grits. Stuffed catfish is filled with crawfish dressing, topped with crawfish cream sauce and served with jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

LE CITRON BISTRO
1539 Religious St., (504) 566-9051; www.le-citronbistro.com
Blackened redfish topped with lump crabmeat and hollandaise comes with mixed vegetables and sweet potato mash. Paneed duck breast is served with pineapple, onion and pepper glaze and jambalaya. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LE FORET
129 Camp St., (504) 553-6738; www.leforetneworleans.com
Louisiana barbecue shrimp are served with a fried grit cake and Abita beer barbecue sauce. Louisiana crawfish gnocchi features a light cream sauce with green onion, truffle oil and wild mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LE ROUX'S SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT
1700 Louisiana Ave., (504) 897-5445; www.leroux.ning.com
Collard greens and cabbage are served with candied yams and a choice of grilled or fried chicken or pork chops. A seafood platter includes a catfish fillet, fried shrimp, oysters, hushpuppies and french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Fri. Credit cards. $

LE VIET CAFE
2135 St. Charles Ave., (504) 304-1339Vegetable pho features an assortment of broccoli, bean sprouts, noodles and jalapenos in broth. Pork banh mi comes on a crisp baguette dressed with chopped vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LEBANON'S CAFE
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-6200; www.lebanonscafe.com
The lamb chop plate features six lamb chops cooked to order, hummus and salad. The Halloumi plate is an appetizer that features fried sheep's milk cheese with tomatoes, bell peppers, basil and balsamic dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LEONARDO TRATTORIA
709 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-8986; www.leonardonola.com
Braciole di pollo is a prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with roasted portobello mushrooms, fresh oregano and ricotta. Carbonara features house-made spaghetti, gently rendered pancetta, cracked black pepper, egg yolk and Pecorino Romano. Reservations accepted. Wed.-Fri. Lunch, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$ 

LI'L DIZZY'S CAFE
1500 Esplanade Ave., (504) 569-8997; www.lildizzyscafe.com
Trout Baquet is topped with lemon-butter garlic sauce and lump crabmeat and comes with salad and a side item. Red beans, greens or potato salad accompany the Southern fried chicken. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LIBERTY'S KITCHEN
422 1/2 S. Broad St., (504) 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen.org
Liberty's pan-roasted shrimp and cheese grits features caramelized red onions, smoked mushrooms, garlic, bacon, green onions and grape tomatoes in a light-cream reduction. Cowboy caviar is a black-eyed pea salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

LILETTE RESTAURANT
3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636; www.liletterestaurant.com
Sauteed drum is accompanied by artichoke, roasted tomatoes, haricots verts and lemon-oregano yogurt. Grilled lamb sirloin comes with a salad of arugula, fried chickpeas, roasted peppers, onions and balsamic vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LILLY'S CAFE
1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999
Vegetarian options include vegetable and tofu pho with vegan broth, po-boys and spring rolls. Spicy tofu is stir-fried with ginger, scallions and sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE LITTLE GEM SALOON
445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863; www.littlegemsaloon.com
A trio of deviled eggs includes Maylie's deviled egg remoulade, one with champignon and mushroom ketchup and one with Creole caviar. Gulf fish Roland is the fish of the day stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp and served with green onion rouille and sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

LITTLE KOREA
3301 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 821-5006
Use a tabletop grill to cook soy- and garlic-marinated beef and pork. Traditional bibimbap combines mixed vegetables and rice with spicy sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com
The tropical roll wraps up tuna, egg and coconut shrimp and the outside is layered with mango, avocado and mango sauce. The summer roll has tuna, yellowtail, cucumber, lettuce and avocado on the inside and spicy crawfish on the outside. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LITTLE TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
310 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 485-5658; 1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-6788; www.littletokyonola.com
The Love Boat Tokyo for two includes beef and chicken teriyaki, tempura shrimp, sashimi, sushi rolls, fresh fruit and vegetables. The Chocolate City roll combines spicy tuna, seared tuna, snow crab and avocado in soybean wrap and is topped with the chef's barbecued eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.com
Beef or pork tops cold ramen noodles mixed with romaine lettuce, crabstick, baby bok choy, cucumber and tomatoes. Boiled crawfish are available on Fridays. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LIUZZA'S BY THE TRACK
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888
Liuzza's Creole gumbo is made with shrimp, oysters and andouille sausage. The barbecue shrimp po-boy features shrimp prepared in a house-made butter sauce and served in hollowed- out French bread. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

LIUZZA'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com
The roast beef po-boy is served on French bread and drenched in brown gravy. Soft-shell crab is battered and deep fried and served with red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

LIVE BAIT BAR AND GRILL
200 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, (504) 840-0902; www.livebaitnola.com
Live Bait is known for its fried seafood platters with catfish, shrimp, oysters or soft-shell crabs or a combination of all of them. The oyster bar boasts char-grilled oysters with garlic butter, and boiled crawfish and other seafood are available in season. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOLA
517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992; www.lolacovington.com
Veal lasagna features house-made pasta, provolone cheese and San Marzano tomatoes. The bronze Louisiana black drum comes with Gulf shrimp maque choux, braised collard greens and black-eyed peas. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

LOLA'S
3312 Esplanade Ave., (504) 488-6946; www.lolasneworleans.com
Popular dishes at Lola's include the garlic shrimp and the seafood paella, made with saffron rice, scallops, calamari, mussels and shrimp. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE
69368 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 875-1100; www.longhornsteakhouse.com
Calamari is deep fried to a crispy golden brown, topped with creamy barbecue sauce and served with fried red peppers. The 8-ounce Rancher's sirloin is topped with bordelaise sauce, bacon and a sunny-side-up egg. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOST LOVE LOUNGE
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 944-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com
Traditional pho features Vietnamese meatballs in spicy beef broth. Leek and kimchee dumplings are steamed and chicken, pork or shrimp dumplings are available fried or steamed. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LOUIE & THE REDHEAD LADY
1851 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-6044; www.louie-andtheredheadlady.com
Eggplant Algiers is topped with light sherry cream sauce and features three fried eggplant medallions layered with a crab cake, boiled shrimp and crabmeat. Oysters La Luzianne are fried and topped with garlic, parsley, butter and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

LOUISIANA BISTRO
337 Dauphine St., (504) 525-3335; www.louisianabistro.net
Creole surf and turf features pan-roasted filet mignon with crawfish scampi. Drum Pontchartrain features roasted puppy drum with crabmeat and lemon-caper beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards.  $$$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN
95 French Market Place, (504) 522-9500; www.louisianapizzakitchen.com
Crawfish fettuccine features sauteed crawfish in cream sauce over pasta. Fried oysters, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, artichokes and eggplant top the fried oyster pizza. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LOUISIANA PIZZA KITCHEN UPTOWN
615 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-5900; www.louisianapizzakitchenuptown.com
Butternut squash ravioli comes with shrimp, scallions, red bell peppers and herb-butter cream sauce topped with Parmesan cheese. Cuban pizza is topped with pulled pork, slaw, barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese and pickles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

LUCY'S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com
Todo fish tacos feature blackened or grilled mahi mahi in flour or corn tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and avocado relish and served with a side of Lucy's sauce, rice and beans. Sesame-crusted jerk chicken salad features sesame-crusted chicken tenders served over baby spinach, mango salsa, pecans, red onions and sesame-ginger dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

LUKE
333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840; www.lukeneworleans.com
Allan Benton's bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes and Emmentaler cheese top the Luke burger, which is served with house-made fries. Jumbo Louisiana shrimp "en cocotte" features McEwen & Sons creamy white-corn grits and Poche's andouille. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


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