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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - I


151 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-4177; 833 Canal St., 593-0440; 12150 I-10 Service Road, 244-0013;
The breakfast sampler includes two eggs, two bacon strips, two pork sausage links, two pieces of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. Grilled tilapia is served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

4200 Magazine St., 896-2225
Crawfish etouffee is seasoned with Creole spices and brims with crawfish tails. The crawfish Ignatius features fettuccine tossed in seasoned crawfish cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

4437 Magazine St., 891-6105
The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and hot sauce and served with fries or onion rings. The jalapeno poppers are battered and fried cheese-stuffed peppers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

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. $

4607 Dryades St., 895-2620;
The pesce grilled cheese features tuna salad, avocado, red onions and fontina cheese on pressed multi-grain bread. The classic prosciutto panino is made with fresh mozzarella and basil pesto pressed on ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

3400 16th St., Metairie, 455-1545;
The fresh fish Payton features a pan-fried fillet topped with a sauce of crabmeat, crawfish, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, lemon, butter and Dry Sack sherry. Pecan smoked filet consists of a 10-ounce beef filet smoked over pecan wood. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

539 St. Philip St., 529-8811 Irene's serves a mix of Creole and Italian dishes. Signature baked oysters Irene are topped with Italian cheeses and pancetta. The lamb a la Provence features seared chops with rosemary-wine demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

321 N. Peters St., 299-3944;
Iris offers chef Ian Schnoebelen's creative cooking. The spicy Vietnamese tomato soup comes with a poached farm egg. Sauteed hake fish is served with beluga lentils, pancetta, beet greens, legumes and spring onions. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

1432 St. Charles Ave., 595-6755;
Chef Matt Murphy offers an array of gourmet pub fare. Smithwick's beer-battered Atlantic cod is fried crisp and served with thick potato fries, house-made tartar sauce and malt vinegar. Braised lamb shank is served with apple brandy broth over Papa Tom's stone-ground grits and roasted Covey Rise Farms root vegetables. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

1331 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 809-1900; 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620;
The spinach, artichoke and shrimp dip is served with garlic bread. The pasta cucina combines linguine, shrimp, crawfish, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, green onions, parsley and a splash of lime. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

430 Barracks St., 569-0198;
The porcini and truffle ravioli are served with creamy white wine sauce and a drizzle of truffled olive oil. The osso buco is a baked 16-ounce veal shank with red sauce served over polenta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Italian Pie serves pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads. The Mediterranean pie features artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, mozzarella and pesto sauce. Some locations offer entrees like tilapia topped with crabmeat and creamy bordelaise over angel hair pasta. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite A, Metairie, 889-5505; 70488 Hwy. 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 327-5114;
The Illegal Salad features romaine lettuce, cheese, tortilla strips and Izzo's house salsa or dressing. The nachos combine chips, Izzo's queso, rice, beans and there are optional additional toppings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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