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2012 Spring Restaurant Guide - R


216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248
The meatball pizza is made with house-made dough, red sauce and meatballs. The muffuletta is filled with ham, salami, Swiss cheese, mozzarella and olive salad and is served warm on toasted bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

519 Toulouse St., 522-5226;
The mahi mahi Bourbon Street is a grilled fillet topped with sauteed shrimp and hollandaise. The Crawfish Festival platter includes fried crawfish tails, crawfish balls and crawfish bisque and etouffee. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

900 City Park Ave., 488-1000;
Ralph's boasts expansive views of City Park's live oaks and a creative menu. "Disgruntled" shrimp are tempura-fried and served with teriyaki and spicy chili creme fraiche. A trio of lamb preparations is served with white beans and kale. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

217 Camp St., 587-7720;
Barcelona, Spain's Rambla district inspires this tapas restaurant. Bacon-wrapped dates are stuffed with blue cheese and almonds and topped with sherry gastrique. Beef tenderloin tartare is served with a quail egg and toasted, truffled brioche. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

852 S. Peters St., 593-9393;
The 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 Mon.-Fri., dinner and late-night Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

115 Bourbon St., 598-1200;
Hickory-grilled redfish is served skin-on, topped with sauteed Louisiana jumbo crabmeat, lemon-butter and tasso-and-wild mushroom Pontalba potatoes. Barbecue oysters are flash fried, tossed in Crystal barbecue sauce and served with blue cheese dressing. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

125 Camp St., 561-8844;
The Bruschetta plate is comprised of toasted crostini topped with signature meatballs and mozzarella. The Tuscany wrap combines grilled eggplant with roasted red peppers, blue cheese, red onions, lettuce and tomato in a grilled whole grain tortilla. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., brunch Sat. Credit cards. $

70415 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 893-0255;
Red Mango is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop with flavors including vanilla bean, milk chocolate, vanilla cookie cream and strawberry milkshake. Toppings include a selection of fruit and candy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935;
Redfish Pontchartrain is a pan-seared fillet topped with lump crabmeat and mushroom-sherry cream served with potatoes and a vegetable. Fried mirliton comes with shrimp, andouille, lump crabmeat and fried oysters in bordelaise sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner and late-night Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-7071
Fried soft-shell crabs are served with crawfish tails in spicy sauce. Shanghai chicken features a sesame-coated fried chicken breast served with spicy tung cho, a soy-based sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

3835 Iberville St., 309-3570;
Chef Greg Piccolo's menu includes dishes such as the crispy avocado cup filled with Louisiana crawfish remoulade. Roasted duck breast is served with red onion and yam hash, andouille, sauteed spinach and grilled Kadota fig jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

8124 Hampson St., 872-0187;
Breakfast burritos feature tomato or spinach tortillas filled with three eggs, cheese, potatoes and a choice of applewood-smoked bacon, grilled ham or andouille and come with grits or vegan black beans. The spring sandwich combines turkey, Swiss cheese, spinach, tomatoes, avocados, sprouts and Creole mustard on seven-grain bread. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Reginelli's serves gourmet pies as well as calzones, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. The saltimbocca pizza features prosciutto, marinated chicken breast and garlic-herb sauce. The Parthenon pie is loaded with feta, artichokes, Roma tomatoes and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777;
Chef John Besh's flagship restaurant provides an elegant setting for his contemporary Louisiana cooking. Signature house-made gnocchi are tossed with blue crab and Perigord truffles. The breaded trout Pontchartrain is served with wild mushrooms, jumbo lump crabmeat and hollandaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

4426 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-6885;
Rabbit sauce piquant, featuring spicy tomato broth and andouille rice pilaf, is a house specialty. Sauteed veal is served with portobello-crabmeat stuffing, asparagus and sherry beurre blanc. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834;
Broiled Barataria stuffed crab features crab shells filled with seasoned crabmeat dressing. Pasta Lafitte combines shrimp and crabmeat in cream sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

621 St. Louis St., 529-7046;
At the Rib Room, prime rib au jus anchors the menu. Beef is seasoned with sea salt and herb roasted, and an 11-ounce cut is served with salad and baked potato. Diver scallops are served atop shrimp risotto. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

7801 Panola St., 314-1810
Huevos rancheros is a plate of eggs, corn tortillas, black beans, salsa, cheddar and guacamole. The eggs Benedict can be reworked with crab cakes instead of English muffins or served Pontchartrain-style with crawfish. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 455-2266;
The oysters Riccobono features baked oysters topped with mushrooms, garlic, olive oil, breadcrumbs and cheese. Veal Parmesan is a popular dish. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

1827 Hickory Ave., 305-4195;
Ridge Bistro serves salads, deli sandwiches, wraps and some entrees. Breaded eggplant spears are stuffed with shrimp and eggplant and served with Diablo sauce. Shrimp and grits feature Gulf shrimp, andouille and roasted corn over creamy Creole grits. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

800 S. Peters St., 525-3474;
Chef Adolfo Garcia's restaurant focuses on seafood in Spanish and Latin American dishes, including a variety of ceviches. The zarzuela de mariscos is a seafood stew in saffron broth. Gulf fish escabeche is served in a cool relish of onions, peppers, olives and capers. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

401 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-8585;
The grilliata mista combines grilled lamb, pork, pancetta, and sausage basted with rosemary garlic oil, grilled eggplant, baked potatoes and tomatoes. House-made pasta anchors dishes such as the strozzapreti alla cervese served with shrimp, cherry tomatoes, pepper-garlic olive oil and fried eggplant in light tomato sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

501 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 875-1006;
The antipasto comes with cured meats, cheeses, seasonal fruit, grilled vegetables, olives and garlic crostini. The oven-roasted local chicken breast and stuffed chicken leg are served with baby spinach and natural jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008
Speckled trout is topped with lump crabmeat and served with linguine and a vegetable medley. Pan-sauteed veal is served either Marsala or piccata style. Reservations accepted. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938;
Lunch specials include turtle soup and osso buco, and the burgers are popular with the tavern's late-night crowd. Other specials include shrimp and grits and Mondays bring red beans and rice. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards and checks. $

3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1700;
The menu at Rock 'N' Bowl features burgers and hot dogs from Louisiana's Straight Stick Ranch Burger Co. One burger option is the Rock 'N' Bowl barbecue burger topped with house-made sauce, bacon, cheese and onion rings. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

823 Fulton St., 581-7253;
Shrimp- and cream cheese-filled wontons are served crisp with shrimp and garlic sauce. The PB&J roll is peanut butter rolled in rice and soy paper, flash fried with a panko crust and served with honey-infused grape jelly. The rainbow seafood salad combines tuna, yellowtail and fresh salmon with cucumbers, avocado, smelt roe, crabstick, asparagus and green onions in house-made ponzu sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

3222 Magazine St., 891-5152
Rocky's offers many original gourmet pies as well as salads, pastas, sandwiches and panini. The seafood au gratin pizza consists of crawfish and shrimp over a white garlic sauce. The French Market pizza is a vegetarian pizza topped with mushrooms, roasted red peppers, onions and broccoli. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 121, 561-9800; 816 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-2462; 3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 872-0957; 5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; The basil-cashew spicy chicken salad wrap is served on a whole wheat or flour tortilla with spicy Thai sauce, avocado, lettuce, plum tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts. The spa salad features plum tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries and alfalfa sprouts on a bed of mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards.

7329 Cohn St., 866-1166
The spinach pizza is a garlic butter-brushed crust topped with mozzarella, feta, spinach and vegetables. The barbecue chicken sandwich is stuffed with oven-roasted chicken breast, provolone cheese, tomatoes and barbecue sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

200 Julia St., 252-9480;
The inventive menu at Root includes chorizo-dusted, Cohiba-smoked scallops served on a bed of caramelized cauliflower and fennel choucroute. The menage a foie appetizer rounds up foie gras preparations such as foie gras mousse rolled in Pop Rocks and foie gras cotton candy. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The parma rosa pasta features blackened shrimp, Italian sausage and penne pasta tossed in creamy tomato sauce. The barbecue chicken pizza features barbecue sauce, grilled chicken and red onions on a hand-tossed pie. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Rouses grocery stores have a hot line of baked items, rotisserie chicken, fried chicken or fish, and daily specials such as red beans and rice. There also are po-boys, muffulettas and sandwiches as well as sushi, soup and a salad bar. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Ave., 571-4604;
New Orleans "lost bread" is served with sugar cane syrup and Chisesi ham, applewood-smoked bacon or link sausage. Bayou shrimp pasta is linguine tossed with roasted corn, green onion, tomato farandole and Gulf shrimp. Pan-seared redfish is served with Creole sauce, jambalaya and vegetables. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7779; 621 Royal St., 523-2716;
The Executive Club sandwich stacks turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, lettuce and tomato with honey mustard dressing. Eggs Benedict feature poached eggs and Canadian bacon on English muffins drizzled with hollandaise and served with hash browns. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

139 S. Cortez St., 309-5531; 200 Magazine St., 525-9355;
The breakfast fare at Ruby Slipper includes shrimp and grits combining Gulf shrimp, Abita Amber rosemary reduction, creamy stone-ground grits and a biscuit. The cochon po-boy features pork debris, arugula and balsamic grilled red onions. No reservations. South Cortez Street: Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri., brunch Sat.-Sun. Magazine Street: Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

RUE 127
127 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-1571;
For an appetizer, try gumbo featuring duck confit, roasted chicken, andouille and served with horseradish potato salad. The citrus-glazed duck breast is garnished with caramelized fennel, potato puree, orange supremes and Louisiana citrus jus. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343
The coffeeshop serves an array of specialty coffee drinks, baked goods, salads and sandwiches. The Mediterranean sandwich features tomato, fresh basil, mozzarella and prosciutto and balsamic vinaigrette. Try the egg wrap for breakfast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

3128 Magazine St., 941-7560; www.rum-
The Caribbean-themed restaurant offers a variety of tacos and Latin-inspired dishes. Four spicy tuna ceviche tacos are served in flaky flour tortillas with mango, onion, peppers and citrus juices. The jerk fish features black drum grilled skin on with house-made garlic-jerk-lime butter and served with coconut mango rice and smothered greens. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-9999;
The onion mum appetizer is a large onion cut and fried to resemble a flower in bloom. For breakfast, eggs Pontchartrain features poached eggs atop an English muffin with fried green tomatoes, bacon and hollandaise. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

500 Girod St., Mandeville, (985)778-0364;
Rusty Pelican serves burgers, baskets of fried seafood, salads, po-boys and more. Lump crab cakes are panko-coated and fried. The Pontchartrain pickle burger is topped with cheddar cheese and fried pickles. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Harrah's Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600;
The arugula, Mandarin and crispy prosciutto salad is served with shaved Parmesan cheese and a sweet bacon vinaigrette. The 6-ounce filet is topped with jumbo shrimp. Reservations recommended. Fulton Street: lunch and dinner daily. Veterans Memorial Boulevard: lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

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