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2014 Winter Restaurant Guide: Contemporary Restaurants


430 Dauphine St., (504) 525-4455;
Chef Susan Spicer's menu includes many Mediterranean- and Creole-inspired dishes. Wild Alaskan salmon is served with choucroute and gewurztraminer sauce. Peppered lamb loin is served with goat cheese and Zinfandel sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Booty's Street Food
800 Louisa St., (504) 266-2887;
The menu of street food items from around the globe includes chicken empanadas served with smoked tomato aioli. Tsukemono are Japanese-style pickles served over rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

The Boston Restaurant
100 N.E. Central Ave., Amite, (985) 748-5555;
The black Angus tomahawk rib-eye for two comes with a choice of three sides and two side salads. Panko-crusted chicken breast is served with crawfish cream sauce, two sides and salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Canal Street Bistro
3903 Canal St., (504) 482-1225;
The chef's omelet features lobster and Port Salut cheese and is topped with chile pasilla cream sauce and served with steak fries. German brisket is served with mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and mushroom-cognac cream sauce. Reservations recommended. Breakfast Wed.-Mon., lunch Mon. and Wed.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Canal Street Grill
JW Marriott Hotel, 614 Canal St., (504) 586-7211;
Crispy wild calamari comes with lemon pepperoncini, torn basil and spicy tomato dip. Steak selections include a cowboy rib-eye, filet mignon and New York strip. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

The Delachaise
3442 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-0858;
Mussels are steamed with Thai chili and lime leaf. Chicken mofongo features plantains stuffed with stewed chicken. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Gautreau's Restaurant
1728 Soniat St., (504) 899-7397;
Seared scallops come with citrus brown butter, curry-carrot puree, grapes, sultanas and marcona almonds. Sauteed snapper is served with blood orange beurre blanc, shaved hearts of palm, oyster mushrooms and sugar snap peas. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, (504) 301-3347;
The Mediterranean meatloaf sandwich features Two Run Farm lamb meatloaf, mint, parsley, pine nuts, spices and Halloumi cheese on a Dong Phuong Bakery pistolette. There's always a vegetarian entree featuring local produce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant
701 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-4114;
House-made spaghetti is tossed with house-cured guanciale and a poached and fried farm egg. Louisiana shrimp are served with Calasparra rice, artichokes and maitake mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

321 N. Peters St., (504) 299-3944;
House-made bucatini pasta is served with braised short rib, baby shiitake mushrooms and Pecorino Fiore Sardo cheese. Berkshire pork loin comes with butternut squash, honey-smoked bacon, kale, turnip greens and apple jelly. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

5015 Magazine St., (504) 899-1330
Chef Sue Zemanick offers a selection of small plates. Grilled lobster is served with arugula, roasted potatoes and corn. Warm snow crab claws come with truffle butter. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit Cards. $$

La Provence
25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662;
Oysters Ooh La La is crab fat butter-crusted broiled oysters topped with Parmesan, saffron and chili flakes. Whole Mississippi rabbit is served with stewed red cabbage, roast rabbit jus and spaetzle. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Little Gem Saloon
445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863;
The music club and restaurant offers contemporary Creole cuisine. Mussels are steamed in Herbsaint-white wine broth with aromatic herbs and served with vegetables. Grilled hanger steak is served with smoked mushroom demi-glace and fennel potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Martinique Bistro
5908 Magazine St., (504) 891-8495;
Cassoulet is made with braised white beans, duck leg confit, applewood-smoked bacon and duck sausage. Escargot lyonnaise is served in profiterole garlic and walnut fine herb puree. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Meauxbar Bistro
942 N. Rampart St., (504) 569-9979;
Hand-chopped steak tartare is served with a quail egg. Rabbit gumbo includes porcini mushrooms, fennel and house-smoked andouille. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

817 Common St., (504) 412-2580;
Chefs Slade and Allison Vines-Rushing put their spin on Southern fare. Vadouvan-spiced drum is served with a cassoulet of okra, tomatos and fingerling potatoes. New Orleans barbecue lobster is served with lemon confit and fresh thyme on a toasted baguette. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

900 Harrison Ave., (504) 224-2633;
Louisiana oyster artichoke bread pudding is topped with fried oysters. Spanish-style shrimp fideo is a pasta dish with peppers, peas and lemon sherry garlic sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

3162 Dauphine St., (504) 267-4776;
Korean bo ssam features pork belly, mushrooms or shrimp served with popcorn rice and kimchi on butter lettuce. Small plates include duck pate, sweet potato poutine, cheese plates and combinations of pickles and kimchi. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

200 Julia St., (504) 252-9480;
Sweet tea country-fried chicken wings are served with a miso-butterscotch country biscuit with sweet potato sorghum butter and smoked onion buttermilk dressing. Cohiba-smoked scallops feature chorizo dust, caramelized cauliflower, pimenton patatas bravas and black garlic fennel choucroute. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

127127 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 483-1571;
Braised oxtail is served over Parmesan risotto with pickled pearl onions and charred grape tomatos. Pan-seared duck breast comes with smoked sweet potato puree, broccoli rabe, pickled beets, orange-braised fennel and garlic. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

3226 Magazine St., (504) 371-5809;
Braised short ribs are served with pappardelle and wild mushroom pomodoro sauce. The half-roasted duck includes duck breast, duck leg confit, sweet potato puree and braised mustard greens in pear sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095;
Shrimp and tasso pinchos are served with grilled pineapple, pickled ghost pepper jelly, chimichurri and Crystal hot sauce aioli. Sunny side up eggs and duck bacon are served on brioche with a foie gras ice cream float. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

1032 Chartres St., (504) 587-0091;
Duck five ways includes duck breast, leg, miso, wonton and a mushu pancake. Spicy Asian chili prawns are prepared like New Orleans barbecue shrimp. Bananas Foster features caramelized brioche, lime curd, banana pudding and spiced walnut presse. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Suis Generis
3219 Burgundy St., (504) 309-7850;
The constantly changing menu features dishes such as house-made ravioli with hand-forged black trumpet, lion's mane and yellowfoot mushrooms and herbed mescal cream sauce. Pan-seared redfish is served with kumquat, basil and lemongrass puree, organic mustard greens and vegetable fried rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Wed.-Sun., late-night Thu.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards accepted. $$

625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123;
Heirloom apple and country ham salad includes roasted sweet potato, pumpkin seeds, blue cheese and cider vinaigrette. Gulf shrimp Pirlou is served with Louisiana popcorn rice, winter squash, kale, crispy pork belly, mushrooms and sherry butter. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri.-Sat., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Water Street Bistro
804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855;
Pan-seared scallops are served with baby spinach and feta. Grilled rack of lamb features balsamic- and rosemary-infused olive oil and comes with creamed potatoes and vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

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