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2015 Spring Restaurant Guide: A


AJ & J Asian Bistro
2240 Magazine St., (504) 609-2282;
Roasted Chilean sea bass is served with grilled asparagus, sesame soba noodles and miso sauce. Mixed sushi "pizza" features assorted fish, seaweed, mango, avocado and guacamole on a scallion pancake. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Abita Bar-B-Q
69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205;
There is a selection of ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork, and house-made items include boudin, pastrami and sausage. For sides, there are coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and more. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837;
Boudin-stuffed fried quail is served with blueberry glaze, andouille cornbread stuffing, smashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Chicken Abita Feller features grilled chicken on a bed of creamed spinach with fried oysters, herbed shrimp cream sauce, smashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Abita Roasting Company
504 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 246-3340;
Rosemary chicken salad is served on a croissant with mixed greens, toasted almonds and blue cheese. The Caribbean shrimp salad features jerk shrimp, avocado, red onion, mango and feta cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Abita Springs Cafe
22132 Level St., Abita Springs, (985) 400-5025;
The menu includes soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrees such as fried shrimp or catfish platters served with fries and coleslaw. For breakfast, crab cake Benedict features poached eggs, a crab cake and hollandaise over a buttermilk biscuit with grits or hash browns. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056; Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (504) 208-5106;
The New Orleans medley includes gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice and grilled smoked sausage. The Peacemaker po-boy combines fried shrimp and oysters dressed with Tabasco-infused mayonnaise. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Acropolis Cuisine
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-9046
Gyro platters come with gyro meat, pita bread, tzatziki, Caesar salad and a side. Moussaka features layers of ground veal, eggplant, zucchini and potatoes baked in cream sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Adrian's Bakery
4710 Paris Ave., (504) 282-2283;
Popular items include pudding-filled eclairs, praline cupcakes, praline pound cake, cheesecakes and cookie cakes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant
1958 N. Hwy. 190, Suite A, Covington, (985) 867-8292; 3501 Severn Ave., Suite 13, Metairie, (504) 304-8441;
Chicken shawarma and gyro meat are available on individual platters or together in a combination including feta salad, hummus and rice. The combination kebab plate includes two choices of meat: kafta, beef tenderloin or chicken. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

8124 Oak St., (504) 324-6558;
Lamb sliders are served with feta and mint chimichurri. Mexican Coca-Cola-braised brisket sandwich comes with coleslaw and roasted garlic aioli. No reservations. Late-lunch Fri., dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Alibi
811 Iberville St., (504) 522-9187;
Barbecue shrimp po-boys feature Gulf shrimp served dressed on French bread. The Alibi's classic burger features a 10-ounce ground beef patty and is served with fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Allegro Bistro
1100 Poydras St. Suite 150, (504) 582-2350;
Appetizers include fried oysters, Louisiana lump crab cakes with spicy corn maque choux and shrimp remoulade. For a fish special, grilled drum is served with vegetables and beurre noisette. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

American Sports Saloon
1200 Decatur St., (504) 300-1782;
Wings are served with fries, slaw and a choice of house-made sauces such as Memphis barbecue, mild Buffalo, garlic-lemon, chipotle and more. The cochon de lait sandwich is dressed with coleslaw and Creole mustard and served with fries. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Amici Ristorante & Bar
3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250;
Wild mushrooms and garlic-roasted shallots are stuffed in tortellacci pasta and topped with mushrooms and truffle cream. Serrano chile and garlic-marinated octopus is served over asparagus, sliced red onions and teardrop tomatoes in blood orange vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria
4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636;
Crawfish top gnocchi in butter sauce. Maria pizza is topped with tomato sauce, mascarpone cheese and arugula. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583;
Andrea's marks its 30th anniversary this year. Braised veal shank osso buco served with saffron risotto or angel hair pasta. Frutti di mare Portofino is assorted seafood poached in white wine, chilled and marinated in olive oil, white wine and lemon juice, and served over arugula. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Andy's Bistro
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, (504) 455-7363;
Wood-fired oysters are topped with Louisiana crab claw meat, Parmigiano-Reggiano and peppercorns. Pan-seared jumbo scallops are served with wood-fired beets, roasted red pepper butter and fried capers. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Angeletto's Pizzeria & Pub
220 S. Robertson St., (504) 581-3500;
Artichoke and spinach dip is served with garlic bread. Angeletto's special pizza is topped with house-made garlic sauce, grilled chicken, mozzarella, spinach, feta and roasted red peppers. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Angeli On Decatur
1141 Decatur St., (504) 566-0077;
The chicken divalo pizza is topped with red pepper sauce, chicken, garlic and onions, and jalapenos are optional. The chicken Caesar pita roll combines grilled chicken, lettuce and Caesar dressing. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Hotel Provincial, 1032 Chartres St., (504) 308-3106;
Chef Alex Harrell serves modern Southern dishes such as butter bean-, ricotta- and lemon zest-filled tortellini with red-eye broth with a touch of bourbon and shaved Parmesan. Mississippi rabbit Milanese comes with carrot puree, spoon bread, bacon, braised collard greens and tomato gravy. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Angelo Brocato
214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-0078;
Sicilian cannoli are fried cinnamon pastry shells with ricotta-based filling, chocolate and pistachios. Sicilian-style gelato comes in flavors such as pistachio, stracciatella, zuppa inglese and chocolate-almond. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Annadele's Plantation
71518 Chestnut St., Covington, (985) 809-7669;
A garam masala-spiced New Zealand lamb chop is served with Israeli couscous, edamame and pomegranate gastrique. Crabmeat Imperial au gratin is jumbo lump crabmeat in smoky Gouda cream served with roasted new potatoes and broiled tomato. Reservations recommended. Lunch Thu.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Another Broken Egg
607 Harrison Ave., (504) 301-4667; 2917 Magazine St., (504) 301-2771;
The turkey, brie and pesto sandwich is served on rustic-style artisanal bread. Kale and salmon salad is served with a choice of house dressings. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Antoine's Annex
513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045;
The breakfast platter combines scrambled eggs, grits, hickory-smoked bacon and a biscuit or toast. The Caprese sandwich features thick-sliced mozzarella, Creole tomato, pesto and balsamic vinaigrette on a pistolette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Antoine's Restaurant
713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422;
This French-Creole institution is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Oysters Rockefeller is baked oysters covered with pureed greens (not spinach) and seasoned breadcrumbs. Alaska Antoine is baked Alaska for two — featuring ice cream wrapped in pound cake and crowned with a toasted meringue shell and hot fudge. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Apolline Restaurant
4729 Magazine St., (504) 894-8881;
Pan-seared diver scallops are served over Gulf shrimp and corn macque choux with San Marzano tomato sauce. A Beeler's pork chop comes with marchands de vin, smashed potatoes and fried onions. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Arabella Casa Di Pasta
2258 St. Claude Ave., (504) 267-6108;
Diners can assemble an entree by choosing from lists of house-made pastas, sauces and extras such as roasted peppers or sausage. Arabella's spicy meatballs are made with beef, pork and andouille and served with pomodoro sauce. The Italian Stallion features meatballs, mozzarella, red peppers and pomodoro sauce on a garlic hoagie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Arnaud's Restaurant
813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433;
Baked Louisiana oysters Bienville are topped with shrimp, mushrooms, scallions, herbs and white wine sauce. Shrimp Arnaud features Gulf shrimp in signature tangy Creole remoulade. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Assunta's Italian Restaurant
2631 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell, (985) 649-9768;
Veal Assunta tops breaded and fried veal with shrimp and besciamella sauce and comes with a side of fettuccine. Frutti di mare is a combination of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, calamari, mussels, clams and bay scallops sauteed with diced tomatoes, olive oil, marinara and garlic. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Asuka Sushi & Hibachi
7912 Earhart Blvd., (504) 862-5555;
The Sumo roll is topped with fresh salmon, tuna and garlic chili oil. The Aloha roll includes salmon, snow crab, avocado and mango sauce on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

901 Louisiana Ave., (504) 891-9626;
Pan-roasted chicken "potpie" is served with Yukon gold potato puree and root vegetables. The brunch burger is topped with a sunny-side-up egg, cheddar and chaurice barbecue butter on a toasted croissant. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Thu.-Mon. Credit cards.  $$$

Atomic Burger
3934 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-7474;
The burger joint's signature Jamburger is topped with bacon-onion jam. House-made ice cream is flash-frozen with liquid nitrogen and served in milkshakes in flavors such as Nutella-marshmallow, wedding cake and salted caramel. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Attiki Bar and Grill
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756;
Seasoned, thinly sliced chicken shawarma comes with two sides. Chicken artichoke pasta tops linguine with grilled chicken, artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and creamy wine sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Audubon Clubhouse Cafe
Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 212-5282;
The spinach and berry bowl is a salad that combines tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, craisins, Mandarin orange slices, feta, red onion, toasted almonds and raspberry vinaigrette in an herb tortilla flatbread bowl. Eggs Benedict features two poached eggs, honey-smoked ham, an English muffin, hollandaise, chives and home-style hash browns. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

August Moon
875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-7977; 3635 Prytania St., (504) 899-5129;
The menu includes Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. Pho toppings range from cuts of beef and meatballs to chicken. Lemon grass shrimp features tempura-fried shrimp, sweet onion and lemon grass. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri., dinner Sat. Credit cards. $$

Austin's Seafood and Steakhouse
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5533;
Filet Austin includes two tenderloin medallions topped with caramelized onions, grilled asparagus and creamed spinach. Pan-roasted Louisiana redfish is served with jumbo lump crabmeat, wild mushrooms and brabant potatoes. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Avenue Pub
1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243;
Fried chicken plates are served on Wednesdays and include three pieces of chicken with sides such as macaroni with mirliton, roasted beet and pear salad, citrus slaw and others. The Pub burger features a Two Run Farms beef patty and comes with hand-cut fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. Credit cards. $$

Avery's On Tulane
2510 Tulane Ave., (504) 821-4110;
Seafood platters feature local seafood, such as Des Allemands catfish, and come with fries and a side. Seven-inch barbecue shrimp po-boys are dressed with cucumber and tomato salsa. No reservations. Lunch Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

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