Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Cajun


THE ALPINE 620 Chartres St., 523-3005; Redfish "Amer" is a sauteed fillet of redfish topped with Cajun crawfish cream sauce and served with garlic roasted potatoes and sauteed vegetables. New Orleans style barbecue shrimp is one of Alpine's most popular dishes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

BON TON CAFE 401 Magazine St., 524-3386; Cajun flavors inspire the cuisine at this downtown restaurant. Signature Redfish Bon Ton is black drum topped with Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat and served with a choice of vegetable. The grilled 14-oz. veal chop is served with mushrooms in Cabernet sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$

BROCATO'S EAT DAT 8480 Morrison Road, 309-3465 This unassuming eatery offers bold Cajun flavor. Ragin' Cajun pasta rounds up house-made tasso, andouille, mushrooms, shrimp and crawfish in Cajun cream sauce. The blackened redfish is topped with Creole shrimp and sausage sauce. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAFE PONTALBA 546 St. Peter St., 522-1180 The Cajun combination features red beans and rice with smoked sausage, jambalaya and a cup of gumbo. Ragin' Cajun pasta includes shrimp, crawfish and andouille in spicy cream sauce. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAJUN GRILL & BAR 2325 N. Hullen St., Suite 100, Metairie, 831-0095; Try the New Orleans sampler, with portions of jambalaya, red beans and rice, shrimp Creole, gumbo and fried catfish. The seafood platter combines fried fish, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CAJUN MIKE'S PUB AND GRUB 116 Baronne St., 566-0055; This pub features Louisiana favorites such as chicken and andouille gumbo, and po-boys stuffed with everything from shrimp to alligator sausage. Lunch delivery available. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

COOP'S PLACE 1109 Decatur St., 525-9053; Hearty rabbit and sausage jambalaya is made with tomatoes, onion, bell pepper and Cajun seasonings. Fried crawfish are served with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

JAN'S CAJUN RESTAURANT 4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, 689-2748 Jan's dark-roux gumbo packs spicy heat. The hamburger steak is served with house-made gravy, and mushrooms and onions are optional additions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MULATE'S CAJUN RESTAURANT  201 Julia St., 522-1492; Crawfish etouffee tops the signature Catfish Mulate's, served with jambalaya, sauteed vegetables and a stuffed potato. Bread pudding is made with raisins and served with butter-rum sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PAT O'BRIEN'S COURTYARD RESTAURANT 624 Bourbon St., 525-4823; Shrimp and grits features shrimp sauteed with peppers, garlic and red onions, deglazed with French brandy, simmered in espagnole sauce, and served over fried cheesy grit cakes. The Cajun shepherd's pie is a twist on the Irish classic featuring layers of seasoned beef debris with carrots, celery, garlic and onions and topped with cheddar mashed potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SAMMY'S STEAK AND LOBSTER 627 Bourbon St., 525-8442; Cajun and Creole favorites include New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, seafood gumbo and fried alligator. Blackened redfish is topped with crawfish cream sauce and served with garlic roasted potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

WAYNE JACOB'S SMOKEHOUSE RESTAURANT 769 W. Fifth Street, LaPlace, (985) 652-9990; The smokehouse makes its own andouille, and the andouille burger combining sausage and ground beef and roasted pecans is a house specialty. The Pasta St. John features spicy shrimp with tasso-herb cream sauce over pasta and comes with garlic bread and salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

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