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Gambit's 2014 Spring Restaurant Guide: L


La Bella's
2118 Third St., Kenner, (504) 466-4675;
Fish tacos feature grilled fish in flour tortillas topped with thinly sliced cabbage slaw, avocado, pico de gallo and lime-dill sauce. The turkey burger is dressed and served on a seeded bun. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

La Boca
870 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-8205;
House-made cavatelli pasta is tossed with arugula, butternut squash, pecans and honey. Arugula salad combines arugula, candied pecans, Fuji apples, blue cheese, red onion and sherry vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

La Boulangerie
4600 Magazine St., (504) 269-3777
Mille feuille vanille features puff pastry and pastry cream drizzled with chocolate and vanilla icing. Le Parisien is a ham and cheese sandwich on house-baked baguette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards and checks. $

La Carreta
107 Carrollwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 N.W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; 812 Highway 190, Covington, (985) 400-5202; 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990;
Monterrey fajitas feature Angus skirt steak, tortillas, rice and beans. The sampler plate features a chile relleno, beef taco, beef enchilada, rice and beans. Reservations accepted except on Fridays. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

La Crepe Nanou
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670;
The brunch menu includes a Louisiana jumbo lump crab omelet with sauteed spinach and Mornay sauce. Crispy sweetbreads are served with sherry vinaigrette, lardons and frisee. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

La Divina Gelateria
621 St. Peter St., (504) 302-2692; 3005 Magazine St., (504) 342-2634; Loyola University, Carrollton Residence Hall, 300 LaSalle Place, (504) 258-2115;
Popular gelato flavors include Azteca, a spicy chocolate flavor, and bourbon-pecan made with Maker's Mark. Some locations serve paninis, salads and pizzas. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

La Macarena Pupuseria and Latin Cafe
8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252;
This casual eatery specializes in pupusas and vegetarian food. The Nola Special breakfast burrito is stuffed with hot sausage, organic eggs, refried black beans, hash browns and American cheese. Carne asada is marinated and grilled beef tenderloin served with saffron rice and tropical salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Mon. Cash only. $$

La Madeleine
601 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-8662; 3300 Severn Ave., Suite 201, Metairie, (504) 456-1624; 3434 Hwy.190, Mandeville, (985) 626-7004; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Suite 2000, Harahan, (504) 818-2450;
These cafes offer baked goods and classic French cafe fare. The traditional croque monsieur is a hot sandwich combining ham, cheese and garlic cream sauce. Caesar salad comes with garlic croutons and can be topped with balsamic chicken. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine St., (504) 891-3377;
Pan-fried rabbit comes with spaetzle, wilted greens and grenobloise. Turtle bolognese is prepared with bucatini, sherry, parsley and a fried soft-boiled egg. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

La Provence
25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, (985) 626-7662;
Slow-roasted lacquered duckling is served with grilled plums, rapini, Marcona almonds and fingerling potatoes. Shrimp and mirliton salad features roasted heirloom beets, Sylvetta arugula and horseradish. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Lager's International Ale House
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923;
A grilled tuna plate features a 6-ounce yellowfin tuna steak with sweet ginger sauce served with two sides. A flaky pastry crawfish pie is filled with crawfish stuffing and served with mashed potatoes and crawfish etouffee sauce. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe
5606 Canal Blvd., (504) 483-7001;
The fleur de lis panino includes oven-roasted turkey, smoked Gouda, asparagus and apple butter spread on a grilled ciabatta baguette or multigrain or wheat bread. The chicken avocado wrap features an herb-garlic, spinach, tomato-basil or wheat tortilla filled with grilled chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes, romaine lettuce and mango vinaigrette, topped with fruit relish. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Lakeview Grocery
801 Harrison Ave., (504) 293-1201;
The menu includes po-boys, muffulettas, fried and rotisserie chicken, sushi rolls and more. Boiled crawfish are available Friday through Sunday. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Lakeview Harbor
911 Harrison Ave., (504) 486-4887;
The seafood platter comes with oysters, shrimp, catfish fillet, stuffed crab and a side of fries. The spicy burger combines 4 ounces of ground beef and 4 ounces of hot sausage. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

The Landing
Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport Hotel, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 467-5611;
Shrimp Creole is cooked in a seasoned tomato sauce base and served over white rice. For the crawfish etouffee, crawfish are simmered in a copper roux-based sauce and served with white rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

400 N. Peters St., (504) 558-0038; 8000 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 283-1010;
Shrimp en brochette is served with seafood stuffing, pepper Jack cheese, jalapenos wrapped in bacon and Mornay sauce. The Zydeco platter features fried fish and shrimp, crawfish etouffee, frogs legs, boudin and alligator sausage. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

800 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St., (504) 899-9283;
The better cheddar dip combines white cheddar cheese, walnuts, garlic and green onions. Shrimp salad is made with Gulf shrimp, Creole mustard, mayonnaise, horseradish and capers. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Laurel Street Bakery
2701 S. Broad St., (504) 897-0576;
In addition to a variety of bagels and donuts baked in-house, breakfast options include the Brooklyn sandwich: cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomatoes, red onions and capers on a house-made bagel. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Le Citron Bistro
1539 Religious St., (504) 566-9051;
Blackened redfish is topped with lump crabmeat and hollandaise and comes with mixed vegetables and sweet potato mash. Fried green tomatoes are topped with remoulade. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Le Foret
129 Camp St., (504) 553-6738;
Louisiana barbecue shrimp are cooked in an Abita Amber sauce and served with a grit cake. The seared Gulf fish comes with Louisiana crawfish maque choux and baby spinach and cherry tomatoes in lemon tarragon beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lebanon's Cafe
1500 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-6200;
The lamb chop plate features six chops, hummus and salad. The chicken shawarma is marinated for two days in Middle Eastern spices, baked and served with hummus and salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Legacy Kitchen
759 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-5231;
The chicken and waffles combination includes fried chicken, a bacon-studded waffle, honey butter and pepper jelly maple syrup. The lemon ice box pie is made from scratch with Nilla wafers and a nut crust and topped with fresh whipped cream. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, Credit cards. $$$

Li'l Dizzy's Cafe
1500 Esplanade Ave., (504) 569-8997;
Li'l Dizzy's Cafe is known for fried chicken and Creole file gumbo made with ham, chicken, crab and house-made sausage. Trout Bacquet is topped with crabmeat and lemon butter. Reservations accepted. Breakfast daily, lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Liberty Cheesesteaks
5031 Freret St., (504) 875-4447;
The Wiz features steak, caramelized onions and cheddar-Colby cheese sauce on an Italian hoagie roll. The vegetarian hoagie has green and yellow squash, kale, red onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and provolone cheese. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Liberty's Kitchen
422 1/2 S. Broad St., (504) 822-4011;
The MVB, Most Valuable Burger, is a ground chuck and pulled pork patty topped with cheese and Liberty sauce and served with sweet potato fries. Cowboy caviar, a vegan dish, is a black-eyed pea salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636;
Alaskan king crab claws are served with passion fruit butter. Sauteed loup de mer is Mediterranean sea bass served with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, wilted spinach and Marsala cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Lilly's Cafe
1813 Magazine St., (504) 599-9999
Lilly's offers pho and Vietnamese staples. The restaurant's signature spicy tofu appetizer is served with a chef's special sauce. Vegan pho comes with bok choy and vegetables cooked in the broth. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3715 Westbank Expressway, (504) 340-0178;
Papaya salad is a classic Thai dish combining green papaya, carrots, tomatoes, peanuts and shrimp or calamari. Bun, a Vietnamese vermicelli salad featuring pickled carrots, lettuce, bean sprouts, cilantro, fried onions, peanuts, fish sauce and cucumbers, can be topped with egg rolls, shredded pork, grilled shrimp, stir-fried beef or chicken or grilled pork. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Little Gem Saloon
445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863;
The music club and restaurant offers contemporary Creole cuisine. Char-grilled Gulf oysters are topped with artichoke hearts, andouille and garlic-lemon cream with cayenne. Smoked St. Louis-cut ribs are prepared with peach-mustard barbecue sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Little Korea
3301 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 821-5006
La galbi features beef short ribs marinated for three days and grilled. Jae yook features thinly sliced pork marinated in spicy sauce and stir-fried with vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532;
The Burning Man roll has spicy tuna, crunchy flakes and sesame inside and pepper tuna, avocado, green onion, ponzu sauce, eel sauce and chili sauce on top. The Volcano roll has fresh salmon, smelt roe and avocado inside and spicy tuna, snow crab, crunchy flakes, chef's sauce and chili sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant
310 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 485-5658; 2300 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-6788;
The omakase platter features 10 to 12 kinds of fish flown in from Japan. Little Tokyo's Metairie location serves grilled eggplant stuffed with fresh oysters sauteed in a miso base. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Little Tokyo Small Plates & Noodle Bar
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-6088;
The bento box comes with beef and chicken skewers, a crunchy roll, hibachi rice and pan-fried gyoza. The tantanmen ramen includes a spicy sesame paste base, ground beef and baby bok choy. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888
Creole gumbo is made with shrimp, oysters and andouille. The barbecue shrimp po-boy features shrimp cooked in peppery butter sauce and served in a hollowed-out French bread pistolette. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120;
Creole and Italian favorites include lasagna, eggplant Parmesan and fried seafood platters. The Frenchuletta is a muffuletta served hot on French bread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$

517 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 892-4992;
Seared scallops are presented with smoked ham, sweet corn succotash and steamed cane vinaigrette. Grilled octopus is served atop a smoked bacon and lima bean puree with Kalamata olives and lemon vinaigrette drizzle. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

3312 Esplanade Ave., (504) 488-6946;
This casual eatery serves paella and other Spanish dishes. Caldereta is a lamb stew made with paprika, hot peppers, onions, garlic, carrots and red wine. For an appetizer, jumbo shrimp are simmered in garlic, olive oil and spices. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

Lost Love Lounge
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009;
Tamarind-spiced tofu, jalapenos, pickled carrots and cilantro top buttered French bread in one banh mi. Vegetarian pho brims with tofu, leeks and crimini and enoki mushrooms. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Louie & The Redhead Lady
2820 E. Causeway Approach., Mandeville, (985) 626-6044;
Eggplant Algiers features three fried eggplant medallions layered with a crab cake, boiled shrimp, crabmeat and light sherry cream sauce. Oysters La Luzianne are fried and crowned with garlic, parsley, butter and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$

Louisiana Bistro
337 Dauphine St., (504) 525-3335;
Blue crab, panko-crusted asparagus spears and applewood bacon are served over mixed greens and lightly dressed with lemon pepper aioli. The Creole surf and turf features pan-roasted filet mignon topped with crawfish tail scampi. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
95 French Market Place, (504) 522-9500
Roasted chicken pizza features black beans, cilantro, jalapenos, Roma tomatoes, mozzarella and sour cream. The artichoke ravioli includes cheese-stuffed pasta shells sauteed with pesto cream sauce, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown
615 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-5900;
Shrimp and andouille macaroni and cheese is made with penne pasta and cheddar Alfredo sauce and sprinkled with scallions. Cuban pizza is topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese and pickles. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Lucky Rooster
515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825;
The menu includes a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean dishes, and there are house-made sodas (available in "tiger" versions with a shot of vodka). Crunchy shrimp spring rolls are served with lemon grass dipping sauce. The Green Mandarin salad features avocado in a crunchy won ton over baby arugula tossed in citrus vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995;
Crawfish boils occur every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for dinner. The Fiesta burger is an 8-ounce patty between crispy tortillas with melted cheese, jalapenos, pico de gallo and shredded lettuce. It's served with salad, fries or sweet potato fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Hilton Hotel, 333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840;
Le grand plateau de fruits de mer includes P&J oysters, chilled clams, mussels, Louisiana shrimp, whole Maine lobster and ceviche with remoulade, horseradish and cocktail and mignonette sauces. Choucroute garnie maison features bratwurst, crispy pork belly, smoked pork shank, house-made sauerkraut and sweet mustard. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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