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Gambit's 2017 spring restaurant guide: A


Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837;
Blackened chicken breast is served with smashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. The Deep South burger is topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Acme Oyster House
Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (504) 708-2409; 724 Iberville St., (504) 522-5973; 1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-4056;
The Peace Maker po-boy includes fried shrimp, oysters and Tabasco-infused mayonnaise on French bread. The "10 napkin" hot roast beef po-boy features house-cooked chuck roast served debris-style. Reservation policies vary by location. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Acropolis Cuisine
3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-9046;
Six Onion soup features six varieties of slow-cooked onions blended smooth and topped with puff pastry. Grilled lamb chops come with Caesar salad and a side item. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Adolfo's Restaurant
611 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-3800
The menu includes seafood and Italian dishes. Roasted eggplant is topped with crabmeat and capers. Veal Ocean features a seafood sauce of shrimp, crawfish, crabmeat and capers served with pasta or salad. No reservations. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant
600 Palace Drive, Hammond, (985) 345-3012; 1958 N. Highway 190, Suite A, Covington, (985) 867-8292; 3501 Severn Ave., Suite 1, Metairie, (504) 304-8441;
The combination chicken shawarma and gyro platter comes with feta salad, hummus, rice and tzatziki. Moussaka features layers of ground beef, eggplant, potatoes and bechamel and is served with rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Ale on Oak
8124 Oak St., (504) 324-6558;
Brisket tacos are filled with red cabbage slaw, jalapenos and hot sauce crema. Two Run Farm beef debris and mozzarella top french fries. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Alibi
811 Iberville St., (504) 522-9187;
Noshing items include cheese fries, jalapeno poppers with ranch dipping sauce, nachos topped with chili, fried mozzarella sticks with marinara and more. The Alibi burger features a 10-ounce ground beef patty served with fries. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Allegro Bistro
Energy Centre, 1100 Poydras St., Suite 150, (504) 582-2350;
The Southern pecan chicken salad sandwich features a honey-poppy seed mayonnaise, candied pecans, lettuce, tomato and onion on toasted croissant. Shrimp angel-hair pasta includes herb butter, mushrooms and sauteed vegetables. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

2127 Prytania St., (504) 265-8101;
Bolognese made with beef, pork, veal, tomato, onion, celery, carrot and garlic is served over gnocchi. Clams Casino features clams topped with bacon and bell peppers. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

The American Sector
945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1940;
american-sectorThe Pacific Fleet burger combines a house-ground beef patty, fried house-made Spam, pineapple jam and provolone cheese. Bronzed chicken pastalaya features seared chicken breast, orzo, andouille, tasso, peppers, celery, onions and smoked tomato Parmesan cream and comes with garlic-Parmesan crostini. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

American Sports Saloon
1200 Decatur St., (504) 300-1782;
The Ball Park BLT features smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato on Texas toast, and a fried egg or avocado are optional additions. The Southwest burger is topped with melted cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, jalapenos and avocado. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Amici Ristorante & Bar
3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1250;
Coal-fired pizzas include the carni Italiane pie, topped with marinara, salami, prosciutto, meatballs, capicola and mozzarella. Burrata and prosciutto top a salad of arugula, cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and red onion dressed with lemon-infused olive oil and served with pesto crostini. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $$$

Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria
4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636;
Gnocchi are tossed with crabmeat in beurre fondue. Arancini are fried risotto and mozzarella balls served with tomato sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Andrea's Restaurant
3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583;
Eggplant crab cake Andrea features Louisiana crabmeat and eggplant mixed with Italian seasonings and is served with lemon butter sauce. Veal shank osso buco is served with brown sauce, risotto and angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Andy's Bistro
3322 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie, (504) 455-7363;
The short rib flatbread is topped with Havarti and blue cheeses, horseradish and arugula. Pork shank is served with potato puree and cider slaw. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Angeli on Decatur
1141 Decatur St., (504) 566-0077; www.angelinew-
Chicken Diavolo pizza is topped with spicy red pepper sauce, mozzarella, grilled chicken, red onions and roasted garlic. The Mediterranean burger features a spicy beef patty topped with feta cheese, lettuce, tomato and sun-dried tomato aioli. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Angeline Hotel
Provincial, 1032 Chartres St., (504) 308-3106;
Smoked lamb shoulder is served with sorghum dumplings, roasted mushrooms, spring peas, gremolata and parsley oil. Crispy cauliflower florets are served with olivade aioli and sheep's milk cheese. Reservations accepted. Dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Fri.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Angelo Brocato
214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-0078;
Sicilian cannoli are fried cinnamon pastry shells with ricotta filling, chocolate and pistachios. The selection of Italian fruit ices and gelato includes stracciatella, an Italian version of chocolate chip gelato. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

Annunciation Restaurant
1016 Annunciation St., (504) 568-0245;
Beet salad features roasted beets, goat cheese, beet puree, avocado, pecans and mint. Thin-sliced tuna is served over Creole fried rice and topped with sweet potato-habanero sauce and "Steel" sauce, combining eel sauce and Steen's cane gastrique. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Antoine's Annex
513 Royal St., (504) 525-8045;
The cafe offers espresso, pastries, ice cream and a short menu of sandwiches and salads. The breakfast platter includes scrambled eggs, grits, hickory-smoked bacon and a biscuit or toast. The caprese panino features mozzarella, Creole tomatoes, 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;
The 175-year-old Creole institution serves signature dishes such as oysters Rockefeller topped with pureed greens and seasoned breadcrumbs. Oysters Foch are served over toast with pate and Colbert sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

4729 Magazine St., (504) 894-8881;
A cold-smoked Beeler's pork chop is served with haricots verts, marchand de vin and fried shallots. Seared diver scallops are served with Gulf shrimp, corn maque choux, lardons and San Marzano tomatoes. Reservations accepted. Brunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Arabella Casa di Pasta
2258 St. Claude Ave., (504) 267-6108;
The Don salad features romaine topped with artichoke hearts, feta cheese, red onions, tomatoes, olives, cucumbers and Italian dressing. The Spaghettisburg Address is spaghetti and meatballs topped with pomodoro sauce and basil. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Arana Taqueria y Cantina
3242 Magazine St., (504) 894-1233;
An open-faced tamale features a fried masa cake topped with chicken tinga, queso fresco, corn and pickled red onion. Grilled pork al pastor comes with sweet chili sauce, pineapple, onion and cilantro. Reservations accepted for large parties on weekends. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Arnaud's Restaurant
813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433;
Pan-seared potato-crusted Gulf fish is served with sauteed fennel and Herbsaint butter. Mirliton is stuffed with squash and eggplant tapenade and served with vegetables, field peas and roasted red pepper coulis. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 366-7711;
The menu features Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Crab rangoons are cream cheese- and crabmeat-filled wontons served with tangy sauce. General Tso's chicken is glazed with sweet and spicy sauce and served with jasmine rice. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Asuka Sushi & Hibachi
7912 Earhart Blvd., (504) 862-5555;
An avocado popper is tempura-fried avocado served with spicy tuna, cream cheese, snow crab and eel sauce. The LSU roll features tempura-fried shrimp, avocado and cream cheese inside and tuna, avocado, snow crab and eel sauce on top. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

901 Louisiana Ave., (504) 891-9626;
Sauteed drum filet in a cioppino broth comes with Gulf shrimp, clams, jumbo lump crab, braised fennel, oyster mushrooms and toasted baguette. Duck hash features poached eggs, duck confit, blackberry, mango, hollandaise, bacon and vinaigrette. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily, brunch Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$$

Atomic Burger
3934 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-7474;
The green chili burger is a two-patty, extra-cheese burger topped with roasted poblano peppers and mayonnaise and served with fries or edamame. Milkshakes feature house-made custard flash-frozen with liquid nitrogen in flavors such as chocolate, salted caramel, apple pie, strawberry and espresso. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Attiki Bar
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756;
Rack of lamb is marinated in garlic seasoning and served with a choice of baba ghanoush, hummus, garlic mashed potatoes, couscous, rice, sauteed vegetables or salad. Chicken and artichoke linguine includes grilled chicken breast, artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes in white wine cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Augie's Restaurant
6005 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 733-3000;
Beef brisket is served with potatoes, vegetables and horseradish sauce. Eggplant Parmesan is served over pasta with marinara. Reservations accepted. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777;
Juniper-spiced duckling is served with foie gras, choucroute and creme fraiche. Heirloom beet salad includes sour apple, pecans, charred jalapeno, cumin and goat cheese brulee. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

August Moon
875 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-7977;
; 3635 Prytania St., (504) 899-5129;
Spicy beef noodle soup is made with rice noodles, slices of marinated beef shank, pig's knuckles and beef broth and is served with purple cabbage and herbs. Twin lobsters are served with ginger and scallion sauce or with black bean sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Manhattan Boulevard: lunch and dinner daily. Prytania Street: lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Austin's Seafood & Steakhouse
5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5533;
Filet Austin features two 4-ounce medallions, caramelized onions, grilled asparagus and creamed spinach. Pasta Orleans includes shrimp, crawfish, andouille and roasted garlic cream tossed with penne pasta. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

The Avenue Pub
1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243;
Chicken confit is served with tart cherry and duck emulsion. The Cajun croque monsieur is made with Chappapeela Farms tasso and ham. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Avery's on Tulane
2510 Tulane Ave., (504) 821-4110;
The Buffalo shrimp po-boy includes house-made hot sauce, blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. A Fire in a Hole po-boy features Patton's hot sausage, pepper Jack cheese, fried house-pickled jalapenos and Sriracha mayonnaise. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

5908 Magazine St., (504) 509-6550;
Chef Nick Lama serves a menu of Sicilian-inspired dishes. Scallops are served with farro, crispy kale, avocado crema and salsa rossa. House-made bucatini pasta is topped with pancetta, Pecorino Romano and a poached egg. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

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