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Gambit's 2017 spring restaurant guide: I


Ignatius Espresso Bar
3121 Magazine St., (504) 899-0242;
The menu of coffee drinks includes an Irish latte with Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua, espresso and steamed milk. The breakfast bagel includes an egg and a choice of bacon, ham or sausage and American, cheddar, Swiss or provolone cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Il Posto Cafe
4607 Dryades St., (504) 895-2620;
A prosciutto panino is made with house-made pesto and mozzarella on Bellegarde Bakery ciabatta and served with salad. Shaved Brussels sprouts salad includes toasted almonds, Parmesan, sliced apples and lemon-herb vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Impastato's Restaurant
3400 16th St., Metairie, (504) 455-1545;
Two fried soft-shell crabs are topped with crabmeat, crawfish and lemon butter. Breaded veal is topped with lemon butter sauce, sherry, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, crabmeat and shrimp. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Irene's Cuisine
539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
Oysters Irene are baked and served in the shell with pancetta, pimiento and Pecorino Romano. Grilled lamb chops are served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, haricots verts and rosemary port wine demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 595-6755;
Beer-battered fish and chips come with house-made tartar sauce and malt vinegar. Shepherd's pie is filled with meat, vegetables and brown gravy, topped with melted cheddar cheese and served with salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Isabella's Pizzeria
200 Hewitt Road, Hammond, (985) 230-9900; 2660 Florida St., Suite A-B, Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Highway 21, Covington, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620;
Four Seasons pizza offers a taste of four pizzas — tomato, basil and garlic; green onion sausage and roasted red pepper; seafood; and spinach combo — separated by braided dough. The Tuscan chicken panino includes ham, provolone, tomato and chipotle mayonnaise on focaccia bread. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Island Paradise Restaurant & Grill
635 Kepler St., Gretna; (504) 227-5544
The restaurant serves dishes from Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean islands. Braised oxtail stew is made with peppers, green onions, garlic, cilantro and thyme. Jerk chicken is served over a salad of hard-boiled egg, lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, cheddar cheese and jerk sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

The Italian Barrel
1240 Decatur St., (504) 569-0198;
Prince Edward Island mussels are served in a broth of white wine, garlic and parsley. For lunch, spaghetti is served with red sauce, pancetta and veal meatballs. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Izzo's Illegal Burrito
The build-your-own menu allows diners to choose meat (steak, ground beef, chicken, pork, shrimp), vegetables, cheeses, salsa, sour cream and other toppings for tacos, burritos, quesadillas and salads. Burrito bowls are build-your-own dishes served on a bed of rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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