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Vacherie
Hotel St. Marie, 827 Toulouse St., (504) 207-4532; www.vacherierestaurant.com
The Taste of Vacherie sampler includes seafood gumbo, shrimp etouffee, pork belly, collard greens and friend green tomatoes with remoulade. A roast beef debris po-boy includes slow-cooked beef round and gravy on French bread and is served with roasted potatoes. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Vazquez Seafood & Po-boy Restaurant
515 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9336; www.vazquezpoboy.com
Cuban specialties include roast pork served with black beans, rice and fried plantains. Breaded pork chops are served over lima beans with salad. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $$

Vega Tapas Cafe
2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com
Paella de la Vega includes shrimp, mussels, chicken, chorizo, vegetables, saffron and Spanish bomba rice. Huevos de la Sampson includes two poached eggs and house-made chorizo on an English muffin topped with chorizo cream sauce. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

The Velvet Cactus
6300 Argonne Blvd., (504) 301-2083; www.thevelvetcactus.com
Crawfish boil queso features crawfish, corn and vegetables mixed with queso and Cotija cheeses. Seared ahi tuna comes with grilled pineapple-habanero relish. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Venezia Restaurant
134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991; www.venezianeworleans.net
Breaded veal Pontchartrain is topped with crabmeat, artichokes, mushrooms, green onions and lemon butter. An 8-ounce filet mignon is served with a side item. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Fri. and Sun., dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Verti Marte
1201 Royal St., (504) 525-4767
The All That Jazz po-boy fills grilled French bread with ham, turkey, shrimp, American and Swiss cheeses, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes and house "Wow" sauce. Barbecued ribs are served with macaroni and cheese, baked beans and two vegetable sides. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $$

Vessel NOLA
3835 Iberville St., (504) 603-2775; www.vesselnola.com
Cast iron-seared octopus is served with tomato, lemon, bonito flakes and risotto-style black-eyed peas prepared with octopus stock. For brunch, wild boar ragu is served with a Parmigiano-Reggiano polenta cake, poached eggs and pecorino. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Vic's Kangaroo Cafe
636 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 524-4329
Shepherd's pie is ground beef topped with garlic mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. Spicy jambalaya is made with chicken, spicy sausage, vegetables and rice. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Vincent's Italian Cuisine
4411 Chastant St., Metairie, (504) 885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., (504) 866-9313; www.vincentsitaliancuisine.comHouse-made cannelloni are stuffed with ground veal, spinach and Parmesan, baked in Alfredo sauce and topped with house-made tomato sauce. Chicken Parmesan is topped with mozzarella and served with pasta in tomato sauce. Reservations accepted. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

Voleo's Seafood Restaurant
5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, (504) 689-2482
The Big Boy seafood platter for two features fish, shrimp, oysters, stuffed crabs, crab claws, stuffed shrimp, frog legs, crawfish tails and soft-shell crab. Flounder Lafitte is a fillet rolled with provolone, pecans, crawfish and crabmeat, deep-fried and topped with crawfish "paradise" sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

VooDoo BBQ & Grill
Citywide; www.voodoobbq.com
The Carnival platter includes barbecued pork, chicken, sausage and brisket with house sauces and two side items. The barbecue-stuffed baked potato is loaded with butter, cheese, sour cream, green onions and pork, brisket or smoked chicken. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $



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