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Gambit's Spring Restaurant Guide 2016: W


610 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-8000;
Diners can assemble a cheese plate from 20 varieties of soft, semi-soft, hard and blue cheeses. Baked brie is served with toasted walnuts and fig preserves. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

WOW Cafe
Regular and boneless chicken wings are served with sauces such as spicy Buffalo, Thai peanut, Texas barbecue, Asian sweet and sour and others. The Shanghai fried shrimp po-boy is dressed with Asian slaw, cilantro, Shanghai Foo's gold sauce and ranch dressing. Santa Fe chicken tacos are topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and Santa Fe sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

Aloft New Orleans Downtown, 225 Baronne St., (504) 581-9225;
The barbecued pulled pork sandwich is served on a pretzel bun with coleslaw, pickles and Zapp's Voodoo chips. Crab, spinach and artichoke dip is served with blue corn tortilla chips. No reservations. Lunch Sat.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Waffles on Maple
7712 Maple St., (504) 304-2662;
The Sunny in Holland waffle is topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise. Blueberry Fields comes with whipped sweet cream cheese, hot blueberry topping and vanilla ice cream. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar
1009 Poydras St., (504) 309-6530;
The sports bar offers noshing items, burgers and more and there are beer taps at some tables. Cajundillas are tortillas filled with chicken, boudin, pepper Jack cheese, grilled onions, andouille and rice. Waffle fries are topped with melted Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar cheeses, bacon, banana peppers, scallions and chipotle ranch. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

Warehouse Grille
869 Magazine St., (504) 322-2188;
Da Duck sandwich features shredded duck glazed in balsamic reduction, cheddar, blue cheese, sauteed onions, apples and currant chutney on toasted sourdough bread. The oyster po-boy is dressed with barbecue sauce, bacon, blue cheese, green onions and ranch dressing and is served with fries. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

900 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 267-3263;
Baked salmon and crabmeat are topped with eel sauce. The Saints roll has tempura shrimp, cream cheese and crunchy jalapeno on the inside with fresh salmon, barbecued eel, smelt roe and eel sauce on top. No reservations. Frenchmen Street: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Waterstreet Bistro
804 Water St., Madisonville, (985) 845-3855;
Grilled Gulf shrimp are tossed in olive oil with sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, garlic, capers, leeks and red onions atop baby spinach, feta cheese and pine nuts. Crab cakes are sauteed and served with creamed corn and Creole remoulade. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

4510 Freret St., (504) 309-0069;
Pork belly gnocchi features crispy pork belly drizzled with steamed mustard cane syrup and gnocchi with sage brown butter. The Mediterranean shish kebab includes skewers of grilled marinated hanger steak and vegetables and is served with house-made hummus and Greek salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Wayne Jacob's Smokehouse & Restaurant
769 W. Fifth St., LaPlace, (985) 652-9990;
The smokehouse uses its andouille and other sausages in a variety of Cajun dishes. The Smokehouse platter includes half of a slow-smoked chicken, brisket, ribs, smoked sausage, house-made barbecue sauce and cheddar grits. Stuffed crab Benedict features blue crab stuffing, poached eggs, hollandaise, grits and a crackling biscuit. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu.-Fri., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 138, Metairie, (504) 593-6955;
The apple pie smoothie has apple, vanilla, pumpkin spice, chia seeds, cinnamon, almond butter, banana, avocado and dates. The Cake Batter smoothie features almond milk, mango, vanilla and almond butter. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards and checks. $

Welty's Deli & Catering
336 Camp St., (504) 592-0223;
The New Orleans muffuletta consists of provolone, Genoa salami, ham, mortadella and house-made olive salad on Italian bread. Shrimp remoulade salad features boiled Louisiana shrimp, romaine, parsley, tomatoes, green onions, boiled egg and remoulade dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Who Dat Coffee Cafe
2401 Burgundy St., (504) 872-0360;
Baked goods include apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, scones, brownies, muffins and more. Not Yo Mama's corn cakes are jalapeno corn cakes topped with creamy egg sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions. Da Mandeville is a three-egg omelet stuffed with onions, bacon, sausage, green onions and spinach, topped with cheddar cheese and remoulade and served with fruit. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

Whole Foods Market
5600 Magazine St., (504) 899-9119; 300 N. Broad St., (504) 434-3364; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie (504) 888-8225;
Smoked mozzarella pasta salad is made with penne pasta, spinach, roasted red peppers, smoked mozzarella, Parmesan and parsley. Salmon is available grilled or roasted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. No reservations. Credit cards. $

Willa Jean
611 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 509-7334;
The bakery and cafe serves red velvet cake with cherry, cocoa nib and Creole cream cheese ice cream. Fruge Aquafarm crawfish gravy is served with a slow-poached egg, grits and cheddar biscuits. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Willie Mae's
Willie Mae's Grocery & Deli, 7457 St. Charles Ave., (504) 417-5424; Willie Mae's Scotch House, 2401 St. Ann St., (504) 822-9503;
Willie Mae's is known for fried chicken and Creole favorites such as red beans and rice and sides such as macaroni and cheese. Bread pudding is served with chocolate rum sauce. No reservations. St. Ann Street: lunch Mon.-Sat. St. Charles Avenue: lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Wink's Bakery and Bistro
1218 Decatur St., (504) 309-2481;
The bakery serves doughnuts, doughnut holes and buttermilk drops created from McKenzie's recipe. Buttermilk drop bread pudding is made with cream, butter, egg and sugar and topped with rum sauce. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

Shrimp, mushrooms and garlic top a pizza at Wit’s Inn. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Shrimp, mushrooms and garlic top a pizza at Wit’s Inn.

Wit's Inn
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600;
Shrimp Florentine pizza features shrimp, mushrooms, roasted garlic, and feta and mozzarella cheeses and red sauce. The Hawaiian pie includes herb sauce, ham, pineapple, bacon, green and red peppers, provolone, mozzarella and jalapenos. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse
404 Andrew Higgins Drive, (504) 281-4893;
The restaurant offers a menu of classic pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven. Roasted cauliflower includes coriander, almonds, mint, yogurt and black sesame. Gamberetti ceviche features shrimp, red onion, cucumber, garlic and lemon juice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

World of Beer
300 Julia St., (504) 299-3599; 4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 266-2689;
The craft beer hall serves giant Bavarian pretzels with house-made, stone-ground mustard. Cheese sauce made with NOLA Brown Ale is an optional addition. Belgian beer waffle s'mores are Belgian beer-batter waffles with toasted marshmallow, Kahlua fudge sauce and graham cracker crumbles on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$

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