Porter & Luke's Restaurant (1517 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-875-4555; www.porterandlukes.com) opened in the former location of Zeke's Restaurant, and it serves a familiar, seafood-heavy menu of Creole-Italian standards plus a few updated dishes and specialties.
Zeke's once was a reliable neighborhood spot run by James "Zeke" Unangst, a gregarious man known for serenading his customers. He died shortly after Hurricane Katrina, however, and when the restaurant changed ownership, things fell off badly. In 2011, Zeke's was featured on the reality show Kitchen Nightmares, wherein celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay tried to right the ship, but by last fall Zeke's closed.
New owners opened Porter & Luke's in January and brought in veteran local chef Vincent Manguno. The moderately priced menu includes veal Parmesan, barbecue shrimp, po-boys, seafood platters, grilled fish and fried chicken. Specialty sandwiches run from Reubens to panini, and the appetizer list includes duck and mushroom quesadillas and a "tuna stack" with avocado and wasabi vinaigrette. Look for seasonal boiled crawfish and shrimp and daily lunch specials that run about $10.
Porter & Luke's is open for lunch and dinner daily, and Sunday brunch is in the works.