Summer Restaurant Guide 2014: I


The breakfast sampler includes two eggs, two strips of bacon, two pork sausage links, two pieces of ham, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes. Grilled tilapia is served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Ignatius Eatery
3121 Magazine St., (504) 899-0242;
Fried green tomato salad features mixed greens, Gulf crab, chow chow and house-made remoulade. Speckled trout meuniere is sauteed in lemon-caper brown butter sauce and served with garlic smashed potatoes and a side. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Igor's Buddha Belly Burger Bar
4437 Magazine St., (504) 891-6105
The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and hot sauce and served with french fries or onion rings. Jalapeno poppers are battered and fried cheese-stuffed peppers. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Igor's Lounge & Gameroom
2133 St. Charles Ave., (504) 568-9811;
The Cajun burger is a half-pound patty seasoned with Cajun spices and topped with hot sauce. Shoestring fries can be topped with American cheese. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

Il Posto Italian Cafe
4607 Dryades St., (504) 895-2620;
The Pacifico sandwich features Italian tuna salad, lemon, fresh thyme, tomato, red onion and extra-virgin olive oil on multi-grain bread. The Milano panino is made with sopressata, fontina, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar on pressed ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Impastato's Restaurant
3400 16th St., Metairie, (504) 455-1545;
Soft-shell Marcello is soft-shell crab topped with crabmeat, shrimp and lemon butter. The pecan-smoked filet is a 10-ounce steak smoked over pecan wood and broiled. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Irene's Cuisine
539 St. Philip St., (504) 529-8811
Paneed oysters and grilled shrimp are served with raspberry sauce over fresh spinach. Lamb a la Provence features grilled lamb chops, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and rosemary port demi-glace. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

321 N. Peters St., (504) 299-3944;
Heirloom tomatoes are served atop bruschetta with house-made ricotta caponata, Good Food Farms sprouts and pesto. Malaysian-spiced lamb chops are served with Israeli couscous, roasted peppers, cucumber and goat's milk yogurt. Reservations recommended. Lunch Fri., dinner Mon. and Wed.-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. Traditional shepherd's pie is topped with melted cheddar and served with salad. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Sat.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards.  $$

Isabella's Pizzeria
200 Hewitt Road, Hammond, (985) 230-9900; 2660 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-5700; 70452 Hwy. 21, Suite 500, Covington, (985) 875-7620;
The shrimp pesto pie is topped with pesto sauce, roasted garlic, Roma tomatoes, red onions, Kalamata olives and shrimp. The Tuscan panino features smoked ham, roasted chicken, provolone cheese, Roma tomatoes and chipotle mayonnaise on pressed ciabatta. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Italian Barrel
430 Barracks St., (504) 569-0198;
Pumpkin ravioli features house-made pasta filled with pumpkin sauteed in butter and sage. The grilled 12-ounce center-cut filet mignon is served with sauteed potatoes and creamy green peppercorn sauce or dolce Gorgonzola sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Italian Pie
The Mediterranean pie features artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, herbed ricotta, mozzarella and pesto sauce. Fettuccine is topped with grilled chicken or shrimp and creamy Alfredo sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

5015 Magazine St., (504) 899-1330;
Chef Sue Zemanick's grilled lobster is served with arugula, roasted potatoes, corn and cilantro creme fraiche. The mini wedding cake comes with ice cream and serves two. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Izzo's Illegal Burrito
1901 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 101, Harvey, (504) 570-6077; 4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite A, Metairie, (504) 889-5505; 70488 Hwy. 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 327-5114;
Salads made-to-order feature a choice of meat, romaine lettuce, shredded cheese, vegetables, crispy corn tortilla strips and choice of dressing such as house-made cilantro ranch. Shrimp burritos fill a choice of tortilla with vegetables, salsa, cheese, rice and beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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Dollar signs indicate the average price of an entree.

$ = $1-$10
$$ = $11-$20
$$$ = $21 and up

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