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SPRING RESTAURANT GUIDE
2003

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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GABRIELLE RESTAURANT
3201 Esplanade Ave. 948-6233
Chefs Greg and Mary Sonnier met as apprentices at K-Paul's, and Louisiana traditions run deep at their Faubourg St. John restaurant. The intimate and refined atmosphere is the perfect complement to the nearby Fair Grounds, and the menu is full of surprises. One succulent specialty is the crabmeat-stuffed flounder, served in a basil lemon fontina cheese sauce. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tuesday through Saturday, lunch Friday. Credit cards. $$$

GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT
209 Bourbon St. 525-2021
www.galatoires.com

Galatoire's is a New Orleans tradition; its name is synonymous with consistency. Such culinary treasures as escargots bordelaise, oyster artichoke soup, crabmeat Sardou and banana bread pudding have proven that some things should never change. Jackets required for men after 5 p.m. and on Sundays; shorts prohibited. Reservations available upstairs. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

GALLAGHER'S
1630 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 892-1444
Settle in at Gallagher's for comfortable American fare. A platter of ribs, slowly cooked over a hickory fire, is a great appetizer to share. The grilled ahi tuna pleases seafood lovers, and steak enthusiasts happily opt for Pat's Special Cut, a thick, pepper-crusted filet. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, dinner Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$

GALLEY RESTAURANT
2535 Metairie Road, Metairie 832-0955
Enjoy a spring day on Metairie Road seated at Galley's shady outdoor tables, piled high with select, boiled crawfish and boiled jumbo shrimp. Or duck inside for a lengthy menu of delectable specialties. For newcomers, the management recommends two dishes, both of which come with the house salad: the crabcakes topped with crabmeat accompanied by Alfredo pasta or the pecan catfish with sweet potato fries, with a veggie. Reservations recommended for six or more. Lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

GAMAY BISTRO AND BAR
320 Decatur St. (Bienville House Hotel) 299-8800
www.bienvillehouse.com
Gamay invites you to enjoy innovative appetizers from Chef-owner Matt Caldwell such as housemade chicken, andouille and boudin sausages, delivered with three salsas to pair tastes. A light starter is the spinach salad topped with a warm Brie dressing. For an entree, try the pan-seared sweet corn-encrusted mahi mahi. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $$$

GATTUSO'S
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna 368-111
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ATTUSO'S COFFEE HOUSE AND PIZZERIA
830 3rd St., Gretna 368-4545 4
Gattuso's is a Gretna favorite for its affordable prices and toasty muffalettas, which come 9 inches long and stuffed with ham, salami, mozzarella, provolone and homemade olive salad. The menu also includes a shrimp po-boy with grilled onions and provolone. Diners with a fondness for the old days can reminisce over a generous plate of Grandma's meatballs and spaghetti for only $7.99. The 3rd Street location has an expanded kitchen that includes a pizzeria. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

GAUTREAU'S
1728 Soniat St. 899-7397
www.gautreaus.net
Seasonality and freshness are always priorities in Chef Mathias Wolf's menu, so look for a number of frequent changes in his menu at the classic, intimate Uptown eatery. Favorite choices include the steamed mussels with pancetta and leeks in a cider cream. The sauteed grouper comes with a field pea, asparagus and braised fennel ragout. Reservations recommended. Dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $$$

G.B.'S PATIO BAR AND GRILL
8117 Maple St. 861-0067
April is the perfect month to lounge on G.B.'s patio with a cold beer. Food offerings include G.B.'s catch of the day served fresh off the grill; tenderloin and ribeye steaks; and juicy burgers that come with either crispy seasoned fries or a loaded baked potato. No reservations. Lunch Friday through Sunday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GENGHIS KHAN
201 Baronne St. (Baronne Plaza Hotel) 299-9009
Longtime fans of Genghis Khan owner Henry Lee's inventive Korean cooking and violin serenades are as much enamored with his music as menu staples such as the steak Imperial, cured steak cooked in a wok with teriyaki sauce. Another popular choice is the shrimp Genghis Khan, featuring shrimp cooked in lemon, butter and garlic served with a sauteed vegetable, as well as the whole tempura fried fish. Reservations recommended for dinner. Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GIACOMINO
808 Common St. 524-3419
This shop opened last fall serving Italian fare in the CBD, but changed ownership and is making changes to its menu. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

GIOVANNI'S PO-BOYS
1325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 835-4558
2506 Airline Drive, Kenner 469-1594
Though the menus at the two locations vary, both offer dense, tasty po-boys as a specialty. The muffalettas are also a must-try. The Kenner kitchen is talking up its combo meatball po-boy with sweet red sauce, chunky meatballs and tender Italian sausage, and crawfish sausage po-boy packed with housemade pork sausage with crawfish tails. Lunch Monday through Friday, muffalettas only for lunch Saturdays at the Kenner location. Checks and cash. $

GIROD'S BISTRO
500 Chartres. St. 524-9752
Girod's Bistro, located in the Elba Room of the historic Napoleon House, offers a more elaborate menu than its famous cafe neighbor. Chef Robert A. Simms' signature dish is the Louisiana Bounty Experience: fresh Gulf fish, shrimp, andouille sausage and saffron rice in a spicy bouillabaisse essence. No reservations. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Credit cards. $$

GOLDEN DRAGON
4417 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-6081
www.goldendragon.com
Fresh, often steamed, vegetables and a wide array of housemade sauces compose the mainstay of Golden Dragon's cuisine. From the same ownership as China Orchid comes similar healthy Chinese cooking in the Mandarin, Szechuan and Hunan styles. Start your meal with spring rolls or crab Rangoon. The sesame chicken is marinated with sesame seeds, fried and then sauteed with housemade semi-sweet dark brown sauce. Reservations for large parties only. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GOODY'S CAFE
3616 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-3848
Gil Copeland, who helped found the Tastee Donut chain that opened in the 1960s, is back in the game with this wide-ranging cafe featuring hot donuts, soups and salads, burgers, specialty wraps, desserts, and coffees. This $750,000 project promises an "upscale decor" when they open this week. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Open 24 hours. $

GRAND CENTRAL STATION PO-BOYS
4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 733-4564
If the model trains chugging around this cafe aren't enough to lure you inside, the specialty po-boys will. The Grand Central is roast beef and ham with your choice of cheese, and the Box Car Special is the same except with barbecue beef and ham. There's also a long list of standard po-boys and daily plate lunch specials, including the Friday and Saturday seafood special featuring shrimp Creole, catfish and Creole gumbo. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

THE GRILL ROOM
300 Gravier St. (Windsor Court Hotel) 522-1992
www.windsorcourthotel.com
A thoroughly luxurious dining experience makes the Grill Room the perfect place to rekindle a romance. The exceedingly posh decor is well suited to this bastion of American contemporary cuisine, but new Chef Jonathan Wright's creations remain the principal attraction. The assiette fruit de mer features roasted mahi mahi, lobster and monkfish with jambalaya-stuffed baby squid, served with squid ink linguini, mussels and shellfish in a saffron broth. Reservations required. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch and dinner Sunday. Credit cards. $$$

THE GROCERY
2854 St. Charles Ave. 895-9524
Conveniently located in the Garden District just past Washington Avenue, The Grocery is the perfect stop if you are tired of the same old po-boy. For lunch try the Cuban specialties, pressed sandwiches and Southwestern clubs. The pressed muffaletta is loaded with salami, provolone, ham, Swiss cheese and homemade olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Checks. $

GROUND PAT'I
11 Westbank Expwy., Gretna 367-9512
814 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 893-4208

1305 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 466-8060
2740 Severn Ave., Metairie 887-2711
3124 David Drive, Metairie 887-9449
www.groundpati.com
While hamburgers are the staple item here, the menu ranges far and wide. You can also get fried or grilled seafood, such as the grilled shrimp entree, a half-pound of shrimp marinated, skewered and grilled with a salad and choice of side. Landlubbers can get steak, chicken, salad, barbecue, dessert or side dishes such as French fries, baked potatoes and baked beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GUMBO SHOP
630 St. Peter St. 525-1486
www.gumboshop.com.
Gumbo Shop's proximity to Jackson Square could guarantee a steady stream of tourists, but the Gumbo Shop is no one-hit wonder. While it certainly attracts its fair share of out-of-towners, locals can also be spotted in the picturesque courtyard enjoying a good cup of gumbo: chicken andouille, seafood okra or z'herbes. A popular entree is the chicken Espagnole, braised in a dark gravy with mushrooms, shallots, garlic and wine. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

GUY'S PO-BOYS
5259 Magazine St. 891-5025
All your sandwich favorites are represented here: roast beef, oyster, ham and cheese, catfish, shrimp, and special po-boys such as the Fried Chicken Club: a fried breast of chicken with bacon, Swiss and cheddar cheeses. Also check out the soup and salad of the day. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

GW FINS
808 Bienville St. 581-3467
www.gwfins.com
GW Fins is a locally owned seafood lover's haven and favorite of Esquire's John Mariani, boasting the freshest available fish and crustaceans from around the globe. Start with an appetizer of lobster dumplings, with fennel and fresh tomato. Then, try the wood-grilled sea scallops with mushroom risotto and mushroom butter. For delectable alternatives, order the wood-grilled mahi mahi with creamed leeks and grilled portobello mushrooms, or the horseradish-crusted drum served on truffled potato sauce with crispy parsnips. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$


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