Gambit's 2017 summer restaurant guide: E_lowres

El Gato Negro serves creative margaritas and Mexican dishes.

Eat New Orleans

900 Dumaine St., (504) 522-7222;

Spicy deviled eggs are topped with bacon or smoked salmon. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


1036 N. Rampart St., (504) 509-7644;

Royal Sturgeon Sterling Reserve Caviar is served with creme fraiche, chives and pepper mash potato chips. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

El Gato Negro

81 French Market Place, (504) 525-9752; 300 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-0107; 800 S. Peters St., (504) 309-8864;

The mixed grill includes wet-aged skirt steak, chicken breast, chorizo, shrimp, a lamb lollipop, sauteed vegetables, Juan's chimichurri and guajillo-chimichurri sauce. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$

El Libre

508 Dumaine St., (504) 309-2699;

Pollo de Libre features chicken slow-cooked in mojo sauce served with rice, black beans, avocado and roasted corn. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

El Paso

601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 218-4590; 1110 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 445-1450; 1900 Highway 51, LaPlace, (985) 618-3313; 3010 Holiday Drive, (504) 309-8833;

Fajitas al pastor includes marinated pork and pineapple in adobo sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole salad, sour cream, refried beans, rice and flour tortillas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

El Pavo Real

4401 S. Broad St., (504) 266-2022;

Carnitas achiote features pork shoulder rubbed with achiote and chili paste, braised in citrus and served with smoky pinto beans and Spanish rice. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $


601 Gallier St., (504) 944-9272;

Soft-shell crab is served with two eggs cooked any style and chili hollandaise. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Elysian Seafood

St. Roch Market, 2381 St. Claude Ave., (504) 323-9123;

Louisiana crab cakes come with Creole potato hash, corn and charred scallion cream. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Emeril's Delmonico

1300 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-4937;

Pecan-glazed Colorado lamb loin is served with bourbon- and lamb bacon-braised kale, black-eyed peas and pecan gremolata. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

Emeril's New Orleans

800 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 528-9393;

Cast-iron baked escargot are served with angel hair pasta tossed with bagna cauda butter, bottarga fish roe, pancetta and Parmesan. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

The English Tea Room & Eatery

734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988;

Shepherd's pie is filled with beef and vegetables and baked with a mashed potato crust. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

Ernst Cafe

600 S. Peters St., (504) 525-8544;

The Ernster po-boy features fried oysters, Swiss cheese and roast beef gravy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Estrella Steak & Lobster House

237 Decatur St., (504) 525-6151;

Filet mignon is stuffed with crabmeat, crawfish and shrimp cooked in red wine reduction and served with steamed lobster. Reservations accepted. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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