WESTBANK RESTAURANTS_lowres

Mary Jo (standing) and Lisa Mosca continue Mosca's reputation for Italian food that's worth a trip to da Parish.

ALGIERS

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS

3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive., 367-0227; www.dimartinos.com

See Westbank — Gretna section for restaurant description.

DRY DOCK CAFE

133 Delaronde St., 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com

New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp is served with French bread for dipping. The Best Bank burger is an 8-oz. patty topped with cheese, bacon, grilled onions and mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE5

145 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 393-1107; www.olivebranchcafe.com

 See Mid-City section for restaurant description.

TOUT DE SUITE CAFE

347 Verret St., 362-2264Try the Atchafalaya, a grilled buttermilk biscuit topped with crawfish etouffee, poached eggs and sauce piquante, and served with potatoes. For a sweet breakfast item, pain perdu is made with almond-crusted brioche topped with orange zest and served with maple syrup and fresh fruit. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

VINE AND DINE

141 Delaronde St., 361-1402; www.vine-dine.com

This wine shop and bistro serves dishes such as the signature Brie and crab au gratin. Other options include cheese plates, focaccia with gourmet toppings, smoked bacon and shrimp over biscuits, alligator gumbo and French onion soup. No reservations. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

GRETNA/TERRYTOWN

BANANA BLOSSOM THAI CAFE

2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 392-7530; www.eatbananablossom.com

This casual Thai cafe occupies an unassuming storefront. Clams come in spicy coconut sauce with basil and are served with grilled bread. Spicy bourbon rice noodles come with mixed vegetables. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BEEF CONNECTION

501 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 366-3275Angus beef filets mignon are grilled to order and served on a hot plate with drawn butter. Appetizers include crabmeat-stuffed mushrooms. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$$

BRAXTON'S RESTAURANT

636 Franklin St., Gretna, 301-3166; www.braxtonsnola.com

The spicy house gumbo is loaded with shrimp, crab, sausage and turkey necks. Blackened chicken breast is served on fettuccine Alfredo and comes with salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE DIBLASI

1801 Stumpf Blvd., Suite 4, Terrytown, 361-3106; www.cafediblasi.com

Brascioloni is veal round stuffed with meat and cheeses and simmered in tomato sauce. The blackened catfish is topped with shrimp and herb butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CAFE ETIENNE

423 10th St., Gretna, 309-4072; www.cafeetienne.com

Grilled shrimp scampi pasta comes with fresh bread. The Southern-style grilled pork chop is a 10-oz. loin chop served with praline sauce, sweet potato hash and roasted asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHRISTINA'S EMPRESS OF CHINA

429 Wall Blvd., Suite 8, Gretna, 392-3939 Choose from a large selection of Chinese favorites. Emperor's lo mein combines chicken, beef and shrimp over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COMMON GROUNDS

335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200The Common breakfast features two eggs, toast, grits or hash browns, and ham, bacon or sausage. Artichoke Amelia is a dish of Italian-seasoned artichoke hearts topped with Parmesan. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY GRILL

101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272Crescent City Grill's 1-2-3 special includes one egg, two strips of bacon and three pancakes for less than $5. The fisherman's platter combines fried fish, oysters and shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS

2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 393-7766; www.cucosmex.com

. See Metairie section for restaurant description.

DE-NO SEAFOOD

505 Gretna Blvd., Suite 15, Gretna, 362-4608The fried redfish De-No is topped with crabmeat dressing and cream sauce. Char-broiled oysters on the half shell are topped with garlic, Parmesan and butter. Crabmeat is an optional addition. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS

1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-7589; www.dimartinos.com

These sandwich shops serve the namesake muffulettas, po-boys, burgers and seafood platters. The muffuletta includes house-made olive salad. Fried jumbo butterfly shrimp comes with two side items. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

GAMBINO'S BAKERY

300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; www.gambinos.com

Gambino's serves baked goods including cakes, pies, brownies and petit fours. The popular doberge cake features layers of custard in flavors like chocolate, lemon and caramel. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

GATTUSO'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & RESTAURANT

435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114; www.gattusosdeli.com

The sloppy roast beef po-boy is made with slow-cooked beef and brown gravy and dressed to order. Grandma's spaghetti and meatballs include hand-rolled meatballs, red sauce, pasta, French bread and salad. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

HOA HONG/9 ROSES

1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665 Choose from Chinese and Vietnamese dishes at this West Bank eatery. The hot-and-sour fish features catfish with tomatoes, pineapple and okra in tangy broth. The marinated sliced beef is grilled at your table and served with fresh lettuce, herbs, pickled carrots and rice paper for wrapping. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $$

HUEY P'S PIZZERIA

139 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 366-1818 The Who Dat pie features house-made dough topped with ground beef, prosciutto, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoncini, cheddar and mozzarella. The bruschetta is topped with diced tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IHOP

151 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-4177; www.ihop.com

See French Quarter section for restaurant description.

KIM SON

349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489; www.kimsonnola.com

Imperial Seven is a tasting menu with seven different beef preparations and enough food for two. Fresh Gulf fish comes with black bean sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KINGFISH GRILLE

500 Lafayette St., Gretna, 309-0680Classic and creative sandwiches fill the menu at Kingfish Grille. The Kentucky hot brown is an open-face turkey sandwich with hot Mornay sauce. The Velvet Elvis features a burger patty between a pair of grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

O'BRIEN'S GRILLE

2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 391-7229; www.obriensgrille.com

Savory oyster and artichoke cheesecake features Louisiana oysters sauteed in garlic, butter and white wine. Seared skin-on snapper is served with brabant new potatoes, grilled asparagus, lump crabmeat and Creole beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

PHO TAU BAY

113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846Pho ap chao is a combination of pan-fried noodles and stir-fried beef with vegetables and pineapple. The P.T.B. wonton soup features house-made pork and shrimp wontons. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

THE RED MAPLE

1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935; www.theredmaple.com

Redfish Pontchartrain is a pan-seared fillet topped with lump crabmeat and mushroom-sherry cream. Fried mirliton comes with shrimp, andouille, lump crabmeat and fried oysters in bordelaise sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

THE RED PALACE

1025 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-7071Fried soft-shell crabs are served with crawfish tails in spicy sauce. Shanghai chicken features a sesame-coated fried chicken breast served with spicy tung cho, a soy-based sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

SAFFRON NOLA

505 Gretna Blvd., Gretna, 363-2174; www.saffronnola.com

An extension of a catering business, Saffron offers innovative Indian cooking one night a week only. Barbecue shrimp with a tamarind tang are served over crab cakes made with lentil batter. Traditional Indian dishes include chicken tikka, curries and goat marinated in yogurt. Reservations recommended. Dinner Fri. Credit cards. $$

TAN DINH 

1705 Lafayette St., Suite A, Gretna, 361-8008 This Vietnamese restaurant offers traditional pho with sliced beef, peppers, herbs and lime wedges. One house specialty combines seared goat meat and lemongrass-infused goat curry with crushed peanuts, cilantro and basil. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

THANH THANH

 131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-8678; www.t2restaurant.com

 The Asian grilled chicken salad combines baby spring mix and romaine lettuces with grilled chicken, cucumbers, pickled carrots, tomatoes, roasted peanuts, red onions and peanut vinaigrette on top of a bed of vermicelli. Mama's pad thai offers a choice of chicken or shrimp over flat rice noodles stir-fried with onions, garlic, bean sprouts, peanuts and spicy sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

THREE HAPPINESS

1900 Lafayette St., Gretna, 368-1355; www.threehappiness.com

The seafood hot pot combines squid, scallops, shrimp, crabmeat, Chinese greens and mushrooms on top of clear rice noodles. The tender, boneless Westlake duck is steamed and roasted then covered with the restaurant's brown sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

TONY MANDINA'S

1915 Pratt St., Gretna, 362-2010; www.tonymandinas.com

Eggplant Dominic Jude features layers of fried eggplant medallions, shrimp and crabmeat topped with shrimp Alfredo sauce. Shrimp Mandina features jumbo Louisiana shrimp in spicy butter sauce served over angel hair pasta. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SPECIALTY ITALIAN BISTRO

2330 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com

The fried shrimp platter comes with waffle fries, garlic bread and salad. House-made coconut bread pudding is served with amaretto sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

HARVEY

BROTHERS OLE' NEW ORLEANS CAFE

1502 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1073The Who Dat burger is a half-pound patty topped with bacon and cheddar. For dessert try house-made bread pudding with praline sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

CAFE DITALI'S

2104 Manhattan Blvd., Suite E, Harvey, 361-0058; www.ditalis.com

The pasta Ditali features a chicken breast sauteed with onions, fresh mushrooms and broccoli. It's served with penne pasta, white wine sauce and sprinkled with Parmesan. Cheesesteak hoagies are topped with onion, bell peppers and provolone. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CHERRYBERRY FROZEN YOGURT & SHAVED ICE

1950 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 110, Harvey, 267-4764; www.cherryberryyogurt.com

See Metairie section for restaurant description.

CLEOPATRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (866) 840-3013; www.cleopatramediterraneancuisine.com

The chef's vegetarian plate includes soup, tabbouleh, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, hummus and falafel. A kebab trio comes with chicken, kafta and beef tenderloin. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

PARROT PETE'S

 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 362-9780; www.parrotpetes.com

 The Pete's plate comes with two eggs any style, sausage or bacon, grits or hash browns and white or wheat toast. The Best Banker is a toasted croissant sandwich with roasted turkey breast, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar, avocado and honey-mustard dressing. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PHO HOA RESTAURANT

 1308 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 302-2094 Order traditional pho topped with a choice of rare steak, well-done flank steak, brisket, tenderloin, chicken, shrimp or tripe. Get char-grilled pork on top of a vermicelli bowl filled with lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, bean sprouts and crispy egg rolls. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

TENNOU SUSHI BAR

1818 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 11, Harvey, 366-3898; www.tennousushi.com

The signature Tennou roll combines red snapper, snow crab, avocado, cream cheese and smelt roe and is topped with eel sauce and spicy mayo. The po-boy roll combines soft-shell crab, tempura shrimp, crawfish, lettuce, avocado, cucumber, spicy mayo, eel sauce and naruto sauce in soy paper. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MARRERO

CAFE HOPE

1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 756-4673; www.cafehope.org

Blackened shrimp quesadillas are filled with cheese and Louisiana shrimp. The pecan-crusted catfish is served with praline meuniere sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS

6641 West Bank Expwy., Suite A, Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com

See Westbank — Terrytown section for restaurant description.

OLIVE BRANCH CAFE

1995 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, 348-2008; www.olivebranchcafe.com

 See Mid-City section for restaurant description.

SHANE'S RIB SHACK

1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 341-2226; www.shanesribshack.com

The half-rack of ribs is served with a choice of two sides from dishes including mac and cheese, coleslaw, fried okra and collard greens. White meat chicken tenders are available grilled or fried. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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AVENUE RESTAURANT AND CATERING

450 Laroussini Ave., Westwego, 371-7850; www.avenuerestaurantandcatering.com

This Italian seafood restaurant serves lobster with new potatoes and salad. Get a stuffed hamburger filled with jalapenos, cheese and onions. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

DITALI'S PIZZA

8160 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-1160 See Northshore — Slidell section for restaurant description.

JAN'S CAJUN RESTAURANT

4831 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, 689-2748 Jan's dark-roux gumbo packs spicy heat. The hamburger steak is served with house-made gravy, and mushrooms and onions are optional additions. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MO'S PIZZA

1112 Avenue H, Westwego, 341-9650; www.mospizza.net

The muffuletta pizza tops an olive oil-brushed crust with ham, Genoa salami, mortadella, cheese and olive salad. Lasagna features layers of ricotta, mozzarella and meat sauce and is served with garlic bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MOSCA'S

4137 Hwy. 90 W., Avondale, 436-9942; www.moscasrestaurant.com

Oysters Mosca features whole oysters baked with Italian breadcrumbs and seasonings. Chicken a la Grande is chicken sauteed with rosemary, Italian seasonings, whole cloves of garlic and white wine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $$$

RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES

7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 689-7834; www.restaurantdesfamilles.com

Barataria stuffed crab features crab shells filled with seasoned crabmeat and broiled until the top browns. Pasta Lafitte combines shrimp and crabmeat in cream sauce over angel hair pasta. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SALVO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, 393-7303; www.salvosseafood.com

Grilled tuna comes with sauteed potatoes and corn on the cob. The butterfly shrimp plate features a dozen jumbo shrimp and fries or potatoes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

VOLEO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

5134 Nunez St., Lafitte, 689-2482

The Voleo's Big Boy platter for two delivers a mountain of crawfish, shrimp, oysters, fish, crab claws, stuffed shrimp, stuffed crab, frog legs and soft-shell crab. Flounder Lafitte is a fillet stuffed with crawfish, provolone and pecans that is deep-fried and topped with crawfish sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$