A few places to try if on the Westbank for dinner.
10. PHO KIM LOAN
New restaurant in a crowded Pho scene. Heavy on beef pho options so if you are looking for seafood this is not the place. Great Pho and also some vietnamese mixed plate options.
1530 Lapalco blvd Harvey, La 70058 504.900.1591
9. BEEF CONNECTION
They are the “old” in old school steakhouse. The place still reminds me of growing up in the late 70’s. The wood paneling is gone, but we know its probably under the sheetrock. Good steaks and I enjoy the Red Snapper broiled with butter. Lunch or Dinner this place still serves it up old school.
501 Gretna Blvd Gretna 504.366.3275
8. THE RED MAPLE
Long time restaurant that may have reached its height during the Oil Boom of the 80’s. Still a good place to get a steak and many seafood offerings as well. Good venue to have a nice dinner and some drinks.
1036 Lafayette Street Gretna 504.367.0935 www.theredmaple.com
7. ZEA’S ROTISSERIE & GRILL
I really didn’t want to include a chain restaurant, but I didn’t want to say “don’t eat at chain restaurants” when I eat here every other week. The daily specials are excellent and there are so many choices that I just could not exclude this restaurant as a place to eat on the WB. Grilled Fish, Ribs, Chicken, Duck, Steak and Salads. I think the menu covers it all. Can’t lose for lunch or dinner.
1121 Manhattan Blvd Harvey 504.361.8293 www.zearestaurants.com
6. RESTAURANT DES FAMILLES
Located in a beautiful Acadian house in Crown Point just off the Lafitte highway. Bayou des Familles is a small waterway or canal home to alligators and turtles. Large windows open to the view of the waterway for diners. Large upstairs for private parties and a wooded bar for cocktails while you wait for a table. Lunch or Dinner with a heavily focused seafood menu with pasta and steaks as well.
7163 Barataria Blvd Crown Point 504.689.7834 www.desfamilles.com
5. SUN RAY GRILL
Carribbean and Pacific influenced cuisines with great options for fresh fish daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (except Sun).
2600 Belle Chasse Hwy Grenta 504.391.0053 http://www.sunraygrill.com/
Established in 1946 this place is the old school Italian restaurant on the Westbank. Located down Highway 90 towards Avondale in an old wood house home to some great classic Italian home cooked dishes. Shrimp Mosca and Oyster Mosca are some sure bets. I would call first before you go. They have been known to just close for a day or night or even a month.
4137 US Highway 90 West Westwego 504.436.9942 www.moscarestaurant.com
3. TONY MANDINA’S
Their red sauce is so good, they bottled it “Red Gravy” and its on sale in local grocery stores and at the restaurant. For over 30 years this family owned and operated restaurant has been serving Westbank residents good old home cooked Italian classics. They do offer Brociolone. You are not going to find many restaurants with Brociolone on the menu in the Greater New Orleans area. My Italian grandmother made one of the best Brociolone but Tony Mandina’s serves up a great one here. Beef Rounds rolled into a loaf stuffed with bread crumbs, sliced eggs and parmesan and mozzarella cheese then braised in the “red gravy”. It can get crowded for lunch and dinner so get there early.
1915 Pratt St Gretna 504.362.8513 www.tonymandinas.com
Could the best sushi in New Orleans be located in Marrero? Large menu including a “special menu” of unique items you are not going to find on other sushi menus. My favorite is the Grilled Sushi Imperial. Very modern interior and I did see some Karaoke rooms if you want to get some friends together and sing some songs and eat some sushi.
5033 Lapalco Blvd Marrero 504.875.4203 http://daiwasushi.com
1. O’BRIEN’S GRILLE
The steakhouse on the Westbank. Not many places I know of where you can get a good Prime Rib or Bone in Ribeye on the WB. Great sides and more than a few grilled fish dishes. Last time I was there the roasted brussels sprouts were off the menu. It reminded of my first experience to brussels sprouts. I was there one day and had never had brussels sprouts in my life or had any want or need to try them but the waiter brings them to the table in which I respond “I didn’t order those”. He says “no problem just keep em”. I have been eating roasted brussels sprouts ever since. Nothing like crunchy (not mushy like your momma’s) sprouts with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Don’t believe me? Next time you bbq, cut them in half and mix and place them on some foil or just roast them in the oven but keep them crunchy. Well maybe they put the sprouts back on the menu when you go. If so, get them as a side to your prime rib or steak. The dining room is not very big so if you go for lunch or dinner get a reservation just in case.
2020 Belle Chasse Highway Terrytown 504.391.7229 www.obriensgrille.com
Now there is no need to cross the bridge on a Saturday night if you are on the WB.
Hope you enjoy.