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lined with ethnic dining options, Lebanon stands out as your spot of choice for Mediterranean cuisine. The menu offers a wide selection of typical fare — hummus, falafel and chicken shawarma are all represented — at reasonable prices and in a comfortable, colorful dining room. Be sure to check out the Lebanese iced tea made with rosewater and pine nuts and, for dessert, the flaky burma — phyllo dough wrapped around pistachio nuts. 2. Mona’s Cafe (3901 Banks St., 482-7743) 3. Byblos (3218 Magazine St., 894-1233; www.byblosrestaurants.com)

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Metairie long before Spanish culture recolonized downtown New Orleans. Chef/proprietor Glen Hogh puts a creative touch on Spanish and Mediterranean dishes and adds local touches as well. 2. Rambla (International House, 217 Camp St., 5877720; www.ihhotel.com) 3. Mimi’s in the Marigny (2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.com)

Best Seafood Restaurant

Best Soul Food Restaurant

Dooky Chase Restaurant (2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0535) — Renowned chef Leah Chase wrote the book on Creole soul cooking. Her landmark restaurant has been a New Orleans institution since the

Best Breakfast Spot

1940s, and she’s served everyone from Treme locals to jazz legends and presidents. Since reopening after Hurricane Katrina, lunch has been buffet-style and includes dishes like hearty gumbo and soul food staples. 2. Li’l Dizzy’s Cafe (610 Poydras St., 212-5656; 1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997) 3. Praline Connection (542 Frenchmen St., 9433934; www.pralineconnection.com)

Best Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Harrah’s Hotel, 228 Poydras St., 5877099; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.com) — Perhaps it’s only fitting that the international chain steakhouse created by Ruth Fertel on North Broad Street is New Orleans’

favorite. The original location is shuttered, but Ruth’s Chris restaurants downtown and in Metairie still sear steaks in custom broilers, and they arrive at your table with butter sizzling on the plate. 2. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse (716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com) 3. Mr. John’s Steak House (2111 St. Charles Ave., 6797697; www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com)

Best Thai Restaurant

La Thai Uptown (4938 Prytania St., 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown. com) — La Thai Uptown completes a three-pete as Gambit readers’ favorite place for Thai cuisine. Chef/owner Diana Chauvin recently

claimed second place in the Louisiana Seafood Cook-off at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. The Uptown restaurant serves a mix of traditional and original dishes using the full palette of Thai herbs and spices. 2. Basil Leaf (1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 8629001; www.basilleaf.webs.com) 3. Sukho Thai (1913 Royal St., 948-9309; www.sukhothai-nola.com)

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Hoa Hong/9 Roses (1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 366-7665) — The dining options at 9 Roses go well beyond staple pho and spring rolls that are popular with local diners. Many dishes are cooked and assembled at the table with lettuce

leaves, baskets of herbs and other fresh ingredients. The restaurant is one of the West Bank’s senior Vietnamese establishments and is one of our readers’ perennial favorites. 2. Pho Tau Bay (113 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846) TIE 3. Jazmine Cafe (614 S. Carrollton Ave., 8669301; www.jazminecafe.com) 3. Doson Noodle House (135 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-7283)

Best Small Plates Restaurant

Vega Tapas Cafe (2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com) — Vega Tapas Cafe opened well ahead of the local tapas trend, serving creative small plates in Old

Fat Hen Grill (1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-1980; www.fathengrill.com) — Breakfast and diner food get special attention at this restaurant opened by chef Shane Pritchett, a former chef de cuisine at Emeril’s. Creative and hearty dishes like “womlettes,” omelets served on Belgian waffles, show he’s making not just pretty food, but satisfying and flavorful dishes. 2. Camellia Grill (626 S. Carrollton Ave., 3092679; www.camelliagrill.net) 3. The Ruby Slipper Cafe (139 S. Cortez St., 3095531; www.therubyslippercafe.net)

Best Brunch

Commander’s Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com) — With its strolling jazz combos, leisurely brunches are an established tradition at Commander’s Palace. If the music doesn’t get diners going, page 39

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1. GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www. gwfins.com) — Since first making a splash in 2001, chef/proprietor Tenney Flynn has hooked local seafood lovers with a menu that he alters daily according to what’s fresh, including many coldwater and deep-sea fish flown in from distant markets. Dishes run the gamut from sashimistyle presentations to fried lobster tails. 2. Deanie’s (841 Iberville St., 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.com) 3. Galley Seafood Restaurant (2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955)

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