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Where To Eat on The Westbank, Reader Decided

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In our latest Friday Open Thread, we asked you, dearest readers, to tell us the handful of restaurants that every serious restaurant lover should try when they cross the bridge or take the ferry to the Westbank. From Algiers to Barataria, here now are the top recommendations from the Eater reader universe. While Vietnamese restaurants rule the map, there are also spots for Thai, Creole Italian, comfort food, crawfish, pizza, and even steak. Here's Where To Eat on the Westbank, decided by readers.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe 615 (Da Wabbit)

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615 Kepler St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 365-1225
Da Wabbit has been around since 1949, complete with their iconic sign of a Bugs Bunny type character, but for the past eight years Eric Savoie has been offering Gretna a solid option for neighborhood dining, ie. po boys, fried chicken, seafood and lots of other New Orleans style comfort food.

2. Tan Dinh

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1705 Lafayette Street
Gretna, LA
(504) 361-8008
One Eater tipster has this to say about this Westbank Vietnamese favorite: "The food is consistently phenomenal, the portions are enough for two meals at the price of one, and their bubble teas are creamy and delicious--the avocado is a must-have." FYI, they have a killer banh mi and goat curry.

3. Salvo's Seafood

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7742 hwy. 23
Belle Chasse, LA
Seafood lovers look no further than Salvo's in Belle Chasse. The totally casual restaurant does all-you-can-eat daily specials on boiled and fried seafood. A lot of people head here from New Orleans for the crawfish, but you can indulge in fried frog legs and alligator if you're feeling adventurous.

4. DiMartino's Muffulettas

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1788 Carol Sue Ave.
Terrytown, LA 70056
(504) 392-7589
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"DiMartino's makes the best muffalettas in the city in my humble opinion," says a fan. While there are four family-run locations of the sandwich hotspot, the Terrytown flagship is the place to hit up for muffaletta, po boys, and potato salad.

5. Banana Blossom

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Belle Chasse Hwy
Terrytown, LA 70056
New Orleans isn't exactly a town known for Thai food, but the Banana Blossom, located in Terrytown stripmall, is probably the best option for authentic dishes, like the spicy clams. Chef Sue Zemanick of Gautreau's has even proclaimed her love for the cafe's seafood dishes in Food & Wine Magazine.

6. Pho Tau Bay

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133C Westbank Expwy.
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 368-9846
Pho Tau Bay is the preeminent New Orleans' pho institution, hands down. While the location is on the sketchy-looking-stripmall side, the family run restaurant is by far the 504's favorite for pho on the cheap, and also offers an array of spring and summer rolls and tasty banh mi.

7. Tony Mandina's

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1915 Pratt St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 362-2010
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With no relation to Mandina's in Mid City, Tony Mandina's has been serving up Southern Italian and seafood specialties (Creole Italian, really) in Gretna for over 20 years. If you're in the mood for red sauce and fried calamari, with real live piano music and a real live Yats, this is the place.

8. Nine Roses

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A Westbank stalwart since it opened in 1990, Nine Roses (Hoa Hong 9) has an absolutely gigantic menu, meaning hundreds of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, most of which you've probably never heard of. Most people bypass the Chinese options, and go straight for the more exotic authentic Vietnamese.

9. Mo's Pizza

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1112 Ave H
Westwego, LA 70094
(504) 341-9650
Every year this Westwego pizzeria holds Mo's Pizza Fest, which raises money for Children's Hospital, and the Westwego police and fire departments. When they're not being such do-gooders, the pizzeria serves what some consider to be the best pie in the New Orleans area, and what are most certainly the biggest. They also serve po' boys, chicken parmesan, wings, and the like.

10. Cafe Hope

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1101 Barataria Blvd
Marrero, LA
Located on the historic Hope Haven campus in Marrero, Cafe Hope provides restaurant training/GED prep for at-risk youth with the help of Catholic Charities. The cafe features a full lunch menu of local, seasonal produce/ingredients. A real lunch steal is the 3-course special for $15, and they now offer Friday night suppers as well.

11. O'Briens Grille

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2020 Belle Chasse Highway
Gretna, LA 70056
(504) 391-7229
For fine dining and steaks, "O'Brien's Grille is a solid upscale option," says a commenter. "I've never eaten a bad meal there." The restaurant, which has been open since 2008, also prepares solid seafood dishes, and has appeared on several of Gambit's listicles, touted for their steak selection and "supper club" vibe.

12. Panda King

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801-883 Louisiana 428
New Orleans, LA 70056
"For a really fantastic dim sum brunch," Eater tipsters recommend you head to Panda King in Gretna on the weekends. Why? It's apparently "magical the way the carts of little plates of food keep coming and coming." From dumplings galore to Peking Duck, dim sum at Panda King is "worthy of a trip over the CCC."

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1. Cafe 615 (Da Wabbit)

615 Kepler St, Gretna, LA 70053
Da Wabbit has been around since 1949, complete with their iconic sign of a Bugs Bunny type character, but for the past eight years Eric Savoie has been offering Gretna a solid option for neighborhood dining, ie. po boys, fried chicken, seafood and lots of other New Orleans style comfort food.
615 Kepler St
Gretna, LA 70053

2. Tan Dinh

1705 Lafayette Street, Gretna, LA
One Eater tipster has this to say about this Westbank Vietnamese favorite: "The food is consistently phenomenal, the portions are enough for two meals at the price of one, and their bubble teas are creamy and delicious--the avocado is a must-have." FYI, they have a killer banh mi and goat curry.
1705 Lafayette Street
Gretna, LA

3. Salvo's Seafood

7742 hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, LA
Seafood lovers look no further than Salvo's in Belle Chasse. The totally casual restaurant does all-you-can-eat daily specials on boiled and fried seafood. A lot of people head here from New Orleans for the crawfish, but you can indulge in fried frog legs and alligator if you're feeling adventurous.
7742 hwy. 23
Belle Chasse, LA

4. DiMartino's Muffulettas

1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, LA 70056
"DiMartino's makes the best muffalettas in the city in my humble opinion," says a fan. While there are four family-run locations of the sandwich hotspot, the Terrytown flagship is the place to hit up for muffaletta, po boys, and potato salad.
1788 Carol Sue Ave.
Terrytown, LA 70056

5. Banana Blossom

Belle Chasse Hwy, Terrytown, LA 70056
New Orleans isn't exactly a town known for Thai food, but the Banana Blossom, located in Terrytown stripmall, is probably the best option for authentic dishes, like the spicy clams. Chef Sue Zemanick of Gautreau's has even proclaimed her love for the cafe's seafood dishes in Food & Wine Magazine.
Belle Chasse Hwy
Terrytown, LA 70056

6. Pho Tau Bay

133C Westbank Expwy., Gretna, LA 70053
Pho Tau Bay is the preeminent New Orleans' pho institution, hands down. While the location is on the sketchy-looking-stripmall side, the family run restaurant is by far the 504's favorite for pho on the cheap, and also offers an array of spring and summer rolls and tasty banh mi.
133C Westbank Expwy.
Gretna, LA 70053

7. Tony Mandina's

1915 Pratt St, Gretna, LA 70053
With no relation to Mandina's in Mid City, Tony Mandina's has been serving up Southern Italian and seafood specialties (Creole Italian, really) in Gretna for over 20 years. If you're in the mood for red sauce and fried calamari, with real live piano music and a real live Yats, this is the place.
1915 Pratt St
Gretna, LA 70053

8. Nine Roses

Gretna, LA 70053
A Westbank stalwart since it opened in 1990, Nine Roses (Hoa Hong 9) has an absolutely gigantic menu, meaning hundreds of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, most of which you've probably never heard of. Most people bypass the Chinese options, and go straight for the more exotic authentic Vietnamese.

9. Mo's Pizza

1112 Ave H, Westwego, LA 70094
Every year this Westwego pizzeria holds Mo's Pizza Fest, which raises money for Children's Hospital, and the Westwego police and fire departments. When they're not being such do-gooders, the pizzeria serves what some consider to be the best pie in the New Orleans area, and what are most certainly the biggest. They also serve po' boys, chicken parmesan, wings, and the like.
1112 Ave H
Westwego, LA 70094

10. Cafe Hope

1101 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA
Located on the historic Hope Haven campus in Marrero, Cafe Hope provides restaurant training/GED prep for at-risk youth with the help of Catholic Charities. The cafe features a full lunch menu of local, seasonal produce/ingredients. A real lunch steal is the 3-course special for $15, and they now offer Friday night suppers as well.
1101 Barataria Blvd
Marrero, LA

11. O'Briens Grille

2020 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, LA 70056
For fine dining and steaks, "O'Brien's Grille is a solid upscale option," says a commenter. "I've never eaten a bad meal there." The restaurant, which has been open since 2008, also prepares solid seafood dishes, and has appeared on several of Gambit's listicles, touted for their steak selection and "supper club" vibe.
2020 Belle Chasse Highway
Gretna, LA 70056

12. Panda King

801-883 Louisiana 428, New Orleans, LA 70056
"For a really fantastic dim sum brunch," Eater tipsters recommend you head to Panda King in Gretna on the weekends. Why? It's apparently "magical the way the carts of little plates of food keep coming and coming." From dumplings galore to Peking Duck, dim sum at Panda King is "worthy of a trip over the CCC."
801-883 Louisiana 428
New Orleans, LA 70056

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