Gris-Gris Seafood, located just one block from the Metairie parade route, serves up creative creole cuisine. A few specialties are crispy fried shrimp heads and surf 'n' turf po' boys that combine fried shrimp with hot roast beef and gravy. Crawfish are a big deal here—they show up in creamy soups, savory cakes, and other dishes—and the cooks have their own special technique for boiling them: they use woks rather than pots, allowing for consistent heat distribution and even cooking. For dessert, try the Metry beignet—a deep-fried honey bun with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and powdered sugar.
The expert chefs at China Inn Restaurant captivate taste buds with a diverse menu of delicious Asian fare. Each epicurean excursion begins with a tasty appetizer, such as the boneless spare ribs ($9.75) or the Chinese pizza ($5.75), which celebrates China's close proximity to Italy with flavorful scallion pancakes. Mouthwatering broths, such as the seafood and bean curd soup ($6.95/qt.) prelude an impressive spread of main courses such as the vegetarian Buddha Delight ($5.50/pt.; $7.50/qt.) or the multitextured chicken with chinese mushrooms and bamboo shoots ($6.25/pt.; $8.95/qt.). Refreshing glasses of wine ($5.50 each) cleanse palates in between bites before a dessert of cake and choice of daily-changing flavors of ice cream ($3) cap off enjoyable feastings and challenge conventional chopstick techniques.
For more than 30 years, Jung and her parents have sizzled up healthy, authentic Chinese cuisine that is MSG-free. The main menu allows patrons to enjoy more familiar Asian favorites, while more adventurous palates hit their stride with the Chinese menu, which sports succulent pork dumplings that, according to a pleased reviewer for Gambit, "squirt juice at the first bite.” Chinese hand fans and framed prints speckle the dining room’s blond wood walls as tables sport white tablecloths and vases with bamboo plants, cultivating an elegant dining ambiance suited for family gatherings, romantic dates, or competitive chopstick jousting matches.
The chefs at Wasabi Asian Bistro fuse the culinary traditions of Japan, China, and Thailand to forge fresh new ways to enjoy Asian cuisine. A batch of homemade signature dumplings ($5–$7) tops the menu and formally commences the feast with puffy morsels of dough packed with chicken, pork, veggies, or shrimp. Artisan chefs craft seaweed-wrapped niblets at the sushi bar, delighting mouths with creations such as the alaskan roll ($9) or the avocado-clad caterpillar roll ($11). Tangerine beef pairs savory strips of tender meat with squirts of citrusy zest ($14), and the seafood tofu pot ($16) graces tables with a toothsome cauldron-based entree that calls to mind memories of blustery days or years spent waitressing for a witch. Wine and sake pairings accompany the epicurean eats with palate-cleansing flavors.
The stir-fry cooks at China Garden Buffet welcome hearty appetites seven days a week with entrees and expansive smorgasbords that showcase regional Cantonese, Sichuan, Peking, and Hunan dishes. All-you-can-eat buffets abound, brimming with spicy mongolian barbecue grilled before chopstick-wielders' eyes and separated into lunch ($6.99) and dinner ($8.99) modalities like a proper matron's wig collection. The Four Seasons ($8.75) packs healthy vegetables and light brown gravy into the crevices left untouched by chicken, shrimp, beef, and pork, and the Tung Ting shrimp ($8.95) flaunts succulent prawns floundering alongside vegetables and egg-white sauce. Most meals come with either white or fried rice, which may be thrown at a newly married couple to celebrate their union and mutual love of grains.