Bayleaf Indian Cuisine's menu marries traditional dishes from both North and South India to populate gleaming, white tablecloths with plates of marinated lamb and seafood, each sizzling from the tandoor and slathered in spices such as ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. After clinking glasses of wine or imported beer, patrons sop up sauces spuming from curry dishes with morsels of warm naan before crowning the overseas adventure with crisp, honey-laden bites from gulab jamun dumplings. Meanwhile, groups can commandeer the executive room to furnish dinner celebrations for parties of 50 or boring musical-chair games for parties of one.
Head Chef Cristina Trinh of Sara's Bistro honors the traditions of New Orleans with her menu of seasonal and local products, but not in the way one might think. While the menu does include staples, such as crab salads and pork chops with praline pecan sauce, the chef gets a kick out of throwing in a few twists—dishes like coconut curry tofu with homemade tofu, braised curry-spiced lamb shanks "Osso Bucco", or crawfish spring rolls with sweet chili oyster sauce. It’s this inventiveness that defines Sara’s Bistro, which seeks to honor not only New Orleans’ Creole heritage but also its history as a port city for international travelers and their travel sporks.
Crisp green cucumbers, creamy hummus, and splashes of bright red paprika LaShish Greek & Lebanese Restaurant’s colorful displays of falafel and lamb. Each dish is carefully prepared by experienced chefs, from Lebanese labneh yogurt dip seasoned with mint and olive oil to mousaka made with layers of potato, eggplant, and ground beef. The chefs also take a traditional approach in the kitchen by marinating gyros and shawarma meats with authentic Mediterranean spices and spearing lamb and kafta kebabs with Orion’s arrows.