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Chef Ricky Cheramie helms this casual restaurant, flexing Cajun country muscles with a smidge of city flare. Country-style biscuits, loaded with cochon de lait and gravy, get a bright boost from mirliton chowchow, and it’s almost impossible to pass up the “Country Fried Filet Mignon” … except when tempted by the andouillestuffed pork chop with ham-hock cornbread dressing. 200 Julia St., 504.324.4065
As its name suggests, everything about this sushi emporium is like a giant storm: a massive interior, oversize menu and dizzying food options. The usual sushi suspects sit menu-side with funky items like calamari “fries” or the “Munchie” roll of salmon, cream cheese, avocado and a dusting of crushed nacho cheese Doritos. Big appetites will want to hit the “Sumo Ribeye,” a 24-ounce bone-in steak with ginger-caramelized onion butter. 601 Poydras St., 504.608.3474
This comfy space offers a cool respite for a scoop (or two) of artisan gelato, affogato (gelato with a shot of espresso), crepes or piadini (pressed sandwiches). Choose from 18 flavors of gelato and sorbetto; there is no wrong. All the bases are covered, from tiramisu and hazelnut to sea-salt almond and milk chocolate. On the savory side, the rosemary ham, Swiss and greens is genius in a crepe. 4525 Freret St., 954.618.8141 —LG