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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED West End Cafe Restaurant Review: Dozens of restaurants cluster along the New Orleans lakefront, and about 20 percent of them are worth the trip. West End Café usually slips into that group due to its efficient service, above-average New Orleans-style diner food and family atmosphere. The spicy bite of the seasonal boiled crabs, shrimp and crawfish is definitive. Other good choices are the seafood gumbo (blessedly low in salt), fried onion rings, stuffed or soft-shell crabs, shrimp rémoulade and hamburger steaks with grilled onions. Forget the Maryland-style crab cakes and the bread pudding, which on a recent visit tasted freezer burned. The café has two functional dining rooms with bare tabletops and comfortable captains chairs. The front room is always a-bustle, thanks in part to a lively bar flanked by TV sets and lined with regulars.