626 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-9573
If you haven't yet tried the Camellia Grill's feather-light, legendary mushroom
and cheese omelette, go there right now. There's sometimes a wait for the dozen
or so stools at the counter, but on off hours you'll have time for a nice chat
with the cook/server delivering your burger, shake and fries. No reservations.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $
900 Bourbon St. 598-1010 www.clovergrill.com
Any time is the right time for the mushroom bacon cheeseburger specialty at this
beloved all-night diner, where the trick to a juicy burger is the hubcap covering.
Breakfast can be simple -- biscuits and white gravy -- or complicated, such as
the build-your-own omelette that starts with three eggs and comes with grits and
toast. And the shakes and malts go down smoothly. No reservations. Open 24 hours.
Credit cards. $
DARIL'S DINER AND SHORT STOP
717 St. Peter St. 524-3287 Poppy's Grill is undergoing an overhaul, with a name change and new items
on the menu. This amped-up 1950s-style diner is filled with kitsch and now boasts
an extensive burger list and po-boys including the Po Man's Po-Boy with fried
baloney ³just like ya mama's.² With pies on top of the counter and short-order
cooking behind it, this place is a throwback to the diner days of yore. Limited
delivery in the French Quarter. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards.
2317 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 831-3681
4150 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 833-9349
6633 Airline Drive. Metairie 734-0301
10701 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-9678
12179 Hwy. 90, Luling (985) 785-6836 Dot's Diner is there when you and your hungry stomach need it, whether you're
getting off the night shift and want a breakfast ham steak or starting your day
with an egg-white veggie omelette. Salads, sandwiches, burgers and a fine apple
pie round out the menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at
the 4510 Jefferson Hwy. location, open 24 hours at other locations. Cash only.
3516 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-3848 This quintessential diner serves up what you'd expect from a 24/7 eatery.
Breakfast can be had any time of the day. The friendly short-order cook will grill
you up a juicy burger or put together a specialty sandwich. Hot lunches on weekdays
are $5.99 for a choice of white beans and pork chops, meatloaf, or chicken fried
steak with gravy. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $
HUEY'S 24/7 DINER
200 Magazine St. 598-4839 www.hueys247diner.com This homage to its namesake 24-hour diner has become popular with its fresh
burgers served on brioche buns and hand-cut fries. Only open since September,
Huey's has already developed a late-night following for breakfast and classic
Louisiana dishes. The satisfying pies, tempting desserts and cheesecakes are now
all made in-house. Reservations accepted for large parties. Open 24 hours. Credit
116 Bourbon St. 523-4030 Conveniently located on Bourbon Street and open round-the-clock, this famous
chain stays popular with tourists and regulars alike. Not only is it known for
the hot, small square burger with the steamed-in onion flavor, this long-standing
southeastern chain (since 1932) now serves up salads, chicken and their version
of the hot dog. Delivery available from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. No reservations.
Open 24 hours. Cash only. $
MAW MAW'S KITCHEN
3764 Derbigny St., Metairie 833-6297 The motto at this neighborhood eatery is ³cooking with love² and
it's no wonder Maw Maw Cindy herself calls it the best-kept secret in Metairie.
Try some of her ³New Orleans Style² Hot Tamales or Maw Maw's Spinach
and Artichoke Dip, served with chips, sour cream and salsa. The roast beef for
the po-boys is slow-cooked and slathered in homemade gravy and the famous club
sandwich has gained a reputation for its sheer girth. No reservations. Takeout
only. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Cash only. $
NEW CITY DINER
1340 Poydras St. 561-0061 The promising new menu items include Thai chicken and grilled tuna with tomato
and basil served with mustard vinaigrette. Nine fresh vegetables are offered every
day as well as just-baked brownies and cookies. Also popular is bread pudding
with coconut rum sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch
Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $
1555 Poydras St. (Exxon Building) 568-0733
If it's Friday, head to Poydras Diner for stuffed or baked fish and seafood gumbo.
Every day there's the ever-popular fried chicken, plus burgers and traditional
breakfasts including bacon, eggs and hot cakes. No reservations. Breakfast and
lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $
ROBIN'S ON CANAL
2501 Canal St. 821-0999
Breakfast the old-fashioned way is on the menu at Robin's, where fluffy pancakes
are the house specialty. The Cottage Special pairs two eggs with two pancakes
and adds your choice of bacon, ham, country or link sausage and grits. The luxuriously
big cheese omelettes are guaranteed to get any motor running. No reservations.
Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $
RUSSELL'S MARINA GRILL
8555 Pontchartrain Blvd. 282-9999, or 9980
Lunch regulars here opt for the daily specials or the homemade soups or salads;
big eaters go straight for the eight-egg-white omelettes. Dinner means homespun
dishes such as fried chicken -- half of a chicken (four pieces) -- with French
fries, a green salad and two cornbread muffins. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night
daily. Credit cards. $
6303 S. Claiborne St. at Calhoun 861-3615 Since 1955, Uptowners have known just what that giant root beer mug sign means:
hearty bargain breakfasts, daily lunch specials, and a variety of floats and milkshakes.
Signatures include the root beer and nectar malt and the fully dressed Lot-o-burger
with waffle fries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Monday through
Saturday. Cash only. $