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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Diner 

13 517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com The sesame chicken salad sandwich on multigrain bread is dressed with spring greens and smoked almonds. The black bean veggie burger is dressed with lettuce, tomato, onions, Dijon mustard and mayo and served on French bread with potato chips. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CAMELLIA GRILL 540 Chartres St., 522-1800; 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679; www.camelliagrill.net Take a seat at the counter and enjoy diner food and service New Orleans-style. Muffulettas and fried catfish are two of the grill's special sandwiches. Order a slice of pecan pie warmed on the grill. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $ 

CITY DINER 3116 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 831-1030; 5708 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 309-7614; www.citydiner.biz Bottom of the Bowl is a toasted French bread bowl filled with shrimp, crabmeat crawfish, cheese, Cajun cream sauce and garnished with green onions. Oysters St. John features fried oysters on a bed of shredded hash browns, sauteed spinach and bacon, two eggs any style and hollandaise. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CLOVER GRILL 900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com Stop into this retro-styled diner anytime of day. Its version of biscuits and gravy features an open-faced large Southern-style biscuit smothered in country gravy. Battered chicken-fried steak comes with two eggs, toast and hash browns or grits. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

COMMON GROUNDS 335 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 227-2200 The Common breakfast consists of two eggs, toast, grits or hash browns, and ham, bacon or sausage. Artichoke Amelia features Italian-seasoned artichoke hearts topped with Parmesan. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CRESCENT CITY GRILL 101 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 394-7272 Crescent City Grill's chicken and waffle special consists of a Belgian waffle topped with half a fried chicken. The Fisherman's platter combines fried fish, oysters and shrimp. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $$

DOT'S DINER Citywide; www.dotsdiner.com The Dotwich is a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, a sausage patty and cheese on a grilled buttermilk biscuit. Meatloaf is served with brown gravy and a side of french fries, hash browns or mashed potatoes. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

HUEY'S 24/7 DINER 620 Decatur St., Suite B100, 535-4839; www.hueysneworleans.com Breakfast items including French toast, steak and eggs and Cajun omelets with andouille sausage are available any time of day. The menu also includes burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and blue plate specials like roasted chicken with boudin stuffing, mashed potatoes and a vegetable. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

LA PENICHE RESTAURANT 1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460 The Kathryn burger is topped with grilled ham, Swiss cheese and grilled onions and served with fries. Breakfast options include eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, grilled tomato and hollandaise. No reservations. Open 24 hours Thu.-Tue. Credit cards. $

MAGNOLIA GRILL 1122 Decatur St. 566-6003; www.magnoliagrillofnola.com This French Quarter spot offers hearty diner fare. The seafood omelet includes crawfish, shrimp, onions and tomatoes. The blackened rib-eye steak comes with mashed potatoes and vegetables. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MCALISTER'S DELI Citywide; www.mcalistersdeli.com The club sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and honey-mustard on toasted wheat bread. The Spud Max potato is loaded with ham, turkey, bacon, melted Swiss and cheddar cheeses, olives, green onions and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

ROUSES Citywide; www.rouses.com Rouses grocery stores have a hot line of baked items, rotisserie chicken, fried chicken or fish, and daily specials such as red beans and rice. There also are po-boys, muffulettas and sandwiches as well as sushi, soup and a salad bar. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER 3322 Magazine St., 891-3447 The Jewish Coonass features two potato latkes topped with grilled spinach, crawfish etouffee and eggs. The Greek omelet combines spinach, tomato, mushrooms, onions, olives and feta cheese in a four-egg omelet and comes with toast or a biscuit. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

STEVE'S DINER Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 210, 522-8198; www.steves-diner.com The diner serves daily specials like Tuesday's Loco Moko, a char-grilled hamburger steak smothered with sauteed mushrooms, peppers, onions and house-made brown gravy, served with fried onions and two sides. The Cali wrap has smoked turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, cucumber, lettuce and tomato rolled in a tomato-basil tortilla and is served with honey-bacon-Dijon dressing. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

TAG'S MEAT MARKET & DELI 1207 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 277-6594 The meat market grinds its own beef and offers big burgers. The Butcher po-boy includes half a pound of ground beef and is dressed to order. House-made hogshead cheese is available by the pound. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

ZARA'S MARKET 2042 Prytania St., 523-3658; 4838 Prytania St., 895-0581; www.zarasmarket.com Po-boy choices at Zara's include roast beef, shrimp and sausage. Other offerings include seafood platters, whole rotisserie chickens, muffulettas, and spinach and seafood quiches. No reservations. 4838 Prytania St.: breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sun; 2042 Prytania St.: breakfast, lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

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