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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Sandwiches and Po-boys 

BEAR'S RESTAURANT 128 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 892-2373 The New Orleans-style roast beef po-boy is made with house-cooked roast beef. Fried Gulf shrimp fill another popular po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

THE BREAKROOM CAFE 3431 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 941-7607; www.breakroomofmetairie.com The breakfast platter features three eggs, bacon, hash browns and a biscuit. The East Jefferson club is a hot sandwich that combines turkey, ham, bacon and cheddar and Swiss cheeses. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BUTCHER 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-7675; www.cochonbutcher.com Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski focus on Cajun and Italian cured meats at this gourmet butcher counter. The pork belly sandwich is dressed with cucumber and mint. The Gambino features salami cotto, sopressata, coppa and herb vinaigrette. There's also a traditional muffuletta with house-cured meats. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

CAFE NOMA New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 482-1264; www.cafenoma.com Cafe Noma serves sandwiches and items like flatbread pizza topped with manchego, sweet peppers, roasted garlic and caramelized onions. Panini choices include Boar's Head turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, mayo and tarragon-Dijon mustard on ciabatta bread. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

CENTRAL GROCERY 923 Decatur St., 523-1620 This Italian grocery serves its famous muffuletta by the half or whole loaf. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

CRABBY JACK'S 428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-2722 This Jefferson lunch counter serves chef Jacques Leonardi's creative take on casual Creole dishes and po-boys. Remoulade tops the fried green tomato po-boy on Gendusa's French bread. Slow-roasted duck fills a po-boy dressed and served with gravy. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

DIMARTINO'S FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS MUFFULETTAS 700 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 276-6460; 1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 392-7589; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive., 367-0227; 6641 West Bank Expwy., Suite A, Marrero, 341-4096; www.dimartinos.com These sandwich shops serve the namesake muffulettas with house-made olive salad, po-boys, burgers and seafood platters. Eggplant Parmesan is served over angel hair pasta with Alfredo or marinara sauce. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards.  $

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS 5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126 The fried oyster po-boy is dressed with lettuce, pickles, mayonnaise, house-made ketchup and hot sauce. The special fried shrimp po-boy is dressed with Swiss cheese and warm roast beef gravy. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

DRESS IT 535 Gravier St., 527-0006 The Dress It burger is topped with garlic aioli, bacon, Brie and balsamic-reduced onion. Crab cakes are made to order. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards.  $$

THE GROCERY 2854 St. Charles Ave., 895-9524; www.thegrocerynew-orleans.com Pressed sandwiches are the specialty at The Grocery. The chicken Philly combines chicken, provolone, American cheese, mushrooms, sauteed onions, roasted peppers, mayo and Italian seasonings on pressed Leidenheimer French bread. The house chicken and sausage gumbo is made with a rich dark roux. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS 511 St. Louis St., 524-8129; www.johnnyspoboys.com The fried chicken plate is served with baked macaroni, green beans, salad and bread. The seafood muffuletta includes fried catfish, shrimp and oysters. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

KOSHER CAJUN NEW YORK DELI & GROCERY 3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.com The kosher fried shrimp po-boy features imitation shrimp served with cocktail sauce, lettuce and tomato. Matzo ball soup is a clear seasoned broth with light and fluffy matzo balls. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Thu. Credit cards. $

LA BELLA'S 2118 Third St., Kenner, 466-4675; www.labellascatering.com House-made Italian sausage and meatballs have kept La Bella's busy since 1966. Visit on Thursday for steak specials. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

MAGAZINE PO-BOY SHOP 2368 Magazine St., 522-3107 The muffaletta po-boy layers ham, salami, Swiss, provolone and olive salad on heated French bread. Fried oysters are served over a bed of romaine lettuce with tomatoes and house-made remoulade. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

MAHONY'S PO-BOY SHOP 3454 Magazine St., 899-3374; www.mahonyspoboys.com Mahony's offers a variety of po-boys like the jumbo grilled shrimp, fried green tomato and remoulade po-boy. The "pot roast beef" features Leidenheimer bread loaded with beef braised in red wine and herbs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MANO'S POBOYS 6943 Saints Drive, Metairie, 734-0922 Mano's offers breakfast specials and a wide selection of po-boys at lunch. The Saints special comes with two eggs, choice of meat and cheese on a choice of bread. The six-inch special features any six-inch po-boy and drink for $6. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MILK BAR 1514 Delachaise St., 891-9361 Served hot, the Thai chili chicken po-boy combines chicken breast, mozzarella, tomatoes, red onions, Thai sweet chili sauce and sour cream. Maple pecan and feta salad is a blend of spring mix greens, Roma tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, red onions, sauteed mushrooms and maple pecans tossed with citrus balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MR. POOR BOY RESTAURANT 10202 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-1170 Grilled catfish is served with Creole eggplant sauce, sauteed spinach and two side items. The roast beef po-boy features house-made slow-cooked roast beef dressed with all the fixings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

MR. ROO'S DELI & CATERING 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4010; www.mrroosdeli.com The Mr. Club features bacon, American cheese, ham and turkey dressed on white or wheat toast. The chicken or cheese quesadilla is served with salsa and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

MONSTER PO-BOYS 1814 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 9, Mandeville, (985) 626-9183  Order house-cooked roast beef smothered with gravy over a bed of rice. The roast beef also fills the Monster special po-boy along with hot ham and turkey and cheese. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

NOSH 219 Dauphine St., 581-6674; www.nolanosh.com Sliders are the specialty at this cozy diner. In addition to standard burger patties, the slider list includes ground turkey, buffalo, seared fish, pulled pork, portobello mushroom and a BLT. Nosh also serves salads, hand-cut fries and breakfast fare. Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

P & G RESTAURANT 345 Baronne St., 525-9678 Fresh baked biscuits drenched with Southern-style brown gravy are a good way to start the day. Fried shrimp po-boys, red beans and rice, gumbo and baked chicken are popular at lunch. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN  538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047; www.parkwaybakeryand-tavernnola.com Parkway offers classic po-boys and original ones like the surf and turf, combining roast beef and fried shrimp. On Wednesday nights, try the Cubano, with pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles on pressed French bread. Reservations for large parties accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $

PARRAN'S PO-BOYS 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3416 Parran's offers a long list of po-boys plus muffulettas, club sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, salads, fried seafood plates and Creole-Italian entrees. The prime rib po-boy is served au jus with horseradish on the side. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PITA PIT 5800 Magazine St., 899-4141; www.pitapitnola.com The spicy black bean veggie burger is topped with grilled onions and additional options include spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, banana peppers, avocado and ancho chili sauce. The barbecued pulled pork pita is dressed with red onions, barbecue sauce and ancho-chipotle sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

ROLY POLY One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 121, 561-9800; 816 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 892-2462; 3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 872-0957; 5409 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8373; www.rolypoly.com The basil-cashew spicy chicken salad wrap is served on a whole wheat or flour tortilla with spicy Thai sauce, avocado, lettuce, plum tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts. The spa salad features plum tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, dried cranberries and alfalfa sprouts on a bed of mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

ST. JAMES CHEESE COMPANY 5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com This gourmet cheese monger offers more than 100 varieties of cheese from around the globe. A play on the classic sandwich, the croque monster features ham and cheese smothered in creme fraiche sauce on bruleed pullman bread. The Dat Reuben includes corn beef, Russian dressing, semi-soft Alpine cheese and sauerkraut on rye. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SAMMY' S FOOD SERVICE & DELI 3000 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0675; www.sammysfood.com The Ray Ray po-boy is a combination of fried chicken breast, Chisesi ham and Swiss cheese. The roast beef po-boy is topped with cheese and filled with house-made, garlic-stuffed roast beef. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SHORT STOP PO-BOYS 119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572; www.shortstoppoboys.com The roast beef po-boy is made with debris cooked in-house with garlic, onions and Worcestershire sauce. The oyster po-boy features oysters lightly breaded with corn flour and breadcrumbs. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

STEIN'S MARKET & DELI 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net The large Italian hoagie features mortadella, Molinari Genoa, Molinari hot coppa, aged provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion and garlic vinaigrette on an Amoroso hoagie. The Rachel sandwich layers hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and house-made Russian dressing on Jewish rye bread. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and brunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

TERRAZU Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 129, 287-0877; www.terrazu.net Try the Bistro sandwich with grilled chicken, mozzarella, tomatoes and mixed greens, dressed with pesto mayo and balsamic vinegar and served on wheat flatbread. The avocado bulgur salad is mixed with fennel and basil and drizzled with citrus vinaigrette on top of baby greens and tomatoes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

THAT'S A WRAP 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-0009; www.thatsawrapnola.com The Southwest chipotle chicken wrap is filled with lemon-pepper chicken, bacon, sharp cheddar, romaine, organic spring greens, tomatoes and spicy chipotle mayo. The cranberry turkey wrap includes Cajun-spiced turkey and house-made cranberry spread. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

TRACEY'S 2604 Magazine St., 899-2054; www.traceysnola.com Tracey's signature dish is a roast beef po-boy dripping with gravy. The smoked sausage po-boy is dressed with sauerkraut and Creole mustard. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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