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If you're picked for a jury, the court buys your lunch. You're on your own while waiting in the jury pool or during voir dire. Here's the skinny on what's available near Tulane and Broad when the clock is ticking — listed by distance from the court.
Criminal Court, first floor, 2700 Tulane Ave., 658-9123
The court's in-house cafeteria is convenient but this tiny grill backs up as soon as jury panels are released for lunch en masse. Grab a basic burger, po-boy or club sandwich. Inside courthouse.
Lee's Seafood Grill
2800 Tulane Ave., 344-4017
Once the exquisitely named Café Verdict, this new joint has a hot food line and lots of grilled seafood for po-boys or salads. Less than one block.
2701 Tulane Ave., 822-8977
The deli at this convenience store is stocked with fried everything — from chicken to boudin balls to corn, all under the lurid light of heat lamps. Less than one block.
422 S. Broad St., 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen.org
A nonprofit teaching cafe with fresh preparations, interesting specials and a coffee bar. By far the best nearby option when you have the time. One block.
Broad & Banks Seafood
342 S. Broad St., 309-7971
The extensive hot food line has a mix of Asian and Creole soul dishes ready to scoop and serve. Shrimp pasta and the bargain gumbo are good options. One block.
Banks Meat Market
325 S. Broad St., 301-9171
A very large po-boy for very little money is the calling card of this meat market's deli. One block.
Ideal Food Market
250 S. Broad St., 822-8861
A Hispanic grocery with a grill in the back for pupusas and fresh plate lunches.
Eat-Well Food Store
2700 Canal St., 821-7730
When you have time, this store is worth the stroll for banh mi and pho to go. Four blocks.