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SANDWICHES & PO-BOYS 

BEAR'S RESTAURANT
128 W. 21st Ave., Covington
(985) 892-2373

This shop is a regular stop for busy Northshore folks, who count on the overstuffed shrimp, oyster and catfish po-boys to get them through the day. The roast beef po-boy comes with either rich gravy or barbecue sauce -- if you like the sauce, buy a bottle to bring home. No reservations. Lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Checks. $

COUSIN'S PO-BOYS
3808 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 780-7804
Cousin's has all the seafood po-boys you love and expect, as well as an interesting veal Sicilian variety, where a veal cutlet is paired with provolone cheese and red gravy and nestled in a crispy length of French bread. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

DANNY AND CLYDE'S
801 Martin Behrman Hwy., Terrytown 392-6783
1944 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna 392-2242
2201 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 885-1332
3441 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey 362-5637
3450 Kabel Drive 394-0240
4101 E. Arnes Blvd., Marrero 248-9650
4320 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 888-0129
5861 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson 734-0060
68083 Hwy. 59, Mandeville (985) 809-2133
www.dannyandclydes.com
Stop at any location of Danny and Clyde's when what you crave is a po-boy. As the day dawns, dig into a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, meat and cheese. Later on, favorites include the sausage (hot or smoked) po-boy and the ever popular French fry and gravy po-boy. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily; some locations open 24 hours. $

DOMILISE'S PO-BOYS
5240 Annunciation St. 899-9126
The staff at Domilise's understand the hungry New Orleans spirit, and kindly opens the doors to start slinging po-boys at 10 a.m. The shrimp, oyster and catfish po-boys are all recommended, but it's the roast beef po-boy with two kinds of mustard and homemade gravy that lingers most in patrons' minds. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

GIOVANNI'S PO-BOYS
1325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 835-4558
With only one location now, Giovanni's can focus on perfecting the po-boy. Traditional po-boys are served during the brisk lunch hours, but not to be forgotten is the hefty muffaletta with the zesty olive salad. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Checks. $

GRAND CENTRAL STATION PO-BOYS
4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 733-4564
The Box Car Special is a sandwich with toasted bread filled with barbecued beef and ham. While po-boys reign supreme, daily specials are also available: red beans and rice on Monday, breaded veal cutlet on Tuesday, hamburger steak on Wednesday, meatball and spaghetti on Thursday, and a choice of fish, shrimp Creole or Creole gumbo on Friday. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

GUY'S PO-BOYS
5259 Magazine St. 891-5025
If a good thing works, why change it? That's the saying around Guy's, the place that's been serving up solid po-boys for more than 30 years. The menu offers roast beef, oyster, shrimp, ham and sausage po-boys, but the one everyone wants these days is the grilled shrimp po-boy. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

HERO'S ALL-AMERICAN GRILL
1211 Village Walk, Covington (985) 893-7700
1601 N. Morrison Ave., Hammond 345-9993
4700 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 845-1000
www.herosgrill.com

After recently opening a new Hero's in Hammond, owner Nick Binnings plans another one for Slidell soon. Charbroiled burgers rule here; consider The Duke, an 8-oz. burger topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

JOHNNY AND JACKIE'S PO-BOY RESTAURANT
326 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna 362-8690
The namesake special po-boy is stuffed with grilled ham, roast beef and American and Swiss cheeses. An alternative to the bun is the Caesar salad loaded with a choice of grilled tuna, fried chicken, shrimp or oysters. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash or travelers checks only. $

JOHNNY'S PO-BOYS
511 St. Louis St. 524-8129
Don't be dissuaded by the throngs of tourists at this traditional po-boy shop, but its popularity requires you to jockey for a table at lunchtime. Beyond the classic po-boys of roast beef or shrimp come more adventurous choices such as fried calamari and fried boudin with red gravy. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash or travelers checks. $

MAGAZINE PO-BOY AND SANDWICH SHOP
2368 Magazine St. 522-3107
This Garden District eatery features an extensive sandwich menus with all the classics and some different takes on po-boys such as the eggplant Parmesan Po-Boy. There's also the signature Muffaletta Salad, with all the trimmings except the bread; daily specials include homemade shrimp and crawfish etouffee on weekends. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

MIKE SERIO'S PO-BOYS & DELI
133 St. Charles Ave. 523-2668
Since its inception in 1958, Mike Serio's has been well-known as a local's deli. There are five different daily specials, including crawfish etouffee, as well as softshell crab and the popular Cuban sandwich. An Atkins menu has been added. Free delivery in CBD. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

MOTHER'S
401 Poydras St. 523-9656
www.mothersrestaurant.com
The hands-down favorite of this local haunt of CBD business people and the federal court crowd is the aptly named debris roast beef po-boy made with piles of the meat that falls into the gravy just when the meat is cooking. It's dressed with gravy, shredded cabbage, pickles, mayo and two kinds of mustard that make it deliciously messy. Limited delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PARASOL'S RESTAURANT & BAR
2533 Constance St. 899-2054
www.parasols.com
Parasol's claims to have ³the best roast beef po-boy east of the Mississippi River,² but customers are equally enamored with its seafood offerings. One is the seafood platter, which comes with fish, shrimp, oysters, a simple salad and bread. More focused diners can choose a seafood plate with one of the above, plus a side dish, lettuce-and-tomato salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RAG'S PO-BOYS AND SEAFOOD

103 W. 30th Ave., Covington (985) 892-7895
4960 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 792-1744
Sandwiches and po-boys aren't the only things happening at Rag's; the daily plate lunches stay the same each week. There's red beans and rice on Monday, pork chops on Tuesday, breaded veal on Wednesday, country-fried steak on Thursday, and seafood on Friday. The Covington location offers a buffet as well. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $

RAGUSA'S SICILIAN DELICATESSEN
3363 Severn Ave., Metairie 454-2723
Ragusa's started out as a po-boy shop and gradually expanded over the years, but you still can't beat the eggplant parmigiana po-boy or the ham po-boy on crispy French bread. Daily lunch specials include New Orleans classics such as red beans and rice on Mondays, and Sicily is represented through muffalettas and snacks such as stuffed mushrooms. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

RICCA'S SANDWICH SHOP
1440 Canal St. (Tidewater Building) 524-2143
This popular family-owned joint in the CBD has been run for more than two decades. Besides a popular breakfast, regulars come for the special po-boys including the Dr. Nice po-boy, named for a longtime regular, a radiologist who liked his French bread topped with fried boneless chicken breast, ham and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

RUSSELL'S SHORT STOP PO-BOYS
119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie 885-4572
The menu never changes at Russell's -- it's either po-boys or tried-and-true dishes such as gumbo and jambalaya. Russell's roast-beef po-boy is the hands-down favorite, but their meatball po-boy is close behind, since it's topped with homemade meatballs and red sauce. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

SOUTHERN PO-BOYS

720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson
835-3035
This popular Jefferson Parish lunch spot rings in the New Year with an expanded menu and all-you-can-eat catfish dinners on Friday and Saturday. In addition to Southern's traditional roast beef po-boy (smothered in gravy), diners may also enjoy oyster, shrimp, catfish and softshell crab po-boys. Seafood and Italian muffalettas highlight the variety here. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $

WEAVER'S PO-BOYS
800 Navarre Ave. 488-9267
Daily hot lunches at this butcher-shop-turned-lunch-stop include grilled pork chop and jambalaya on Tuesdays, baked chicken on Wednesdays, and Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes on Thursdays. Po-boy favorites include the Weaver's Club: hot roast beef with gravy, hot turkey, ham and two choices of cheeses, served on French or white bread. Delivery for large orders only. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $
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