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5701 Magazine St. 899-7303
Pop by between work and home to pick up some sandwiches or salads for an easy dinner, or order up a full-on holiday meal. Specialty grocery items like flavor-infused olive oils and gourmet ice cream. No reservations. Call for hours. Credit cards and checks. $

710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 834-8216;
Head to the front of the store for prepared food that goes to the front of the class at this landmark Metairie grocery store. Juicy rotisserie chicken is a house specialty, as are soups prepared daily. Be sure to stop by the adjacent bakery for one of the cakes or fresh baked pastries and breads. No reservations. Lunch daily. Credit cards. $

1801 Dickory Ave., River Ridge 734-8455;
A full-service catering company, the Herb'an Spice Company also specializes in gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps and delicatessen specialties for a gourmet meal on the go. The coriander duck breast salad is served atop mixed greens with Calamata olives, grape tomatoes, shaved Bermuda onions and feta vinaigrette, while the house special Dirty D po-boy has chipotle-braised pork with shaved fennel slaw on French bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

800 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St. 899-9283;
Supplying groceries to New Orleanians since 1922, Langenstein's calls on family recipes passed down through four generations for the comprehensive menu of cooked specialties at its prepared food counter. Specialties include crawfish etouffee and bisque, seafood gumbo, grillades, red beans and rice, shrimp Creole and muffulettas. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

5016 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 885-7005
Robert's has all the groceries to make New Orleans dishes — or any other cuisine — at home, but head to the deli for prepared foods drawing on flavors from around the world. In addition to crispy fried chicken, specialties include Jamaican jerk pork chops with zydeco rice and Italian wedding soup. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4519 Magazine St. 895-2665;
Savvy's cooking classes and retail kitchenware shop can prepare the home cook for culinary adventures, but the post-Katrina addition of soups, salads and sandwiches gives the pros here a chance to show just how savvy they are. Chef Corbin Evans' constantly evolving menu features items like citrus-marinated pulled pork with Manchego cheese. Savvy "Dinners To Go" are also available when ordered by 3 p.m. with pick-up between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

141 Delaronde St., Algiers 227-2989
Sortez Café supplies the recently booming Algiers Point neighborhood with gourmet meals to go. Be sure to check out the frequently changing specials or head straight for one of the "toasties" — Sortez's own grilled paninis with fillings such as turkey, onion and apple, a three-cheese blend, or andouille sausage with a zesty hurricane sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

WHOLE FOODS MARKET5600 Magazine St. 899-9119; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-8225;
Whether you're a carnivore who prefers organic meats or a vegan looking for a variety of meal options, Whole Foods can hook you up. The deli counter, salad bar and gourmet-to-go stations are loaded with menu choices based on what's fresh, ripe and in season. Join the Uptown Whole Foods at its grand reopening on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 8:45 a.m. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $


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