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428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 833-2722
Fans of po-boys everywhere eagerly awaited the reopening of Crabby Jack's, and their loyalty was rewarded with the return of all their favorites. Schools of fried shrimp are sandwiched between two halves of a loaf of French bread, while rich gravy oozes out of a duck po-boy. Get there early for the paneed rabbit or duck po-boy, or you'll be out of luck. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

5250 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan 733-3401
This branch of a smoothie franchise offers more than just its 100 percent natural, blended concoctions. Sandwiches and wraps are loaded with fresh ingredients, and the Caesar salad is a favorite of vegetarians. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie 834-5646
Regulars are treated like royalty at this neighborhood trattoria, but even first-timers will feel special thanks to tasty Italian and seafood entrees. Trout and catfish are available daily, and old-school favorites like veal Parmesan and spaghetti make for great Italian comfort food. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

3001 Magazine St. 891-0997
Offering local food at a reasonable price, Joey K's still offers the all-you-can-eat catfish plate for $9.95. Shop in this popular neighborhood and refuel with a po-boy, a plate of red beans or a steaming bowl of gumbo. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

421 Gibson St., Covington (985) 892-0708
Diners rise early for eggs Sardu, poached eggs with creamed spinach atop a toasted English muffin and embellished with a rich hollandaise sauce. Lunch is another treat when you sink your teeth into crispy fried chicken or the mouth-watering beef stew. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

131 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna 368-8678
Chat and chew with the law-and-order types over breakfast at Mother's. Greek omelets with feta cheese are comforting before court (located next door). Hellenic specialties prevail for lunch, with gyros, musabaha and shish kebab. There is an impressive po-boy menu for those who seek local flavor. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

1001 Live Oak St., Metairie 838-0022
Reopening after a 2005 fire, Mr. Ed's continues to serve seafood, sandwiches and Italian dishes in their Metairie location. Stuffed artichokes, bell peppers and eggplant are among the selections besides regular sandwiches and po-boys. Yeah, you right! No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards $

216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie 831-1248
The only two words you need to know here are gravy fries. The gravy's the meat and the fries are the potatoes, no salad needed. But if you are in the mood for more, stuffed po-boys, thick pizzas and seafood platters are also on the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

3524 Severn Ave., Metairie 455-2266
This friendly Italian-style eatery serves the tried-and-true favorites that make local neighborhood restaurants a force to be reckoned with. Order the stuffed crabs with crabmeat dressing and served with spaghetti bordelaise, or trout amandine with brabant potatoes. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$


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