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AMERICAN PIE DINER 2244 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 468-2187 American Pie serves breakfast around the clock and a menu of burgers and other diner classics. The Reuben has melted Swiss over pastrami and sauerkraut and is served with fries or chips. Chicken quesadillas with provolone and sauteed onions and peppers are among the changing daily specials. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

CAMELLIA GRILL 540 Chartres St., 522-1800; 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679; New Orleanians can choose between two locations of this longtime Riverbend favorite. The legendary chili cheese omelet reigns at breakfast. Lunch offers diner fare like catfish and turkey sandwiches. Order a milkshake with a slice of pecan pie warmed on the grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $

CITY DINER 3116 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 831-1030; The "bottom of the bowl" features a French bread bowl filled with crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, cheese, green onions and Cajun cream sauce. Other menu items include waffles, meatloaf and club sandwiches. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

DOT'S DINER Citywide; Stop in for pancakes, waffles or breakfast platters served anytime. Classic diner options include meatloaf, country-fried steak and an open-face roast beef sandwich with gravy. For lunch, there are burgers, sandwiches and salads. A kids' menu is available. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

FAT CITY DINER 3555 18th St., Metairie, 888-4940 This down-home diner serves seafood platters, fried chicken and roast beef and hot sausage po-boys. Daily specials include red beans and rice, country-fried steak and grilled pork chops. For side items, there are french fries, onion rings and jalapeno hushpuppies. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

FAT HEN GRILL 1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 287-4581; Fat burgers topped with Gorgonzola and old-school patty melts are popular choices at this grill. Other options include barbecue, salads and sandwiches. Breakfast offers a wide variety of omelets, including some served on a Belgian waffle. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

IHOP 151 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-4177; 833 Canal St., 593-0440; 3400 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 212-3280; 12150 I-10 Service Road, 244-0013; While best known for its breakfast platters, this diner-style chain also offers a variety of lunch and dinner options. The grilled tilapia is lightly seasoned and served with hollandaise, red potatoes, steamed broccoli and garlic bread. Breakfast options include omelets, French toast, waffles and combination platters. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

MAGNOLIA GRILL 1122 Decatur St., 566-6003; Magnolia Grill is known for spicy Bloody Marys and diner food. Breakfast is served all day. Choose from 12 omelets, the country breakfast or French toast. Lunch and dinner options include salads, burgers, sandwiches, po-boys, and blackened or fried seafood. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MATTINA BELLA 421 E. Gibson St., Covington, (985) 892-0708 Many items on the robust menu of breakfast dishes at this Covington cafe carry over to lunchtime. The California omelet is filled with mushrooms, avocados and Swiss, and the Florentine omelet is stuffed with creamed spinach and artichokes and topped with mozzarella. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. Credit cards and checks. $

MOTHER'S RESTAURANT 401 Poydras St., 523-9656; The line for counter service often stretches out the door at this downtown eatery. Creole soul food specials include Mae's file gumbo and Jerry's jambalaya. All the meats—including the beef and ham for the Famous Ferdi special — are cooked fresh every day. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

ST. CHARLES TAVERN 1433 St. Charles Ave., 523-9823; Order New Orleans classics any time at this 24-hour diner. There are red beans and rice, po-boys, crawfish pies, pastas and breakfast plates. For dessert, try the white chocolate bread pudding. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Credit cards. $

SLIM GOODIES DINER 3322 Magazine St., 891-3447 Slim Goodies' creative breakfast plates include the "Jewish coonass," featuring potato latkes topped with grilled spinach, eggs and crawfish etouffee. The Guatemalan breakfast features two eggs, avocado, plantains, tortillas, black beans and homemade salsa. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Checks. $

STEVE'S DINER Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 210, 522-8198; Steve's offers breakfast, diner classics and char-grilled half-pound burgers alongside fried catfish, chicken tenders and po-boys. Slow-roasted beef brisket is served with gravy made from its drippings. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

TED'S FROSTOP 3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615 Burgers, fries and milkshakes keep this fast food restaurant packed with university students and those craving simple, tasty eats. Plate lunches include fried shrimp, pork chops and all-you-can-eat catfish. The Frostop also serves doughnuts. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE TROLLEY STOP CAFE 1923 St. Charles Ave., 523-0090 Standard diner fare like omelets, pancakes and biscuits are the cornerstone of this cafe's extensive menu. Savory lunch and dinner options include fried seafood, red beans and rice, gumbo and po-boys. Daily specials range from white beans and smothered pork chops on Wednesdays to seafood specials like stuffed shrimp on Fridays. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, open 24 hours Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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