605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna 393-8160; 2008 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 899-2837; 2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner 466-0026; 3001 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan 725-1116; 4101 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 837-9419; 6325 Elysian Fields Ave. 282-6696; 9327 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-2452
Long a local favorite, Bud's keeps 'em coming back for charcoal-broiled burgers topped with a hill of grated cheddar and its distinctive barbecue sauce and broiled hot dogs served with chili and cheese. French fries, onion rings and fried fruit pies finish off the menu. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

814 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 893-4208; 3124 David Drive, Metairie, 887-9449
Starting with USDA choice ground chuck, the Ground Pat'I grills burgers to your specification and serves them with fries. Try the El Pat'Io for a burger covered with homemade chili and cheddar cheese. The restaurant also features grilled steaks, fried seafood platters, sandwiches, salads and even a "Lighten Up" menu with grilled chicken, shrimp and tuna. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4700 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 845-1000;
Burgers come in a variety of sizes at Hero's, from the 6-oz. Miss America burger to the full-pound Super Hero burger. Grilled fish and grilled portobello mushroom on a salad or a sandwich offer lighter fare, while the Junior Heroes menu has specials for kids. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

2100 Airline Drive, Kenner 472-0966; 3516 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 885-4291; 4301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-0110 Burgers and sodas have made Lee's Hamburgers a New Orleans-area classic, while the diced onions mixed in with the patties help give Lee's burgers their distinctive taste. Onion rings, chili cheese fries and shakes provide appropriate company on the tray. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

5129 Canal Blvd. 483-7930
The nearby intersection of Canal Street and the cemeteries may be the end of the line for the streetcar, but you'd have to stick around awfully late to catch the end of the night at McNulty's, where the young local crowd keeps the tavern hopping into the wee hours. For sustenance, try the hearty steak sandwich or one of its signature cheeseburgers. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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