5701 Magazine St. 899-7303
Whether you're hosting a dinner party, going on a picnic or just looking for a quick snack, Chez Nous has the Creole and French dishes you need. The steaming soup specials often include seafood gumbo and a rich veal stew, and the Sunday brunch brings on grillades, grits, biscuits and eggs. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday, brunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $

710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 834-8216
The cafeteria nestled in this grocery store has saved many a hungry shopper. For breakfast, dig into a plate of steaming grits, Cajun sausage and eggs any style, or stoke your engine at lunch with an overstuffed po-boy or cheeseburger. Elsewhere in the store, the deli counter offers a hot plate lunch special for $5. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

720 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-9695
7457 St. Charles Ave. 865-8646
Besides the deli, takeout options and islands of fresh baked breads, the Foodies in Metairie is the hot spot for breakfast on the weekends with overflowing omelets, eggs Benedict and pastries right out of the oven. The Uptown location is mainly for gourmet-to-go and offers the same selection of sandwiches, bread and desserts as its Metairie sister. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

3135 Esplanade Ave. 943-1626
5600 Magazine St. 899-9119
The Magazine Street market offers multiple hot soup stations, salads, a rotating menu of hot meals, and pizzas served by the slice or whole pie. Pay for your meal at the register and eat it at the window counter, the tables in the side entrance, or outside when the weather's nice. The more intimate Esplanade Avenue location offers a select menu with outside dining only. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

3841 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-9046
While Acropolis sticks to its mission of bringing Mediterranean meals to the masses, the cooks don't shy away from experimenting with other styles in seafood dishes like the grilled mahi mahi and the blackened amberjack. But the core of the menu remains focused on gyros, kebobs, moussaka and spinach-feta pies in flaky phyllo pastry. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3232 Williams Blvd., Kenner 466-6833
Though Mr. Gyros moved to Kenner about a year ago, the Greek restaurant has quickly carved out a place for itself. Specialties include the roast lamb, egg-lemon soup, souvlaki (marinated pork) and baklava for dessert. The Moussaka is a layered casserole of eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, ground beef, rice and cream cheese sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Customers Horace Duffy and Rochelle Odon look to - FOODIES KITCHEN for gourmet-to-go, but also like - to stay and enjoy the dining room. - DONN YOUNG
  • Donn Young
  • Customers Horace Duffy and Rochelle Odon look to FOODIES KITCHEN for gourmet-to-go, but also like to stay and enjoy the dining room.

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