435 Huey P. Long Drive, Gretna 368-1114
Po-boys and hot plates like spaghetti and meatballs are popular at this bustling Gretna deli, where bargain prices and generous portions keep regulars coming back for more. The huge muffuletta is a house specialty, bulging with ham, salami, mozzarella, provolone and homemade olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 626-0066;
Come for the wine, stay for the food at the Northshore's popular gourmet emporium. Start with Hugh's pate and cheese plate or try the Mediterranean salad with shrimp, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, avocado and tomato on a bed of lettuce garnished with almonds and alfalfa sprouts and feta dressing. Hugh's uses Boar's Head brand meats on its many sandwiches. Lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie 896-7300; 2895 Hwy. 190, Suite A-1, (985) 951-8081;
Large sandwiches piled high with cold cuts and coleslaw, blue cheese burgers and entree-sized offerings of fresh Gulf fish or shrimp, plus baked goods and soups come forth from the deli counter at Martin Wine Cellar. Be sure to check out daily specials ranging from red beans and rice to steak. The wine selection is voluminous. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A13, Kenner 466-1500;
A massive chalkboard menu greets visitors to this national chain, listing more than 100 items from sandwiches to baked potatoes to salads, soups and desserts. The most popular choice is the McAlister club stacked high with turkey, ham, smoked bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomatoes, honey mustard and light mayo on toasted wheat bread. A children's menu is also available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3531 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan 837-6300
Known for its red beans, white beans and chicken-fried steak, Mr. Sam's Deli provides a full slate of sandwiches and salads. Try the over-stuffed po-boys or salads with grilled or fried chicken or fried shrimp. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

5050 Williams Blvd. (Treasure Chest Casino), Kenner 443-8000;
The casual, quick and easy dining options at the Treasure Chest Casino offer breakfast sandwiches, pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, po-boys, soups, salads, specialty coffees and desserts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner buffet daily. Credit cards. $

1201 Royal St. 525-4767;
This tiny, take-out-only deli serves an enormous array of sandwiches and po-boys and hot plates ranging from blackened catfish and creamed spinach to a dense block of macaroni and cheese. For a little of everything, try the All That Jazz po-boy with grilled ham, turkey, shrimp, Swiss and American cheeses, grilled mushrooms and tomatoes all tied together with Verti Marte's "Wow sauce." No reservations. Delivery available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

336 Camp St., 592-0224
Formerly the Sweet Olive Café , this Central Business District lunch spot has reopened after Katrina as Welty's Deli with new owners and a new menu featuring fresh salads and sandwiches layered thick with deli meats on Kaiser rolls. Take your pick from the selection of sauces to dress up the sandwiches, including creamy pesto, roasted garlic and ancho pepper, or dig into an Asian chicken salad with fried rice noodles and a honey-ginger soy sauce. Daily plate lunches provide heartier fare. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. $

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