626 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-9573

If you haven't yet tried the Camellia Grill's feather-light, legendary mushroom and cheese omelette, go there right now. There's sometimes a wait for the dozen or so stools at the counter, but on off hours you'll have time for a nice chat with the cook/server delivering your burger, shake and fries. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

900 Bourbon St. 598-1010
Any time is the right time for the mushroom bacon cheeseburger specialty at this beloved all-night diner, where the trick to a juicy burger is the hubcap covering. Breakfast can be simple -- biscuits and white gravy -- or complicated, such as the build-your-own omelette that starts with three eggs and comes with grits and toast. And the shakes and malts go down smoothly. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

717 St. Peter St. 524-3287
Poppy's Grill is undergoing an overhaul, with a name change and new items on the menu. This amped-up 1950s-style diner is filled with kitsch and now boasts an extensive burger list and po-boys including the Po Man's Po-Boy with fried baloney ³just like ya mama's.² With pies on top of the counter and short-order cooking behind it, this place is a throwback to the diner days of yore. Limited delivery in the French Quarter. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

2317 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 831-3681
4150 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 833-9349
6633 Airline Drive. Metairie 734-0301
10701 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-9678
12179 Hwy. 90, Luling (985) 785-6836
Dot's Diner is there when you and your hungry stomach need it, whether you're getting off the night shift and want a breakfast ham steak or starting your day with an egg-white veggie omelette. Salads, sandwiches, burgers and a fine apple pie round out the menu. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at the 4510 Jefferson Hwy. location, open 24 hours at other locations. Cash only. $


3516 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-3848
This quintessential diner serves up what you'd expect from a 24/7 eatery. Breakfast can be had any time of the day. The friendly short-order cook will grill you up a juicy burger or put together a specialty sandwich. Hot lunches on weekdays are $5.99 for a choice of white beans and pork chops, meatloaf, or chicken fried steak with gravy. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

200 Magazine St. 598-4839
This homage to its namesake 24-hour diner has become popular with its fresh burgers served on brioche buns and hand-cut fries. Only open since September, Huey's has already developed a late-night following for breakfast and classic Louisiana dishes. The satisfying pies, tempting desserts and cheesecakes are now all made in-house. Reservations accepted for large parties. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

116 Bourbon St. 523-4030
Conveniently located on Bourbon Street and open round-the-clock, this famous chain stays popular with tourists and regulars alike. Not only is it known for the hot, small square burger with the steamed-in onion flavor, this long-standing southeastern chain (since 1932) now serves up salads, chicken and their version of the hot dog. Delivery available from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Cash only. $

3764 Derbigny St., Metairie 833-6297
The motto at this neighborhood eatery is ³cooking with love² and it's no wonder Maw Maw Cindy herself calls it the best-kept secret in Metairie. Try some of her ³New Orleans Style² Hot Tamales or Maw Maw's Spinach and Artichoke Dip, served with chips, sour cream and salsa. The roast beef for the po-boys is slow-cooked and slathered in homemade gravy and the famous club sandwich has gained a reputation for its sheer girth. No reservations. Takeout only. Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Cash only. $

1340 Poydras St. 561-0061
The promising new menu items include Thai chicken and grilled tuna with tomato and basil served with mustard vinaigrette. Nine fresh vegetables are offered every day as well as just-baked brownies and cookies. Also popular is bread pudding with coconut rum sauce. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

1555 Poydras St. (Exxon Building) 568-0733

If it's Friday, head to Poydras Diner for stuffed or baked fish and seafood gumbo. Every day there's the ever-popular fried chicken, plus burgers and traditional breakfasts including bacon, eggs and hot cakes. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Credit cards. $

2501 Canal St. 821-0999

Breakfast the old-fashioned way is on the menu at Robin's, where fluffy pancakes are the house specialty. The Cottage Special pairs two eggs with two pancakes and adds your choice of bacon, ham, country or link sausage and grits. The luxuriously big cheese omelettes are guaranteed to get any motor running. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

8555 Pontchartrain Blvd. 282-9999, or 9980

Lunch regulars here opt for the daily specials or the homemade soups or salads; big eaters go straight for the eight-egg-white omelettes. Dinner means homespun dishes such as fried chicken -- half of a chicken (four pieces) -- with French fries, a green salad and two cornbread muffins. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

6303 S. Claiborne St. at Calhoun 861-3615
Since 1955, Uptowners have known just what that giant root beer mug sign means: hearty bargain breakfasts, daily lunch specials, and a variety of floats and milkshakes. Signatures include the root beer and nectar malt and the fully dressed Lot-o-burger with waffle fries. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Monday through Saturday. Cash only. $

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