900 Bourbon St. 598-1010;
The atmosphere of this Bourbon Street burger joint can be just as rewarding as the food, especially as the night gets later. Drag queens, cab drivers, culture-seekers and hungry tourists crowd around the chrome countertop and window seats for burgers and fries, omelets and waffles, washed down with a heavy dose of camp. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

2239 Williams Blvd., Kenner 441-5600; 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
Classic diner fare is on tap at Dot's, whether you're looking for a late-night fix or a rise-and-shine breakfast. Ham steaks and all the combinations of bacon, eggs, grits and biscuits come flying off the grill, while burgers, sandwiches and pies supply lunch, dinner or dessert options. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

816 Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 892-0125
Even with flickering gas lamps, wrought-iron fixtures, a caf — atmosphere and square French donuts, a visit to French Quarter Beignets and Diner isn't a trek into the Vieux Carr — . Rather, it's a recreated French Quarter scene on the Northshore, serving hot, sugar-dusted beignets, caf — au lait and heartier fare like burgers. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash and checks. $

116 Bourbon St. 523-4030;
Krystal's small, square hamburgers with steamed onions have been the restaurant chain's calling card since the 1930s, and breakfast biscuit sandwiches and chicken nuggets are more recent menu additions. The New Orleans location's address at the very doorstep of the French Quarter positions it well for late-night or early-morning fuel stops. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

3322 Magazine St. 891-3447;
You can choose slim or "not so slim" meals at this Uptown diner with retro ambiEnce but a menu in line with modern palates. Sure, there are breakfast combos served all day with eggs, grits, biscuits and bacon, but also the vegan Slammer with hash browns, tofu scramble and smoked tempe smothered with vegetarian chili. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash and checks. $

3205 36th St., Metairie 834-6272
Time stops for no man, and neither does the kitchen at the Tic Toc Caf — , serving up hearty breakfasts, sandwiches and hot-plate specials around the clock. The hamburger special is always the deal du jour with a big juicy burger dressed to your specs and served with chips for $6.99. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards. $

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