3633 Annunciation St. 899-9111
The staff at Barcia's rises early to prepare sandwiches and po-boys — but arrive early because it closes shortly after lunch and be prepared to stand in line. Traditional New Orleans po-boys, sandwiches such as ham and cheese and breakfast items are on the no-nonsense menu. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Cash only. $

128 W. 21st Ave., Covington (985) 892-2373
Po-boys are what Bear's, a longtime Northshore lunch spot, does best. Customers clamor for Bear's roast-beef, shrimp, chicken and cheeseburger po-boys. All are solid renditions. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $

1102 Stumpf Blvd., Gretna 368-6498
The po-boys are popular standards, but Christy's satisfies a Cuban-food fix, too. The Cuban sandwich combines ham, Swiss cheese, pot roast, pickles and mustard, while oxtails (!) in red gravy, served with white rice, black beans and fried plantains, are a daring choice for Cuban-cuisine neophytes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Cash only. $

1113 Decatur St. 412-8813
New Orleanians can't get enough of the famed French-bread sandwich, and Courtyard turns out solid ones with shrimp, catfish and other fillings. Hearty entrees are also offered, such as meatballs and spaghetti, crab cakes, red beans and rice, and even a dish underrepresented on local menus, pork roast, served here with scalloped potatoes. Breakfast is new here. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

805 Newport Drive, LaPlace (985) 652-5227; 1504 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 726-6101; 2201 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie 885-1332; 5861 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson 734-0060; 68083 Hwy. 59, Mandeville (985) 809-2133
We all miss the Danny and Clyde's commercials, but this po-boy business is going strong. Overstuffed shrimp, roast beef, hamburger, oyster and fish poor-boys are delivered to you quickly and eaten just as fast. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown 391-1711; 3900 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, Algiers 367-0227Obviously, the muffuletta is DiMartino's signature item, but it sells more roast-beef po-boys (with lots of delightfully messy homemade gravy) than anything else. There's also a roast-beef muffuletta and a seafood muffuletta, all dressed with homemade olive salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

133 St. Charles Ave. 523-2668
Festooned with football memorabilia, this sandwich shop keeps the regulars coming back for the signature po-boys like the ham and roast beef Mickey Special or the Big Mitch with grilled ham and melted cheese. No reservations. Call for hours. Credit cards. $

401 Poydras St. 523-9656;
You've seen the line snaking out of Mother's onto Poydras Street; this is one of the few restaurants for which New Orleanians will — and have always had to — endure a lengthy wait. The baked ham, Famous Ferdi Special (roast-beef and ham po-boy) and Creole dishes such as gumbo and etouffee are legendary, and breakfast is served all day. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Morning delivery available. Credit cards. $

2533 Constance St. 899-2054;
After the wearing of the green on St. Patrick's Day has worn itself out, Parasol's is still a neighborhood hangout and po-boy shop. The roast beef, shrimp and oyster po-boys are the top sellers because, as one devotee proclaims, "They're sloppy and good." That's all we need to hear. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sun., dinner Thu.-Sun. Credit cards. $

538 N. Hagan Ave. 482-3047
The roast beef at Parkway is cooked for seven hours; that spells a serious sandwich. But it's the Thompson's Meat Packers-brand hot sausage that wins kudos for being meatier and spicier than some others. A full bar and a courtyard with live, free music from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends makes this a place to stop and mingle. Look for a second location coming soon to Airline Drive. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sun. Cash only. $

4639 Westbank Expwy., Marrero 328-2222
Nineteen sandwiches mean lots of good choices at this family restaurant. Among the more creative po-boys are the Surf and Turf, with steak, shrimp, onions and cheese, and the Hawaiian Delight, chicken or shrimp with bell pepper, pineapple, sweet-and-sour sauce and cheese. No reservations. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner Sun.-Thu. Credit cards. $

701 David Drive, Kenner 733-8817; 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 466-9195
Quiznos has some advertising geniuses working behind the scenes (talking babies, singing critters), but even better, its test kitchens turn out tasty and innovative subs. The mesquite chicken, turkey with ranch dressing and Swiss cheese, and chicken carbonara are as memorable as the company's quirky campaigns. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. at David Drive, lunch and dinner daily at W. Esplanade. Credit cards. $

249 Aris Ave., Metairie 831-1537
Away from the hubbub of Metairie Road near the train tracks, Radosta's sells plenty of po-boys and New Orleans specialties in a jovial atmosphere. The staff is fun loving, the roast-beef and shrimp po-boys are served hot, and the 31-year tradition of serving satisfying meals makes it seem like a home away from home. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie 885-4572What says classic New Orleans more than po-boys and gumbo? Russell says not much, offering specialties like roast beef or meatball po-boys and two types of gumbo, with all dishes prepared with fresh ingredients. No reservations. Call for hours. Credit cards. $

Southern Po-boys
720 Claiborne Drive, Jefferson 835-3035
A hectic atmosphere and a polite but no-nonsense staff are the hallmarks of Southern Po-boys, where standards such as roast beef, shrimp and oysters are among the bestsellers. Daily specials such as red beans and rice and any Creole, Cajun and/or Southern dish might appear on the menu. Southern has been in business since 1977, so customers often become regulars. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

Often billed as a healthy version of fast food, sandwiches at this mega-chain are made with fresh lean meats, cheeses, veggies and breads of your choosing. With more than 50 locations open in the metro area, it's likely that there will be a Subway ready to serve you when you have a sandwich jones. No reservations. Hours and delivery options vary by location. Credit cards. $

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