Acme Oyster House – Shuckers with attitude work behind the bar while tourists and a surprisingly large number of locals soak up the anti-atmosphere.
724 Iberville St., 522-5973
Camellia Grill – Brave the frequently long lines to sit at a real lunch counter, where you can watch the cooks make your burgers and omelettes in front of your eyes.
626 Carrollton Ave., 866-9573
Central Grocery – Some say it’s the home of the original muffaletta sandwich; others disagree.
923 Decatur St., 523-1620
DiMartino’s – While it is off the beaten path, the po-boys and muffalettas are worth any distance you may need to cover.
1788 Carol Sue, Terrytown, 392-7589
Domilise’s – A local favorite tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. Browse the celebrity pics on the wall as you wait for famous po-boys. Best bets: shrimp and roast beef.
5240 Annuciation St., 899-9126
Elizabeth’s – Breakfast and lunch near the levee in the Lower Ninth Ward.
601 Gallier St., 944-9272
Guy’s Food Store – A great Uptown joint, Guy’s serves up all your favorites. The shrimp here are battered to perfection.
5257 Magazine St., 891-5025
Louisiana Seafood Exchange – The benchmark for measuring “overstuffed” po-boys.
428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 834-9395
Magazine Po-Boy and Sandwich – Plate lunches here always draw a good crowd. Best bets: hot sausage and shrimp.
2368 Magazine St., 522-3107
Mike Serio’s Po-boys and Deli -The number of items on the menu here is only eclipsed by the number of college football helmets on display.
133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668
Mother’s – The Ferdie, roast beef, ham and gravy, is about as famous as they get. Long lines, great food.
401 Poydras St., 523-9656
Rocky & Carlo’s – Manwich-sized portions. Amazing mac and cheese
613 W St. Bernard, Chalmette, 279-8323