The Company Burger

4600 Freret St., (504) 267-0320; and 611 O’Keefe Ave.,(504) 309-9422; thecompanyburger.com

The Company Burger does not offer a build-your-own format but rather extends a just-trust-me proposition. Trust them. Compact and precise, fitting in its little cardboard tray as snugly as a Lego block, this is a classic burger of thin, griddled patties and gooey cheese that consistently delivers on its promise. Crisp fries and tots and a mayo bar, pork rinds, legit market salads and an all-American drink list all fit the streamlined approach. Keep the downtown location in mind for fast meals at the bar en route to a show or game. Lunch and dinner daily. $

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Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Port of Call in New Orleans is known for big burgers and bigger mixed drinks. 

Port of Call

838 Esplanade Ave., (504) 523-0120; portofcallnola.com

Do you remember when the pleasures of dining out were as simple as burgers as tall as a brick and rum punch the color of sunset? Not only does Port of Call remember, it has never really known anything else. After so many years, this dark, quasi-tiki den on the edge of the French Quarter remains an oasis, and its calling cards are as compelling as ever. It also remains madly popular, and thus often entails a lengthy wait or some clock management to arrive on off-hours. But when the burger hits the table under its plateau of shredded cheddar, you remember why you fell for Port of Call in the first place. Lunch, dinner and late night daily. $$

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