Killer Poboys

219 Dauphine St., (504) 462-2731; and 811 Conti St., (504) 252-6745; killerpoboys.com

Though poboys are in the name, you’re not coming here to satisfy the cravings we normally associate with big loaves of roast beef or fried seafood, dressed. Instead, Killer Poboys serves a menu of original sandwiches cast along modern lines, built on crusty Vietnamese-style loaves. Meatloaf with spicy coffee barbecue sauce, rum-glazed pork belly or Mexican chorizo with avocado and black beans are more the pace of Killer’s sandwiches. Today there are two nearby but distinct locations – the original walk-up window inside the Erin Rose bar with late hours, and the full restaurant version just around the corner, with its larger menu and family-friendly format. Look for more special dining events at this second spot. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. (Dauphine St.); lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. (Conti St.) $

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Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Stein's Deli & Market is a trove of traditional deli cravings, including a stacked Reuben sandwich and sour pickles.

Stein’s Deli & Market

2207 Magazine St., (504) 527-0771; steinsdeli.net

Spanish ham and Italian cheese, knishes, pickles, lox and New York bagels (Davidovich brand) are all part of the equation at this food emporium. Still, it is the highly specific lust for classic deli sandwiches that fills Stein’s cluttered, somewhat ramshackle room and has people digging in elbow to elbow at its tables. This is the place in New Orleans for hoagies sluiced with vinaigrette, for tall stacks of pastrami on rye, for Philly style roasted pork (on Thursdays) and for a cheesesteak (the Tuesday-only special). The beer selection reflects a collector’s zeal, though you have to take them to go. But so what? It’s legal to drink on the streets here. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner (closes at 5 p.m.) Tue.-Fri. $

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