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1801 Dickory St., River Ridge 734-8455

The wine tastings on Friday evenings offer an excellent introduction to reds, whites and beyond. Have a snack while you're sipping; choices include chicken tortilla soup or green olives stuffed with blue cheese, feta cheese or anchovies. Gourmet cheeses, meats and sandwiches are also available. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $


923 Decatur St. 523-1620

It's all about the muffaletta here, at the (possible) original home of the classic New Orleans sandwich, where salami, ham, mortadella cheese, Swiss cheese and the all-important olive salad are heaped on an enormous round bun that easily feeds two hungry people. The Grocery makes several varieties, including a veggie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


515 Harrison Ave. 486-1766

Bring your appetite to Charlie's, where they feed the neighborhood on Moon Specials -- ham, roast beef, provolone, Swiss cheese and coleslaw all heaped on a muffaletta bun. There are also overstuffed po-boys, seafood platters and baked chicken. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Thursday and Friday. Checks. $


435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna


Gattuso's can be counted on for deli faves, but also consider the baby back ribs: glazed with the house watermelon barbecue sauce and served with baked beans and French fries or sweet potato fries. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $


2854 St. Charles Ave. 895-9524

Jump off the streetcar for a bite at this popular Garden District lunch spot. Marcy McCall gives the classic po-boy a twist by serving any sandwich hot and pressed. Tribute is given to the Cuban sandwich with slow-roasted pork, ham, Creole mustard and pickles. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Checks. $


5300 Tchoupitoulas St. 891-5100

This isn't your typical deli, yet Uptowners flock here at lunchtime for made-to-order specialty sandwiches. The Smokehouse is favored for its smoky barbeque spread on an onion roll with cheddar, peppered bacon, red onion, lettuce and tomato and the namesake Heavenly Ham. No reservations. Lunch daily, early dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $


4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville

(985) 626-0066

For 18 years Hugh's has been offering customers many choices, from an extensive wine list to an extensive sandwich list. Eat in and enjoy your meal with a bottle of wine you've just purchased or pick up some gourmet food to go. Locals swear by the Northshore Reuben with corned beef, pickled red cabbage, big-eye Swiss and Hugh's Reuben mustard on rye broiled to perfection. Wine-tasting dinners are offered once a month and the wine cellar stocks popular as well as rare wines. No reservations. Lunch Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $


3519 Severn Ave.; 3520 N. Hullen Road, Metairie 888-2010

With a recently enlarged dining room and an expanded menu to boot, more folks are finding their way to this kosher outpost. The J&N signature sandwich is a deli favorite, with hot corned beef and pastrami on rye bread, dressed with mustard, horseradish and slaw and served with the requisite New York Barrel pickles. No reservations. Lunch Sunday through Friday, dinner Monday through Thursday. Credit cards and checks. $


714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie 896-7300

3827 Baronne St. 899-7411

Customers beware; you may get lost in dizzying array of wine, liquors and food offered at Martin's. They've got meals to go, ranging from salads to lasagna. Try the Sena Salad made-to-order, featuring roasted chicken, raisins, crumbled blue cheese, and pecans over a bed of mixed greens with a pepper-jelly vinaigrette. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, lunch Sunday. Credit cards and checks. $


2701 Airline Drive, Metairie


There's the club sandwich on sliced wheat bread with ham, turkey, cheddar and Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and their in-house special honey mustard sauce. Kids' menu available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


4107 S. Carrollton Ave. 486-8889

This deli formerly known as Mr. Ed's has it all, from dine-in and takeout. There's something for everyone on the menu, featuring seafood, sandwiches and everything in between. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards and checks. $


3501 Severn Ave., Metairie 885-4010

If variety is the spice of life, then Mr. Roo's has a well-seasoned menu, offering local specialties as well as worldly favorites for those who desire more international taste choices. Features include veal and chicken Parmesan, shrimp Creole and a fried chicken club sandwich with bacon, cheddar cheese and egg. Ask about specials, which change daily. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Credit cards. $


801 Live Oak St., Metairie 835-0916

This family-owned-and-operated business has been treating customers like family for eight years now, feeding them freshly made Italian sausage, po-boys and daily specials such as Monday's red beans and Friday's and Saturday's all-you-can-eat trout and fresh softshell crabs. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. $


1201 Royal St. 525-4767

Quell hunger pangs into the wee hours with barbecued chicken or ribs, a chili cheese steak, the ³Mighty Muffaletta,² or any number of specialty sandwiches. The All That Jazz features grilled shrimp, ham, turkey, tomatoes, mushrooms, Swiss and American cheese, and the house WOW sauce (a spicy, creamy blend) on French bread. Delivery available. No reservations. Open 24 hours. Credit cards for in-store purchases. $