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The Sandwich Heatmap: Epic New Sandwiches To Try in NOLA Now

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New Orleans is a town of po' boys, sure, but restaurants have also been stepping up their regular old sandwich game in recent years. 2015 has seen a slew of new spots arriving on the scene with impressive sandwiches that go beyond your typical club, BLT or Reuben. Here are twelve epic new sandwiches to try right now in New Orleans.

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1. Falafel Sandwich at 1000 Figs

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Ponce De Leon St
New Orleans, LA 70119
The 1000 Figs team made a name with the Fat Falafel food truck, and the falafel sandwich at their Bayou St. John brick-and-mortar keeps up the reputation. Pair with the incredible fries, of course, and slather it all in garlic aioli. [Side note: Also home to a killer, huge smoked chicken salad sandwich]

2. Doner Kebab at Kebab

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2315 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 383-4328
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Spit-roasted meats on house baked bread? What's not to love about this St. Claude Avenue eatery from Benjamin Harlow and Walker Reisman. The chicken doner is never a disappointment, but if lamb is available as a special (as pictured), just go ahead and order both.

3. Chicken & Waffle Sandwich at Brown Butter

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231 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
This Mid City bible-belt eatery is a great spot for lunchtime sandwiches, from an oyster BLT to this ever-decadent chicken and waffle sandwich that also comes packed with ham, melted cheddar cheese, and a Steen's maple syrup glaze.

4. Hot Buttered Crab Roll at Willa Jean

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611 Okeefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 509-7334
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This riff on a lobster roll is utterly decadent with buttery crab on a pillow-soft roll with a touch of garlic and pickled red onion. The housemade chips are also pretty glorious.

5. Cold Fried Chicken Sandwich at PDR

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2381 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
Located in St. Roch Market, PDR offers this massive onslaught of cold fried fried chicken , sweet pickles, and cheddar toasted to perfection... it is so naughty, but so incredibly good.

6. Crazy Old Goat at The Big Cheezy

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422 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 302-2598
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Goat cheese and melted Monterey Jack are topped with applewood smoked bacon and grilled green peppers, with housemade red pepper jelly on multi-grain at this Mid City lunch-hub.

7. Messi Swine Po' Boy at Bevi Seafood Co

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236 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-7503
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Chef Justin LeBlanc and team serve up a mean po' boy, from fried shrimp to cochon de lait. The new Messi Swine—crispy pork belly, cochon, ham & bacon fat mayo. Yes, HAM & BACON FAT MAYO— is available only at the new Mid City location.

8. Cuban at El Libre

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(504) 309-2699
Cubans are the name of the game at this new Quarter cafe, with traditional, turkey, and even vegetarians options of the sandwich available. A cocktail programs focuses on rum, but there's also a Cuban coffee program, and it's open until 2 a.m. on weekends.

9. Any Sandwich at Primitivo

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1800 Ortetha Castle Haley
New Orleans, LA
(504) 881-1775
Nick Martin rolls out incredible lunch specials during the week at Primitivo, usually including a sandwich, from sliders to the beauty pictured here— a riff on a BLT with face bacon, heirloom tomatoes, and arugula.

10. Broken Yolk Sandwich at Blue Line Sandwich Co.

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2023 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 309-3773
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This Old Metairie sandwich hub is home to an array of wicked specials (fried oyster and shotshell sandwiches) and menu items made with locally-sourced ingredients. Chef Brad McGeehee makes his own corned beef in house, so St. Patty's Day Massacre and Broken Yolk breakfast sandwich—corned beef, grilled onion, fried egg and cheese—are must orders.

11. BLTorta from Mamita's NOLA

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The Mamita's food truck debuted this year and specializes in Mexican cuisine, but they also sling a mean BLT with the addition of avocado and chipotle mayo on Texas toast.

12. Hot Sausage Lambwich at Balise

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640 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Justin Devillier is an award-winning chef with an eye for the absolute divine when it comes to meals-between-bread (take the legendary LPG burger, for instance). The brunch-time Lambwich at Devillier's downtown venture Balise takes the form of a hot sausage sandwich smothered in gruyere,a fried egg and grilled green onion mayo. It's everything brunch should be, and your hangover will thank you.

1. Falafel Sandwich at 1000 Figs

Ponce De Leon St, New Orleans, LA 70119
The 1000 Figs team made a name with the Fat Falafel food truck, and the falafel sandwich at their Bayou St. John brick-and-mortar keeps up the reputation. Pair with the incredible fries, of course, and slather it all in garlic aioli. [Side note: Also home to a killer, huge smoked chicken salad sandwich]
Ponce De Leon St
New Orleans, LA 70119

2. Doner Kebab at Kebab

2315 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Spit-roasted meats on house baked bread? What's not to love about this St. Claude Avenue eatery from Benjamin Harlow and Walker Reisman. The chicken doner is never a disappointment, but if lamb is available as a special (as pictured), just go ahead and order both.
2315 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

3. Chicken & Waffle Sandwich at Brown Butter

231 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
This Mid City bible-belt eatery is a great spot for lunchtime sandwiches, from an oyster BLT to this ever-decadent chicken and waffle sandwich that also comes packed with ham, melted cheddar cheese, and a Steen's maple syrup glaze.
231 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Hot Buttered Crab Roll at Willa Jean

611 Okeefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
This riff on a lobster roll is utterly decadent with buttery crab on a pillow-soft roll with a touch of garlic and pickled red onion. The housemade chips are also pretty glorious.
611 Okeefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

5. Cold Fried Chicken Sandwich at PDR

2381 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Located in St. Roch Market, PDR offers this massive onslaught of cold fried fried chicken , sweet pickles, and cheddar toasted to perfection... it is so naughty, but so incredibly good.
2381 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

6. Crazy Old Goat at The Big Cheezy

422 S Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Goat cheese and melted Monterey Jack are topped with applewood smoked bacon and grilled green peppers, with housemade red pepper jelly on multi-grain at this Mid City lunch-hub.
422 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Messi Swine Po' Boy at Bevi Seafood Co

236 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Chef Justin LeBlanc and team serve up a mean po' boy, from fried shrimp to cochon de lait. The new Messi Swine—crispy pork belly, cochon, ham & bacon fat mayo. Yes, HAM & BACON FAT MAYO— is available only at the new Mid City location.
236 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Cuban at El Libre

New Orleans, LA
Cubans are the name of the game at this new Quarter cafe, with traditional, turkey, and even vegetarians options of the sandwich available. A cocktail programs focuses on rum, but there's also a Cuban coffee program, and it's open until 2 a.m. on weekends.

9. Any Sandwich at Primitivo

1800 Ortetha Castle Haley, New Orleans, LA
Nick Martin rolls out incredible lunch specials during the week at Primitivo, usually including a sandwich, from sliders to the beauty pictured here— a riff on a BLT with face bacon, heirloom tomatoes, and arugula.
1800 Ortetha Castle Haley
New Orleans, LA

10. Broken Yolk Sandwich at Blue Line Sandwich Co.

2023 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70005
This Old Metairie sandwich hub is home to an array of wicked specials (fried oyster and shotshell sandwiches) and menu items made with locally-sourced ingredients. Chef Brad McGeehee makes his own corned beef in house, so St. Patty's Day Massacre and Broken Yolk breakfast sandwich—corned beef, grilled onion, fried egg and cheese—are must orders.
2023 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70005

11. BLTorta from Mamita's NOLA

New Orleans, LA
The Mamita's food truck debuted this year and specializes in Mexican cuisine, but they also sling a mean BLT with the addition of avocado and chipotle mayo on Texas toast.

12. Hot Sausage Lambwich at Balise

640 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Justin Devillier is an award-winning chef with an eye for the absolute divine when it comes to meals-between-bread (take the legendary LPG burger, for instance). The brunch-time Lambwich at Devillier's downtown venture Balise takes the form of a hot sausage sandwich smothered in gruyere,a fried egg and grilled green onion mayo. It's everything brunch should be, and your hangover will thank you.
640 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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