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The Sandwich Heatmap: Where To Grab a Bite in New Orleans Right Now

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In a city known for poboys (themselves some of the best sandwiches in the world), often the non-poboy sandwich gets overlooked. It's unfair, because there's some seriously creative chefs and local bakers in New Orleans working to bring their sandwich visions to life and for lunch.

Sure, there's the area's other famous sandwich, the muffuletta, (as well as other iconic New Orleans sandwiches) but for this map, the focus is on brand new delicious sandwiches, most of which are taking innovation to a new level.

These new sandwiches comprise everything from breakfast options to late night snacks, including Israeli and Vietnamese flavors. They're served in an array of settings, from public markets to bars to upscale eateries perfect for a lunch date. Most are inexpensive, but a few would pair well with a craft cocktail or a local beer as well.

Please note: Map points are listed in geographical order and are not ranked. Did we miss your favorite spot? Show it some love in the comments, send us an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tal's Hummus

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4800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 267-7357
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This new Mediterranean restaurant in the former McClure's building serves an array of traditional sandwiches, including the Sabich, which contains hard boiled egg, fried eggplant, and tahini, Hits all the flavor profiles and is deeply satisfying.

2. The Kitchen Table

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7005 Saint Claude Ave
Arabi, LA 70032
(504) 301-2285
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Of all the variations of a BLT out there, the oyster BLT may be the best concept (and perhaps execution). This new Arabi spot offers a great take on the Fried Oyster BLT with a spicy sweet chili mayo on grilled white toast.

3. Dryades Public Market

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1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 333-6100
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Inside the Dryades Public Market is a deli/sandwich counter, where one can get a wide variety of sandwiches for takeout or to eat in the soaring market space. If you're in the mood for a traditional favorite done right, have the Turkey-Bacon Club. Though there are lots of other options, including sandwiches made with in-house made meats like mortadella, corned beef, and pastrami.

4. Revel Cafe and Bar

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133 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 309-6122
This Mid City cocktail bar, the brainchild of legendary bartender Chris MacMillan and partner Laura has some kickass sandwiches to soak up some of Chris's libations. Try Revel's take on a classic muffuletta, with pepperoni, pancetta, and capicola on house olive focaccia with roasted peppers, arugula, provolone and aioli.

5. Kenton's

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5757 Magazine St. Suite A
New Orleans, LA
(504) 891-1177
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Sometimes there's nothing like a ham sandwich. This one has sharp cheddar, house-cured ham, romaine lettuce, and pickled onions. Available with several other equally tasty sandwiches on Kenton's lunch menu.
Kenton's/Dominique Ellis

6. Bakery Bar

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1179 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 265-8884
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Though the bakery part in "Bakery Bar" is assumed to mean delicious sweet doberge concoctions, one would be a fool to not investigate the savory side of things. Like... "Sconewiches," made with pimento cheese. This is a brilliant idea whose time has come, so get on board before the train leaves the station. SCONEWICHES, people. Sconewiches!

7. The Grocery

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1545 6th St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-9524
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The newly revamped and reopened sandwich shop on St. Charles Ave is still doing pressed sandwiches with the same delicious results. Try the Pressed Sausage Melt with sauteed onions and peppers and horseradish mayo for maximum provolone cheesy deliciousness.

8. St. James Cheese Company

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641 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 899-4737
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The downtown location of St. James Cheese Company has elevated its sandwich game (already pretty rad) to the next level. Take the Peachy Pig, a seasonal special. It's got a sweet-spicy balance happening with spicy Italian sausage and peach chutney - complemented with pickled peppers, Taleggio, and arugula on a Leidenheimer french bread roll.
St. James Cheese Company

9. Pho Tau Bay

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1565 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA
(504) 368-9846
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Celebrate Pho Tau Bay's return to Tulane Ave with their signature Banh Mi Pate Thit, which contains homemade rolled ham with the chef’s special chicken liver sausage. Dressed with the usual with the addition of very spicy peppers.

10. Killer Poboys

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211 Dauphine
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 462-2731
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This innovative poboy joint has several non-poboy sandwiches that are well deserving of attention, including the Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich, with olive oil pan roasted cauliflower on seeded wheat bread with romesco sauce, avocado schmear, pickled radishes, and oven dried kale.

11. Fharmacy

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2540 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 324-6090
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This new Mid City spot from Namese alum Chien Nguyen and Nhat Nguyen also does an excellent, no-fail Club sandwich, among a slew of deli-style sandwiches, wraps, a burger and snacks including wings and boudin balls. Bonus: Full bar.

12. Good Bird at St Roch Market

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2381 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(978) 430-5956
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Chicken sandwiches are the main attraction at this new St. Roch Market stall, headed up by Leo Sloan, an alum of Peche and Mario Batali's Otto. The Birdman sandwich features barbecue rotisserie chicken with slaw and pickles on a white bun. You can't really go wrong with that.

13. Blue Line Sandwich Co.

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2023 Metairie Rd.
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 309-3773
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Former Ye Olde College Inn executive chef Brad McGehee's farm to table breakfast and lunch joint on Metairie Road serves up some killer sandwich specials, but on the menu is the "St. Patty’s Day Massacre," with house-made corned beef, duck pastrami, Abita-braised cabbage, and rémoulade aioli on marble rye. It's a hot mess, but in a good way. A really good way..

14. The Rear Window at Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou

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6940 Saint Claude Ave
Arabi, LA 70032
(504) 324-7272
The Rear Window is so much more than a sandwich counter, with elevated bar snacks, backyard smoked barbecue and daily plate specials from Matt Hayashi and Amie Marvel in the new(ish) watering hole Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou. But the hot chicken sandwich and grilled Gulf shrimp roll with radish slaw and remoulade sure do make the case for a lunchtime trip to Arabi.

15. The Halal Guys

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St Charles
New Orleans, LA
(504) 302-2918
This quick and affordable lunch spot in the CBD is actually the latest expansion from a NYC-based street food empire with quite the hype. But it's worth it. The gyro here, including tender chicken, steak (or combo of the two) and a falafel version, will set you back around $10 with a drink.

1. Tal's Hummus

4800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
This new Mediterranean restaurant in the former McClure's building serves an array of traditional sandwiches, including the Sabich, which contains hard boiled egg, fried eggplant, and tahini, Hits all the flavor profiles and is deeply satisfying.
4800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. The Kitchen Table

7005 Saint Claude Ave, Arabi, LA 70032
Of all the variations of a BLT out there, the oyster BLT may be the best concept (and perhaps execution). This new Arabi spot offers a great take on the Fried Oyster BLT with a spicy sweet chili mayo on grilled white toast.
7005 Saint Claude Ave
Arabi, LA 70032

3. Dryades Public Market

1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
Inside the Dryades Public Market is a deli/sandwich counter, where one can get a wide variety of sandwiches for takeout or to eat in the soaring market space. If you're in the mood for a traditional favorite done right, have the Turkey-Bacon Club. Though there are lots of other options, including sandwiches made with in-house made meats like mortadella, corned beef, and pastrami.
1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113

4. Revel Cafe and Bar

133 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
This Mid City cocktail bar, the brainchild of legendary bartender Chris MacMillan and partner Laura has some kickass sandwiches to soak up some of Chris's libations. Try Revel's take on a classic muffuletta, with pepperoni, pancetta, and capicola on house olive focaccia with roasted peppers, arugula, provolone and aioli.
133 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Kenton's

5757 Magazine St. Suite A, New Orleans, LA
Kenton's/Dominique Ellis
Sometimes there's nothing like a ham sandwich. This one has sharp cheddar, house-cured ham, romaine lettuce, and pickled onions. Available with several other equally tasty sandwiches on Kenton's lunch menu.
5757 Magazine St. Suite A
New Orleans, LA

6. Bakery Bar

1179 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA
Though the bakery part in "Bakery Bar" is assumed to mean delicious sweet doberge concoctions, one would be a fool to not investigate the savory side of things. Like... "Sconewiches," made with pimento cheese. This is a brilliant idea whose time has come, so get on board before the train leaves the station. SCONEWICHES, people. Sconewiches!
1179 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA

7. The Grocery

1545 6th St, New Orleans, LA 70115
The newly revamped and reopened sandwich shop on St. Charles Ave is still doing pressed sandwiches with the same delicious results. Try the Pressed Sausage Melt with sauteed onions and peppers and horseradish mayo for maximum provolone cheesy deliciousness.
1545 6th St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. St. James Cheese Company

641 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
St. James Cheese Company
The downtown location of St. James Cheese Company has elevated its sandwich game (already pretty rad) to the next level. Take the Peachy Pig, a seasonal special. It's got a sweet-spicy balance happening with spicy Italian sausage and peach chutney - complemented with pickled peppers, Taleggio, and arugula on a Leidenheimer french bread roll.
641 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Pho Tau Bay

1565 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA
Celebrate Pho Tau Bay's return to Tulane Ave with their signature Banh Mi Pate Thit, which contains homemade rolled ham with the chef’s special chicken liver sausage. Dressed with the usual with the addition of very spicy peppers.
1565 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA

10. Killer Poboys

211 Dauphine, New Orleans, LA 70130
This innovative poboy joint has several non-poboy sandwiches that are well deserving of attention, including the Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich, with olive oil pan roasted cauliflower on seeded wheat bread with romesco sauce, avocado schmear, pickled radishes, and oven dried kale.
211 Dauphine
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Fharmacy

2540 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119
This new Mid City spot from Namese alum Chien Nguyen and Nhat Nguyen also does an excellent, no-fail Club sandwich, among a slew of deli-style sandwiches, wraps, a burger and snacks including wings and boudin balls. Bonus: Full bar.
2540 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119

12. Good Bird at St Roch Market

2381 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Chicken sandwiches are the main attraction at this new St. Roch Market stall, headed up by Leo Sloan, an alum of Peche and Mario Batali's Otto. The Birdman sandwich features barbecue rotisserie chicken with slaw and pickles on a white bun. You can't really go wrong with that.
2381 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

13. Blue Line Sandwich Co.

2023 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70005
Former Ye Olde College Inn executive chef Brad McGehee's farm to table breakfast and lunch joint on Metairie Road serves up some killer sandwich specials, but on the menu is the "St. Patty’s Day Massacre," with house-made corned beef, duck pastrami, Abita-braised cabbage, and rémoulade aioli on marble rye. It's a hot mess, but in a good way. A really good way..
2023 Metairie Rd.
Metairie, LA 70005

14. The Rear Window at Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou

6940 Saint Claude Ave, Arabi, LA 70032
The Rear Window is so much more than a sandwich counter, with elevated bar snacks, backyard smoked barbecue and daily plate specials from Matt Hayashi and Amie Marvel in the new(ish) watering hole Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou. But the hot chicken sandwich and grilled Gulf shrimp roll with radish slaw and remoulade sure do make the case for a lunchtime trip to Arabi.
6940 Saint Claude Ave
Arabi, LA 70032

15. The Halal Guys

St Charles, New Orleans, LA
This quick and affordable lunch spot in the CBD is actually the latest expansion from a NYC-based street food empire with quite the hype. But it's worth it. The gyro here, including tender chicken, steak (or combo of the two) and a falafel version, will set you back around $10 with a drink.
St Charles
New Orleans, LA

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