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A collard green melt from Turkey and the Wolf made with slow-cooked collards, pickled cherry pepper dressing, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw served hot on rye bread
Turkey and the Wolf’s collard green melt
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19 of New Orleans’s Greatest Sandwiches

Where to find the best sandwiches — that aren’t po’ boys — to be devoured in New Orleans

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Turkey and the Wolf’s collard green melt
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Not for nothing, but not all sandwiches are po’ boys. Yes, that’s New Orleans’s official way to eat everything on a hunk of French bread, but sandwiches other than have a rich and delicious history. Named for the 4th Earl of Sandwich in the late 1700s, seems this particular British aristocrat loved to gamble so much he wouldn’t stop to eat. So his valet packed him a — you guessed it — slab of meat between two pieces of bread, a portable meal called the sandwich. In New Orleans, we have plenty of good, even great renditions.

Try one, try them all and as always, send a note if we left out one of your favorites (ranked geographically). And, if it is po’ boys you’re after, check Eater’s guide to that New Orleans specialty here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Charlies Original The Moon at Francesca

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515 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 266-2511
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Francesca’s signature sandwich, this is a riff on the muffuletta, but combines ham, roast beef, provolone, Swiss, and coleslaw on a muffuletta bun with Russian dressing as opposed to the normal components. The winning combo isn’t the only sandwich worth trying on the Lakeview deli and restaurant’s menu — the classic Club is just as it should be, and hits the spot.

2. Chicken Pesto Panini at Café Navarre

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800 Navarre Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 483-8828
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This Mid City gem for lunch, brunch, and happy hour serves a solid menu of excellent cold and hot sandwiches alike, and offers a lovely a plant-covered patio perfect for digging in. The Cuban, club, and chicken salad on wheatberry are all great, but if you’re craving a panini, this is one of the top destinations in town.

3. Reuben at Liuzza's by the Track

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1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 218-7888
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Liuzza’s by the Track is of course, known for its po’ boys — particularly the New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp po’ boy and fried oyster with garlic butter — and being the official meet-up spot during Jazz Fest. But the reuben is a sleeper hit for locals — slowly simmered corned beef is grilled before being stacked with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and house Thousand Island Dressing on rye bread.

4. Hot Pastrami at Piece Of Meat

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3301 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 372-2289
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Meat Mama Leighann Smith is one badass butcher. At her and Daniel Jackson’s Piece of Meat, there’s plenty of outside seating for ravaging sandwiches like the hot pastrami with havarti cheese, coleslaw, and Thousand Island dressing pressed on rye; smoked brisket with pickled red onions and horseradish mayo; a pork belly Cuban; the smoked chicken salad sandwich...and on. This is also a spot to pick up local favorites from purveyors like Rahm House ice cream and Flour Moon bagels. Note that post-Ida, it’s best to give the deli a call to check on daily hours.

5. Cuban at Norma's Sweets Bakery

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2925 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 309-5401

Norma’s is loved for so many things; its cakes and other sweets, the imported market goods, and its guava cream cheese king cake, but its Cuban is a standout and one of the best in New Orleans. Flaky, melty, and handheld, it’s also one of the least expensive sandwiches to satisfy in town.

Norma’s Sweets Bakery Cuban
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6. Beet Reuben at The Green Room Kukhnya

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1300 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 766-1613
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The same great kitchen that used to be in the back of Siberia is on St. Bernard Avenue with a killer menu of salads, Eastern European blinis and outstanding sandwiches. Get the Green Room’s beet reuben for a real mouth surprise, roasted beets topped with braised cabbage, Swiss and Russian dressing on toasted buttered rye. There’s a version with corned beef too, equally good.

The Omni Rueben at Green Room
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7. La Ceibena Burger at Alma Cafe

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800 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 381-5877
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Chef/owner Melissa Araujo has all kinds of tricks up her sleeve in her quest to share her Honduran heritage and table with her guests. Open for breakfast, lunch, and happy hour Alma offers impressive sandwiches like the Honduran burger topped with a fried egg.

8. BLT at Bywater Bakery

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3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 336-3336
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Besides addictively good pies and cakes, Chaya Conrad’s Bywater Bakery offers hearty sandwich specials daily, embraced by Conrad’s wonderful multi-grain or country white bread. There’s always a hefty BLT; love the lemon caper tuna salad, and sometimes, on a lucky day, a Bywater cheesesteak.

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9. Schnitzel Sandwich at Bratz Y'all

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617-B Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 301-3222
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This family and dog friendly Bywater biergarten is so welcoming, with its picnic tables outside and area for the kiddos to romp. Open Thursday through Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m., Bratz Y’All! dishes terrific sausage sandwiches with names like the Berliner, a beauty of a grilled smoked pork link topped with fried onions and apple curry ketchup. The schnitzel sandwich, choice of fried chicken or pork cutlet, is slathered with crawfish remoulade slaw on a muffaletta bun, and most excellent.

10. Muffuletta at Verti Marte

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1201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4767

It may have been invented at Central Grocery, but the muffuletta at Verti Marte is worth a try, offering the same convenience for those visiting the French Quarter with the added benefit of being available 24 hours a day. This version is piled high with thick-cut meat and served either hot or cold. For another excellent muffuletta in the Quarter, Napoleon House’s hot version is top-notch, and can be enjoyed in a lovely courtyard with a Pimm’s Cup.

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11. Cuban at Manolito

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508 Dumaine St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 603-2740
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No surprise that one of the best Cubanos in town is at Manolito, Chris Hannah’s Cuban themed bar and cocktail lounge on Dumaine in the Quarter. A tribute to Havana’s El Floridita, the bar where Ernest Hemingway often sat, stewed and pickled, Manolito’s Cuban sandwich is a thing of beauty, sandwich bread stuffed with mojo pork, ham, swiss, house made pickles, mayo and mustard. Get any frozen drink and if the guava daiquiri is on the menu get two.

Manolito’s Cuban
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12. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Sylvain

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625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 265-8123
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Sylvain is a swell bistro with a smart menu that includes fresh pastas and shrimp and grits with a smoked tomato brodo. But, its fried chicken sandwich is the bomb. Revel in the perfectly fried thigh with hot sauce on a just right brioche bun. Don’t even get started on the burger....

Sylvain’s fried chicken sandwich
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13. Rib Eye Sandwich at Ajun Cajun

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8433 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-7077
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Ajun Cajun’s garlicky rib eye sandwich, a festival favorite, is love at first bite. Garlicky grilled steak arrives piled high on a toasted Dung Phuong roll, soy marinated bites of carrot and cucumber adding crunch under a slathering of gooey melted mozzarella cheese. Doesn’t get any better. Ok, technically they call it a po’ boy, but it’s anything but traditional. Get extra napkins.

14. Everything at Cochon Butcher

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930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-7675
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For sheer porcine goodness, Cochon Butcher is unbeatable. This casual butcher and sandwich spot from James Beard Award winners Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, gives chef de cuisine Forrest Jackson plenty of room to get down. The porchetta cheesesteak is divine, piled high with Italian seasoned pork and peppers under a blanket of melted provolone. The le pig mac deserves props, a porky send off of that other two patties, special sauce, lettuce cheese pickles onion on a sesame seed bun. And on the lighter side, the smoked turkey sandwich with avocado and sprouts on wheat is layered goodness.

Smoked turkey sandwich at Cochon Butcher
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15. Chicken Salad Sandwich at Gracious Bakery

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2854 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 301-9949
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Gracious Bakery’s ciabatta will make any sandwich great — seriously, put anything on there. But the local bakery with three locations also has an excellent chicken salad, set off by pickled onions and greens that make for a winning combo. The toasted Black Forest ham sandwich is also excellent, as is the hot, reuben-style turkey.

16. Corned Beef Special at Stein's Market and Deli

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2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 527-0771
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New York style deli rocks the house at Stein’s, always served on Jewish rye, although a bagel is also an option. Can’t go wrong with the corned beef special with coleslaw and Russian dressing (get a little extra on the side). Then again the tuna melt is damn good, and there’s plenty that’s Italian too — order the mumbler because it’s fun to say, and even more fun to eat: ciabatta piled with prosciutto, taleggio, and arugula drizzled with aged balsamic.

Stein's
Stein’s
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17. Collard Green Melt at Turkey and the Wolf

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739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 218-7428
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Mason Hereford created national buzz when he opened his sly sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf a few years back, and with good reason. While the fried bologna is probably its best known — it’s layered with potato chips and hot mustard on toast — the vegetarian (but not vegan) collard green melt with pickled cherry pepper dressing, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw is a standout. For something more classic, the smoked ham with cranberry sauce, herb mayo, and aged cheddar is incredible every time.

Turkey and the Wolf’s collard green melt
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18. Grilled Cheese at St. James Cheese Company

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5004 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-4737
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This Uptown paradise for cheese lovers does a stupendous job on the simple grilled cheese. Order that modest favorite at St. James Cheese Company, and a bewitching, oozing delight awaits. By all means add ham, bacon, or proscuitto to a melt of aged Colby grilled on rustic Bellegarde sourdough. The Il Mostro, with capicola, rosemary ham, rosa salami, provolone, and all the fixins’ is also a local favorite.

19. Le Parisien at La Boulangerie

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4600 Magazine St #1518
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 269-3777
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If it’s a European train stop-style sandwich you’re after, look no further than Uptown bakery La Boulangerie, and its delectable menu of sandwiches served on crusty baguette or croissant. Le Parisien is a classic — butcher ham, salted butter, Comté cheese, and cornichons on baguette. The chicken salad sandwich and smoked salmon sandwich, as well as the turkey, all compete with the ham as the best on the menu.

Le Parisien
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1. Charlies Original The Moon at Francesca

515 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Francesca’s signature sandwich, this is a riff on the muffuletta, but combines ham, roast beef, provolone, Swiss, and coleslaw on a muffuletta bun with Russian dressing as opposed to the normal components. The winning combo isn’t the only sandwich worth trying on the Lakeview deli and restaurant’s menu — the classic Club is just as it should be, and hits the spot.

515 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. Chicken Pesto Panini at Café Navarre

800 Navarre Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

This Mid City gem for lunch, brunch, and happy hour serves a solid menu of excellent cold and hot sandwiches alike, and offers a lovely a plant-covered patio perfect for digging in. The Cuban, club, and chicken salad on wheatberry are all great, but if you’re craving a panini, this is one of the top destinations in town.

800 Navarre Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

3. Reuben at Liuzza's by the Track

1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Liuzza’s by the Track is of course, known for its po’ boys — particularly the New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp po’ boy and fried oyster with garlic butter — and being the official meet-up spot during Jazz Fest. But the reuben is a sleeper hit for locals — slowly simmered corned beef is grilled before being stacked with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and house Thousand Island Dressing on rye bread.

1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Hot Pastrami at Piece Of Meat

3301 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Meat Mama Leighann Smith is one badass butcher. At her and Daniel Jackson’s Piece of Meat, there’s plenty of outside seating for ravaging sandwiches like the hot pastrami with havarti cheese, coleslaw, and Thousand Island dressing pressed on rye; smoked brisket with pickled red onions and horseradish mayo; a pork belly Cuban; the smoked chicken salad sandwich...and on. This is also a spot to pick up local favorites from purveyors like Rahm House ice cream and Flour Moon bagels. Note that post-Ida, it’s best to give the deli a call to check on daily hours.

3301 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Cuban at Norma's Sweets Bakery

2925 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Norma’s Sweets Bakery Cuban
Norma’s Sweets Bakery/Facebook

Norma’s is loved for so many things; its cakes and other sweets, the imported market goods, and its guava cream cheese king cake, but its Cuban is a standout and one of the best in New Orleans. Flaky, melty, and handheld, it’s also one of the least expensive sandwiches to satisfy in town.

2925 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Beet Reuben at The Green Room Kukhnya

1300 St Bernard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
The Omni Rueben at Green Room
Green Room Nola/Facebook

The same great kitchen that used to be in the back of Siberia is on St. Bernard Avenue with a killer menu of salads, Eastern European blinis and outstanding sandwiches. Get the Green Room’s beet reuben for a real mouth surprise, roasted beets topped with braised cabbage, Swiss and Russian dressing on toasted buttered rye. There’s a version with corned beef too, equally good.

1300 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. La Ceibena Burger at Alma Cafe

800 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Chef/owner Melissa Araujo has all kinds of tricks up her sleeve in her quest to share her Honduran heritage and table with her guests. Open for breakfast, lunch, and happy hour Alma offers impressive sandwiches like the Honduran burger topped with a fried egg.

800 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. BLT at Bywater Bakery

3624 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Besides addictively good pies and cakes, Chaya Conrad’s Bywater Bakery offers hearty sandwich specials daily, embraced by Conrad’s wonderful multi-grain or country white bread. There’s always a hefty BLT; love the lemon caper tuna salad, and sometimes, on a lucky day, a Bywater cheesesteak.

3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. Schnitzel Sandwich at Bratz Y'all

617-B Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This family and dog friendly Bywater biergarten is so welcoming, with its picnic tables outside and area for the kiddos to romp. Open Thursday through Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m., Bratz Y’All! dishes terrific sausage sandwiches with names like the Berliner, a beauty of a grilled smoked pork link topped with fried onions and apple curry ketchup. The schnitzel sandwich, choice of fried chicken or pork cutlet, is slathered with crawfish remoulade slaw on a muffaletta bun, and most excellent.

617-B Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117

10. Muffuletta at Verti Marte

1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Brasted/Eater NOLA

It may have been invented at Central Grocery, but the muffuletta at Verti Marte is worth a try, offering the same convenience for those visiting the French Quarter with the added benefit of being available 24 hours a day. This version is piled high with thick-cut meat and served either hot or cold. For another excellent muffuletta in the Quarter, Napoleon House’s hot version is top-notch, and can be enjoyed in a lovely courtyard with a Pimm’s Cup.

1201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

11. Cuban at Manolito

508 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Manolito’s Cuban
Manolito/Facebook

No surprise that one of the best Cubanos in town is at Manolito, Chris Hannah’s Cuban themed bar and cocktail lounge on Dumaine in the Quarter. A tribute to Havana’s El Floridita, the bar where Ernest Hemingway often sat, stewed and pickled, Manolito’s Cuban sandwich is a thing of beauty, sandwich bread stuffed with mojo pork, ham, swiss, house made pickles, mayo and mustard. Get any frozen drink and if the guava daiquiri is on the menu get two.

508 Dumaine St
New Orleans, LA 70116

12. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Sylvain

625 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Sylvain’s fried chicken sandwich
Sylvain/Facebook

Sylvain is a swell bistro with a smart menu that includes fresh pastas and shrimp and grits with a smoked tomato brodo. But, its fried chicken sandwich is the bomb. Revel in the perfectly fried thigh with hot sauce on a just right brioche bun. Don’t even get started on the burger....

625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Rib Eye Sandwich at Ajun Cajun

8433 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Ajun Cajun’s garlicky rib eye sandwich, a festival favorite, is love at first bite. Garlicky grilled steak arrives piled high on a toasted Dung Phuong roll, soy marinated bites of carrot and cucumber adding crunch under a slathering of gooey melted mozzarella cheese. Doesn’t get any better. Ok, technically they call it a po’ boy, but it’s anything but traditional. Get extra napkins.

8433 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

14. Everything at Cochon Butcher

930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Smoked turkey sandwich at Cochon Butcher
Cochon Butcher/Facebook

For sheer porcine goodness, Cochon Butcher is unbeatable. This casual butcher and sandwich spot from James Beard Award winners Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, gives chef de cuisine Forrest Jackson plenty of room to get down. The porchetta cheesesteak is divine, piled high with Italian seasoned pork and peppers under a blanket of melted provolone. The le pig mac deserves props, a porky send off of that other two patties, special sauce, lettuce cheese pickles onion on a sesame seed bun. And on the lighter side, the smoked turkey sandwich with avocado and sprouts on wheat is layered goodness.

930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Chicken Salad Sandwich at Gracious Bakery

2854 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Gracious Bakery’s ciabatta will make any sandwich great — seriously, put anything on there. But the local bakery with three locations also has an excellent chicken salad, set off by pickled onions and greens that make for a winning combo. The toasted Black Forest ham sandwich is also excellent, as is the hot, reuben-style turkey.

2854 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

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16. Corned Beef Special at Stein's Market and Deli

2207 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Stein's
Stein’s
Brasted/Eater NOLA

New York style deli rocks the house at Stein’s, always served on Jewish rye, although a bagel is also an option. Can’t go wrong with the corned beef special with coleslaw and Russian dressing (get a little extra on the side). Then again the tuna melt is damn good, and there’s plenty that’s Italian too — order the mumbler because it’s fun to say, and even more fun to eat: ciabatta piled with prosciutto, taleggio, and arugula drizzled with aged balsamic.

2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. Collard Green Melt at Turkey and the Wolf

739 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Turkey and the Wolf’s collard green melt
Turkey and the Wolf/Facebook

Mason Hereford created national buzz when he opened his sly sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf a few years back, and with good reason. While the fried bologna is probably its best known — it’s layered with potato chips and hot mustard on toast — the vegetarian (but not vegan) collard green melt with pickled cherry pepper dressing, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw is a standout. For something more classic, the smoked ham with cranberry sauce, herb mayo, and aged cheddar is incredible every time.

739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

18. Grilled Cheese at St. James Cheese Company

5004 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115

This Uptown paradise for cheese lovers does a stupendous job on the simple grilled cheese. Order that modest favorite at St. James Cheese Company, and a bewitching, oozing delight awaits. By all means add ham, bacon, or proscuitto to a melt of aged Colby grilled on rustic Bellegarde sourdough. The Il Mostro, with capicola, rosemary ham, rosa salami, provolone, and all the fixins’ is also a local favorite.

5004 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115

19. Le Parisien at La Boulangerie

4600 Magazine St #1518, New Orleans, LA 70115
Le Parisien
La Boulangerie/Facebook

If it’s a European train stop-style sandwich you’re after, look no further than Uptown bakery La Boulangerie, and its delectable menu of sandwiches served on crusty baguette or croissant. Le Parisien is a classic — butcher ham, salted butter, Comté cheese, and cornichons on baguette. The chicken salad sandwich and smoked salmon sandwich, as well as the turkey, all compete with the ham as the best on the menu.

4600 Magazine St #1518
New Orleans, LA 70115

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