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Classic New Orleans Lunch Spots Open For a Midday Takeout Break

From po-boys to oysters Rockefeller, these essential NOLA lunch destinations are still open for takeout or delivery

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New Orleans is known as a classic lunch town, whether it be an indulgent, booze-filled Friday meal or a po-boy from one of the countless corner shops that have served the city’s workers for decades. Now, with New Orleans’s (and more recently, Louisiana’s) stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic, the joy of communal lunches may be on hold, but that’s no reason not to seek some comfort in your favorite NOLA lunch.

While some of our favorite lunchtime destinations like Domilise’s, Commander’s Palace (as of Monday, March 23), and Parkway Bakery are temporarily closed, plenty of the city’s lunch institutions remain open for pickup and delivery. So make the most of your midday break and indulge in one of the city’s finest lunches.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery

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14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 254-0214
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You can still get one of the best banh mi in the area at classic lunch spot Dong Phuong. Call 504-254-0214 or text 504-982-4981 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sun (closed Tuesday), and staff will call you when it’s ready.

A red brick standalone restaurant with a beige roof with a parking lot in front
Dong Phuong
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2. Toups Meatery

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845 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 252-4999
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Chef Isaac Toups is offering curbside takeout from 11 a.m. to – 9 p.m. daily, serving a different (limited) menu everyday.

Exterior of restaurant on corner with green awnings, outdoor tables with blue umbrellas, and a Toups’ Meatery sign Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

3. Blue Oak BBQ

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900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-2583
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Get your barbecue and Tuesday chicken sandwich fix from Blue Oak with curbside pickup from 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Happy hour deals remain in place from 3 to 6 p.m.

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4. The Joint

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701 Mazant St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 949-3232
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The classic, “always smokin” Joint is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for takeout, and willing to deliver in the Bywater to Esplanade and N Robertson with a minimum $20 order.

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5. Bayona

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430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 525-4455
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Susan Spicer’s Bayona is offering a weekly menu of family-style entrees, soups, and salads for takeout — this week’s featured the famous the smoked duck “PB & J.” Call the restaurant to order and pick it up in the carriageway; wine by the bottle is also available.

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6. Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak

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215 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 335-3932
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Galatoire’s is offering a different grab-and-go meal for four, with menus for the next day announced at 3 p.m. daily. $76 plus tax and service charge. Orders can be placed by phone between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, and must be picked up from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Same day orders must be placed by noon. Bonus: some bottles of wine are discounted.

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7. Willie Mae’s at Pythian Market

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234 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 481-9599
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Though the classic restaurant is closed, as of today, March 23, Willie Mae’s stall in Pythian market is slinging its world-famous fried chicken. Place an online order here noon to 8 p.m. for free delivery or curbside pickup.

Willie Mae’s fried chicken, mac and cheese, and peas
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8. Boucherie

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8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-5514
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Nathanial Zimet’s Uptown meatery is offering half and full-sized pans dishes for pickup and delivery, from a new daily menu here.

9. Carmo

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527 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 875-4132
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This Warehouse District lunchtime destination is open for takeout and delivery via UberEats from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and is adding international-themed family meals with menus from Puerto Rico, Haiti, India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Peru and Japan. Prices vary from $12 to $15 per person.

10. Cochon Butcher

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930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

This essential lunch destination with the excellent muffulettas, Cubanos, and boudin is open for takeout with changing limited menus; call the restaurant directly to order and add a bottle of beer or wine.

11. Rocky & Carlo's Restaurant & Bar

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613 W St Bernard Hwy
Chalmette, LA 70043
(504) 279-8323
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This Sicilian family-run Chalmette icon is a bit outside of town, but a lunch icon. Offering curbside pickup or Road Runner delivery.

Rocky & Carlo’s, Tuesday, 1 p.m.
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12. Stein's Market and Deli

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2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 527-0771
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The ultimate Italian/Jewish deli in the city is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as usual; call in your order and payment, and staff will bring it out to you/your vehicle when it’s ready.

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13. Turkey and the Wolf

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739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 218-7428
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This sandwich spot from star chef Mason Hereford instantly became a classic lunch destination for its wacky but incredible eats. Now offering curbside pickup and changing daily food offerings, with a promise that all tips go to employees.

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14. St. James Cheese Company - Uptown

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5004 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-4737
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The downtown location is temporarily closed, but Uptown is offering curbside pickup for all its menu favorites, as well as accepting order for cheese to be packed up and picked up.

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1. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
A red brick standalone restaurant with a beige roof with a parking lot in front
Dong Phuong
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

You can still get one of the best banh mi in the area at classic lunch spot Dong Phuong. Call 504-254-0214 or text 504-982-4981 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sun (closed Tuesday), and staff will call you when it’s ready.

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129

2. Toups Meatery

845 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Exterior of restaurant on corner with green awnings, outdoor tables with blue umbrellas, and a Toups’ Meatery sign Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Chef Isaac Toups is offering curbside takeout from 11 a.m. to – 9 p.m. daily, serving a different (limited) menu everyday.

845 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Blue Oak BBQ
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Get your barbecue and Tuesday chicken sandwich fix from Blue Oak with curbside pickup from 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Happy hour deals remain in place from 3 to 6 p.m.

900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. The Joint

701 Mazant St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Brasted/Eater NOLA

The classic, “always smokin” Joint is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for takeout, and willing to deliver in the Bywater to Esplanade and N Robertson with a minimum $20 order.

701 Mazant St
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Bayona

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
bayona

Susan Spicer’s Bayona is offering a weekly menu of family-style entrees, soups, and salads for takeout — this week’s featured the famous the smoked duck “PB & J.” Call the restaurant to order and pick it up in the carriageway; wine by the bottle is also available.

430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112

6. Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak

215 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Outside Galatoire’s
Galatoire’s
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Galatoire’s is offering a different grab-and-go meal for four, with menus for the next day announced at 3 p.m. daily. $76 plus tax and service charge. Orders can be placed by phone between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, and must be picked up from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Same day orders must be placed by noon. Bonus: some bottles of wine are discounted.

215 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Willie Mae’s at Pythian Market

234 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
Willie Mae’s fried chicken, mac and cheese, and peas
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Though the classic restaurant is closed, as of today, March 23, Willie Mae’s stall in Pythian market is slinging its world-famous fried chicken. Place an online order here noon to 8 p.m. for free delivery or curbside pickup.

234 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. Boucherie

8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Nathanial Zimet’s Uptown meatery is offering half and full-sized pans dishes for pickup and delivery, from a new daily menu here.

8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118

9. Carmo

527 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This Warehouse District lunchtime destination is open for takeout and delivery via UberEats from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and is adding international-themed family meals with menus from Puerto Rico, Haiti, India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Peru and Japan. Prices vary from $12 to $15 per person.

527 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Cochon Butcher

930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This essential lunch destination with the excellent muffulettas, Cubanos, and boudin is open for takeout with changing limited menus; call the restaurant directly to order and add a bottle of beer or wine.

930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Rocky & Carlo's Restaurant & Bar

613 W St Bernard Hwy, Chalmette, LA 70043
Rocky & Carlo’s, Tuesday, 1 p.m.
Rocky & Carlo’s
Brasted/Eater NOLA

This Sicilian family-run Chalmette icon is a bit outside of town, but a lunch icon. Offering curbside pickup or Road Runner delivery.

613 W St Bernard Hwy
Chalmette, LA 70043

12. Stein's Market and Deli

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

The ultimate Italian/Jewish deli in the city is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as usual; call in your order and payment, and staff will bring it out to you/your vehicle when it’s ready.

2207 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Turkey and the Wolf

739 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Brasted/Eater NOLA

This sandwich spot from star chef Mason Hereford instantly became a classic lunch destination for its wacky but incredible eats. Now offering curbside pickup and changing daily food offerings, with a promise that all tips go to employees.

739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. St. James Cheese Company - Uptown

5004 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115
St. James Cheese Company - Uptown
Brasted/Eater NOLA

The downtown location is temporarily closed, but Uptown is offering curbside pickup for all its menu favorites, as well as accepting order for cheese to be packed up and picked up.

5004 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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