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Best Sandwiches...?

Looking for suggestions of where to get really good sandwiches, whether it may be a roast beef poboy, shrimp poboy, ham sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, or a vietnamese poboy (banh mi)... Point being...I just want to find me a good sandwich. I'm a sandwich junkie and am always looking for really good bitesin Kenner, Metairie, New Orleans or the Westbank. Any and all suggestions are welcome.

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  1. How about a best-of with subcategories:
    --best bahn mi: the one with pate & ham from Dong Phuong; second runner up is a bahn mi thit nuong from Pho Tau Bay
    --best roast beef: Joe Sepies in old Jefferson
    --best BLT: Stein's deli
    --best ham-n-cheese: the brie & jamon de bayonne on baguette at St. James Cheese company
    --best cheesesteak: Stein's deli again, on Tuesdays only
    --best organ meat sandwich: fried chicken livers w/coleslaw at Mahoney's
    --best pastrami on onion roll: Kosher Cajun deli, on Severn in Metairie
    --best panino: the seared tuna w/black olive pesto at Gelato Pazzo on Oak St.
    --best all around sandwich offerings: Martin's Wine Cellar deli (Metairie)
    --best "cold cuts" (aka charcuterie): the Gambino at Cochon Butcher

    Now if somebody could tell me where to get a good French dip...and for the life of me, I can't think of a good grilled chicken sandwich around town.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      HC--what/where is Joe Sepies? Agree w/several of your other choices so I'd like to try that RB (po-boy, I assume).

      1. re: nomadchowwoman

        Jeff Hwy near Central. he has different offerings of roast beef. you'll also need to ask for extra gravy on the side. we order from here a lot.

      2. re: Hungry Celeste

        One of my worst dining experiences ever is an establishment on your list. Dined at Martins in Metairie a few months back, I ordered a California sandwich and noticed only one slice of turkey on my sandwich, one slice!!!!
        My partners sandwich a corned beef was all fat, all fat no meat!!!!!
        You would think that this establishment would serve alot better sandwiches while charging luxury prices.

        1. re: Hungry Celeste


          Unfortunately, the best (really noteworthy) that I have had is not in NOLA, but Denver. In NOLA, I have yet to find a great one, and there should well be. Acy's of years-gone-by, had a really good one, but they are history.

          I'd be curious too, and hope that someone nails it for both of us.

          Not familiar with Joe Sepies, but know that neighborhood well. I still judge the RB by Frank's, but now that he and his M-I-L are gone, Parkway has done it for me. We usually load up on various seafood (AZ is NOT the fried seafood capital of the US), but I would make an exception for a great RB. Gotta' try it.

          As always, thank you for the insight. It is appreciated.



          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            +1 on best BLT for Stein's. Also at Stein's: Best reuben and best anything-on-a-bagel.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              HC--found a good grilled chicken sandwich on bun at Parenton's PoBoys

              1. re: mckenzie

                And where is this place? How is the chix seasoned? Ordinary bun or house-made?

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  Parenton's is located one block off of Central Ave and one block off of Jefferson Hwy on Ellen St. It is 3 houses away from the Venezia's on Central Ave. on the same side of street in the neighborhood. The bun is a large seeded bun with a buttery taste--the chicken is so tender and juicy with a hint of garlic--I have also had the po-boy but favor the bun . I found this place last Sept. and have been there at least once a week--working my way through the menu and haven't been disappointed yet-hearty portions with good taste

            2. J'Anita's, RiverPond Seafood, The Galley, Crabby Jack's, Parenton's

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              1. re: edible complex


                I am always on your "page," when it comes to recs. However, on strong recs. from trusted sources, we've done The Galley on 3 occasions, and have left each time scratching our heads. I know that many love, and recommend them, but what the heck have we done wrong? It's been some years now, but IIRC, we've done the shrimp plate, softshells and the oyster plate, plus some po-boys. Nothing has left a really good impression. Gotta' be OE on our part. Can you enlighten me. I really want to know what we've just missed.



                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  if a special, get the crabmeat au gratin to start for a shared app (it's usually an entree special). I usually stick w/boiled seafood there: crawfish, crabs and shrimp or any of the stuffed seafood specials. for my fried seafood po boys, I have other places for that and stick to Galley's boiled.

              2. Anyone tried the Kingfish Grille in Gretna? Haven't been there but they have a good variety and prices seem much more reasonable than Stein's. Probably not as "gourmet"
                Menu is online:

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                1. re: germyw

                  The sandwiches are good, but nothing special

                2. IMO best RB is at Parkway, best fried Oyster at Cassemento's, since I prefer my muffuletta"s hot either Napolian's or Cafe Mespero. I must give an honorable mention to Liuzza's by the Track for Rb and their BBQ shrimp. I havnt had a chance to make it to Verti Marte yet but it's definately on my list.

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                  1. re: stvtunlvzn

                    Has anyone ahd the "homemade" pastrami at Parkway, I noticed on the menu last time I was there. Lean, fatty, smokey, how is it?

                  2. Listed by sandwich:
                    Muffulettas - Napoleon House, Central Grocery, Johnny's Po-Boys, Come Back Inn
                    Oyster Po-Boy / Oyster Loaves - Casamento's, Acme Oyster House, Bozo's, Johnny's Po-Boys
                    Roast Beef Poor-Boy - Mother's, Johnny's Po-Boys, Parasol's, Mike Serio's Deli, R&O's

                    1. The BLT at Luke, made with buster crab, is super delicious. It's on my all-time great list.

                      1. The cuban sandwich at Green Goddess is amazing. Pulled pork, salami, manchego cheese, pineapple and banana peppers. I had one last weekend and have been daydreaming about it ever since. I also adore the oyster poboy at parkway and the oyster and bacon sandwich at Cochon.

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                        1. re: lawstudent

                          Based on this recommendation, I had a cuban at GG for lunch yesterday. Oh, my. You're totally right; I cannot stop fantasizing about it. Amazing is not an exaggeration!

                          1. re: midcity

                            I love that sandwich. GG also had a crabmeat sandwich that is fabulous but the menu changes and it was not on there last time I went.

                            1. re: mrsfury

                              guess I know where I'm going for lunch next time...!

                              there's a seafood counter in San Diego that sells crabmeat sandwiches with dill mayo on sourdough - they are da bomb. will have to try GG's.

                        2. Surprised more people aren't weighing in on Cochon Butcher. Just ate there 3 times in an 8 day stay: had the Cubano twice (amazing the first time, missing something on the second but still totally solid), grilled pastrami/kraut/cheese Reuben-y thing, forget what it was called: RIDICULOUSLY delicious, hot roast beef special, amazing, kinda like a gourmet cheesesteak, and muffaletta, untraditional crumbly bread and only a smear of olive tapenade, may offend purists which is unfortunate because it was delicious, the house cured meats are so flavorful they should be illegal.

                          Cochon Butcher
                          930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                          1. re: rileypeek

                            Oh, I'm w/you on the pleasures of Cochon Butcher--very, very hiqh quality ingredients make fantastic sandwiches. Yes, they often tweak the "traditional," but always in a good way, imho. I've never had anything that wasn't delicious there, have found every daily special amazing. My husband did not find the Cuban sandwich to be the best he'd ever had, but he liked it and otherwise has loved everything, including and especially a delicious riff on the "Vietnamese poboy." I also love the duck pastrami sliders.

                            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                          2. The fried green tomato po boy at Liuzza's on Bienville.......

                            Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
                            3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                            1. Nola Grocery roast beef, ham, green onion sausage and bbq beef poboys are really good. They are cheap too!

                              1. Just had the sammie at this place called Fat Hen Grill, it was called THE IMPOSTER, it had homemade pimento cheese, poblano peppers, apple wood bacon and a fried egg. It was the best sandwich in NEW ORLEANS hands down, and it wasnt expensive like butcher, just because of zipcode.

                                Fat Hen Grill
                                1821 hickory ave, New Orleans, LA 70123