930 Tchoupitoulas St., Warehouse District
Modeled after old school butcher shops (there’s a very impressive cold-cuts case and a well-stocked bar, too), Cochon’s casual deli offshoot cures their meats in-house. The sandwiches, which range from classics like smoked turkey and roast beef to more exotic options like Cajun pork dog and Le Pig Mac are out of this world, and totally justify the out-the-door lunch line.
Drago’s at the Hilton Hotel
2 Poydras St., Warehouse District
Ok, so it lives in the lobby of a big hotel chain, but Drago's also happens to serve the best charbroiled oysters in town, the recipe for which was developed by a member of the family that's been running Drago’s since 1969. A lot of attention is paid to the freshness of seafood—everything from oysters to lobster to shrimp is caught and served same day. The gumbo is also pretty excellent.
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