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Top 5-04: Where to grab the best lunch sandwiches in New Orleans

If you’re looking for a delicious lunch sandwich on a budget, we've got you.

by Marielle Songy
November 8, 2021

New Orleans is a place where you can get delicious food without breaking the bank. Some of the best food around is less than $15!

If you’re looking for a delicious lunch sandwich, look no further than this list of Top 5-04 Affordable Lunch Sandwiches; guaranteed to satisfy your hunger for less than $15.

3014 Dauphine St.

This beautifully restored event space and restaurant has been serving tasty lunches since 2018. Chef and co-owner, Christopher St. John, has created a menu of affordable munchies that are sure to satisfy your cravings. I like that a lot of the food here is vegan and gluten-free. Menu items include grilled broccoli, crispy Brussels sprouts, and fried pickled cauliflower.

Kimchi Melt (gf/vegetarian option)- Braised brisket or smoked cauliflower, kimchi, cheddar, gochujang aioli on Texas toast ($12)

Fried Chicken Sandwich (gf)- Fried chicken thigh, house pickles, cabbage, spicy dill ranch on sesame bun ($10)

Good Bird
5031 Freret St.

Chicken sandwiches are officially taking the country by storm, but Good Bird has been ahead of the game since 2016, serving them at St. Roch Market before moving to Freret St. Chef Leo Sloan has created a chicken restaurant that uses fresh ingredients and free-range chicken that don’t contain hormones or antibiotics. Chef Sloan cares not only about good food, but good food done the right way. One of the best things about Good Bird is you can make any one of their sandwiches a wrap! Want something other than a sandwich? Good Bird also offers bowls and salads.

The Good Bird- rotisserie chicken, verde, romaine, aioli, ciabatta ($10)

The Green Bird (vegan)- hummus, avo, sliced, cucumber, grilled red pepper, verde, mixed greens, multigrain ($10)

Que Rico Cuban Café 
4200 Magazine St.

I am a longtime fan of Que Rico Cuban Café and owner Iderlin Donna Rivera’s fantastic, authentic pressed sandwiches. On the menu here you will not only find the classic Cubano made with Slow-roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, light mustard, and pickles on pressed bread, but other tasty options such as Ropa Vieja, tender shredded flank steak infused with rich flavors, served with a side of stew sauce for dipping; and Vegan Cuban, Fried yuca topped with pickled cabbage salad, chopped sweet plantains, and Mojo sauce. The menu also includes other Cuban favorites, if you’re craving more than just a sandwich.

Classic Cubano- $12

Ropa Vieja- $13

Vegan Cubano- $12

R&O’s Restaurant and Catering
216 Metairie-Hammond Hwy.

Rolland and Ora Mollere opening their original R & O’s Pizza Place location in 1980 at the back of East End Bakery. It moved to its current location in 1993 where this local favorite serves up poor boys, pizza, pasta, soups, and salads. This spot is known for its poboys stacked high with meat and seafood. One of their most well-known poboys, the roast beef, is considered one of the best in town. The secret is a family recipe that includes homemade brown gravy and shredded meat “debris” that is soaked in the gravy for 90 minutes.

Roast Beef Po Boy-  5″ half- $8, 9″ whole- $10.30

Shrimp Po Boy-  5″ half- $8.95, 9″ whole- $13.25

Cochon Butcher

Cochon restaurant’s muffaletta, photographed by Chris Granger.
930 Tchoupitoulas St.

Chef and owner Stephen Stryjewski is serving up house-made meats and sandwiches that are sure to satisfy. Cochon Butcher has a passion for showcasing artisanal and hand-crafted ingredients that are seen in fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products. Their food comes from local farmers and their bread is made fresh daily and delivered from La Boulangerie.

Le Pig Mac- 2 all-pork patties, special sauce, lettuce, American cheese, pickles, and onion on a house-made sesame seed bun. ($11)

Cochon Muffaletta- made with house meats and olive salad ($14)

Marielle was born and raised in New Orleans. She thinks it's hard to grow up there and not let the culture and history of the city become part of you. Whether it be the jazz, food, of fabulous architecture, she thinks most would agree that things are a little spicer down here. You can reach her via email at [email protected]

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