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Superettes: A real New Orleans Lunch

Verti Marte in the French Quarter

There are three types of places to eat in New Orleans – where tourists eat, where locals eat, and where ONLY locals eat.

New Orleans, maybe more than any place else, is a city of mom and pop grocery stores. Part of the charm of the city is that you have to go out of your way to find a chain supermarket but you are never more than a few blocks away from a superette. And more often than not, where there are superettes, there are New Orleanians eating po-boys, fried seafood and hot lunches.

On my first trip to New Orleans I came across one of these establishments and though I don’t remember the location or the name of the place, I do remember I got the best po-boy anyone has ever eaten. Luckily for me (and you) these superettes are not few and far between. Below are some of my favorites in the city.

Zara’s – Garden District

2042 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA or
4838 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA

Zara’s is closed on Sundays but Monday-Saturday they serve up po-boys, fresh deli sandwiches, fried seafood, BBQ and even muffuletta.

Canseco’s Esplanade Market – Faubourg St. John

3135 Esplanade Ave.

Tucked right into a great little Mid-City neighborhood, Canseco’s is like a tiny Whole Foods.  In fact, it’s in the same location the first New Orleans’ Whole Foods was years ago, before it relocated to a big box building in nearby suburban Metairie. In addition to groceries, they have a lunch counter that serves made to order po-boys, muffulettas and hot lunches, and picnic tables outside under the oaks.

Calhoun Superette – Uptown

3135 Calhoun Street

In addition to sandwiches, po-boys and burgers, Calhoun Superette serves daily lunch specials and offers seating.

Verti Marte– French Quarter

1201 Royal Street

A French Quarter favorite, Verti Marte never closes and serves everything from breakfast to salads to seafood sandwiches… they even have free delivery.

So you want to eat like a local? Then stop by one of these local groceries (or walk a block or two… you’ll find one) and order up something fried, something over rice, or something between two pieces of french bread.

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