Cowbell. Riverbend: 1200 Eagle St. 504-866-4222.

Everything about Cowbell cries out for a battered, hand-painted wooden sign in front that says, “Last Chance For New Orleans Food!” Cross that railroad track, and you have indeed left the city, in a neighborhood that does indeed resemble the End Of The World. The place is such a wreck (an intentional design statement) that it places in the mind the idea that you could find a cleaner and more comfortable place to eat with food as good. This is largely an illusion, but something they should consider. More to come. . .[divider type=""]

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Company Burger. Uptown: 4600 Freret St. 504-267-0320.

Company Burger tapped into two powerful currents: a) the fertile market for anything perceived to be a better-than-average hamburger and 2) the unexpected blossoming of casual eateries on Freret Street. The place was instantly popular, allowing it to open with not just hamburgers but also a full bar with cocktails, offbeat beers, wine, and a stated philosophy. The latter seems to be “We do it our way.” What else could the no lettuce or tomato rule here mean? Read More. . .

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Barcadia. Warehouse District: 601 Tchoupitoulas St. 504-335-1740.

Barcadia Warehouse District & Center City: 601 Tchoupitoulas St. 504-335-1740. Map.Very Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY If you work downtown, or are attending a meeting at the Convention Center, it is inevitable that you will wind up one of these days at Barcadia. The attraction is a great hamburger and even better fries. You can get both of those in lots of other grills hereabouts, but Barcadia’s are the best downtown. Beyond that, the place has an extensive lineup of beers, good cocktails, and two walls lined with…

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Lee’s Hamburgers. Kenner: 2009 Williams Blvd. 504-305-1526.

Lee’s Hamburgers Kenner: 2009 Williams Blvd. 504-305-1526. Map. Very Casual AE MC V Website WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY A modern revival of an ancient New Orleans institution, the current Lee’s captures a bit–but not all–of the flavor that made the place famous. That hinged on the grilling of the ground meat patties with the chopped onions already in the mix. The reason it’s not quite the same is that the current Lee’s takes a page from the fast-food burger stands of today (the old Lee’s was anything but fast) by cooking…

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Lee’s Hamburgers. Marrero: 2400 Lapalco. 504-366-9255.

Lee’s Hamburgers Marrero To Lafitte: 2400 Lapalco. 504-366-9255. Map. Very Casual AE MC V Website WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY A modern revival of an ancient New Orleans institution, the current Lee’s captures a bit–but not all–of the flavor that made the place famous. That hinged on the grilling of the ground meat patties with the chopped onions already in the mix. The reason it’s not quite the same is that the current Lee’s takes a page from the fast-food burger stands of today (the old Lee’s was anything but fast) by…

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Phil’s Grill. Harahan: 1640 Hickory Ave. 504-305-1705.

Phil’s Grill Harahan: 1640 Hickory Ave. 504-305-1705. Map.Very Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Phil’s Grill exploits the deep-seated love we all have for hamburgers to an extent and with a success that would have been hard to imagine a few years ago. Phil’s nudges up the quality of the raw materials, cooks everything to order, and lets customers customize from an astonishing array of meats and condiments. The result is a hamburger superior to ninety percent of the burgers sold in America. However, that’s not quite high…

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N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co Uptown: 4141 St Charles Ave. 504-247-9753

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon: 4141 St Charles Ave. 504-247-9753. Map. Very Casual AE DS MC V Website WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Here is the first step for people who are finally moving up from fast food restaurants. In its premises, amenities, menu, and prices, the New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company is better than even the most substantial of the burger slingers. It has everything they do, plus a wide range of specialty sandwiches, salads, and (best of all) seafood platters. It also uses…

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N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co French Quarter: 541 Decatur St. 504-309-7902.

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co French Quarter: 541 Decatur St. 504-309-7902. Map.Very CasualAE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Here is the first step for people who are finally moving up from fast food restaurants. In its premises, amenities, menu, and prices, the New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company is better than even the most substantial of the burger slingers. It has everything they do, plus a wide range of specialty sandwiches, salads, and (best of all) seafood platters. It also uses some of the gimmicks you’d find in…

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KY’s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop. Slidell: 2267 Carey. 985-641-1911.
American

KY’s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop. Slidell: 2267 Carey. 985-641-1911.

KY’s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop Slidell: 2267 Carey. 985-641-1911. Map.CasualAE MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Although the first thing that longtime regular customers think of with regard to KY’s is its hamburger, over the years its menu has expanded enough for it to claim to be a full-service neighborhood eatery. About the only casual dish they don’t have is–ironically–steak. WHAT’S GOOD As good as the fried and grilled seafood, pastas and poor boys are, the hamburger still reigns supreme. at KY’s. It’s in the upper five percentile at the very…

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Capdeville. CBD: 520 Capdeville St. 504-371-5915.
American Gourmet

Capdeville. CBD: 520 Capdeville St. 504-371-5915.

Capdeville CBD: 520 Capdeville St. 504-371-5915. Map.Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY On a one-block-long back street in the zone where the Central Business District fuzzes over into the Warehouse District, Capdeville has a highly specific clientele. Those who work in the courts and in law offices dominate the micro-local population. They must break for lunch on a tight (and sometimes off-center) schedule. After they knock off, many of them–particularly the younger professionals, those with not much awaiting at home–favor the prospect of a drink and maybe something…

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Zea. Slidell: 173 Northshore Blvd. 985-273-0500.
American Casual

Zea. Slidell: 173 Northshore Blvd. 985-273-0500.

Zea Slidell: 173 Northshore Blvd. 985-273-0500. Map.DressyAE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Zea is a very useful restaurant if you have a family of people with widely disparate ages and tastes. Its offering are good across a very wide span, from hamburgers to rotisserie. It’s also strong in its salads, seafood, and sides. The moderate prices and pop-American, chain-style environments also defeat whining, while still bringing interesting food to the table. WHAT’S GOOD Zea is, to quote its advertising tagline, a restaurant for American food. But it has…

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Rusty Pelican. Mandeville: 500 Girod St. 985-778-0364.
Hamburgers

Rusty Pelican. Mandeville: 500 Girod St. 985-778-0364.

Rusty Pelican Mandeville: 500 Girod St. 985-778-0364. Map.Very Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY A block away from the Mandeville Trailhead of the Tammany Trace walking-biking trail is this relatively new cafe serving a small but focused menu in a minimal way. Deep-frying is the kitchen’s best-honed skill, followed by grilling and blackening. That about covers the good eating options, but all of that comes out hot, well seasoned, and (in the fried items, not the burgers) greaseless. A few specials run daily, most of them more ambitious than…

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Lager’s. Metairie: 3501 Veterans Blvd. 504-887-9923.
Brewpubs

Lager’s. Metairie: 3501 Veterans Blvd. 504-887-9923.

Lager’s Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3501 Veterans Blvd. 504-887-9923. Map.Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY If you want to watch a game on television, eat a big hamburger, and drink beers better than the ones in your refrigerator, Lager’s is a decent place in which to do it. You will be joined by a sizable number of other people going after the same evening’s entertainment. Enough that finding a place to park either your car or your butt will not be easy. The beer is…

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Triple Nickel Grill. Mandeville: 813 Florida. 985-626-9989 .
Hamburgers

Triple Nickel Grill. Mandeville: 813 Florida. 985-626-9989 .

Triple Nickel Grill Mandeville: 813 Florida. 985-626-9989 . Map.Very Casual.AE DS MC V WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY The Triple Nickel’s greatest usefulness is that it’s the closest real restaurant to Pelican Park, where most North Shore youth athletic teams play their games. After the game, the kids and the coaches are hungry for the likes of burgers, sandwiches, fried seafood, and salads. Which is what they have here, along with some daily specials. WHAT’S GOOD The portions are large and the seafood is fried to order. The hamburgers are served in…

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Port of Call. French Quarter: 838 Esplanade. 504-523-0120.
Hamburgers

Port of Call. French Quarter: 838 Esplanade. 504-523-0120.

Port of Call French Quarter: 838 Esplanade. 504-523-0120. Map.Casual.AE MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY The archetype of a common New Orleans institution: a bar with a superior hamburger. To this day–even as name chefs open hamburger joints all over town–most of the city’s great hamburgers are still found in bars. The Port of Call set the standard and still does. WHAT’S GOOD The hamburgers are made from fresh two-way chuck (the two best parts of that beef cut, with a minimum of junk) ground daily in the restaurant’s commissary. They…

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N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co. LaPlace: 1338 West Airline Hwy. 985-653-6731.
Hamburgers

N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co. LaPlace: 1338 West Airline Hwy. 985-653-6731.

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co LaPlace: 1338 West Airline Hwy. 985-653-6731. Map.Very CasualAE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Here is the first step for people who are finally moving up from fast food restaurants. In its premises, amenities, menu, and prices, the New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company is better than even the most substantial of the burger slingers. It has everything they do, plus a wide range of specialty sandwiches, salads, and (best of all) seafood platters. It also uses some of the gimmicks you’d find in…

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N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co. Mandeville: 3900 LA 22. 985-624-8035.
Hamburgers

N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co. Mandeville: 3900 LA 22. 985-624-8035.

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co Mandeville: 3900 LA 22. 985-624-8035. Map.Very CasualAE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Here is the first step for people who are finally moving up from fast food restaurants. In its premises, amenities, menu, and prices, the New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company is better than even the most substantial of the burger slingers. It has everything they do, plus a wide range of specialty sandwiches, salads, and (best of all) seafood platters. It also uses some of the gimmicks you’d find in the…

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N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co. Metairie: 817 Veterans Blvd. 504-837-8580.
Hamburgers

N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co. Metairie: 817 Veterans Blvd. 504-837-8580.

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 817 Veterans Blvd. 504-837-8580. Map.Very CasualAE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Here is the first step for people who are finally moving up from fast food restaurants. In its premises, amenities, menu, and prices, the New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company is better than even the most substantial of the burger slingers. It has everything they do, plus a wide range of specialty sandwiches, salads, and (best of all) seafood platters. It also uses some of…

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N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co. Metairie: 6920 Veterans Blvd. 504-455-1272.
Hamburgers

N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co. Metairie: 6920 Veterans Blvd. 504-455-1272.

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 6920 Veterans Blvd. 504-455-1272. Map.Very CasualAE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Here is the first step for people who are finally moving up from fast food restaurants. In its premises, amenities, menu, and prices, the New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company is better than even the most substantial of the burger slingers. It has everything they do, plus a wide range of specialty sandwiches, salads, and (best of all) seafood platters. It also uses some of…

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N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co. Elmwood: 1005 S Clearview Pkwy. 504-734-1122.
Hamburgers

N.O. Hamburger & Seafood Co. Elmwood: 1005 S Clearview Pkwy. 504-734-1122.

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co Elmwood: 1005 S Clearview Pkwy. 504-734-1122. Map.Very CasualAE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Here is the first step for people who are finally moving up from fast food restaurants. In its premises, amenities, menu, and prices, the New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company is better than even the most substantial of the burger slingers. It has everything they do, plus a wide range of specialty sandwiches, salads, and (best of all) seafood platters. It also uses some of the gimmicks you’d find in…

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Lakeview Harbor. Lakeview: 911 Harrison Ave. 504-486-4887.
Hamburgers

Lakeview Harbor. Lakeview: 911 Harrison Ave. 504-486-4887.

Lakeview Harbor Lakeview: 911 Harrison Ave. 504-486-4887. Map.Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Here is one of the two or three best hamburgers in the city. Beyond that, the menu includes other popular American eats: chicken wings, fried mozzarella sticks, salads, fried seafood, and a daily special. In season, they have boiled crawfish and shrimp, too. Nothing stands out like the hamburger, though. WHAT’S GOOD The hamburgers are ground fresh and formed on the premises, grilled to order (it’s all right if that order is rare), and served…

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Rivershack Tavern. Jefferson: 3449 River Road. 504-834-4938.
Hamburgers

Rivershack Tavern. Jefferson: 3449 River Road. 504-834-4938.

Rivershack Tavern Jefferson: 3449 River Road. 504-834-4938. Map.Very CasualAE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY The name captures not only the look of the place but the scene, the mood, and the food. It’s really a bar (so people can and do smoke), but it has a major kitchen operation, particularly at lunch. The menu is a typical collection of New Orleans casual eats, heavy on the seafood, burgers, and poor boy sandwiches. The daily lunch specials are the most ambitious offerings, including not just the expected red beans and…

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Bud’s Broiler. Metairie: 2008 Clearview Pkwy. 504-889-2837.
Hamburgers

Bud’s Broiler. Metairie: 2008 Clearview Pkwy. 504-889-2837.

Bud’s Broiler Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 2008 Clearview Pkwy. 504-889-2837. Map.Very Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY For many New Orleanians, the first discovery that a hamburger could rise above the level of ordinary occurred at a Bud’s Broiler. My eye-opener involved a Number Six in the summer of 1967, at the now-gone Bud’s on Banks Street. I can recall that flavor to this day. It’s a great concept: hamburgers (or hot dogs, chicken, or fish) grilled over live charcoal, served on toasted buns with grated…

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Bud’s Broiler. Jefferson: 4101 Jefferson Hwy.. 504-837-9419.
Hamburgers

Bud’s Broiler. Jefferson: 4101 Jefferson Hwy.. 504-837-9419.

Bud’s Broiler Jefferson: 4101 Jefferson Hwy. 504-837-9419. Map.Very Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY For many New Orleanians, the first discovery that a hamburger could rise above the level of ordinary occurred at a Bud’s Broiler. My eye-opener involved a Number Six in the summer of 1967, at the now-gone Bud’s on Banks Street. I can recall that flavor to this day. It’s a great concept: hamburgers (or hot dogs, chicken, or fish) grilled over live charcoal, served on toasted buns with grated cheddar cheese and other above-average add-ons….

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Bud’s Broiler. Broadmoor: 3151 Calhoun. 504-861-0906.
Hamburgers

Bud’s Broiler. Broadmoor: 3151 Calhoun. 504-861-0906.

Bud’s Broiler Broadmoor: 3151 Calhoun. 504-861-0906. Map.Very Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY For many New Orleanians, the first discovery that a hamburger could rise above the level of ordinary occurred at a Bud’s Broiler. My eye-opener involved a Number Six in the summer of 1967, at the now-gone Bud’s on Banks Street. I can recall that flavor to this day. It’s a great concept: hamburgers (or hot dogs, chicken, or fish) grilled over live charcoal, served on toasted buns with grated cheddar cheese and other above-average add-ons. If…

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Bud’s Broiler. Kenner: 2800 Veterans Blvd.. 504-466-0026.
Hamburgers

Bud’s Broiler. Kenner: 2800 Veterans Blvd.. 504-466-0026.

Bud’s Broiler Kenner: 2800 Veterans Blvd. 504-466-0026. Map.Very Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY For many New Orleanians, the first discovery that a hamburger could rise above the level of ordinary occurred at a Bud’s Broiler. My eye-opener involved a Number Six in the summer of 1967, at the now-gone Bud’s on Banks Street. I can recall that flavor to this day. It’s a great concept: hamburgers (or hot dogs, chicken, or fish) grilled over live charcoal, served on toasted buns with grated cheddar cheese and other above-average add-ons….

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Bud’s Broiler. Metairie: 2929 N Causeway Blvd . 504-833-3770 .
Hamburgers

Bud’s Broiler. Metairie: 2929 N Causeway Blvd . 504-833-3770 .

Bud’s Broiler Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 2929 N Causeway Blvd. 504-833-3770. Map.Very Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY For many New Orleanians, the first discovery that a hamburger could rise above the level of ordinary occurred at a Bud’s Broiler. My eye-opener involved a Number Six in the summer of 1967, at the now-gone Bud’s on Banks Street. I can recall that flavor to this day. It’s a great concept: hamburgers (or hot dogs, chicken, or fish) grilled over live charcoal, served on toasted buns with…

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Bud’s Broiler. City Park Area: 500 City Park Ave.. 504-486-2559.
Hamburgers

Bud’s Broiler. City Park Area: 500 City Park Ave.. 504-486-2559.

Bud’s Broiler City Park Area: 500 City Park Ave. 504-486-2559. Map.Very Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY For many New Orleanians, the first discovery that a hamburger could rise above the level of ordinary occurred at a Bud’s Broiler. My eye-opener involved a Number Six in the summer of 1967, at the now-gone Bud’s on Banks Street. I can recall that flavor to this day. It’s a great concept: hamburgers (or hot dogs, chicken, or fish) grilled over live charcoal, served on toasted buns with grated cheddar cheese and…

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Bud’s Broiler. Marrero: 5100 Lapalco Blvd. 504-348-0492.
Hamburgers

Bud’s Broiler. Marrero: 5100 Lapalco Blvd. 504-348-0492.

Bud’s Broiler Marrero To Lafitte: 5100 Lapalco Blvd. 504-348-0492. Map.Very Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY For many New Orleanians, the first discovery that a hamburger could rise above the level of ordinary occurred at a Bud’s Broiler. My eye-opener involved a Number Six in the summer of 1967, at the now-gone Bud’s on Banks Street. I can recall that flavor to this day. It’s a great concept: hamburgers (or hot dogs, chicken, or fish) grilled over live charcoal, served on toasted buns with grated cheddar cheese and other…

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Phil’s Grill. Metairie: 3020 Severn Ave. 504-324-9080 .
Hamburgers

Phil’s Grill. Metairie: 3020 Severn Ave. 504-324-9080 .

Phil’s Grill Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3020 Severn Ave. 504-324-9080. Map.Very Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Phil’s Grill exploits the deep-seated love we all have for hamburgers to an extent and with a success that would have been hard to imagine a few years ago. Phil’s nudges up the quality of the raw materials, cooks everything to order, and lets customers customize from an astonishing array of meats and condiments. The result is a hamburger superior to ninety percent of the burgers sold in…

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Lee’s Hamburgers. Slidell: 1541 US 190. 985-641-6895.
Hamburgers

Lee’s Hamburgers. Slidell: 1541 US 190. 985-641-6895.

Lee’s Hamburgers Slidell: 1541 US 190 . 985-641-6895. Map.Very CasualAE MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY A modern revival of an ancient New Orleans institution, the current Lee’s captures a bit–but not all–of the flavor that made the place famous. That hinged on the grilling of the ground meat patties with the chopped onions already in the mix. The reason it’s not quite the same is that the current Lee’s takes a page from the fast-food burger stands of today (the old Lee’s was anything but fast) by cooking its burgers…

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Lee’s Hamburgers. Kenner: 2100 Airline Dr. 504-472-0966.
Hamburgers

Lee’s Hamburgers. Kenner: 2100 Airline Dr. 504-472-0966.

Lee’s Hamburgers Kenner: 2100 Airline Dr. 504-472-0966. Map.Very CasualAE MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY A modern revival of an ancient New Orleans institution, the current Lee’s captures a bit–but not all–of the flavor that made the place famous. That hinged on the grilling of the ground meat patties with the chopped onions already in the mix. The reason it’s not quite the same is that the current Lee’s takes a page from the fast-food burger stands of today (the old Lee’s was anything but fast) by cooking its burgers on…

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Lee’s Hamburgers. Metairie: 1507 Metairie Rd . 504-837-8990.
Hamburgers

Lee’s Hamburgers. Metairie: 1507 Metairie Rd . 504-837-8990.

Lee’s Hamburgers Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 1507 Metairie Rd . 504-837-8990. Map.Very CasualAE MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY A modern revival of an ancient New Orleans institution, the current Lee’s captures a bit–but not all–of the flavor that made the place famous. That hinged on the grilling of the ground meat patties with the chopped onions already in the mix. The reason it’s not quite the same is that the current Lee’s takes a page from the fast-food burger stands of today (the old Lee’s was anything…

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Lee’s Hamburgers. Covington: 104 Lake Dr . 985-898-3440.
Hamburgers

Lee’s Hamburgers. Covington: 104 Lake Dr . 985-898-3440.

Lee’s Hamburgers Covington: 104 Lake Dr. 985-898-3440. Map.Very CasualAE MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY A modern revival of an ancient New Orleans institution, the current Lee’s captures a bit–but not all–of the flavor that made the place famous. That hinged on the grilling of the ground meat patties with the chopped onions already in the mix. The reason it’s not quite the same is that the current Lee’s takes a page from the fast-food burger stands of today (the old Lee’s was anything but fast) by cooking its burgers on…

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Lee’s Hamburgers. Metairie: 3516 Veterans Blvd. 504-885-4291.
Hamburgers

Lee’s Hamburgers. Metairie: 3516 Veterans Blvd. 504-885-4291.

Lee’s Hamburgers Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3516 Veterans Blvd. 504-885-4291. Map.Very CasualAE MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY A modern revival of an ancient New Orleans institution, the current Lee’s captures a bit–but not all–of the flavor that made the place famous. That hinged on the grilling of the ground meat patties with the chopped onions already in the mix. The reason it’s not quite the same is that the current Lee’s takes a page from the fast-food burger stands of today (the old Lee’s was anything but…

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