Metairie: 4414 Clearview Pkwy. 504-885-4888. Map.
AE MC V
WHY IT'S NOTEWORTHY
The demand for lunch is strong around the nexus of Clearview Parkway and West Esplanade in Metairie. The nearby medical complex alone keeps a lot of quick-eats places busy. World Deli is to that neighborhood what Mother's is (or used to be) to the CBD. It's been around so long nobody can remember when it wasn't. It's a deli only in the New Orleans sense, meaning that while they slice the meats in house, the sandwiches are mostly poor boys and muffulettas. A short list of salads and platters (mostly Italian and basic seafoods) and the tried-and-true daily specials completes the menu. All of this is well constructed from good groceries, and sold at prices mostly under $10.
Muffuletta. This is the signature dish of the World Deli, and a very good one at that. Better served at room temperature, but most of them go out hot.
Roast beef poor boy. The beef is sliced and served with a gravy on the light side. Not everybody likes this style, but I do.
Spaghetti and whatever. If you're really hungry, this will do the job, but not change your best-Italian list.
The World Deli opened in 1980, but a previous, similar operation was there (or very near by) even before then. It is as much a catering operation than a restaurant, perhaps more.
The building looks like an electronics parts warehouse from the outside, but it's pleasant enough within. The World Deli has been around so long that the staff can get mechanical, especially when the place is busy.
FOR BEST RESULTS
This is a great place to put in an order for a bunch of sandwiches to bring back to the office.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
The roast beef gravy is overserved on the poor boys, and too light to create the magic that happens when thicker brown gravy meets mayo and pickles.,
FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.
- Dining Environment -1
- Consistency +1
- Value +1
- Wine and Bar
- Local Color
- Good for business meetings
- Open Monday lunch
- Open all afternoon
- Unusually large servings
- Quick, good meal
- Good for children
- Easy, nearby parking