Mondo (address and info)
What you’re getting: Pizza with pear, prosciutto, teleme, goat cheese, and arugula
Susan Spicer basically owns lunch in Lakeview, thanks to Mondo, an excellent and casual departure from her famous French Quarter eatery, Bayona. It helps that she proudly calls the neighborhood home. With the killer sandwiches and outstanding pizzas at this place, you’d probably want to live there, too.
New Orleans East
Banh Mi Sao Mai (address and info)
What you’re getting: Meatball "po-boy"
If you’re lunching in Da East, you’re clearly headed for Vietnamese, but there are only so many times you can hit Dong Phuong Bakery (actually, this is a matter of some debate). To shake things up, try the ridiculously tasty meatball banh mi at Banh Mi Sao Mai, smothered in the shop’s famous house-made tomato sauce and the requisite pickled veggies.