Semi-mystery Restaurant from the Dark Ages
First, thanks for solving my last problem: Martin's on Upperline!
Next, does anyone recall Acy's Pool Hall (could have been Acie's) on Magazine, just as it intersects with about 4 other streets? Of all of the roast beef po-boys that I've ever had, theirs was the ultimate. On the last few trips down to NO, it appears that they are probably long gone. Did they close down, or mover? Great roast beef po-boys, but lacking in normal restaurant ambieance - though filled with its OWN ambieance, sort of.
While Mother's and Frank's do (or DID) a good job, these were the best - just the right amount of garlic, au jus, and great NO French bread. When Frank Gagliano's mother-in-law was cooking, her's were a very close second.
Sometimes, I can almost taste those wonderful, dripping sandwiches. Unfortunately, having lived away from NO for too many years, I have not had anything even close - regardless of where we're dining.
This is probably only geared for older chowhounds, as I suspect that they have been gone for some time.
Ah, the lovely Dark Ages of N.O.cuisine--BE, BS, BP--Before Emeril, Spicer, Prudhomme, etc. and the celebrity chefs...Acy's pool hall was just the sort of place I loved to haunt, seedy but with great food, particularly the roast beef po'boy. One onside of a iron rail were the pool tables, where the hustlers practiced against each oher, preparing for the evening's influx of prey,and on the other, a bar where you placed your order. Hearty it was, and popular with longshoremen---I think I saw Aaron Neville, one day back in the 60's, picking up an order for his crew.
And yeah, they've been gone for some time, as have several other fine restaurants closeby--most notable Roccaforte's Fisherman's Wharf.
Of course, all that was long before Katrina did her number on the few "underground" restaurants that were left.
re: underworld gourmet
Yes, Acy's was a "different" sort of place. We had a studio some blocks down, on St Charles, and the first time that I went to Acy's to pick up lunch, I was trepidacious, at best. However, any concerns that I may have had, disappeared on first bite of the po'boy! As stated in the original post, I've only come close at Frank's Deli, but that was when his mom-in-law was cooking. Haven't been to Frank's in many years, but last time I was amazed that the kids had created a full restaurant there - not the old deli that I remember so fondly. In the 70's I always liked Frank's muffuletta better than Central Grocery's, but that was so very long ago.
I do not recall Roccaforte's Fisherman's Wharf. Where was it located - Lakefront?
Acy's is long, long gone. However, the resurrection of Parkway Bakery near Bayou St. John has excellent roast beef po-boys. Also, try Buddy's or World Deli in Metairie. I think World Deli's muffaletta is the best in town. Buddy's and World Deli also have great meatball po-boys.