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Best Soft Shell Crab Po-Boy in New Orleans

scrumptiouschef May 9, 2007 10:12 AM

Which restaurant offers the finest version?

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    kevin RE: scrumptiouschef May 9, 2007 11:03 AM

    maybe the galley, they sereved one at jazz fest if i'm not mistaken.

    mother's could possibly be good, haven't tried it though.

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      gginnola RE: kevin May 9, 2007 07:54 PM

      The Galley on Metairie Rd. has a great soft shell crab po-boy. I think Mother's is overrated. It caters to more of a tourist crowd.

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      Spencer RE: scrumptiouschef May 9, 2007 08:40 PM

      Casementos has the best soft shell crab that I've had. Not sure if the have it in Po Boys though.

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        uptownlibrarian RE: Spencer May 10, 2007 10:23 AM

        Casamento's doesn't really do po boys, their sandwiches are served on Texas Toast.

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          Spencer RE: uptownlibrarian May 10, 2007 11:21 AM

          Yes, the oyster loaf, though seemingly overtly simple, is quite good.

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            cajungirl RE: Spencer May 10, 2007 11:30 AM

            So the oyster loaf I've always heard about is on Texas toast? I'm so surprised.

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              Hungry Celeste RE: cajungirl May 10, 2007 11:33 AM

              Casamento's version is on "pan bread"....more precisely, a pullman loaf of white bread sliced horizontally. Not exactly Texas toast. Other versions are indeed made with standard poboy french loaves.

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                cajungirl RE: Hungry Celeste May 10, 2007 12:26 PM

                That's what I was hoping for, kinda like the Holsum French Stix we used to make po-boys on when I was a kid. I like the way that kind of bread complements the oysters.

                If you're ever in New Ibera, try the soft shell po-boy at Bon Creole on St. Peter Street, along with the seafood gumbo. Their other po-boys are pretty good, too.

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                  Hungry Celeste RE: cajungirl May 10, 2007 12:58 PM

                  Thanks for the New Iberia tip. Always looking for good food in that area.

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        marchperson RE: scrumptiouschef May 17, 2007 03:05 PM

        If you have a car and can drive out of the city, Middendorf's off I-55 at Bayou Manchac, has super fried softshells. I would advise calling before making the trip of about 30 minutes.

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          underworld gourmet RE: scrumptiouschef May 18, 2007 12:59 PM

          I just--and I mean within the last half hour--finished lunch at a spot I'd not tried before, Tessie's Place (116 N. Woodlawn, just off Airline). One of my companions had the soft shell crab po-boy and pronounced it excellent. The restaurant is a good surviving example of the nieighborhood restaurant/seafood house that I always have thought is the true glory of NO cuisine. My stuffed crab was good, but could've used more crab; another of my companions had the broiled pork chop and enjoyed it heartily. Side dishes such as onion rings, coleslaw and particularly the potato salad are homemade and very, very good. I'll do a more complete review on the place after another visit two, but it's cheap enuff for you to risk a visit on your own.

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            stevethelil RE: scrumptiouschef May 21, 2007 05:45 AM

            I was in NOLA for a week recently, and the soft shell Po-Boy I had at the jazz fest was as good as anything I had that week - and it was a GOOD eatin' week!

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