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Aug 9, 2007 08:56 PM

Roast Beef Po Boy Tour

I'm coming in a couple weeks to eat for a few days. For lunch I want to try all the best roast beef po boys in the city that have the debris style roast beef. Have had Parasols, ACME, and Mothers on previous trips. Not afraid to try a couple different places in a day. Any ideas?

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  1. Parkway, Domilise's, Radosta's, Sammy's Live Oak, R&O's, and Parran's

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    1. re: paz5559

      Add to that list DiMartino's in Algiers, and Short Stop poboys in Metairie.

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        Remember Kevin Parker and Jazzy Po'Boys....

        he made the cover of Lagniappe when he reopened (See


        Not a great neighborhood, but the sammich SURE IS !

          1. re: JerseyNOLA

            Kevins' got the authentic po-boy - and was the chef at Parkway before he opened his place. Get out there and help the new guy! Represent!

            1. re: iknowwhatitmeans

              That location is now closed. Kevin's slinging poboys out of a spot adjacent to the daiquiri shop on Earhart Expressway. Only open at lunch, though.

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          OH MAN Short stop!!! I miss the french fry po-boy or the roast beef po-boy. That place is really good!

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Parkway Tavern and Bakery on Hagan, by Bayou St. John is hands down the best in town. Jazzy Po'Boys basically ripped Parkway's recipe and poboy style--he was kitchen help, not a "chef". Still, if you're in his neighborhood, I'd say go to Jazzy--as the guys at Parkway have said, they've got no "beef" with him--imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Domilise's is still the same as it's been for about 50 years, so it's got history, even if not the best taste and texture. I absolutely love the people there and that counts. R&O's Italian Roast Beef is a to die for variation on the original. If you're doing a tour, it shouldn't be missed. Don't forget Mother's debris roast beef on Poydras--it's a real classic, too, though they've gotten a bit of an attitude. Sadly, the last RBPB I had at Parasol's was nothing like the first decades ago. It got new management back around 2003 that couldn't leave wonderful alone. It's still a place everyone who cares about discovering great spots of local culture should visit, and the RBPB is probably going to be ok, just not what it was. DiMartino's and Short Stop??? Kidding, right? Actually, I like Short Stop, but it's sandwiches are typical convenience store/stubway type fare with a little local flavor. Parran's is more of a restaurant, but not much better--in fact maybe not quite as good as Short Stop. DiMartino's, IMHO, outright sucks. Danny & Clyde's gas station sandwich counters are as good or better, cheaper, and convenient.

            1. re: Ay Uaxe

              When did you last have a debris poboy from Mother's? 'Cause it damn sure ain't what it used to be.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                I heard dat. I went to Mother's last Sept.'07, & EVERYTHING was terrible. Esp. the RB Debris, which I had over eggs. All of their Chow was tasteless. AND expensive, for what you got. Never again.

        2. Definitely go to Parkway. It might even be better than Parasol's.

          1. Deep Fried Roast Beef Po' at Jacques-Imo's.

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            1. re: angel816

              Or just the roast beef at Crabby Jack's. Soooo good!

            2. If I were you I'd just go to Parkway every single day. Their roast beef is that good.

              1. Is it just me, or did I have a bad day??? I didn't care for Parkway's roast beef me they were underseasoned...

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                1. re: malenky

                  probably wasn't a bad day since their product has been consistent every time I go there, which is several times a month. I've found locals' tastes in roast beef poboys to be highly subjective. people who prefer theirs extra-sloppy, brimming with gravy and mayo so you have to use a fork to eat it are probably not going to be fans of Parkway.

                  1. re: Chris Martel

                    I like mine sloppy...but still like to use my hands.

                  2. re: malenky

                    I agree with malenky. Try Johnny's with mayo/hotsauce.