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Best Shrimp Po-Boy, Andouille, Low Country in NOVA?

alkapal Oct 18, 2007 06:56 AM

Hounds, please give me your recommendations for the best shrimp po-boys in Arlington, Alexandria, etc. Also Low Country cuisine. Also, andouille with remoulade sandwiches. Thanks!

  1. Dennis S Nov 11, 2008 09:33 AM

    Unless they've altered it, stay away from the muffaletta at Acadiana. Nearly everything else I've had there is good, though.

    The fish place out in Haymarket does a respectable Po-Boy (Oyster is what I had). That one is somehow related to the Foster's out there, and hopefully will expand in NOVA.

    For Andouille, the best I've had I get from Highlands, NC, but actually comes from Thibodeux in LA. I had the address, but can't find it, and am having tough luck finding it on the web.

    Here's a page with some resources, though (and transcriptions of Uncle Tupelo's catalog): http://www.gumbopages.com/food/source...

    1. Winey322 Nov 11, 2008 04:44 AM

      The Cowboy Cafe in Arlington, VA has a new owner whose family is from NOLA and does a mean shrimp and grits regularly. There are often other traditional NOLA dishes as specials.

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      1. re: Winey322
        alkapal Nov 11, 2008 05:11 AM

        ok, that is all i need to go back in there. it is really quite spiffy on the outside now! i hear it has been totally re-done inside, too. here we come, cowboy cafe!

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        DCDOLL Nov 15, 2007 10:06 AM

        i think Bardia in Adams Morgan may be your best bet for no kidding creole/cajun. But Even Star Cafe in Del Rey has pretty decent New orleans-style dishes. The chicken & andouille gumbo is tasty.
        Vidalia's in DC has good low country cooking. Not sure if anyone in NOVA does. Supposedly Polo Grill in Lorton has southern food but haven't tried it yet.

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        1. re: DCDOLL
          ktmoomau Nov 15, 2007 10:12 AM

          Vidalia isn't low country cooking IMHO, it is new age Southern... not that it isn't good, but it really isn't low country.

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          kneelconqueso Nov 15, 2007 05:59 AM

          i have had the po-boy at king st blues, and it was not authentic at all, although the shrimp itself was tasty and the chips were pretty good (dont get the beer-cheese dip. its pretty much velveeta and natural light).

          if you can drive all the way out to herndon, SBC cafe in the clocktower shopping center is pretty awesome. they have real 'authentic' gumbo and great po-boys. tastes pretty much like the food i had in NOLA.

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          1. re: kneelconqueso
            alkapal Nov 15, 2007 09:08 AM

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?node=cityguide/profile&id=1084714
            i guess the main and latest reviews reflect your opinion of SBC cafe?

            http://chefmoz.org/United_States/VA/H...
            i may have to make a special trip!

            ps kneelconqueso, did you ever have the shrimp po-boys at lulu's downtown a few years back? if so, authentic, or not?

          2. ktmoomau Oct 22, 2007 09:21 AM

            So per your request on another post I am adding a few other "heavy southern" not necessarily Cajun just what I consider VA southern cuisine that I have found in NOVA, I haven't been eating out a lot in VA lately so the list isn't huge:

            Majestic, Alexandria
            Old Hickory Grill, In Loehman's Plaza off 50 or what used to be Loehman's Plaza
            Carlyle and Coastal Flats
            2941 used to be kind of heavy american, but I know the menu is changing
            Overwood in Alexandria has some

            And I know there are more I will keep thinking... I am kind of having a mind blank.

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              EatOrGoToYourRoom Oct 18, 2007 08:26 PM

              I've eaten at Southside 815 many, many times. A few observations:

              I've not had the shrimp Po Boy at Southside, but the oyster one is outstanding. Puts Hank's to shame (more oysters and better, crustier Po Boy roll), and cheaper as well. Also comes with really good fries (the one at Hank's only comes with mediocre cole slaw).

              I've never noticed cigarette smoke in the dining room. Never. Neither has my wife and she is touchy about that issue because she has asthma. Not saying there's no chance of it being a problem if some folks have noticed it, but I will say it's no reason to avoid the place. Just ask to sit in one of the booths along the far wall if you're really concerned.

              Southside's ribs very tasty, tender and juicy, but they're not barbequed, though they do come slathered in really good BBQ sauce. Not sure what others think about them, but I like 'em.

              Their buffalo wings (called "French Quarter Wings" on their appetizer menu) are some of the best around, though they've dialed back the heat over the years.

              Most everything there is very good, if not better.

              1. alkapal Oct 18, 2007 01:55 PM

                Has anyone been to that newish place that replaced R.T.'s in Arlington (in the Arlington County government center complex) on Clarendon? I thought the menu was cajun-ish. can't find the name.

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                  theoneontheleft Oct 20, 2007 04:55 AM

                  I think that's a King Street Blues. They do have Po Boys that are OK, but not spectacular.

                  1. re: theoneontheleft
                    alkapal Nov 15, 2007 04:07 AM

                    yes, it is king street blues. yesterday lunch, i had the shrimp po-boy, and my friend the half and half (shrimp/andouille) po-boy. not out of this world, but not bad for a craving. 10-12 medium shrimp on shrimp po-boy (6 or so on the half and half), light seasoned coating, but very slight hint of that off-shrimp ammonia-like flavor (i.e, not the absolute freshest shrimp). my friend didn't mention anything. the french bread was really fresh and nicely toasted. shrerdded lettuce on mine very fresh, and nice tasty (!) chopped tomatoes on shrimp po-boy. cheese, onions and peppers on the half and half. remoulade for mine was tasty, but sauce wasn't served with the half and half, as it had jack cheese. fries and chips hand cut, and my friend ate every chip! fries were pretty good, but i would've liked them crispier.

                    manager came by three times to see how everything was. friendly service, nice atmosphere for conversation. sweet tea tasted like tricked up instant lipton's. (not a strong point, ahem!). po-boys $10. tea $1.50 +/-. i'll go again, and check out some other items, too.

                    1. re: alkapal
                      monkeyrotica Nov 15, 2007 05:00 AM

                      Hanks Oyster Bar in Old Town makes an oyster po boy. Haven't tried it but if it's as good as their lobster roll, it should be pretty tasty.

                      http://www.hanksdc.com/menu.html

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                  sweth Oct 18, 2007 09:59 AM

                  Southside has good low country food, but as others have noted, their po-boys aren't that great; the oyster one is probably the best, but nothing spectacular.

                  RT's also used to be good for that type of food, but after a few very mediocre meals there a few years ago, I stopped going. I may have to try it again at some point based on monkey's rec, as there's a definite dearth of andouille in my diet these days.

                  The oyster po-boy at Hank's (now in Alexandria, too--I actually just ate lunch there a few minutes ago) is very good, but not what I'd consider NoLA style (less spicing in the batter, and served on a potato roll); at $13 it's also not the best value.

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                  Hank's Oyster Bar
                  1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                    sweth Nov 1, 2007 10:35 PM

                    FYI, I was at King Street Blues a few days ago, and remembered that they have po-boys too; the last time I had a po-boy there was probably a decade ago, and I (vaguely) remember that one being very underwhelming, but I on this most recent trip I decided to give them a second chance and try their half-and-half po-boy (shrimp & andouille), and it was actually pretty good--not Mother's on Poydras good, but for this area, surprisingly acceptable.

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                    King Street Blues
                    112 N Saint Asaph St, Alexandria, VA 22314

                  2. ktmoomau Oct 18, 2007 08:09 AM

                    Oh and you didn't exactly ask for this, but also The Italian Store makes muffalettas.

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                    1. re: ktmoomau
                      alkapal Oct 18, 2007 08:16 AM

                      i did not know that. they are very close and I like their subs (of course) and their deli, and their pizzas...

                      and the yelp posts were from august 07.

                    2. ktmoomau Oct 18, 2007 07:26 AM

                      Southside 815 in Alexandria has the best low country cusine in NOVA. They have po-boys, but I have never had one, I normally get the low country shortcake or other entrees.

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                      1. re: ktmoomau
                        alkapal Oct 18, 2007 07:29 AM

                        hi kt! what is low country shortcake?

                        1. re: alkapal
                          ktmoomau Oct 18, 2007 07:34 AM

                          Their low country shortcake hahaha like any southern low country cuisine is a big mess of things. Here is there menu desciption:
                          Roasted chicken, oysters and Mason-dixon mashed potatoes layered with conrbread, succotash and smothered with our homemade country gravy.

                          I also love the breadbasket, and the biscuits, and their shrimp and sausage. Pretty much when I am having a real southern craving this is where I head. BF likes the chicken fried steak. Huge, huge portions for me, and not bad prices they have a pretty descriptive website.

                          http://www.southside815.com/home.asp

                          1. re: ktmoomau
                            alkapal Oct 18, 2007 07:36 AM

                            some of the "yelp" reviews were just horrible -- esp. about the smoke!
                            true? also, how are the baby back ribs?

                            1. re: alkapal
                              ktmoomau Oct 18, 2007 07:51 AM

                              Never had the baby back ribs, I normally only get ribs at real BBQ places that I think will smoke them. I have never been bothered by the smoke, I actually never noticed it, and I am pretty sensitive, but I also do not eat in the bar only the restaurant. How old are those? I don't remember even seeing people smoking, a lot of Alexandria places have voluntarily banned smoking because of all the proposed bans.

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                                sweth Oct 18, 2007 10:02 AM

                                The smoke gets pretty bad in the bar at Southside, but I've never noticed any smoke in the main dining area; I think that that area is entirely non-smoking, in fact, and they seem to have good ventilation keeping smoke from rolling over from the bar.

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                                  BookGuy Oct 18, 2007 10:05 AM

                                  I was at Southside on Sunday some time in the middle of the Redskins game and, although we were at the far wall of the restaurant, the cigarette smoke from the bar was quite noticable and annoying to at least one member of our party..

                            2. re: ktmoomau
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                              CH2176 Oct 18, 2007 07:56 AM

                              I agree food is good but the shrimp po-boys were weak. They used small sized shrimp and weren't seasoned enough. The oysters po-boy was much better. I would say, go there for the entrees not the sanwiches, however.

                              Comparing any po-boys in this area to the ones I am used to in Lafayette, LA is tough...but I am determined to find a place with great rolls and slightly larger, seasoned crispy, not battered shrimp. Looking forward to reading other responses.

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                                thatfarmgirl Oct 21, 2007 07:32 PM

                                Olde Tyme po-boys. Mmmmmmm!

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                                  CH2176 Oct 22, 2007 07:52 AM

                                  My sentiments exactly, when they're open, I get the half and half and then run over to sonic for a drink...something about their crushed iced drinks and those po-boys...heaven!

                                  1. re: thatfarmgirl
                                    alkapal Oct 22, 2007 08:08 AM

                                    Old Tyme is in Lafayette, La?

                                2. re: ktmoomau
                                  monkeyrotica Oct 18, 2007 08:01 AM

                                  I've had the roast beef po boy at Southside. It sucked. Indistiguishable from a shrinkwrapped sandwich you'd find at a grocery store. I'll try the fried chicken.

                                  The best shrimp po boy I've had in NOVA is at RT's. Their gumbos and jambalayas are also excellent.

                                  http://www.rtsrestaurant.net/RTS_Restaurant_menu_dinner.htm

                                  The po boys at Acadiana and Johnny's Half Shell are fresh and tastyk, but not cheap.

                                  http://www.acadianarestaurant.com/lunch.html

                                  http://www.johnnyshalfshell.net/lunch...

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                                  R T's Restaurant
                                  3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

                                  Acadiana
                                  901 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001

                                  Johnny's Half Shell
                                  400 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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