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Oct 23, 2007 04:13 PM

Po Boy fixings

Just noticed at my neighborhood Berkeley Popeye's that "Po Boys are back." They are back with cabbage/cole slaw instead of lettuce (and tomato?). Is cole slaw a common Po Boy fixing?

I don't recall that from my 2 visits to New Orleans in the mid 90's (although I only ate po boys at one place: Streetcar Sandwiches on South Carrollton at the end of the St. Charles streetcar line).

Popeye's has shrimp, chicken and catfish po boys. The shrimp used to be pretty good, for fastfood and California. It had roundness as Paul Prudhomme said.

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  1. A "dressed" poor boy has lettuce, tomato and pickles. Sorry no cole slaw.

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    1. re: State St.

      Mother's uses shredded cabbage not lettuce.

      1. re: State St.

        gotta have the mayonnaise. Some also pile on the sliced onions, too.

        1. re: marchperson

          but you have to say "my-naz" in your very best nasal Yat accent. Preferably Blue Plate.

      2. Agree with state st lettuce for po boys, cabbage or cold slaw for pulled pork in Kentucky

        1. I always found the bun to be tough on Popeye's po-boys. For a while, they also used the same bun for chicken filet sandwiches, so I stopped buying them.

          1. Chris' Po-Boys her in Lafayette uses shredded cabbage. It stays crisp and won't wilt like lettuce.

            1. a dressed poboy has lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. sometimes pickle, depending on the place. cabbage isn't customary these days, but it's not unheard of. the reason mother's uses cabbage is tradition. before the advent of modern refrigeration, cabbage was more common than lettuce, as it was a heartier plant that didn't wilt so quickly. shredded iceberg lettuce is way more common now, but it wasn't always so.

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              1. re: Shiloh

                Cabbage is a fraction of the price of iceberg, too.

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  You are correct Shilo and Celeste. Mother's posts an explanation of its version of a "dressed" poor boy in its menu to avoid confussion with the generally accepted New Orleans version of lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

                  Dressed: a po' boy with added toppings. At Mother's this means fresh shredded cabbage, pickles, mayo, Creole and yellow mustard.