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Best Oyster Po' Boy in Austin?

Passadumkeg Feb 18, 2008 05:05 AM

My wife is a died in the wool Yankee. She was nursed on lobster, clam, scallop & shrimp rolls. I want her to experience the sublime flavor of an oyster po' boy. Where do you suggest? We're OD'ing on Pastor's tacos! Great city here!

  1. amykragan Feb 18, 2008 06:29 AM

    Gene's does good poboys.

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      jscro626 Feb 18, 2008 08:07 AM

      Don't know if any of these qualify for best, but they're all good:

      Gene's - http://www.genesrestaurant.com/
      Evangeline's - http://www.evangelinecafe.com/
      Quality Seafood - http://www.qualityseafoodmarket.com

      Quality Seafood would be my pick, but you can't go wrong with any of these.

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      1. re: jscro626
        sighmesigh Feb 18, 2008 08:34 AM

        I like Quality Seafood, but the bread is wrong on their po'boys. They even say that it is hoagie bread- french shaped loaf.
        A po'boy must be on real french bread or it is just another sandwich. It might taste good, but it is not a po'boy. I do think that Quality has good tartar sauce, which is my problem with Gene's. Gene's supplies little packets of commercial tartar sauce. sigh. For those of us that like tartar on po'boys, this is very sad. The bread is good, not the very very best, but good. I've never tried Evangeline's. Sadly, Evangeline's would almost require a roadtrip for me and the reports I've received have said the po'boys are ok, but small and not quite right.

      2. Bat Guano Feb 19, 2008 08:09 AM

        Nubian Queen Lola's does a good shrimp po' boy, but I don't remember if she does oyster or not.

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          chucklesmcfarland Feb 21, 2008 03:19 PM

          Anybody been to Mr Catfish?
          I just came across their menu and plan on checking it out soon.
          Bonus: none of this $9-12 bull, po-boys are 5 bucks, they call 'em that for a reason you know.

          1. Passadumkeg Feb 21, 2008 04:49 PM

            Went to Gene's last night. It alright. For the price too small, too few oysters. Another example of Calvin Trillan's philosophy that some food just doesn't travel well, so we continue on our taco truck orgy! Gene, however, is a gem and the daily specials are indeed special
            We leave tomorrow, had a great time and plan to return next February.
            Ya'll got a great city!
            Marco el Taco Grande
            Boy was Lula B's great, today for lunch!

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            1. re: Passadumkeg
              rudeboy Feb 21, 2008 08:27 PM

              Glad you could visit, Passadumkeg, I will look you up next time I'm in the Northeast.......thanks for all the posts regarding the places you went.

              1. re: Passadumkeg
                Kaya_n_Austin Feb 28, 2008 07:36 AM

                Really?? I always have a hard time finishing the oyster poboy at Gene's because it is so big. And I've never looked at it and thought "this could use more oysters". I eat there probably twice a month, so you'd think I'd have had one that needed more good stuff but maybe I've just been lucky. Either it was an off night or I need to get out and try poboy's at other places more often. I do like Shoal Creek's but haven't tried Evangeline's yet or Nubian Queen Lola's (but I like her red beans & rice).

                1. re: Kaya_n_Austin
                  michaelch Mar 2, 2008 11:23 AM

                  I ate at Gene's a couple of days ago, and I would say that the oyster po' boy was just about right in terms of how many oysters it held. I would have been very happy with two or three more of the smallish oysters (at which point the sandwich would have been STUFFED with oysters), but the amount it held didn't disappoint me. I geniunely enjoyed it, too.

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                groovinpinky Feb 25, 2008 11:30 AM

                I am always on the hunt for a good oyster poboy and I have found the one at Shoal Creek Saloon is pretty darn good. It is chock full of oysters, fully dressed and gosh darn big. Now, if I could only find a warm roast beef poboy with gravy......

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                1. re: groovinpinky
                  MyySharona Feb 25, 2008 04:12 PM

                  If you find the roast beef poboy with gravy, let me know. I'm desperate (see separate topic).

                  1. re: groovinpinky
                    foodiegal71 Feb 27, 2008 02:57 PM

                    I love the Shoal Creek Oyster po boy as well, but it's just so darned expensive! I had one at Evangeline Cage once that I thought was good. I swear, I think I've had them every where in town except Lola's and Sambert's. Gene's is good, but depending on the day, not enough oysters.

                    1. re: foodiegal71
                      sighmesigh Feb 28, 2008 06:42 AM

                      Is the bread at Shoal Creek french bread or french shaped loaf? How is it dressed? Tatar sauce? Catsup? Mayo, lettuce and tomato?

                      1. re: sighmesigh
                        foodiegal71 Feb 28, 2008 02:25 PM

                        sigh, it's been a long time since I've had one at Shoal Creek, but I remember it being actual French bread. Dressed with tomato, lettuce, mayo and pickle if I remember correctly.

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                    manisubra Feb 28, 2008 10:05 AM

                    cypress grill on william cannon and mopac has a great oyster po boy. ask them where they get the bread delivered from and it be no surprise why its good. by the way, when in new orleans, Domilse is the best!

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                      markewallace Mar 1, 2008 04:12 PM

                      I've always liked the one at Sambet's, but I have no idea whether or not it aligns with any particular "right way" of making one.

                      - Mark

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                        ny2austin Mar 2, 2008 10:23 AM

                        They don't have po'boys, but my favorite oysters are at Springhill.

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                          DrJon Mar 3, 2008 01:10 PM

                          Since this is a fooie site, let's cut through it all and say there is no quality seafood in austin, po boy or 5 star. I am also disappointed by Houston. :(

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                            SLadd Mar 3, 2008 08:37 PM

                            I don't think there is a really good one in Austin. Pappadeaux's is a good as any.

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