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I need a roast beef poboy

I don't know if it's PMS or what, but it's all I can think about. I'm about to cross the state line into Louisiana just to get one. I've tried a few around town, but no one seems to do it right. I want hot roast beef, hot gravy, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and pickle. On semi-crusty bread. And the gravy and the mayo has to come out of the sandwich and make this insane mess which is good for dipping french fries into.

I went to Sambet's, where they put provolone on it. Other people don't make it hot or only offer cold gravy on the side. Who eats cold gravy?

Can anyone help a girl out? Is there a place around here that can manage this or should I just make a poboy at home for the first time in my life?

Also, I'm looking for a place with good gumbo. Again, went to Sambet's and they had, I swear, oregano in the gumbo. Blasphemers.

I never get homesick for NOLA until I think about the food.

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    1. I'm not a RB poboy expert, but I was pleased with the one I got from Gene's a while back:
      http://www.genesrestaurant.com/

      1. genes is good. also, there is a new place next storyville on the drag. this is just north of mlk.

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        1. re: ieathereforeiam

          Thanks for the suggestions, yall. I'll be sure to check these places out.

        2. My wife is from Louisiana and I lived there for five years. We both think Gene's has the best hot roast beef po-boy in town. They also serve a cold roast beef po-boy that we've never tried so you have to be sure to ask for the hot po-boy.

          It's got the gravy/mayo mess that you're looking for.

          They're fries are OK, just standard crinkle cut fries.

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          1. re: The Tres Leches

            Y'all temped me, so I went for the first time just now. Holy Cow, are these yummy! That bread just can't be duplicated - it's either the real thing or it's not and this IS! Yuuummmmm. However, you should have warned me how big it was, we could have split one.

            I am so going back for the smothered pork chops. Pretty much everyone else in the place got that and they looked (and smelled) fantastic. Again, that's a two person plate.

            Gene came out and talked to every table while we were there and he even sang for us. That was a dang fine experience.

            1. re: amysuehere

              One question, though. mine didn't have gravy, that I know of...lots (too much) of mayo, meat grease. Is that what you're referring to?

              1. re: amysuehere

                "Gravy" on a roast beef poboy is really just more of the meat drippings rather than an actual thickened gravy.

                1. re: addlepated

                  oh. Okay, mine had gravy. Sure was good.

                  1. re: addlepated

                    Well, yeah, there can be drippings in there, but I do expect more than some random grease. It has to resemble actual brown gravy. It reminds me of getting a french fry poboy, something I haven't thought of in YEARS. The ultimate carb experience.

                    1. re: MyySharona

                      Okay. Good to know. This did not have the gravy you speak of. Random grease is exactly how I'd phrase it. However, the smothered pork chops looks really, really yummy.

            2. I had to satisfy my curiousity today and it was better than I imagined. I like the setting as well. I'll be working that menu in my travels.

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              1. re: crippstom

                Are you talking about the roast-beef po'boy at Gene's, crippstom?

                  1. re: crippstom

                    Thanks for clarifying. I usually stick to the smothered pork chops, the fried chicken, and the fried oysters at Gene's. Based on this thread, it seems like I might need to check out their roast-beef po'boy, too.