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I need a roast beef poboy

MyySharona Feb 24, 2008 01:16 PM

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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    crippstom Feb 29, 2008 04:16 PM

    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
      MPH Feb 29, 2008 04:18 PM

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

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        crippstom Feb 29, 2008 07:37 PM

        That's right.

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          MPH Feb 29, 2008 08:25 PM

          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.

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      The Tres Leches Feb 27, 2008 11:14 AM

      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
        amysuehere Feb 28, 2008 10:37 AM

        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
          amysuehere Feb 28, 2008 11:25 AM

          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?

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            addlepated Feb 28, 2008 11:30 AM

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

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              amysuehere Feb 28, 2008 12:08 PM

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

              1. re: addlepated
                MyySharona Feb 29, 2008 07:51 PM

                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
                  amysuehere Mar 3, 2008 05:33 AM

                  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.

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          ieathereforeiam Feb 24, 2008 06:32 PM

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

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            MyySharona Feb 25, 2008 04:03 PM

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

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            addlepated Feb 24, 2008 03:38 PM

            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/

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