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Mar 3, 2008 07:04 PM

Best Po-Boys

I know that I could probably do a search and find an answer for this, but I wanted a very current answer...

What's the best po-boy (shrimp or oyster) in town? We're coming in for the second weekend of Jazz Fest, staying at the JW on Canal. We won't have a rental car, so we'll be taking a please no 30 mile trips. :) My brother in law went to Tulane and is a huge fan of Domelisi's (butchered that spelling I know), but I'm not convinced.


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  1. For me, the best shrimp po-boy is still Felix's in the FQ. For roast-beef, Parkway Bakery. However, there have been some great recs. for spots that did not exist, when I lived in NO, and that I've yet to experience. Still, for shrimp, especially late at night, I head to Felix's. Besides, Felix's is just two blocks off of Canal and they have good oysters on the half-shell. If you do not like that, just across the street is Acme Oyster House. Many in my family swore by Acme, but I was the iconoclast...

    Parkway is too far away for your travles, sans auto. Decades ago, I thought that Frank's on Decateur was the best roast-beef po-boy, and still judge all others by their's. That restaurant has changed, and I do not know how they are doing with the roast-beef now. Seems that they are attempting to go up-scale. Frank's kids have it now, so maybe if you tell them that you want it the way that their grandmother used to make it, you'll get something like I still remember.


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    1. re: Bill Hunt

      It's funny you bring up the Felix/Acme thing. My husband's family were always Felix's people and my family favors Acme. When we started dating, we actually had a long talk about which one we would choose. LOL We said we'd do both, but I usually bat my eyes and we go to Acme and we've added Domilise's to the mix the last couple of trips. I still like Acme, but want to try a new place or two.

      1. re: KateMW

        I think that Domilse's is new, since I live in NOLA, but I do see it often recommended, so, based on the CH folk, it MUST be good.

        For the Felix's/Acme thing, it was really in MY family (from MS). I do not recall my wife really having a preference, and HER family were all multi-generational NOLA residents. I think that because I liked Felix's, and it was obvious that I loved food, her family just accepted it, or at least never expressed their pref. At least not in front of me.

        I guess that it was like the preferences for Jim's, or Ye Olde College Inn, for fried chicken. It was what you grew up with.

        I'm trying to come up with something else, but it's been too long ago, for me to really help. Best fried-shrimp po-boy was Marquez Bro's, but that WAS out on Chef Hwy., half-way to MS. Long gone. Next was a spot on the Lakefront east of the old Lincoln Beach. Also long gone. Now, when I get a craving for a fried-shrimp po-boy, late at night in Phoenix, I think of Felix's. Sorry.



        1. re: Bill Hunt

          How new do you mean? I know it's been there for at least 6 years. I'm assuming it's been there even longer from the looks of it. ;)

          1. re: KateMW

            Domilese's new? Not by a long shot. At least 70 years, perhaps 75 by now.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              That's what I thought, but I could only say I'd been going there for 6-7 years. Thanks for the correct number!

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                yeah. it opened before the great depression, in 1927.

              2. re: KateMW

                I was thinking 30 years, but Hungry Celeste says much longer. For whatever reason, I do not remember it, but, at my age, that is not unusual. Still, they get a lot of good buzz on this board, so they must be doing something right.

                Thanks HC for the info,

                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  I've tried it a few times, and I typically get a roast beef poboy as my judge of a place and I must say I was not impressed with Domilise's roast beef poboy. They do have good shrimp poboys though.

                  1. re: roro1831

                    Agree, Domilise's r.b. is not good by any measure.

                    1. re: N.O.Food

                      yeah. domilise's roast beef is more of a dry affair than the popular style these days. i still like it, but i wouldn't choose it over a parkway or a jazzy or a johnny's.

                      1. re: N.O.Food

                        Domilese's is absolutely horrible.

                        1. re: bywatertim

                          a lot of people say this. never had their RB -- whats wrong w/ it?

                          1. re: kibbles

                            You could make it yourself. Go to Rouse's and get the deli to cut some Boar's Head roast beef. Buy some po boy bread and dress it. Bam. You've got a Domilise's r.b.

                            Also, I want to say they put some form of "gravy" on it, but it's been so long I can't quite recall. I think I remember being reminded of public school gravy, the kind that comes out of a box. I clearly remember being heartily disappointed though.

                            That said, their fried stuff is good.

                            1. re: N.O.Food

                              last nite i watched Anthony Bourdaine's No Reservations episode in new orleans, season 4 (stream it on Netflix). he goes there w/ Chris Rose and they show the poboy -- yeah its sliced rb w/ gravy on top. meh.

                              BUT! the "off menu" Shrimp w/ Swiss & Gravy poboy looks amazing! sloppy love. i will ask for it.

                              1. re: N.O.Food

                                I always have the shrimp, m'self. cannot remember the last RB I had there..maybe 1978? And even then, what with Parasol's and Acy's, I wonder "why?"

                                I still do like the RB that has slices, just not supermarkler kind. The debris business has gotten out-of-hand, I think.

              3. re: Bill Hunt

                Pre-Katrina we took the Canal Street Streetcar to about 1/2 way between Canal and Esplanade and walked a few blocks to Parkway. It was a very easy walk and we didn't feel the least bit un-safe.

                Unless things are much different (and I know in a lot of New Orleans they are) I don't think anyone without a car should skip Parkway.


                1. re: KOK

                  Parkway has such a diverse crowd. It's a must-do. Can be quite crowded on weekends for lunch. We were lucky to get a seat at the bar but I think we went early. I don't know how safe the walk from the restaurant to the streetcar line is at this point. I know people who live in the area and it seems to be ok especially during the day.

              4. Loooove Domilise's....but if you're going to Jazz Fest, you have to try the soft shell crab poboy that one of the food vendors sells. It is to DIE for.

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                1. re: hamsandwich

                  I don't know if the quality has waned or if I've just lost interest in it, but I no longer crave the soft shell crab poboy at Fest. I do, however, really like the softshell crawfish poboy!

                  1. re: Blumie

                    it's good but rather small so at $9 (these days) it's just not worth it to me.

                  2. re: hamsandwich

                    I've heard it's very tasty. I love soft shell crab and we don't get it a ton up in Birmingham. I'll be on the lookout.

                  3. You can walk to Liuzza's By the Track from JF. They have a really good roast beef po boy with horseradish sauce (extra sauce). You can get 1/2 po boy and a bowl of gumbo for about $9. Of course they also have shrimp (fried and bar-b-que) as well as oyster etc. Johnny's in FQ also makes good po boys but are only open till about 4pm. BTW, the Galley does a nice softshell po boy at JF.

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                    1. re: JazzyB

                      I've been told that Liuzza's is the place to go for a pre-Fest bloody mary as well, so we'll probably stop by at least once. Thanks.

                      1. re: JazzyB

                        I thought they don't serrve food at Liuzza's during Jazz Fest?

                      2. If you go to Domilise's, don't get a roast beef. They use 2 thin slices of roast beef - if it's not storebought, it sure seems like it. On the other hand, the fried shrimp/oyster poboys are good, and it's a cool little joint. However, there are much better places to get poboys these days.

                        Parkway has great poboys. I love their gravy drenched roast beef. Shrimp and oyster are mighty fine as well. Overall, if I were to tell you to go to one place for all your poboy needs, it would be parkway. They're in midcity so they're not too far from jazzfest.

                        Also, I ate at Ignatius the other day and had a roast beef poboy there. The r.b. is similar to parkway, but it had less gravy on it. It was very good. I really liked it a lot. And it's on magazine so it might be more convenient.

                        The shrimp poboy at Guy's is really nice, too.

                        Crabby Jack's has excellent poboys as well, but it's a little far.

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                        1. re: N.O.Food

                          i like parasol's oyster poboy. and their gravy fries kick #$%. i like parkway's roast beef. liuzza's at the track, i had their roast beef with the hoseradish sauce, couldn't even taste a hint of the horseradish. i liked the shrimp at domilise's but had swiss and gravy added to it.

                        2. Domilese's = way overrated eat at jazzfest