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MSP - Jambalaya & Po Boys

tda Jun 26, 2008 07:01 AM

Need a New Orleans Style Fix. This is a duel request for a great Jambalaya and a great shrimp Po Boy in MSP.

All suggestions welcome!!!!

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  1. The Dairy Queen RE: tda Jun 26, 2008 07:10 AM

    Oooh! What a great quest.

    I love the oyster and catfish po-boys at Sea Salt Eatery in Minnehaha Park, though I can't speak to "authenticity". I've never tried the shrimp po-boy there, though. They have jambalaya on occasion, as well, and it's been a hit with my dining companions...


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      tda RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 26, 2008 07:18 AM

      I see Stella's Fish Cafe has a Shrimp Po' Boy, but it's $13.95. Sorry, but I don't think I've had a sandwich anywhere yet that is worth $13.95.

      Sea Salt sounds like a great suggestion for a day like today!! Thanks TDQ.

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        TDS1 RE: tda Jun 26, 2008 10:45 AM

        I have had the Oyster Po Boy at Sea Salt Eatery. While is isn't loaded with oysters like New Orleans, it was pretty darn good.
        Ironically, they used to have a huge rock shrimp Po Boy at the Cheesecake factor which was amazing. Sadly it is no longer on the menu.

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          The Dairy Queen RE: TDS1 Jun 26, 2008 11:01 AM

          Wow, tda, tds1 and tdq all in the same thread...

          I recently tried the fried oyster basket at Sea Salt--the hot sauce they serve with that is REALLY hot, in that punishingly painful but too delicious to stop eating it sort of way. I wonder if they make that in-house or if they buy it.

          They don't seem to put the same sauce on the po-boys, though, or if they do, it's in such small quanitities the heat doesn't pack the same punch.


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      BigE RE: tda Jun 26, 2008 11:04 AM

      I will 100% agree with the Sea Salt recommendation. I was just there with my sister and her boyfriend (who got the oyster Po' Boy, and it was phenomenal).

      I got the catfish Po' Boy, and it was just as good as what I got in New Orleans when I was there in March.

      HIGHLY recommended.

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        Kilgore RE: BigE Jun 26, 2008 12:41 PM

        I think that Sea Salt is an excellent suggestion and probably does have the best seafood Po Boy in MSP. However, when I've ordered them in years past, they've been served on a soft hoagie roll. (I've been several times this year, but had to bail after seeing the lines.)

        In and around New Orleans, Po Boys are always served on French bread and that's actually the key ingredient that makes a Po Boy a Po Boy, not so much the fillings. (Southern Louisiana French bread is very crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.)

        Is Sea Salt still using the soft hoagie rolls for their PBs? If they've remedied that, then I'll make sure I get down there ASAP.

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          Jordan RE: Kilgore Jun 26, 2008 01:19 PM

          The Sea Salt and Stella's po' boys are OK. Just OK. I agree that they're probably the best in this area. Sea Salt could really crank it up on a notch if they served it on more appropriate bread (see Kilgore's comments above) and if they used Tabasco mayo, like they do in New Orleans. This is simplicity itself -- a combination of mayonnaise & Tabasco sauce, which imparts great flavor and also holds the itsy-bitsy sandwich pieces together.

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        Enso RE: tda Jun 28, 2008 04:44 AM

        Can't help you with the Jambalaya, though I hope someone will have some to report in the area. Isn't there a southern food restaurant, maybe in st paul?, that opened about 1-2 years ago?

        I second the Sea Salt. I have family in Louisiana and get down there a fair bit. i've had worse po boys there, and some about as good as but not really much better than sea salt. Though it's true the bread could be improved.

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          TDS1 RE: Enso Jun 28, 2008 08:37 AM

          Dixies on Grand is a southern food restaurant in St Paul which has both a shrimp Po Boy as well as Jambalaya. The menu looks really good. I have been wanting to try this place for sometime - but have never been, so can't comment on the quality (but perhaps others could). It's a bit of a hike from EP, so unfortunately haven't made it over there.

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            cheeseguysgirl RE: TDS1 Jun 28, 2008 10:20 AM

            I've eaten at Dixie's a few times, and it's pretty mainstream. Nothing too spicy, nothing too crazy, nothing really bad but nothing really good, either. In general, not so authentic. I woiuld give it a great big "meh." Always seems to be full, though, but that often tells me that in its inoffensiveness, people who want to feel like they're eating cajun or southern go there because it's so mild.

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              churchka RE: cheeseguysgirl Jun 28, 2008 08:52 PM

              I second the "meh." Though I did see a loaded Norm Coleman there once...

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                NordeastB RE: churchka Jun 30, 2008 09:27 AM

                I third the "meh." Dixie's is fine if you want to stop in for a beer and some coconut shrimp at the bar, but other than that...meh. And churchka, I know exactly what you mean on the latter.

        2. Davydd RE: tda Jun 30, 2008 09:07 AM

          If you like to take scenic road trips especially down the Mississippi River, Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp restaurant in downtown La Crosse, WI serves a credible jambalaya and po'boy.

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            Loren3 RE: Davydd Jul 3, 2008 08:40 AM

            Any relation to Buzzard Billy's Armadillo Bar and Grillo in Waco Texas? Absolutely amazing crawdad etouffe and po'boys. Menus printed on the labels of vinyl LPs. Lots of good local music. Back in the day, when Baylor banned dancing on campus (Baptist school, you know), Buzzard Billy's was slammed with kids. Great fun!

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              Davydd RE: Loren3 Jul 4, 2008 08:03 AM

              I don't know if it is associated with Waco. Here is a pic of the place in La Crosse, WI.

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                jenniegirl RE: Loren3 Sep 17, 2008 04:47 PM

                I went to school in LaCrosse and we always got the alligator. It's my sister's favorite place, but it kind of reminds me of Applebee's.

            2. jrnorton23 RE: tda Jul 2, 2008 10:03 AM

              The newly opened Citizen Cafe in South Minneapolis actually does a po boy that compares with the one I (greatly!) enjoyed during my last trip to New Orleans. Incredibly bright and fresh bits of tomato help counterbalance the bun + small fried shrimp, and the whole package was nicely enhanced by the smoked tomato aioli. I wolfed it down, and I don't normally wolf down my food.

              I fourth the "meh" on Dixies.

              1. The Dairy Queen RE: tda Aug 15, 2008 04:19 AM

                Haven't been there myself, but how about the new Bourbon Street Steakhouse in St. Paul? http://www.bourbonstreetsteakhouse.co... According to Jeremy Iggers blog at the rake, the chef is Eric Austin, formerly of Big E's Soulfood on Eat Street. (P.S. there seems to be plenty of shrimp on their menu, but the po boys are either oyster or catfish as far as I can tell...don't know if that would work for you. They do have jambalaya, too, according to their website). Please let us know if you try it out and if it's any good!


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                  liesel RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 19, 2008 05:51 PM

                  I just drove past Bourbon Street Steakhouse tonight and noticed the new sign. The place used to be Tre Vina and I hadn't heard it closed. Glad something else opened there quickly.

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                    tda RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 20, 2008 06:01 AM

                    Thanks TDQ. The menu looks excellent. I'll give it a try.

                    Great timing in advance of the convention!! I went to Big E's just before it closed. It was ok, but not great. It sounds like he's really energized with this new adventure.


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                      Danny RE: tda Sep 17, 2008 06:52 AM

                      Looks like Big E is back to his old ways... check out the home page for the restaurant: http://www.bourbonstreetsteakhouse.com/

                      Big E's side of the story is here: http://soulfood612.blogspot.com/

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                        soupkitten RE: Danny Sep 17, 2008 09:35 AM

                        roflmao! oh jeez, that didn't take long! "big e," eric austin is a fine chef with some great ideas & techniques, and is a nice person outside of the kitchen, but he has a deserved rep for being well-nigh impossible to work with/for. dh worked for him for. . . a week maybe, that was all he could do. i hope for big e's eventual success, because his food is good, but he needs an injection of people skills, or some asbestos sous-chefs who can shield the rest of the crew from him. i'm a little put out that his stint at bourbon street steak house was so brief-- dh and i were planning on making a visit and checking in with big e, but if he's not there, i doubt the food will be worth a trip.

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