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Proud2BWLVRebel Dec 2, 2008 11:17 AM

I was watching Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network and they were doing a "best of" kind of show. One part was when they visited a place in New Orleans called Parasols. The place didn't look too big and the folks eating there looked more like locals than tourists. Both the owners and the diners said this was the best place in NO for po-boys. I haven't heard it mentioned on this board so was just wondering what y'all think of it.

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    hazelhurst Dec 2, 2008 11:24 AM

    It's an old favorite. Hungry Celeste has probably eaten there more recently than I have---I just have not gotten over there---so you'll get more up-to-date info from others. It has not been "the same" to me since they changed the coolers behind the bar and the family sold it. Used to have THE roast beef po boy.

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      Proud2BWLVRebel Dec 2, 2008 11:35 AM

      That was what the owner was saying, that their roast beef po boy was THE BEST, and durn if it didn't look it!

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        phortisque Jan 28, 2011 07:25 AM

        I plan on hitting the Parasol this weekend. I've been to the Parkway, sat down at the bar with Frank Davis of WWL. He was bragging it was a ten napkin Po boy. I got mine, opened it up and couldn't find the gravy. It was alright, but not that sloppy. If you are ever in Thibodaux, LA, and like a good, sloppy Po Boy, go to the Frostop on Canal Blvd. Excellent! I will find the best Po boy around! so far no one has matched Abel's Bar and Cafe in Lockport, LA. Abel's is now closed, but THAT was a Po boy!!!!!

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        Frostop Restaurant
        3001 Ormond Blvd Ste H, Destrehan, LA 70047

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          swampsue Jan 28, 2011 07:22 PM

          Parasol's is no longer (at least temporarily); there was a big unpleasant property/lease dispute. The couple who had been running it have moved and reopened with the same menu/bartenders/kitchen into a big place on Magazine called "Tracy's." (Only a few blocks away) The regulars have followed them it seems. You can get your poboy there. (I don't eat em so cannot comment on the quality!)

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            phortisque Jan 29, 2011 05:20 AM

            Thanks swampsue! I was reading about that and was wondering which one to go to.

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              phortisque Jan 29, 2011 11:23 AM

              Ok. Went to Tracy's and had a Roast Beef Po Boy. If you plan on having a clean table, you'll have to clean it yourself. They pick up the previous customers stuff, but don't wipe the tables. Now to the Roast Beef Po Boy. Bread was just right. Roast beef was ok, a little more gravy than Parkway and alot more meat, but the flavor just wasn't there. A far as french fries, they were cold and soggy. Not recommended. Definitely not enough gravy on the roast beef.

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                swampsue Jan 30, 2011 07:14 AM

                Oops, I need to correct myself. Technically Parasol's has reopened, under new ownership. ( the building retained proprietory rights to the name), I hadn't realized that the original location had re-opened until last night when I was parking over that-aways.

                I leave it to others who has the best roast beef, but anyway sounds like you are up to speed on the whole messy thing. it was all pretty unfortunate to me. (I won't say more, as firstly I'm a vegetarian and I am also friendly with some of the players in this, so can't claim objectivity) Therefore I'll just hope that wherever you ultimately decide to go,you have a fabulous meal!

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                  swampsue Jan 30, 2011 07:17 AM

                  geez, i need to slow done, since you've just been! Sorry about that. And nope, cold fries just aren't a good thing!!

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          adamshoe Dec 2, 2008 05:55 PM

          Oops... forgot to say that we had great po-boys @ Mahoney's on Magazine St. on our most recent visit (Oct. 2008) If they have the suckling pig, you've got to try it. Bon Temps, Adam

          1. N.O.Food Dec 2, 2008 07:03 PM

            Parasol's does have a good r.b., but I have to give the edge to Parkway as far as taste is concerned. Parasol's is more convenient to where I live, however. Parasol's is at 2533 Constance in the Irish Channel.

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              dianalily Dec 3, 2008 04:07 PM

              Parasol's has a fantastic Roast Beef Po'boy, for certain. Garlicky gravy which you can also get on fries. And, yes it is mostly locals.

              Other places do other Po'boys better than P.'s - like Guy's for catfish and Domilise's for just about anything else. But if you want Roast Beef, I unabashedly recommend P.'s.

              I missed this episode - but did catch one about the River Shack Tavern, about 15 minutes up the River Road from P's. They do some terrific cookin'.

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                NolaGirlie Dec 4, 2008 02:25 PM

                Great poboys - roast beef, shrimp, oyster. A perfect hang-over fix.

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                  drop69 Nov 27, 2009 06:34 PM

                  I just saw the episode of DDD. One of the diners was the executive chef of Commanders Palace. I think he may know a little something about good food.

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                    BayouTeche Nov 30, 2009 11:14 AM

                    Yup....that was Tory McPhail.

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                    jdm40 Nov 30, 2009 08:33 AM

                    Great Dive Bar, with a good po-boy. It certainly isn't shinny clean, it is is a dive bar and if that bothers you I wouldn't go. I love it though.

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                      Liz Gober Dec 7, 2009 06:48 PM

                      Parasol's is a great local bar in my opinion. There is a separate eating area upstairs adjacent to the kitchen that is certainly respectable. I have never seen any creatures roaming around. The po-boys are really good and they certainly don't skimp on the filling. My favorite is the fried oysters, but the roast beef is pretty good too.

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                      Parasol's Bar
                      2533 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                      1. speyerer Dec 9, 2009 07:52 AM

                        The last time I went to Parasol's the place was dirty with food and flies on the tables and and trash on the floor. There are better restaurants in New Orleans. My vote is for the Parkway po-boys.

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                          mcegielski Jan 30, 2011 05:20 PM

                          parkway is decent but in my opinion i just don't get what all the fuss is about.

                          russell's short stop in metairie makes a better rb po-boy at about half the price.
                          i also think ignatius on magazine has a better roast beef than parkway.

                          don't get me wrong i think parkway is good i just dont think it is the kiss the floor would kill for one type of places other think it is.

                          for shrimp....i don't think anybody can beat verti mart. they are big shrimp and plentiful.

                          i had parasol's rb about a year ago and it was awesome. have not yet been to tracey's.

                          have heard crazy mixed review on mahoney's so i will guess i have to go see for myself.....

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                          sophronia65 Nov 2, 2011 08:38 AM

                          As of September 2010, Parasol's is under new management. The recipes that were used in 2008 are now used by Tracey's, which is just a block away from Parasol's. The new management bought the building and the rights to the Parasol's name, but the previous owners kept the rights to the recipes, which they took to Tracey's. So if you are looking for the GOOD/EXCELLENT roast beef sandwiches that were shown on DDD, then you have to go to Tracey's. The atmosphere at Parasol's is definitely the same (we dined there last night) but the food is just no longer that good.

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                          Parasol's Restaurant
                          2533 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                            sophronia65 Nov 3, 2011 01:42 PM

                            Had roast beef po boys at tracy's last night and they are by far 2000% better than parasols - there is no comparison.

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