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Jan 7, 2009 11:15 AM

Two Po Boy Questions

1: Is Verdi Marte's Roast Beef PoBoy any good? I've had their shrimp (amazing!), but was curious about the RB.

2)If I have one stop at Liuzza's by the Track, would you go with the bbq shrimp or roast beef / horse radish mayo po boy?


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  1. If I had to choose between the two at Liuzza's it would be the roast beef. the bbq shrimp poboy does absolutely nothing for me, and I think there are much better Roast Beef poboys to be had, R&O's & Parkway to name two.

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    1. re: roro1831

      wow, very interesting- how bout verdi marte? I know its not in the same category, but you know anything about their RB?

      1. re: Cgs32

        I can't speak about verdi Mart, but I hear good things about the shrimp.

        1. re: roro1831

          On a tangent, another New Orleans po-boy that is a sleeper and I don't see many people outside of the city talk about trying is hot sausage - patties versus links (patty wins for me), dressed, with mayo and cheddar cheese on french bread - I've had awesome hot sausage po-boys at Liuzza's on the track

          1. re: mimadeli

            When my family lived at the Amer. Can Bldg right after the big K, we were regulars at Parkway. My son's fav. po-boy was the hot sausage patty, dressed of course. He still gets them at other po-boy shops, but Parkway is his favorite. I agree with you that its a "sleeper" and wonder why no one mentions them.

            1. re: mimadeli

              I'm witcha on the excellence of those two po=boys although the "links" version is generally referred to smoked sausage, or better yet, smoke sausage, while the patties are hot sausage. Both are fine, fine. I don't like the cheese on it--too rich for me, believe it or not--but dressed and with pickles. Yeah.

      2. the time ive had Liuzza's RB it was pretty bland -- i didnt taste a bit of horseradish, let alone have flaring nostrils or whatnot.

        but to the contrary, i find their bbq shrimp absolutely amazing :). is it worth 10-12 bucks? once in a while.

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        1. re: kibbles

          and their gumbo is pretty good, no? would you rank parkway's above liuzza's?

          1. re: Cgs32

            only had the gumbo at L's once, and didnt care for it. i only go there for the bbq shrimp, 2-3 times a year.

            1. re: Cgs32

              I'm no fan of the BBQ shrimp, as the shrimp have been inferior, tiny, frozen, coldwater & tasteless when I've ordered it. On the other hand, Parkway's roast beef is very good. RE: gumbo, I don't like tomato in my gumbo, so Liuzza's BTT doesn't cut it (I do like their crabcakes, though).

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                this is true on the shrimp -- small and probably not fresh. im not sure why they charge so much, other than because people will pay it. unfortunate.

            2. re: kibbles

              me, horseradish at all in the roast beef. The shrimp were not my idea of bbq at all. They were in a very light (almost bisquey) colored cream sauce- not a hint of worcestershire or black pepper taste.

            3. Results from the second annual Po-Boy Festival:


              Parkway Bakery & Tavern wins for Roast Beef Po-Boy. (Worth the short taxi ride.)

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              1. re: SBrooksB

                Actually, they won the people's choice award. DiMartino's won for best roast beef. I've got to try theirs cause if it's better than Parkway's, it's got to be excellent.

                1. re: N.O.Food

                  Right you are. I should have read more carefully -- the word "Muffuletta" derailed me!

                    1. re: Poeticalmath

                      Don't worry, Brooks knows what a muffuletta is, it's just nothing like a rb poboy. If you don't know what a muff (as it is unfortunately affectionately called) is, do a search for some of the impassioned arguments about the best on this board.

                  1. re: N.O.Food

                    I had a DiMartino's RB last weekend, after my Liuzza's disappointment (see earlier post). It was better than Liuzza's by a mile, but still not excellent. The gravy was a bit wan, and I'd swear that the beef was thickly sliced deli meat run thru the gravy.

                    Today, I tried again, this time at Bubba's in Thibodaux: long-cooked beef, deep flavor & color, very juicy but not gluey. It had one fatal flaw: soft bread. It LOOKED like french bread, but no crunch whatsoever. Texture was closer to an oblong dinner roll than any "real" french bread. It might have been redeemed by toasting, but cold, it was fit only for a cheesesteak, not a poboy.

                    Bubba's II Po-Boys & Seafood
                    212 E Bayou Rd, Thibodaux, LA 70301

                    1. re: Hungry Celeste

                      So you're saying don't bother with DiMartino's if you like Parkway?

                      1. re: N.O.Food

                        No, I'm saying that if you're right by DiMartino's, it'll do. It wasn't bad. I just wouldn't drive across town to eat it.

                      2. re: Hungry Celeste

                        And,unfortunately, the essence of the poboy is the bread--not the filling, which of curse varies. But it must always be crispy "french" bread.

                        For your at=home poboy pleasure, I:'ve had some good results from the Hi-Do bakery on Terry Parkway.

                        1. re: Hungry Celeste

                          have you been to Joe Sepie's and tried their RB?
                          what about Rivershack?
                          both are very good.

                          1. re: edible complex

                            Both are on my list; I drive by Joe Sepie's every AM and see the brown bags of Leidenheimer's bread sitting out on the front stoop and am tempted to petty larceny.

                            1. re: Hungry Celeste

                              he has various versions of the RB: ultimate, cajun, bbq, and italian.
                              happy RB'ing.

                    2. If you're in the Quarter, Verdi Mart has a pretty good roast beef; I actually prefer the 'Royal Feast' which is more of a combo. But Parkway is always worth the trip. Don't forget the sweet potato fries. Amazing.

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                      1. re: shatoblanc


                        I'm coming in on a Wed. night -- I'm going to try and have Verti deliver to my hotel in the CBD. I'll probably go with fried shrimp or rb (depending on what my girlfriend gets, because I'll be sure to have a third of hers!) . . . then the next day, think I'll go to Parkway. I was going to do Liuzza's, but after reading this post, am thinking against it.

                        1. re: Cgs32

                          Make sure to have them send a bunch of napkins, it can get pretty messy. I'd go for the rb. Unless shrimp are still hot, the batter tends to fall off, and if they are delivering, you don't know the time between frying and delivery.

                          1. re: ichabodsdad

                            No one has mentioned Mahony's on this thread, but I want to shout out to their RB poboy, which I found excellent when I tried it last summer. I know it has its detractors, and I've only eaten one sandwich from there, but it was delicious.

                            1. re: HalfShell

                              I'm one of the detractors. Odd flavor for a r.b. Personally, I didn't like it. Otherwise, the execution of the poboy was great. Everything else I've had from there I really liked, however.

                              1. re: N.O.Food

                                I havnt been to Verti Mart yet, it's next on my list of places to hit next time im in the Quarter. I have been to Liuzza's by the track and found their food delightfull. The owner cooks everything from scratch and stuffs his roast with garlic while cooking, not boiled like Parasols! Although I'm not a fan of having horseradich with my roast I did try the nostril searing horseradich and found it very tasty.