Best Po Boy in New Orleans?
I'm doing a documentary on New Orleans Po Boys and am wondering if folks could give me a list of their top 3 Po Boy restaurants. Also if anyone knows where I can contact a shrimp boat captain, I'm looking to get in touch with one. Thanks!
Saw the plug for Mahony's on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and had to go! Biggest disappointment. It was about 2:30 on a Saturday, place not full. I wanted a poboy "to go", walk up to the order desk and place my order for the Shrimp and Fried Green tomato 1/2 poboy on their "seeded" bread which was boasted about on the outdoor chalkboard. Had to wait 1/2 hr. and after paying $13 and change for a 1/2 sandwich I leave. Get home, no seeded bread, tomatoes about 1/2" thick sliced, hard on the center and too tangy (not mascerated in butter milk before for frying for tenderizing and taste quality). Shrimp were good; smelled good and sauce was good. Overall a thumbs down for me. too bad and very sad I think I got ripped off. :(
3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
Mahony's PO Boy Shop
3454 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
My favorites are:
Roast beef at Parasol's
Oyster or Fried Shrimp Po Boy at Parkway Bakery and Tavern
BBQ Shrimp Po Boy at Liuzza's by the Track
Mahony's Peachmaker Po boy
What a great quest! Have fun and good luck!
Debris Style Roast Beef from Rivershack Tavern
Fried Oyster from RiverPond Seafood
Fried Soft Shell Parm from R&O's
but I'll take a Meatball Dressed w/lots of red gravy, swiss, and a Barq's for a wicked overhang from too many to mention places.
Parasol's is THE place for the best roast beef poboy! The experience alone, depending on time of day, is worth it. Noone mentioned Domilice's on Annunciation Street.They are a unique place in an area only locals know about. I have never eaten a bad poyboy there yet.The shrimp is my fav. Keep in mind, the key to an excellent poyboy is the bread!!!
If you are in Quarter, go to Johnny's poyboys on St.Louis Street. It is worth the wait (sometimes a lot quicker than it looks!), not expensive and a great place to sightsee. Most times, we take the food to go and walk to the levee and watch the boats go by. However, don't do this at night during the summer. (termite swarming season is here!) ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Po-boys are a deceptively broad subject. In the NOLA hall of po-boy fame, one can have roast beef, shrimp, soft-shelled crab, oyster, and many more. The "best" even if you do a survey of 1,000 locals will likely differ for each type.
For historical perspective, I'll give you my choices:
1.) Franks's Delicatessen, Decatur Street, when Frank still had the steam table and his mother-in-law was cooking the RB. Restaurant still there, but greatly changed.
2.) Acy's Pool Hall, Magazine Street, long gone.
3.) Parkway Bakery and Tavern, N. Hagen Street. Of the still-operating restaurants, this is my favorite.
1.) Marquez Brothers, Chef Hwy. Long since gone.
2.) Felix's Bourbon Street and Iberville Street. Still in operation.
3.) Lakeview Inn, on Haynes Blvd. Do not know if they are still open.
4.) Come-Back-Inn, West Metairie Rd. in Metairie. Still open.
1.) Felix's (see above)
2.) Casamento's, Magazine St. Still open.
Seasonal, so it is likely to change by the particular season.
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
933 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Come Back Inn
8016 W Metairie Ave, Metairie, LA 70003
Felix's Restaurant & Oyster
739 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The feelings on Mother's are fairly polarized on this board. Some love it, and hold it as the epitome. Others just "don't get it." I happen to be one of the latter, but will admit that it has been years, since I was last there. In the late '70s, my studio was just around the corner. Many of the folk there loved it, so we ate there more, than I'd have chosen. Never had anything to get me back.
As EC points out, Uglesich's is no more. It was good, in my book.
You might want to look at the DVD sets that are available from WYES (PBS channel 12). They have several DVD's on the restaurants of New Orleans, some gone, some still around. Might be some research material there. Link to their store:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/37xkpl (with preview) Keep scrolling from the bottom of the page for their restaurant shows. Many will be more interesting to folk, who grew up in NOLA and dined at many of these.
Good luck on your project,
I love Parasol's for a roast beef, Domilise's for oyster, and I really love Boucherie's duck confit poyboy with cinnamon pickled carrots and candied pecans.
I'm not going to get into who has the best particular poboy because sometimes they are not found at a poboy "restaurant." In keeping with your request, I think the three best places that focus on poboys are (in no particular order): parkway, Crabby Jack's, and Domilise's. Guy's gets an honorable mention. Keep in mind that there are awful poboys even at these places. For example, the roast beef at Domilise's is terrible, but overall, I'd say these three are the best places to get a poboy.
Call the "tracie macie" if you want to get in touch with a shrimp boat. 985-855-6122 If the number has changed or you have any problems, let me know. Shrimping season started yesterday so it might be a chore getting in touch with them right now. Good luck
Catchinga captain can be problematic---I'd have to check with a couple to see if they;d be interested and I have no idea where they are right niow..Best bet, I think, is to talk to the guys at the dock and get the word out. this must happen often enough. Dean Blanchard's in Grand Isle would bea good place to start. I accidentally washed my business card from them but it shoudl be easy to get the nu,ber.
Many, many---in general, I like Donewar's in Gretna (see my post of 5-09 under "holes in wall", Very fine for stuff like meatball and sausage of various kinds
Southern Po-Boy at Claiborne Court and Jeff. Hwy is also very good, excellent sloppy roast beef.
Parrans on Vets Hwy--superb all around.
These are simply ones unmentioned by the previous posters. Most of their recommendations are quite sound, particularly for Parasol's. For your documentary, Donewar's can have good local color.
Ham & Cheese: DiMartino's
Roast Beef: Magazine PoBoy Shop
Soft-Shell Crab: Middendorf's
Cochon du Lait: Walker's (NO East)
Duck, Shrimp or Oyster: Crabby Jack's
Best po boy covers a LOT of ground. Interestingly, our ongoing poll for best shrimp po boy in the state currently is led by three places outside of NO:
Blake's (Thibodaux) (36.0%, 27 Votes)
Olde Tyme Grocery (Lafayette) (19.0%, 14 Votes)
Danny & Clyde's (in a city near you) (18.0%, 13 Votes)
Parkway Tavern (New Orleans) (18.0%, 13 Votes)
Domilise's (New Orleans) (12.0%, 9 Votes)
Crabby Jack's (New Orleans) (11.0%, 8 Votes)
Felix's (New Orleans) (8.0%, 6 Votes)
Short Stop Po boys(Metairie) (7.0%, 5 Votes)
George's (Baton Rouge) (5.0%, 4 Votes)
Rocco's Po boys (Baton Rouge) (4.0%, 3 Votes)
Harry's (Larose) (4.0%, 3 Votes)
1921 Seafood (Houma) (3.0%, 2 Votes)
Village Cafe (Maurice) (1.0%, 1 Votes)
Le Cafe (Breaux Bridge) (1.0%, 1 Votes)
Bear's (Covington) (1.0%, 1 Votes)
That being said, if looking for one of the big three (oyster, shrimp, and roast beef) "in New Orleans," I would go with:
Shrimp- Parkway/ Crabby Jack's
Oyster- Parkway/ Domilise's
Roast Beef- Parkway/Parasol's
Really, Parkway could be a "one stop shop." Feeling adventurous, get the Surf and Turf.
Oh, and one more thing, as nikinik alluded to earlier... all hail the CDL po boy at Walker's!
I can definitely take #2 off that list ... Olde Tyme Grocery in Lafayette. In my opinion the bread makes a poboy deserving of the name. Olde Tyme Grocery just does not have the bread anywhere close to being right, period. I have eaten there many times (because I lived a few blocks away for about 10 years) and the shrimp poyboy or the 1/2 and 1/2 (shrimp & oyster) was what I ate. The bread looks right but it lacks the light and 'airy' inside and the just right thickness of crispy outside.
Joey K's on Magazine is an excellent place for a large cold beer in a frosted mug. Clay is the owner and knows how to make you feel welcome. His red beans are incredible as are his onion rings.
Comeback Inn has a great poyboys but their onion rings are what really keeps me coming back.
Duck at Crabby Jack's
Roast Beef, Shrimp or Surf n' Turf at Parkway
Cochon de Lait at Walker's
Oyster at Bozo's
Grilled Shrimp at Guy's
Soft Shell Crab at Galley Seafood
I would also throw in the oyster at Casamento's, but they are closed for the summer and the sandwich does not really count as a "po-boy" - but I still love the pan bread. Hell, I think some of the banh mi around town might be some of the best po-boys in the area if they meet the criteria.
I will say Parkway and Crabby Jack's are my top two in no particular order. Then I can't decide on a third, but Parasol's, Domilise's, and Johnny's all rank high in my opinion.
After many great, albeit diverse comments, I have a second documentary for you - a series on what ex-pats think is the best po-boy and what they miss most about New Orleans cuisine, since they moved to ________.
Hope the project goes well, and please post a trailer, or where we might see your work. When not rambling on about wine and food, I spend much of the rest of my time helping people edit their videos on the Adobe fora.
Sammy's Deli is great. If you're a fan of places like Mandina's and Joey K's, this place has great homestyle cooking with a large selection of daily specials. Their sides are amazing as well. It's only open till 6 Mon-Sat and it's not known for atmosphere, although it isn't dingy or anything like that. Next time you need to go to Loew's, go to the one on Elysian Fields and stop in at Sammy's for lunch.
3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
have to chime in on this although this thread is old it is too much fun!
Russell's Short Stop
Verti Mart (biggest shrimp in a shrimp po boy)
mother's (like day after thanksgiving turkey!)
mother's gets a bad wrap. sure a little pricey and very touristy but damn good product. the turkey is great. the roast beef debris is great. someone tell me otherwise!
never been to parkway. on my list but keep forgettin'
russell's short stop in metairie has great everything and the prices are best anywhere.
ignatius roast beef, parasol's roast beef both to die for. bear's is different but so good. russell's melts in your mouth.
god i love a good po boy. i buy roast beef ones sometimes and drench them in hot giardinera peppers to give me an italian beef from chicago feeling. at russell's they will sell the beef by the "scoop." during football season i will get 10-12 scoops and add olive oil, oregano, garlic, and plenty of crushed red pepper and it come slcose to a chi-style italian beef. no tomatoe, lettuce, pickles or mayo though. just meat on bread and giardinera.
however most times i have to go with how it is meant to be-dressed all the way. sometimes i miss chi town italian beefs though and try to replicate!
I'll say otherwise since you requested it -- Mother's rb poboy is terrible. a watery, soggy, flavorless mess. the debris story is a good one back from their glory days under the original owner selling poboys to hungry longshore men, but those days (and owners) are long past.
have not tried the turkey tho.
You raise a point that is, I think, valid. The "debirs" po-boy can be a fine thing BUT, I am quick to add, is not what I think of as The Real Deal. "debris" is easy to make...just ignore it for hours. The good debris will be the left-over of the original beef. It is hard to find a real ropast beef po-bot now, wherein the beef is sliced thin and is a recognizable piece of meat....the ones at Parasol's and at [sorry to make you cry, Bill Hunt] at Acy's, were toothsome things that someone on their third set of dentures could get through with delight. Nowadays, joints foist the "debris: sandwich as a feature rather than a left-over. Ain't nothing wrong with debris---but it had to have a decent roast from which to descend.
I type, with tears flowing freely. A debris po-boy can be a work of arr, if all the elements are in place. As a big fan of a great RB po-boy, and possibly a good, returning patron at several purveyors of such, most "regular" RB po-boys contained "debris." Most of my RB's were about half debris, and half French-dip sandwiches. That was what I grew up with.
Hunt, typing through the tears...