Red Beans and Rice, Roast Beef Po Boys, and Olivier's
I'm going to be visiting New Orleans next week and have most of my food itinerary planned except for a few things.
First, where is a good place for red beans and rice? Second, where is a good place for roast beef po boys? If there's anything close to the convention center that would be great.
Third, how is Olivier's? The main reason why I'm considering going there is for the gumbo sampler. Is it worth it?
Thanks in advance.
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roast beef poboys - Johnny's on St. Louis is the best in the Quarter. But it's only open daytime.
Red beans & Rice. pretty much any lunch place in the CBD will have it on Mondays. I can't direct you to one place that's particularly good. I get them at P&G on Baronne. But I wouldn't say it's especially good. In fact, i'm not sure there is a place that's known for great red beans. Don't get me wrong. I love a plate of red beans & rice. But it's pretty basic. Everyone kind of does them the same.
Olivier's is a very good place. I'd say it's worth it. It's underrated, in my opinion.
We (at work) used to get beans from Bayou Eatery on Lafayette located in the 400 Poydras building. They give you a nice serving with two large links of sausage. The sandwiches are expensive and nothing special. They they opened a Subway, yes Subway, nextdoor and they have creamy beans and good fried chicken. I was told they use Popeye's "recipe" or probably more correct to say supplier. I don't know if it's true but they are good if you like creamy. Personally I like both. For roast beef poboys I go to Nola Grocery on Andrew Higgins a few blocks from the Convention Center. They only have one table but we always manage to get a seat. There's no a/c so you may want to get it to go. Get lots of napkins. While you're at it get some Boudin too. If it's busy you place your order, give your name and take a seat. You can pay when you leave. Never been to Olivier's.
I recommend Lil' Dizzy's (the Esplanade location) for RB&R, but I agree with the original poster that you can get good red beans most places in the city. Mandina's on Canal does them well, too, as does Praline Connection.
For Roast Beef, if you want to stay downtown, I'd say Mother's is probably the best. If you have a car, Parkway, Parasol's, Mandina's, Guy's, and Ye Olde College Inn all do a great roast beef poboy.
The last time I was in New Orleans, I ate red beans and rice at several well known restaurants. Without question the Gumbo shop had the very best red beans and rice!