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Best Po' Boys - The Quarter

GDPhalp Dec 9, 2009 08:03 AM

I've got a friend going to visit NOLA next month and REFUSES to leave the quarter, as he will only be there 2 days. Where are the best po- boys there?
Roast Beef w/ Gravy -
Shrimp - ??
Crawfish - ??
Oyster - ??
Misc- ??

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    CharlieH RE: GDPhalp Dec 9, 2009 08:37 AM

    Strangely, the Quarter might not be the best place for po-boys, Johnny's on St. Louis is likely the most popular spot, its not bad, I have eatenthere countless times. For me though I think I would vote for Stanley for soft shell crab or oyster, and the Hermes Bar for an oyster foch po-boy.

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      GDPhalp RE: CharlieH Dec 9, 2009 11:13 AM

      Thanks Charlie - he needs all the help he can get - does Johnny's roast beef po'boy have gravy? I know that gravy is a big source of debate-

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        roro1831 RE: GDPhalp Dec 9, 2009 11:26 AM

        Yes, they have gravy, all roast beef poboys should have gravy, there are just different types, regular gravy, debris gravy

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          Shiloh RE: GDPhalp Dec 10, 2009 10:50 AM

          the johnny's roast beef poboy is a damn fine example. very tasty with a good gravy, though not as sloppy as you find other places.

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        bmoskowitz RE: GDPhalp Dec 9, 2009 11:22 AM

        I just had a surprisingly good roast beef po boy at Acme on Saturday. A local sent me there for the first time, as I was always turned off by the tourist crowd waiting to get in. I'm glad I went. The po boy was great and the charbroiled oysters were excellent too. I was too hungover to drink a beer, so I very uncharacteristically had a coke. Great meal and the shucker was a character.

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          GDPhalp RE: bmoskowitz Dec 9, 2009 12:56 PM

          thats a good suggestion, he also has a pre-disposition towards places that have been seen on tv (food net., travel channel, etc)

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          Hungry Celeste RE: GDPhalp Dec 9, 2009 12:58 PM

          The eggs benedict poboy and korean BBQ poboy at Stanley deserve a mention; see the full menu here: http://www.stanleyrestaurant.com/pdf/...

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            GDPhalp RE: Hungry Celeste Dec 9, 2009 01:07 PM

            I love kim-chi - is this poboy at Stanley one of those can't miss poboys?

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              gastrotect RE: GDPhalp Dec 10, 2009 02:19 PM

              I had it and liked it. But I don't think it was worth the money personally. I highly recommend Stanley in general however. Definitely make it a stop.

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              kibbles RE: Hungry Celeste Dec 10, 2009 05:31 AM

              $17 for a beef poboy! ouch, hope its pretty special....gold flakes?

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                GDPhalp RE: kibbles Dec 10, 2009 07:44 AM

                that's kinda what I was thinking - i don't mind spending the money if its memorable - but if i would be equally satisfied with roast beef w/ gravy at parkway - then why?

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                  CharlieH RE: GDPhalp Dec 10, 2009 10:22 AM

                  Maybe becuase you said you couldn't leave the quarter.

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                noradeirdre RE: Hungry Celeste Dec 31, 2009 07:16 AM

                I just had one of these, and the kimchee was great, but for serious, the beef is RAW. It was still pretty tender and tasty, but I wish they'd mentioned that it would be rare/raw/barely seared, because I was not in the mood for super rare meat.

                The eggs benedict po'boy was awesome though.

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                kibbles RE: GDPhalp Dec 10, 2009 02:54 PM

                +1 Johnny's, its your one-stop-shop. 50+ varieties, good hot sausage, and the Johnny's Special is a gut buster -- roast beef, ham, swiss, american...ultimate hangover killer.

                but Mena's also has good & cheap poboys and plates.

                Red Fish has a 1/2 poboy + soup lunch special thats pretty good, their BBQ Oyster poboy is one of a kind tasty.

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                  GDPhalp RE: kibbles Dec 11, 2009 04:55 AM

                  I haven't read much about Mena's or Red Fish on the boards - I'll have to check them out

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                    kibbles RE: GDPhalp Dec 11, 2009 07:39 AM

                    mena's is a locals secret. i shouldnt have told you. fuhgetaboutit. ;)

                2. Bill Hunt RE: GDPhalp Dec 13, 2009 06:35 PM

                  Shrimp - Felix's. Strike up a conversation with the waitress and it will be grand.

                  Don't have an oyster rec., but Acme might do the trick.

                  RB used to be a slam-dunk (late '70s to late '80s), but Frank's is not what it once was, when Frank was holding court, and his M-I-L did the RB. Then, the only place that could touch them was Acey's Pool Hall on Magazine, outside the FQ. Now?

                  Good luck,


                  1. sirvelvet RE: GDPhalp Dec 14, 2009 02:01 PM

                    Acme or Johnny's will meet most requirements, and if one refuses to leave the Quarter they must compromise. Oh what a city that someone has to compromise with the Acme Oyster Po Boy or the Johnny's Roast Beef (don't forget the Judge Bosetta (sp?))!

                    I would also include the corner stores such as Verdi Mart, Matassa's, and the bright yellow place. They also make mean and plentiful po boys!

                    1. parker394 RE: GDPhalp Dec 16, 2009 02:05 PM

                      Desire oyster bar on Bourbon has excellent roast beef and gravy po-boys. I had 3 while I was there recently. The charbroiled oysters are to die for. It was the best food I had while I was there, great raw oysters too. Much better than Acme.

                      1. RhondaKlark RE: GDPhalp Dec 27, 2009 04:32 PM

                        Verti Mart's brisket po' boy is scrumptious. It's a grocery/deli on a corner near the Croissante d'Or past the Ursulines convent. I go there every trip to the quarter since I saw a carriage driver stop in and come out with a grocery bag with 4 french bread loaves wrapped in butcher paper. The drunk couple making out in the carriage never knew he stopped, and I'm betting he didn't share with them...

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