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Mar 17, 2010 01:53 AM

Wet Dressed, Dressed or Plain?

I was told not to go near this subject with a ten foot pole......sooooo NOLA how do you enjoy your Po-Boys?! (And the Oyster Loaf at Casamento's which isn't a Po-Boy per say)

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  1. I've lived here my whole life and I've never heard the term "wet dressed." I'd assume it would mean with mayo....but I've always heard just the term "dressed" used to refer to lettuce, tomato and mayo....which is how I like it....with a splash of some hot sauce, of course.

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    1. re: nikinik

      I read that as with gravy, lettuce, tomato and maybe pickle. "Dressed" always translated to lettuce, tomato, mayo, and maybe that pickle. If one was going with gravy, the mayo was usually left off.

      Now, even with gravy, lettuce and maybe the pickle, I often added Gulden's Hot Mustard (kept a special jar at several po-boy shops), and omitted the tomato, as heirlooms were not commonly found back then.

      Just personal observations.


    2. My answer differs based on the type of poboy:
      Roast beef or roast beef with swiss or R&O special (roast beef and ham): Dressed with mayo, extra gravy and then I add Tabasco.
      French Fry poboy the same way. On the rare occasion I get a meatball poboy, it will still be dressed with mayo. When I ask for a meatball sandwich up here and ask them to put mayo and lettuce and tomato, you would think that I was speaking a different language.

      Seafood poboys (which I don't really eat anymore) used to be dressed with mayo, then I would add ketchup and tabasco.

      1. yeah i've never heard of "wet dressed" either. dressed refers to mayo, lettuce, tomato and (sometimes) pickle. i get all my poboys dressed. some, like my mother, prefer seafood poboys with just butter and pickle. in some places, st. bernard parish comes to mind, you might find that dressed includes ketchup on a seafood poboy. wouldn't be my first choice, as the tomato is usually enough tomato for me, but i have had them with ketchup and it aint bad. some places will serve seafood poboys with tartar sauce instead of mayo, and that's just weird.

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        1. re: Shiloh

          "Wet dressed" is new to me too. I don't know too many people that would order a po-boy "plain." I go for dressed (lettuce, tomato, mayo and pickle) - which is the standard "dressed." Although, if you say "dressed" at Domilise's on a roast beef, you will get spicy and yellow mustard.

        2. I third the "wet dressed" ignorance. Never heard of it.

          I get oyster poboys with butter or mayo and extra pickles and add hot sauce. Everything else, dressed extra pickles.

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          1. re: uptownlibrarian

            that's about the same for me except I avoid raw tomato. I lke some extra gravy on the bread for a roast beef (if it is a proper sliced beef po-boy)..maybe that qualifies as "wet dressed" but I'm with the rest of you--never heard that term. (sounds kind like one of those things you see at sub shops with the vinegar etc shot over it all). For seafood I stick to butter and maybe crystal or Lousiana hot sauce...I still wanna pickle, though.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              Piling on: never heard "wet dressed" used anywhere in south LA or NOLA. I will admit to ordering a roast beef with mayo only (don't want bad tomatoes or lettuce getting in the way of a good gravy), but I like a bit of shredded iceberg on a fried seafood poboy. I always ask about the tomatoes before ordering....if they're hard & pink, I decline.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                heartily agree that no tomato at all is preferable to a pink, hard, mealy or otherwise crap tomato.

          2. Never heard of wet dressed, either.

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            1. re: JanetLong

              I plead ignorance! LOL. I'm not exactly sure what program I got the term from but plain is plain, dressed was tomato and lettuce and wet dressed was with mayo. That's why I ask these questions! Just cause I'm not a native doesn't mean I don't wanna act like one. Seems to me like common sense when ordering a po-boy, rabbit food when appropriate otherwise plain jane. :)

              1. re: bourbonstjoe

                So "wet dressed" is with mayo? Hmm. Sounds like who-ever-it-was got a leg pulled or (as sometimes happens) never does any real research anyway ...we've all seen that. (Once, prior to a Super Bowl, the TV gang was in the quarter, at Brennan's, having Oysters Rockefeller and claiming they were invented there. So sorry, just go around the corner...)

                1. re: bourbonstjoe

                  Though I did an individual translation of the term "wet-dressed," mayo was usually, though not always, part of "dressed." I see that I missed the usage, to which you refer. To me "wet" meant gravy, and that could be several Italian meats, or roast beef. In general terms, I have not seen gravies offered with much else.