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May 3, 2010 08:19 PM

Po'Boys? in Merced?(!)

This article in Sunday's Merced Sun Star definitely caught my eye:

I have driven by a few times, but it wasn't open yet, and I wasn't sure what it was. However, now that I know and am back in town after a vacation, I plan to try it soon. The owner/chef's prior place, Big Will's in Atwater, closed just after I moved to the area,but I had heard good things.

Has anyone else tried it? Would love any reports....

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  1. I don't know if you've made it down there yet, but I finally dropped by today thanks to your post. I shared a regular size mufaletta along with an 8 inch cajun sausage sandwich. The mufaletta was pretty much what I remember from New Orleans. Straight forward flavors with the salty tang of the olive salad. Saw them making the olive salad while I was there. The bread was perfectly toasted. Warm and soft on the outside, but a little bit of crunch on the inside portion. The regular size is a circular piece of bread, probably about 8 inches across? It's split into 4 sections. In my eyes, it could be shared by two people if you get some sort of side sandwich, but I'm a moderate eater.

    The 8 inch Canjun Sausage sandwich was very tasty...sausage had a little spicy kick to it. It combined well with the texture of lettuce/onions/tomatoes also included.

    The sweet tea was GINORMOUS. I would encourage people to share one. It's not what I'm used to as far as sweet tea when compared to North Carolina sweet tea. But it was still very good. They have a sasparilla sweet tea option as well. The cook told me the sweet tea is actually made there (as opposed to purchased pre made).

    The ambiance is definitely lacking...but truly, it's a sandwich place!! Who cares! The food was tasty and service friendly. You can watch them make everything while you wait.

    On a random note, banh mi (vietnamese sandiwches) are on the menu too. I couldn't quite figure that one out....and I'm sort of afraid to try them since mixing foods always makes me nervous. But who knows.

    I will definitely be back. My household is curious to try the gumbo.

    All in all, 8 inch sausage sandwich, regular size mufaletta, two sweet teas that were bigger than my head, $16. Pretty decent I think. Definitely worth at least trying out.

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    1. re: marmotsm

      Thanks so much for the report! Hubby and I walked by the other day just as they were closing (around 7:00 or so in the evening, IIRC, so I think it could work for a very early dinner for those who don't care about ambiance at all). Didn't sample anything, just checked it out, and hope to eat there soon.

      We should do a bahn mi crawl and compare to Lucky Pho down the street :-) If you will ever be in town and are interested, email me (see my profile...)

      1. re: susancinsf

        Oo Thanks! Will have to keep that in mind. I haven't had ANY banh mi in Merced yet.

    2. In the south and, as far as I know, everywhere po'boys are oyster sandwiches. Am I missing something here?

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      1. re: Gail

        I think a po'boy and the mufaletta are two different sandwiches, no? Despite the name of the restaurant, he serves both. (and lots more too, including, apparently, banh mi.


        1. re: susancinsf

          Just Googled. Po'boys are most commonly made with oysters or shrimp, but can be made with thyme seasoned roast beef on a sub roll. Mufaletta is an Italian sandwich on round Italian bread filled with olives, provolone, Genoa salami, etc. Seems both originated in New Orleans.
          Live and learn...