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klebb Sep 7, 2010 06:58 AM

I'm heading to New Orleans this weekend for the Saints game on Thursday and to eat/drink the rest of the trip and one of the members of my crew really wants to check this place out. I've never been and since I chose our two "big" meals (August and Commanders jazz brunch) I'm going along with this choice.

Is it good, bad, okay? Is there anything that stands out?

Thanks.

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  1. uptownlibrarian Sep 7, 2010 07:07 AM

    The onion "rings" (really they're thin strings) are outstanding.

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      sanglier Sep 7, 2010 09:00 AM

      Loaded with gems: fried oyster, fried oyster with remoulade sauce, fried oyster with bacon and cheddar cheese (known as "The Peacemaker"), roast beef, ham (with Abita rootbeer glaze) and cheese, fried shrimp, grilled shrimp with fried green tomatoes and remoulade...see what I mean? Only thing I was less than thrilled with was the muffaletta, not the contents but the bread. Have fun!

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        kibbles Sep 7, 2010 10:59 AM

        im not crazy on them, haven tried them several times to get a read. i do really like the meatball -- fresh motz, well seasoned meat w/ good anis. love it. but the rest, not so much... roastbeef (my litmus) wasnt too special. ive tried oyster + bacon + cheese, but the cheese is unmelted and just seemed weird. tried the cochon, no flavor. and tried the fried green tomatoes shrimp and felt there was barely any shrimp (prefer the same at Crabby Jack's).

        onion rings are good, true enough. but unless im craving a meatball, its not on the list.

        just hit Parkway Bakery & Tavern yesterday -- this place is an old classic poboy shop. high capacity, which is another Mahoney's issue. but the poboys -- wonderful roastbeef, and my all-time favorite shrimp; plump, fresh, not too much batter. i noticed a Caprese poboy on the menu! havent had this one yet, next time.

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          sanglier Sep 7, 2010 02:15 PM

          That's what makes the world go 'round, our subjective tastes. The roast beef at Mahony's, while not in the same sloppy style as Parkway or Parasol's, has a better flavor with better meat. Bottom line, Mahony's has been a nice addition to our po-boy landscape.

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          Mahony's
          3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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            Hungry Celeste Sep 7, 2010 02:41 PM

            I like the fried chicken liver + coleslaw poboy @ Mahony's, but skip the fried shrimp: on multiple visits, the shrimp count was on the stingy side. Better & cheaper fried shrimp poboys elsewhere...

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            Mahony's
            3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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              kibbles Sep 8, 2010 09:23 AM

              wellll...i didnt experience better flavor or better meat. perhaps that style's a preference, but i wouldnt state it as fact. as you say, subjectivity.

              the other problem w/ them, for me, is their scalability. i can walk into Parasol's, Parkway or Johny's and know it won't be long before i get some paper-wrapped love. but Mahony's can take a *long* time, sometimes 45 minutes... so for me it isnt too viable.

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            jenn2083 Sep 7, 2010 04:16 PM

            I've tried the fried chicken liver poboy- they put a lot on a little sandwich. Also, the gravy and cheese fries are a meal by themselves. They put chunks of beef on top of french fries- it is very heavy. They have good draft specials- only abita though- it would be nice to see some other local beers represented.

            1. N.O.Food Sep 7, 2010 04:38 PM

              I'll echo a lot of what's been said, especially Kibbles. (We've had nearly identical experiences it seems.) I've been a few times, and of the things I've tried I really only liked the meatball poboy and the onion rings. As such, Mahony's is pretty much at the bottom of my poboy joint list. Parkway, Crabby Jack's, Parasol's, Guy's, and Domilise's are overall much better poboy spots - although there are things that I avoid at most of these places, e.g., Domilise's roast beef.

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              Crabby Jacks
              428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

              Mahony's
              3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

              1. bourbonstjoe Sep 8, 2010 10:36 AM

                As a visitor who's only ever spent 8 days in NOLA (So far) I would definitley reccomend the onion rings (++) and the fried chicken livers and creole slaw poboy @ Mahoney's. The GF had the veal parmesan poboy and I can attest to a large portion and the use of fresh mozza, she also had the mufaletta salad which was pretty much the meat, cheese and olive salad heaped over a wedge of iceberg lettuce (Maybe that would avoid your bread disappointment sanglier).

                Johnny's was very good and I haven't made the rounds to the other poboy joints (yet) but my experience @ Mahoney's was a positive one.

                Enjoy!

                1. UptownGirlie Sep 10, 2010 07:45 PM

                  We were very disappointed with our meals. The roast beef and shrimp poboys we ordered were only okay, yet they took forever to be prepared and the service we received was downright rude. This was a late lunch midweek, *not* a busy time for them

                  It was enough for us to decide that our first visit would be our last.

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                    midcity Sep 11, 2010 12:49 PM

                    Yeah, I've found the servers there to be fairly graceless, at the best.

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                      klebb Sep 14, 2010 09:17 AM

                      I skipped Mahoney's after the reviews on here and ended up at Crabby Jack's instead. I had the slow roasted duck po'boy and it was A+.

                      A weekend of Cochon>Crabby Jack's>August>Commanders was pretty darn good. I don't know if I can eat again for the rest of the week.

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                      Crabby Jacks
                      428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

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                        kibbles Sep 14, 2010 02:10 PM

                        solid choice. not even sure who else serves a duck poboy...?

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                          sanglier Sep 14, 2010 07:08 PM

                          Interesting to hear so many of you with bad Mahony's experiences. My not having had such problems, esp. with rude service and long waits, is likely attributable to going at off times on weekdays, when it isn't crowded. That's what I love about this board, how so many of us who dine out all around town can have such wildly divergent opinions about the same place. As long as we give 'em our support, that is the main thing, I suppose.

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                          Mahony's
                          3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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                            mcegielski Sep 14, 2010 07:38 PM

                            wow. reading all of this made me once again realize how tough the restaurant industry is. i have been curious about mahoney's and i have never ate there but i do eat poboys about once a week. the reason? several people talking about rude service and 45 minute wait for a poboy. sorry, i just can't deal with that. the owners should be in tune to what people on this board have said about them and they need to address those issue if they are in fact legit. it's in the burbs but price wise and taste wise i have to give a shout out to russel's short stop poboys off airline. also if your in mandeville bear's makes a roast beef that is seriously out of this world. i've had guy shrimp a few times. not sure why everyone raves about it so much. ignatius roast beef is also a real good one. from what i hear about domilise's rb i know i can never order it. sounds nasty. i really miss the shrimp poboy from verti mart. now that was a sandwich!

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                              kibbles Sep 15, 2010 09:52 AM

                              @sanglier - welllll not so sure i agree. im not in the habit of giving my financial support to business that dont merit it. to me the lackluster items and long wait dont cut the mustard.. so if it were up to me, evolution would dictate that they be replaced by outfits better able to serve their customers. eg, we dont hear about Johnny's 45-minute waits or service issues, etc..

                              but i would miss the meatball.

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                              katiep Sep 23, 2010 04:46 PM

                              the st. chuck duck at avenue pub on st. charles is an amazing sandwich, though not a poboy

                      2. mapleleafgirl Sep 14, 2010 10:30 PM

                        We took a pretty long cab ride out to Mahoney's because thier menu looked kinda creative...and we were on the neverending questing for the best po-boy (parkway is still my fav!) We got their off peak hours...sat at the bar and ordered and they said it would be an hour. We looked at each other...then around and we highy confused why it would take that long...but hell we just spent about $20 to get there so no turning back. We ordered 2 po-boys and fried green tomatoes. a huge dissapointment all the way around. More expensive than most good po-boy spots and less filling and flavour. It didnt take quite an hour...about 40 mins, they weren't particualry rude to us but didn't go out of their way to be friendly by any means. They were downright rude to some people though as i verheard conversations. I wouldn't go back and can not recommend for sure. PARKWAY, DOMILISE'S

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                          sanglier Sep 15, 2010 06:28 AM

                          Maple, I'm getting concerned about this place! I have been their biggest fan, as noted by my earlier comments, but I haven't been in about a month. It sounds like things are heading south, particularly these wait-times! I need to get in there soon. Thanks for the feedback!

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                            kibbles Sep 15, 2010 09:53 AM

                            the 45-minute waits have been my experience for over a year. they are doing something very, very wrong.

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                              midcity Sep 15, 2010 06:33 PM

                              I could put up with an occasionally long wait if it's peak time or if something goes wrong in the kitchen [i.e. they're short], but only if the service is polite enough to make up for it. I don't want someone to bow down to me, but just answering in a nice tone of voice would be good. I don't want Mahony's to go away either--I've warmed up to the Peacemaker--but I always, always call ahead now and do take-out to avoid the wait and to have as little contact with the counter people as possible.

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                              Mahony's
                              3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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                                sanglier Sep 17, 2010 08:59 PM

                                I'm the biggest supporter of Mahony's in this thread, and hearing these comments I went for myself today to see what is up. I placed my order at 11:55 a.m. I timed it. I got my roast beef at 12:10. The people behind me in line sat next to me and got there food about 4 minutes after me. I had a roast beef, they had fried oysters with remoulade and meatball. We talked, all of us were as happy as ever. Then a grandpa holding a 3 year old or so stood by us looking for help in securing a table with booster chairs for this child and another one of similar age who were soon to follow. The young waitress secured 2 boosters, pulled two tables together for the party of 7-8, no bitching, no eye rolls, or any other signs of server displeasure that have been previously expressed. So: I don't know when you guys went in the past months, but that is the gospel truth. Nothing to bitch about at all. I can't let Mahony's get ripped over and over without giving a counter report. If it had been bad, I would own up, but it was a delight.

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                                Mahony's
                                3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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                                  kibbles Sep 20, 2010 12:20 PM

                                  good to hear. we typically go on saturdays. i have been during weekdays but it was a long time ago.

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                                    swampsue Sep 22, 2010 12:42 PM

                                    I rarely get the time to post, but I must add that I too had a 45+ minute wait the last two time I went, and exactly the same treatment, not rude, but not particularly friendly, more indifferent. Considering we weren't (there were 4 of us) blown away by the food, the prices were pretty high, and there were only two other tables in the place at the time, I did scratch them from the list. To be fair, I don't do poboys all that often anyway, and they do have delicious onion strings, and the retro vidoegame machine was fun. It was just a ridiculously long wait. This was probably 8-10 months ago, so maybe they fixed the problem.

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                                      sanglier Sep 22, 2010 06:56 PM

                                      Sue, I just found out that my good experience from last week was attributable to a brand new computerized (for lack of a better term) register, which greatly speeds things up between front of house and the kitchen. Plus, to my eye, with the recent expansion, the kitchen looks like it has more people working on sandwich-making. Give it another try, I think you'll be happy. But I do agree about the prices: though it's high quality, I think a "standard" should be 9 inches, not 6, and if 6, the prices should be dropped commensurate with the portion size. My only real complaint from Day 1.

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                              midcity Sep 22, 2010 07:18 PM

                              After reading these posts, I decided to give Mahony's another try, even though I've had mixed experiences in the past. I've been wanting a shrimp po-boy, so I called on the way home tonight. It was about 7 p.m. I called three times. Three times, the person who answered asked to put me on hold and then put me on hold for two minutes, after which they [or their phone] hung up. The fourth time, when the woman answered and asked if I could hold, I explained that they'd already put me on hold three times and the phone kept hanging up. She said she wouldn't put me on hold, she'd just put the phone down for a second on the counter. So she put it on the counter for about a minute . . . and then I was put on hold, and they hung up on me again.

                              Was I supposed to call back and beg for someone to take my order? I'm glad they were so busy talking to other customers, because they just lost this one.

                              I drove to Parkway Bakery--way out of my way, because contrary to my handle, I now live Uptown--and bought a delicious sandwich. I think that's what I'll do whenever I want Mahony's in the future.

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                                sanglier Sep 22, 2010 07:57 PM

                                Midcity, just when I defend 'em, I read a post like this. That's such bad customer service, just indefensible. I give up! No more from me on this thread! I'm overdue for a Parkway hot sausage, now that you mention it...

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                                  midcity Sep 22, 2010 08:58 PM

                                  I'm really forgiving when it comes to restaurants--perhaps too forgiving--but this is the start of a long, if not permanent, hiatus for me and Mahony's.

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                                    uptownlibrarian Sep 23, 2010 06:56 AM

                                    I like Mahony's sandwiches ok and I never really had a problem with the customer service, but several months ago I realized that the main reason I was going there was for the onion rings. So I figured out how to make them at home and haven't been back since. Everything is pretty expensive, but I think what really put me over the top is that they charge $3 for Cokes, not fountain with refills but plastic bottles. I don't even drink Cokes but that's outrageous.

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                                  N.O.Food Sep 23, 2010 07:05 AM

                                  I just can't dig a shrimp poboy with four shrimp on it? They still doing that?

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                                    hazelhurst Sep 23, 2010 08:18 AM

                                    Four shrimp is indefensible...but, then, all portion control is anathema to good food. I gave up on Arnaud's when Archie measures everything and started serving oyster dishes allowing only five oysters. He'd insist that this was The French Way and I would retort that we are not in France. I prefeer the casual alloting of oysters and shrimp on a po-boy. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but never a niggardly four.

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                                      Hungry Celeste Sep 23, 2010 09:08 AM

                                      Never rec'd a sandwich with four, but here's my five-shrimp poboy, in living color: (ETA: shrimp spilling off the bread, in my opinion, is a key characteristic of a LOCAL shrimp poboy. Maybe a shrimp sandwich somewhere else in the world is supposed to contain a restrained allocation of shrimp, but not. in. Louisiana. And this was a pre-oil-spill poboy, so don't hand me any justifications about the "reduction in local supply").

                                       
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                                        hazelhurst Sep 23, 2010 09:11 AM

                                        Appears to be all you can fit on there...nicely fried, I must say.
                                        That reminds me...I haven't fried anything in awhile. Maybe do some swimps for the upcoming tailgate.

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                                        N.O.Food Sep 24, 2010 04:51 PM

                                        Don't get me wrong, these were four larger shrimp, but the bread to shrimp ratio was still way out of whack. There were just four shrimp laid sideways on a regular size poboy.

                                        HC, if Mahony's shrimp poboy looked like yours, I'd have no complaints.

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                                        Mahony's
                                        3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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                                          Hungry Celeste Sep 28, 2010 01:32 PM

                                          Point of clarification; that WAS a Mahony's shrimp poboy, from back in March.

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                                          Mahony's
                                          3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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                                            N.O.Food Oct 1, 2010 09:56 PM

                                            oOo. Looks muuuuuch better than the one I had a year or so ago that was mostly bread. Might have to give it a try again.

                                  2. Mytah Sep 23, 2010 07:59 AM

                                    This place was on my list to try out. Not no mo.

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                                      bg1811 Sep 28, 2010 10:43 AM

                                      We took a couple of out of town friends there last Wednesday. We ordered an assortment of po-boys and it took 1 hour and fifteen minutes to get our food. It was about 1 PM. This was my second and LAST visit. The next day we went to Parkway at noon. From the time we got in the ordering line to getting our food was seventeen minutes plus IMO the food is much better.

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                                        bmoskowitz Oct 6, 2010 09:31 AM

                                        I went with my family to Mahoney's on Saturday afternoon. We were seated right away, but it did take about 30-40 minutes to get our food. I split a large Roast beef po boy with my brother and really enjoyed it, but the small oyster po boy we split was not very good at all, but none of the oysters I had this past weekend were very good. My dad also had roast beef and said it was good but not as good as Parkway, where he had gone 2 days earlier. My mom enjoyed her mufulleta salad. All in all, the food was good, but probably not a top destination for a visitor. I think for a local it is a good neighborhood spot for lunch, especially for roast beef.

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                                          jeffbatl Oct 7, 2010 01:07 PM

                                          so i went today for lunch (1:30pm) and sat at the bar. the two bartenders couldn't have been nicer and gave me some good recs. i went with the roast beef poboy and it was off the charts. my food came to me in about 10 min. ti had it with someZapps chips and a local IPA. i was a very happy camper.

                                          also i noticed a stencil of Guy Fieri on the wall and asked the bartender about it. she said that he was just in there the other day filming triple D and Emeril was with him. She said it should air in the next couple of months.

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