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Sep 16, 2010 08:31 AM

Travel Channel's Food Wars: Was Domilise's vs. Parkway the Right Shrimp Po Boy Challenge?

My Tivo recorded Travel Channel's Food Wars show last night, which featured Domilise's and Parkway going up against each other for the title of best shrimp po boy in the city.

I don't want to know who won (no spoilers please) but I'm just wondering if anyone else has an opinion as to if the producers/whomever chose the right two restaurants.

(...and yes if you think the show is a little hokey I'll go along with you, but thought it would make for interesting discussion...)

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  1. I tivoed as well. IMO, Parkway was a good choice but not Domilise's. My favorite shrimp poboy was at Brunings. Unfortunately, Katrina took care of them.

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    1. re: JazzyB

      without giving anything away, the problem with the competition was that it compared apples to oranges. parkway dresses its shrimp poboy in the traditional manner (mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle), whereas domilese's holds the tomato and adds ketchup and hot sauce. so the judges of this competition, all but one of whom were just regular eaters, not professional eaters, likely judged more based on those factors, i.e., do they prefer ketchup on their shrimp poboy or not?, rather than other, possibly more important factors, like the shrimp themselves, the breading, the quality of the fry, etc.

      that said, i recognize that this show is a frivolous sort of thing done for entertainment purposes only. i just hope no one thinks the outcome of the show truly suggests anything about who makes the better shrimp poboy.

      1. re: Shiloh

        Poboys should have been dressed to the diner's preference. This would have leveled the playing field.

        1. re: JazzyB

          Neither one can compare to the PERFECTLY seasoned spicy shrimp on the po-boys from the little shop next to Cochon Butcher, Brothers or something?! So sorry I don't have the name on the tip of my tongue, I'll look it up and re-post, but guys, do yourself a favor and seek this shrimp po-boy out! It'll zoom into your top 3 right away!

          Cochon Butcher
          930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: sanglier

            NOLA Grocery. They have good boudin too.

            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              Who puts Ketchup on a Shrimp Po-Boy? Thats the craziest thing I ever heard of. Parkway beats Domilis's hands down!

              1. re: stvtunlvzn

                Hm-m, my comment would have been, "who does not put ketchup on a shrimp po-boy?" Different tastes for different folk. No doubt about it.


        2. re: Shiloh

          Good point. To me, a shrimp po-boy should have a light mayo coating on the bread, shredded lettuce, and then ketchup with a pickle. The tomato is additional, and unless it was some great heirloom tomato, my young wife always got that one.

          Others will have personal concepts, and that is OK too.


        3. re: JazzyB

          Ah, a "blast from the past." I would have rated Brunings near the top. Pre-Camile (not Katrina), the ultimate was Marquez Brother, at the Chef Pass. Now THAT was a shrimp po-boy, but they are long, long gone. The ultimate was even farther out of the City, and in Gulfport, MS, not a culinary citadel, but for this one dish, they had the one, by which all others shall be forever judged. Still, Brunings was very, very good, and their fried flounder was worth the trip to the Lakefront.

          Will be interesting to see who ranks as #1 now. Would also be interesting to see who the critics were. Do they really know shrimp po-boys? Maybe, but maybe not.