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Oct 6, 2010 11:03 AM

Anyone else tried Gulf Coast Po' Boys Restaurant?

Blink and you'll miss it, but hubby and I have been going almost weekly to Gulf Coast Po' Boys at 312 West Bay Drive in Largo, for a few months now (look for their outdoor seating and plantings). Having been to New Orleans a few times, I am no expert, but we have really been enjoying this very friendly, clean establishment.
I'm hooked (no pun intended) on their sweet, succulent shrimp, which I get as their Fish Camp entree, rather than on the bread. Their homemade, light vinegary slaw is so good I drink the juice! Their potato salad is homemade as well and excellent, too. Hubby gets their catfish po' boy and raves about it, proclaiming it a lovely, toothsome piece of blackened fish with their roulade and spicy mayo. He gets their fries, and says they are terrific as well.
Seating is very limited inside and out - we have sat outside in very rainy weather and managed to stay dry. When we brought our dog, a large bowl of water was brought out for her. Always a good sign!

Gulf Coast Po' Boys
312 W Bay Dr, Largo, FL 33770

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  1. I've seen that place, but haven't gotten a chance to try it yet. Have you tried Ricky P's Po Boy Shop at 6521 4th St North, St Petersburg, FL 33702? Friends of mine rave about Ricky P's. I like Ricky P's, but have had better sandwiches in my life. Just curious how you would compare them if you have been to both.

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    1. re: Robert R

      I have tried the roast beef po boys at Ricky's and was not impressed at all with them. It was almost like sliced deli beef with a little gravy on it. Definitely not a NOLA roast beef po boy. But I have not had Ricky's shrimp po boy which did look good. Maybe I should give them another chance.

      That being said, I have not tried the one in Largo but you have given me a good reason to now. Will report back after I try it.

      1. re: RibDog

        I'm not impressed with Ricky P's at all. He uses Publix bread and a cheap Andouille he get's from SYSCO. His red beans and rice are lame.

      2. re: Robert R

        Yes, Robert, I used to work right near Ricky P's and was not impressed enough to return. It gave me the mother of all heartburn/indigestion (the olive salad?), and it is hard to get past that to want to try again.

      3. Thanks for the info, I will have to swing by there this weekend. Looks like its in the same place the inhouse roasted coffee place used to be.

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          1. I stopped in there yesterday for a (fried) shrimp po' boy. Excellent big, fresh shrimp cooked perfectly. Great bread and fresh lettuce and tomato. Served w/ slaw and potato salad. The pot salad needs work - tasted like Sysco.

            Bottom line: excellent po' boy sandwich.

            1. Thanks so much for the Rec, I stopped by there the other day and had the Dirty Roast Beef Po'Boy and it was really awesome, the sandwich was stuffed overflowing with spicy beef the consistency of pot roast literally falling apart in its own juices, I can't wait to get back there and try some of the other Po'Boys.