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Anyone else tried Gulf Coast Po' Boys Restaurant?

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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. http://www.rickyps.com/

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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.

        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.

            1. After seeing this, I decided to check out this place. Very nice. They know how to fry, and their roast beef is excellent. Here's my report:


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              1. re: Tom Scherberger

                Glad to hear you made it there, Tom. I am still waiting for my first roast beef there. Just a recommendation to anyone going there and wanting a roast beef po boy, call ahead and reserve one. Both times I have beef there, they have been out. While that makes me mad, I understand their position. Kind of like going to a bbq place that only makes so much each day. And when it is gone, it is gone.

                The owner has always been very nice and my anticipation is doing nothing but building for my first dirty roast beef!

                1. re: RibDog

                  That would be maddening, RibDog! You are right, that is one of the down sides of freshly bought and prepared food: Sometimes they run out. I've had similar experiences at Walt'z Fish Shack in Madeira Beach, my go-to place at the beach. They've run out of something even after I called ahead! Hope you were able to console yourself with a fried shrimp po' boy.

                  1. re: Tom Scherberger

                    That is exactly what I had in place of the roast beef. Not a bad alternative at all. Plus he gave me a gratis bowl of the red beans and rice while I was waiting. Go ahead, twist my arm!

                2. re: Tom Scherberger

                  Nice. Good to see that you made it over there . . .

                  Had an oyster po' boy from there there the other day - very good. They were out of beef. Will have to try again soon . . .

                3. Still lovin' this place and bet they have to hire some help now! Here is an online review from today's St. Pete Times: http://www.tampabay.com/features/food...

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                  1. re: triff

                    I stopped by today and inadvertently had an oyster po' boy and a roast beef one as well. I was thinking that half of each might make it home to my wife but it didn't happen that way. As you can see from the pictures, it was simply impossible to cut the sandwiches in half. So what was I supposed to do? In my opinion, the oyster po' boy was far superior to the roast beef. The roast beef wasn't bad but the oyster was sublime. I loved everything about it: the bread, the perfectly fried oysters, the seasoning, the relish, everything. They were very busy and it was a bit of a wait but it was well worth it. I hate to be partisan but I think they have Ricky P's whipped.

                    1. re: CFishman

                      I cropped the Oyster Po' Boy picture. Maybe it will look a little better.

                      1. re: CFishman

                        I am so getting that sandwich! Thanks for the pics.

                        1. re: CFishman

                          that really looks good. i've got a thing for fried oysters. mmmmmmm.

                        2. re: CFishman

                          I went back and tried the oyster Po'boy recently and yes it was awesome, but than I also really really liked the roast beef.

                          btw the owner says his favorite is the fried catfish, will have to try that next time

                          1. re: willdupre

                            The carfish is very good. Have had that as well as the shrimp po boy when I could not get a roast beef.

                      2. Yes, definitely worth the trip! Hole in the wall but good!