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I'm getting on a cruise ship in the port of new Orleans today, and I'm looking for suggestions on a quick lunch spot nearby. Would love a good debris-style roast beef poboy. Maybe Mother's? I've usually tried to avoid it because it is touristy, but today it might fit the bill. Thanks!

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  1. I don't know how much time you have but Johnny's Po Boys in the quarter has an excellent fried shrimp po boy. I'm guessing you're boarding somewhere near the Riverwalk Mall as we see the cruise ships from our hotel window (Harrah's) all the time. I'm not sure what all is in the food court there. I know there is a Cafe du Monde on the first floor of the mall and the food court is on the third floor. There was a Mike Anderson's at the food court at one time. I've never eaten there but you might want to check it out and see if there's something that appeals to you. I don't know about Mother's. I've walked by there tons of times but never gone in. It always smells good though.

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    1. re: texasredtop

      Johnny's is beside Napolean House, right? I've been by there, never eaten there. That's definitely a possibility, but how bad will traffic be at lunchtime today? Was hoping to avoid the Quarter.

      Is Mike Anderson's that place in Bogalusa? My brother has talked about it.

      1. re: LisaBlair

        Mike Anderson's has restaurants in Gonzales, NO, BR and I'm not sure where else. I wish they would consolidate their web site to give the locations. I've eaten at the one in Gonzales and it was decent enough. I would go back but not while in NO because there are just too many better choices while there.

        Yes, Johnny's is by the Napoleon House. I had an oyster po boy which I would not get again. Hubby had the fried shrimp and it was delicious! The service isn't super fast but it was average. You get in line, order and wait for your order to be prepared. I'd say 15 minutes or so, maybe 20. I was there on a Friday at lunch.

      2. re: texasredtop

        Do not know if Mike Anderson's is still open, but we were underwhelmed. Because we have traveled with M-I-L in a wheelchair, and have often stayed at the Hilton, we have grabbed lunch at several restaurants in the River Walk complex, but with sort of poor results. After a couple of trips, we just sucked it up, and headed to the FQ for lunch.

        Not THAT far from the Port, I do like Felix's right off of Canal Street.

        For Lisa - I am not a fan of Mother's, but then have declined to eat there for many years. Might be much, much better, but just have not had the time to try them.

        Johnny's gets some good recs. on this board. Have not been there in too many years, to be relevant, but it was good, way back when.

        Enjoy the cruise, and your time in NOLA,

        Hunt

        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Mother's is not any better. I'd recommend Nola Grocery but I will be accused of being friends with the owner if I try to promote the place.

          1. re: mrsfury

            Thank you for the update. As it's been awhile, I was not sure. Still, there is a segment on this board, that flat loves it.

            As far as your recs., well they are based on your personal experiences. I often feel the same way, but when restaurants come through for me, I recommend them too.

            Appreciated,

            Hunt

      3. Cochon Butcher and Ernst Cafe are nearby.

        1. Not for the best po-boys, but for local seafood dishes Grand Isle is good and convenient