Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Sep 8, 2012 11:08 PM

NOLA Po 'Boy and Gumbo Kitchen [Concord]

Nola is in the middle of nowhere on willow pass road. (actually it's in a less desirable part of town between downtown concord and hwy 4).

specialty: cajun/creole cooking.
eats: fried oyster po 'boy (12.25)on 12 inch bun
-fresh, tasting, small sized oyster. can't taste the light breading
-may be pricey for those with light wallets.

drink: sweet tea(1.5?)
-mellow, sweet, not oversugared

-laid back, mellow, southern hosptialtiy

liked it. best po 'boy ever ate, just a headsup for others,,,,.

3606 willow pass rd
concord, ca.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. Any recent visits to report?

      They have pecan pie, sweet potato pie, and apple pie, as well as beignets, lemon pound cake, and rum cake for dessert.

      3 Replies
      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Finally tried this place last night. The original poster nailed the service feel. We essentially let the waitress pick out what we should eat. She recommended the catfish po'boy and a combo plate of red beans and rice, etouffe, gumbo and jambalaya.

        The po'boy was fantastic. The catfish was well fried and the somewhat heavy coating was highly seasoned and a bit spicy. The sandwich had a good amount of the requisite toppings. I'll eat this again!

        The combo plate was not as successful. The beans/rice were just meh. The etoufee had good flavor, but was thickened too much and was kind of a gloppy mess. The jambalaya tasted ok, but was really dry. The gumbo was pretty good. I'd skip all the above and focus on the po'boys... or the fried chicken that looked awesome.

        No room for dessert!

        With two LA beers the tab was $50. Cash only!

        1. re: SLRossi

          As I threatened above, I went back and had the catfish po'boy again. It was delicious once again. I noted the option to make it combo for $5 more, which included a beer and a choice of side... a good deal! Had some Cajun fries which could have been a bit crisper, but the seasoning was great.

          Having seen the fried chicken last time we knew we had to get it. The four piece serving came with two huge wings, two breasts, and choice of two sides. The chicken was juicy, crispy, well seasoned and spicy. Some of the best I've had. For side we had the cheese grits which were a miss for me. The only cheese I could detect was some pre-shredded bagged stuff sprinkled on top. The green beans were either canned or decimated by cooking. Despite that turn off, again the seasoning was on point.

          The tab hit $50 again (with leftovers to take home) and they now take credit cards.

          1. re: SLRossi

            The crab poboy's my favorite at this place. Also really like the fried chicken and waffles. I agree with the evaluations of the service. It took them almost an hour to bring us our food last time and the place was nearly empty.