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One More Good Sandwich

I’m not a big po-boy guy. I have two favorite sandwiches in New Orleans and I’m looking for one more. I love a half corned beef and pastrami from Stein’s Deli and I love the roast beef sandwich at Cochon Butcher. Someone give me another to-die-for sandwich.

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    1. re: mtn_meggie

      Sounds really good, but prefer something more for a casual pickup or quick service than that.

    2. Muffaletta -- I always like Danny and Clyde's

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      1. re: Tara57

        Nah, too much bread. That’s what I don’t like about po boys. I need more filling. Also, I’m not huge on mayo or cheese on my sandwiches unless it’s a grilled cheese or it’s an integral part of the flavor profile.

      2. I'm not sure about being to die for exactly, but both the Jimmy and Italian at Jim's are very good. There's a menu here:


        1. "Shrimply the Best" at Milk Bar.

          1. Check out Tartine (Leake & Perrier). The Nicoise is one-off, and other options are always top-notch.

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            1. re: brucec

              Took the words right out of my keyboard...Tartine's tuna nicoise is delicious. Also a fan of the smoked ham w/pepper jelly, pecan cheddar spread, and apples at Gracious Bakery.

              Just ONE more...how about half a dozen?

              You say "no cheese" unless it's an essential part of the sandwich, which pretty much describes all of the sandwiches at St. James Cheese Company. The gruyere w/onion confit is a grownup's grilled cheese. Finally, I've never had a bad sandwich at Cochon Butcher (I'm partial to the Gambino), but the place gets stupidly crowded at peak hours.

              Cuban sandwich at Norma's Bakery (mid city or Kenner).
              Smoked salmon & chevre on baguette from Oak St bakery.

              In the best-bang-for-your-buck, casual, quick service category, the clear winner is a banh mi dac biet from Dong Phuong Bakery (aka, #1, filled with pate, rolled ham, other Vietnamese charcuterie). Worth every penny of the $3.25 price tag, and the $3.00 in gas to drive out to the East to get it. Buy 10 get 1 free. Seriously.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Norma’s does have a great Cuban and I like the Gambino second only to the roast beef at Cochon. I like Tartine’s tuna nicoise salad so I’ll have to try it as a sandwich next time. That Gracious Bakery smoked ham sounds awesome though. I’ll have to try that. I always end up getting the pho at Dong Phuong, but next time maybe I’ll try the #1.

            2. Wait for the return of Domenica's veal pannini.

              1. Sandwiches can so very personal.

                For me, the Turkey Ruben (long story) at Goldstein's in Denver is near the top, but that does not help you in NOLA.

                The Shrimp Po-Boy at Marquez Bros, at Chef Pass, was the ultimate version of that iteration. The one from Bericeve's in Biloxi, was probably #2. Felix's in NOLA was a strong contender for #3, and is (or maybe was) still around.

                Roast Beef is another favorite. Acey's Pool Hall is gone, and Frank's M-I-L is no longer cooking at Frank's in the FQ, BUT Parkway Bakery does a good one, so maybe a #3 for them too.

                Soft-shelled Crab Po-Boys are excellent, when I can get them. I have had some fairly recently, at Charlie's Seafood in Harahan, but understand that Chef Frank Brigtsen is (or has) closed it down.

                Now, the others are either gone, or out of the immediate area, so probably do not count.

                Back to Frank's for the Muffs. When his M-I-L was cooking, those were the best, hands down to me.

                Catfish Po-Boys, well I'd head to Catfish Charlie's in Pontchatoula, for it, and the drive would be well-worth the drive.

                While I do like Oyster Po-Boys, beyond Felix's, I have none, that made a real impression.

                For variations on BLT's, nothing in NOLA registers with me. The ultimate, are a tie between Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN, and Seasons, Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco, CA. Nothing useful there.

                Sorry that I cannot be of more help.


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                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  Are there any other places for a soft-shelled crab po boys? Its been a long time since I had a po-boy (roughly 13 years) and will be visiting in Sept and would definitely love to get one.

                  1. re: vttp926

                    Best soft shell crab platter or poboys are at R&O's in Bucktown..

                    1. re: napoleonhousegrl

                      Now that looks really good! I guess that will have to go on my list of places I want to go to when I am back there.

                    2. re: vttp926

                      I was going to mention R&O, but see that now, I need to second that.



                  2. The Gambino at Cochon Butcher is wonderful.

                    1. Bear's in Covington across the pond..their Roast beef Poboy will bring on tears of joy with each bite..lol
                      Killer poboys at Erin Rose Bar in the French Quarter best Muffaleta pressed sandwich ever (no thick bread) cheap drinks too :)
                      R&O's Softshell crab platter or Poboy is huge see photo..

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                      1. re: napoleonhousegrl

                        I know this is old but Kid Creole on Airline Hwy in Metarie or Bayou Bros.

                      2. Oyster and pork belly at Borgne. So amazing...

                        1. I still love my banh mi from either Banh Mi Sao Mai or Dong Phuong Bakery. Can't go wrong with either place or any of their selections.