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Best PoBoy?

Anyone know where I can get the best PoBoy or Bahn Mi sandwich? Recommends please.

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  1. for shrimp po' boy, go to Orleans and York.
    i've only been the the one on Florence

    1. looking for sandwiches made on french bread?

      in the SGV, banh my my tho makes a pretty good banh mi. a lot of folks like the banh mi's at lee's.

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      1. re: barryc

        Banh Mi My Tho is great, try the Vietnamese Iced Coffee and the meatballs on a stick in the display case.

          1. re: kevin

            304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801
            (626) 289-4160

          2. re: Burger Boy

            I didn't like the fact that Bahn Mi My Tho toasted their bread.

            1. re: JAB

              toasted? it's supposed to be a baguette. french influence and all that.

              1. re: barryc

                That's what I'm saying! They toasted the baguette drying it completely out.

                1. re: JAB

                  they seem to have it out for you - cold meat in your beef rolls, etc.

                  1. re: barryc

                    Non-Asianed?

                    But, you know, I can still get a beef roll with warm beef right across the street at 101 and a Bahn Mi at BMCC made with fresh bread so, no loss other than the try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

                    1. re: JAB

                      i have found that profiling works in all directions.

                      they're less expensive, but you get what you pay for at BMCC IMO.

                      as for warm beef, i've only had warmed beef in maybe 2-3 beef rolls in the past 12 months, and i've probably had at least 12 in that span.

                      1. re: barryc

                        Warm beef would be my preference for a Beef Roll and a freshly baked baguette as opposed to toasted baguette would be my preference for a Bahn Mi. Call me crazy.

                        1. re: JAB

                          i personally prefer the beef at room temperature, as the rolls tended to get soggy more quickly as a consequence when the meat was deliberately warmed.

                          1. re: barryc

                            Have we found common ground?

            2. re: Burger Boy

              FWIW, BMMT started charging sales tax. it's a minor point, but i could justify buying two banh mi'sat $5.50 and calling it a $5 meal. but not at $6.

          3. Fried catfish with crack hot sauce
            Orleans & York

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              I have to say that I didn't quite enjoy it this last time I tried it a week ago.

              The crack sauce lacked that great flavor.

              And the fried catfish was heavy but just not all that tasty.

              I don't know what happened. Maybe I'll cough it up to an off day.

              1. re: kevin

                when i tried their catfish po' boy i thought that the ratio of catfish to fried breading was out of kilter.

                if they had used fewer, but larger pieces of catfish there would have been less surface area, there wouldn't have been so much fried breading, and the ratio would have been better.

                re: the sauce,
                the top half of the space in the sauce cup was occupied by orange grease that, other than the mouth feel of grease, wasn't that tasty.
                the tastiness came from the sauce at the bottom of the cup which has vinegar in it. there was no way to pour off the separated top grease layer to get to the bottom sauce layer.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Idealy, you shake the container with the sauce to get the ratio of butter to vinegary hot sauce just right. Kinda like Italian Dressing, but 100x tastier...

                  --Dommy!

                  1. re: Dommy

                    i did shake the container, but, of course, as one would expect, there was no emulsification.
                    by the time the lid was pried off the sauce tub, the orange- grease half of the contents was on top completely blocking access to the flavor-containing contents on the bottom half.

                  2. re: westsidegal

                    I agree... the breading a little thicker than most fish fry joints, but it's key to make sure the fish stays hot and crisp through what would otherwise be a heavy sandwich

                    http://i.imgur.com/0UlghJX.jpg

                    --Dommy!

                    1. re: Dommy

                      on the other hand, imho, the fish:breading ratio of their shrimp po' boy was perfect. the meaty pieces of shrimp were larger than the small pieces of catfish.

                    2. re: westsidegal

                      Can't blame the restaurant for the size of the fish pieces.... Blame Mother Nature.

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        catfish fillets don't come in pieces that are about one inch by one inch.
                        the fillets were cut this way or maybe they came in the form of trimmings from some other use. . . .

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          Catfish come in the greatest ranges of size of any order of bony fish.

                          It would cleanly depend on where they are sourcing their fish, and whether or not they are using whole or cut up pieces or fillets.

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            in that case, there is no need to "blame mother nature"

                            1. re: westsidegal

                              No that's right, but I guess blame them for trying to stretch their supply to eke out a profit.

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                if they start using that approach with their excellent shrimp po' boys, i will stop driving there and buying their product altogether.
                                also, obviously, i will also stop bringing friends who would never venture into that neighborhood without me.

                                the quality of the product, to me, includes having the ratios of breading to fish to bread being in balance.

                                1. re: westsidegal

                                  I have to note, both locations of Orleans and York are in well kept shopping centers and the interior of both of locations are sparking. The original is located in Windsor Hills, which is a wonderful family neighborhood that is home to several TV personalities.

                                  --Dommy!

                                  1. re: Dommy

                                    i, personally, am more than fine with the brand new, clean, pleasant, florence location.
                                    that said, i know that if i want my friends to eat there with me, i will be doing the driving/shepherding.
                                    it was the same story when sergio first moved from mar vista to lennox and then to inglewood.

                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      Dommy, I had no issues with the Windsor hills location... And I am sensitive to other locales in the city.... I felt perfectly safe there. And everyone around me was pleasant and nice.

                                    2. re: westsidegal

                                      Well, that is Certainly your prerogative.

                    3. certainly not claiming the "best", but they're tasty enough"
                      oyster poboy: R&J Seafood (Downey)
                      shrimp poboy: Parrains (Paramount)

                      BM: City Baguette.

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                      1. re: TonyC

                        Shit. Still haven't made it to RJs. Maybe I'll try it back to back with el coralenese (sp???). ????

                        1. re: TonyC

                          i've had both the oyster and fish po'boy at R&J's. i was expecting the oysters to be a little plumper (if that is an actual word) so as a consequence i found myself enjoying the fish po' boy a little more. not on french bread though.