Sunday, February 27, 2011

Good eating

In a town full of fine food and great restaurants, the culinary treasure New Orleans residents prize the most is their neighborhood po'boy shop.

The po'boy sandwich is a simple thing. A length of crusty baguette - plain or seeded - filled with something delicious. Roast beef is a traditional sandwich filling, but New Orleans is famous for its seafood, and there's nothing more tempting than a fried shrimp or oyster po' boy.

A dish of Mahony's creole slaw, made with Zatarain's mustard

Mahony's Po-Boy Shop on Magazine Street has a menu full of choices, including the Chicken Liver po'boy dressed with creole slaw - this selection was a winner at the 2009 Po'boy Preservation Festival.

Or you could go with the Peacemaker - Fried oysters, bacon, and cheddar cheese.

But I had a hankering for the grilled jumbo shrimp with remoulade and fried green tomatoes.

And [The Man I Love] went for the overstuffed fried shrimp - "dressed," of course - that's with lettuce, mayo, tomatoes and pickles.

You can sit outside at sidewalk tables, or you can eat inside. The high-ceiling room, in an old Creole cottage, is loud and echoing. While we were there, it seemed an entire soccer team of little girls were there, playing at the standing arcade game and lining up for the one tiny ladies' room.

Just shake a few drops of Crystal hot sauce on the delicious cornmeal-breaded shrimp, take another sip of draft Abita beer, and enjoy. This is good food.


Sue said...

Oh my gosh...that shrimp and fried green tomato po boy would be my favorite. We love these, but I've never had one with green tomatoes! Yummy!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

So the gulf shrimp are safe? I've read that all the oil from the BP spill went to the bottom, and it is staying there.

I still don't trust that decision to cover up the problem with Corexit.

CaShThoMa said...

That slaw looks amazing; so does the rest, of course. Tie on the feedbag! You won't regret this indulgence.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

oh NICE!

A Paperback Writer said...

Great, now I'm hungry.

Astro & Mitzie said...

Oh the shrimp looks delish.
I need a Hurricane to go with it, the liquid kind.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I just finished supper an hour ago and now you've made me want to eat another meal!

shrink on the couch said...

Shrimp and fried green tomatoes?! That right there might be worth a trip to New Orleans.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

They take their sandwiches seriously down there in Louisiana, they do! I'm also hankering for that shrimp-and-fried tomato sandwich.

Hamish Mack said...

I'd have a NOM at that too