I am lying on the couch, belly up, breathing heavily, and fighting food coma. I finally made it to the famous Domilise’s Po Boy Shop & Bar in New Orleans, and I don’t know if I’ll ever recover.
When you arrive at Domilise’s, expect to wait in line for 30 minutes before taking a number and placing your order. Choose from favorites like the roast beef, fried oyster, catfish and half-and-half seafood (oysters and shrimp), or go for the simple ham/cheese/turkey combinations.
You can order your po boy “dressed”–or with the corresponding toppings. Seafood dressings are mayo, lettuce, pickles, ketchup and Louisiana hot sauce. Meat dressings are mayo, lettuce, pickles, yellow mustard, creole mustard and gravy. Skipping one or two is alright, but these sauces make the sandwich so don’t order it dry. (But you can always add extra sauces at the table if you’re eating in.)
The fried oyster is my favorite of the three: Both the bread and oysters are crunchy on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside–a perfect texture to compliment the heat from the hot sauce. I suggest adding the “Creole Mustard”–a ketchup-like sauce with hints of shrimp cocktail flavor–to give the sandwich a little more depth.
Visit the adjacent bar for your sodas and beers and chow down!
Domilise’s Po Boy Shop and Bar, 5240 Annunciation St (at Bellecastle), New Orleans, LA 70115. (504) 899-9126.
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