Some people rave about R & O Pizza Place in Metarie, known for its meatball po' boy with melted mozzarella and red gravy served on hot Italian seeded bread. I hear Liuzza's in Mid-City makes a peeled barbecue shrimp po' boy that's to die for.
Next time. For now, I'm full.
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WHERE TO STAY:
Chateau Hotel, 1001 Rue Chartres; (504) 524-9636, http://www.chateauhotel.com . I stayed at this historic French Quarter hotel with 48 rooms and a courtyard; breakfast is included. Doubles from $79.
WHERE TO EAT:
Most po' boy sandwiches cost less than $10.
Domilise's, 5240 Annunciation St.; (504) 899-9126. A newspaper article mounted on the wall carries this headline: "So outdated it's glamorous." That about sums up the place. Off the beaten path and finger-lickin' good.
Mother's, 401 Poydras St.; (504) 523-9656, http://www.mothersrestaurant.net . It's big and popular (there are more than 100 tables) with a no-nonsense staff, but the flavor makes you forget all that.
Johnny's Po-Boys, 511 St. Louis St.; (504) 524-8129. About 50 po' boys on the menu, all of which require extra napkins.
Franky & Johnny's, 321 Arabella St.; (504) 899-9146, http://www.frankyandjohnnys.com . Often voted the best in the city by locals. Go for the catfish.
Uglesich's, 1238 Baronne St.; (504) 525-4925, http://www.uglesichs.com . Locals line up at this packed, lunch-only dive that's known for its oyster dishes.
Central Grocery, 923 Decatur St.; (504) 523-1620. The muffuletta sandwich, a close cousin to the po' boy, was invented here in the 1920s. The olive salad dressing makes it stand out.
Parasol's, 2533 Constance St.; (504) 899-2054, http://www.parasols.com . The restaurant pumps out po' boys that have been dubbed works of art.
— Brady MacDonald