Legendary | Worth driving from anywhere
Review by: Michael Stern
You won’t likely drive past Domilise’s bar/sandwich shop by accident. Its location in an unscenic blue-collar neighborhood far from the French Quarter takes it off the tourist map. If you did accidentally drive by, you’d probably not guess that you are looking at the home of what many consider to be New Orleans’ best po boy. From the outside it looks like a small, no-frills neighborhood tavern. In some ways, that is what it is. A person could walk in, sit at the bar, and knock back longnecks or boilermakers all day long. To do so, that person would have to have no sense of smell. The aroma of seafood frying to become po boy ingredients permeates the air. Sandwich makers pile shrimp, oysters, and catfish smoking hot from the fry basket onto loaves of good bread. You also can order a po boy made of cold cuts, sausage, a wiener, or a hamburger.
Prepare To Wait
When you walk in the door, you may have to take a number before you can place your order. At the height of lunch hour, mobs of hungry customers pack the place. Its superior po-boys attract eaters from all over the city. Strangers often share tables. The house phone rings unanswered.
What To Order
A newcomer should welcome the delay. It provides an opportunity to read the menu on the wall. The wait also allows you to observe the sandwich makers construct various types of po-boys — a mesmerizing sight. We’ve never eaten a bad sandwich here. Hot smoked sausage with gravy has earned our strongest loyalty. Get it “dressed.” That means they top the sausage with tomato, lettuce, and grainy Creole mustard. The sandwich makers construct a large one on a length of bread so long that it must be cut in thirds to fit on its paper plate. While they make it, buy your drink at the bar. And hope that by the time you are ready to eat, you can find a place to sit.
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