Originally posted by jmckee
My 13-year-old son, Ian, came to work with me Tuesday (he likes to do filing, paper recycling, copier filling, and other tasks for my coworkers who sometimes reward him with a pittance or a snack; go figure), and I gave him his choice of lunch places near our office here in the Tri-County area.
He chose somewhere I'd never gone, New Orleans to Go, a new place at Kemper and Northland in the same strip center as LuLu's Noodles (a favorite of mine).
First impression: Nice clean restaurant, very friendly staff. Several tables and a cutesy "Mardi Gras" decor. Menu includes a variety of 7- and 11-inch Po' Boys
(Oyster, Shrimp, Catfish, Roast & Gravy, etc.), fried seafood plates, jambalaya, red beans & rice, etc.
Ian, who never met a shrimp he didn't like, ordered the 7-inch shrimp Po' Boy ($7.25), while I ordered the oyster ($8.95). Sandwiches are dressed with lettuce, tomato, and mayo and come with BBQ chips. They were out of Luzianne brewed iced tea, so I just had water.
We immediately noted a good omen: The seafood was breaded and put in the fryer when we ordered
, so it was freshly cooked.
The sandwiches were delivered to our table. The French bread was sturdy with a nice chew. Seafood portions were generous on each sandwich. The shrimp on Ian's sandwich were small, but perfectly fried -- tender and sweet, without an excess of breading. They were literally falling out of the sandwich. Oysters were plump and tender, again expertly breaded and fried. While not as abundant as Ian's shrimp, I had no "just bread" bites.
We were quite pleased. I noted that the place wasn't very full, and in conversation with coworkers who have tried it I have heard a couple of tales of "uneven" performance, but no problems that they felt was anything more than just working the bugs out.
I'll go back. I'll want to try the jambalaya and red beans, plus I'd like to upgrade a sandwich order from chips to sweet potato fries. Golly, even their "Cajun" wings sound intriguing!
Below are links to an article about the restaurant from the Enquirer
and to the place's website -- such as it is. http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070620/BIZ01/706200337/1076/BIZ http://www.neworleanstogopoboysandmo.com/