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Domilise's Po-Boys

5240 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA - (504) 899-9126
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/9/2011 8:42:00 AM
You won’t likely drive past Domilise’s bar/sandwich shop by accident, for it is located in a very unscenic blue-collar neighborhood by the river; and if you did accidentally drive by, you’d never guess that it was one of New Orleans must-eat restaurants. From the outside it looks like a small, no-frills neighborhood tavern; and in some ways, that is what it is. We guess it would be possible to walk in, sit at the bar, and knock back longnecks or boilermakers all day long. To do so, you’d have to have no sense of smell, for the air of this tavern is wildly perfumed with its true claim to fame: great po-boy ingredients. Shrimp, oysters, and catfish, smoking hot from the fry basket, are heaped onto loaves of good bread. Po-boys are also available made from all manner of cold cuts.

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, Domilise’s is packed, for its superior po-boys attract eaters from all over the city; table space is precious (strangers often share); and the house phone rings unanswered.

For the newcomer, a little delay is a good thing because it provides an opportunity to read the menu on the wall and to observe the sandwich makers construct various types of po-boys before deciding which is the right one for you. Hot smoked sausage with gravy is the one we recommend above all others. Get it “dressed,” meaning topped with tomato, lettuce, and grainy Creole mustard. A large one is constructed on a length of bread so long that it must be cut in thirds to fit on its paper plate. While the sandwich is being made, buy your drink at the bar and hope that by the time you are ready to eat, space at a table is available.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Shrimp Po Boy (small)
Roast Beef Po Boy (small)
Hot Sausage Po Boy (small)
Roat Beef Poboy - Large
Pork Sausage Po Boy
Barq's Root Beer
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Hot smoked sausage is my go-to sandwich at Domilise's, but for variety's sake, I got what's listed as a pork sausage po boy. It's not smoky and it's not peppery, but it is oinky-good.
"Hot smoked sausage is my go-to sandwich at Domilise's, but for variety's sake, I got what's listed as a pork sausage po boy. It's not smoky and it's not peppery, but it is oinky-good."
Michael Stern





These two segments comprise a small shrimp po boy: plenty to eat for any normal appetite.
"These two segments comprise a small shrimp po boy: plenty to eat for any normal appetite."
Michael Stern


This photo was taken before noon. All tables were already occupied.
"This photo was taken before noon. All tables were already occupied."
Michael Stern


I find it hard to get any po boy any way other than fully dressed. 'It's juicy!' called out the lady who made it just before I picked up half and lost a lot of the ingredients as they slithered out onto the paper plate below.
"I find it hard to get any po boy any way other than fully dressed. 'It's juicy!' called out the lady who made it just before I picked up half and lost a lot of the ingredients as they slithered out onto the paper plate below."
Michael Stern


While you wait for your sandwich and a seat at one of the tables, you can watch the experts construct po-boys behind the counter.
"While you wait for your sandwich and a seat at one of the tables, you can watch the experts construct po-boys behind the counter."
Michael Stern


I love this menu. The sad note in tiny print about the pepper wiener -- between 'wiener' and 'roast beef' -- says 'R.I.P.' referring to the fact that these spicy little franks, long a fave among New Orleanians, no longer are made.
"I love this menu. The sad note in tiny print about the pepper wiener -- between 'wiener' and 'roast beef' -- says 'R.I.P.' referring to the fact that these spicy little franks, long a fave among New Orleanians, no longer are made."
Michael Stern


The bread used for New Orleans po boys is very different from the dense, chewy loaves of South Jersey or Chicago's beef places. These are fluffy and fragile-crusted, more like the Cuban loaves of Florida. The maker is Leidenheimer, the gold standard for po boy loaves.
"The bread used for New Orleans po boys is very different from the dense, chewy loaves of South Jersey or Chicago's beef places. These are fluffy and fragile-crusted, more like the Cuban loaves of Florida. The maker is Leidenheimer, the gold standard for po boy loaves."
Michael Stern


This sandwich maker took her time, arranging each element of the po boy with care.
"This sandwich maker took her time, arranging each element of the po boy with care."
Michael Stern


A debris-free roast beef po boy is easy to get from plate to mouth. But frankly, I miss the drippage.
"A debris-free roast beef po boy is easy to get from plate to mouth. But frankly, I miss the drippage."
Michael Stern


If you're not having beer with your lunch, New Orleans' Barq's root beer is an excellent alternative.
"If you're not having beer with your lunch, New Orleans' Barq's root beer is an excellent alternative."
Michael Stern


Many tourists never see Domilise's, as it is far from the French Quarter. But food pilgrims seek it out. It's just a short drive away from Hansen's Sno-Blitz.
"Many tourists never see Domilise's, as it is far from the French Quarter. But food pilgrims seek it out. It's just a short drive away from Hansen's Sno-Blitz."
Michael Stern


As the minimal signage suggests, Domilise's does not go out of its way to attract customers. It doesn't need to. Foodies go out of their way to come here for the superior sandwiches.
"As the minimal signage suggests, Domilise's does not go out of its way to attract customers. It doesn't need to. Foodies go out of their way to come here for the superior sandwiches."
Michael Stern


A wide selection of condiments is a key element of the po' boy chef's artistry.
"A wide selection of condiments is a key element of the po' boy chef's artistry."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


For hand-washing, Domilise's offers this sink at the side of the dining room.
"For hand-washing, Domilise's offers this sink at the side of the dining room."
Michael Stern



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