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Domilise's Po-Boys

5240 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA - (504) 899-9126
Posted By David Smith on 1/19/2010 11:11:00 PM
Domilise's feels like quite a find as soon as you enter. The wall has many clippings about the Mannings (Payton and Eli), acquaintances of the owner(s). I did not ask, but you should. Preface to my review: I am a food snob to a degree. When I eat an average gyro, I say, "The meat is good, but the pita is mediocre, and iceberg lettuce! Where is the creativity, good cooking, or great ingredients?"

My hot sausage po-boy was divine, hedonistically so. In watching its preparation, I was bracing myself for an analog of a bad gyro and regretting my affirmative answer to the question of "Do you want it dressed?" Dressed in this case means lettuce, pickle, mustard, Dijon mustard, and what I believe to have been mayonnaise. The globular nature of the mayonnaise is perhaps what concerned me the most. Given all these apprehensions, I was swept off my feet by the first bite, in the car. I was torn between driving and eating the entire po-boy. The po-boy was not innovative, nor was it delicately crafted. This was not a composition of great, fresh ingredients, but a better interpretation could not be rendered.

Rather than go to the best burger joint in the country, I would rather cook my own burger with grass-fed beef and eat it with a good ripe tomato and maybe a smoked poblano, but there is no improving on Domilise's po-boys. These are the "poor man's" po-boys and they are great because of it. I would not eat here weekly, but I will definitely return when I am next in NOLA. Avoid the gas station po-boys, come here for the famous New Orleans-style sandwich, and go eat it in a gorgeous place, which are easy to come by in this city.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Hot Sausage Po Boy (small)
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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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