Monday, January 25, 2010

Johnny's Po-Boy Restaurant - New Orleans French Quarter

Johnny’s Po-Boy Restaurant
511 St. Louis Street
New Orleans, LA
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

I’ve driven or walked by this casual eatery many times and didn’t stop in. I should have – before yesterday when the French Quarter and Johnny’s were jammed with Saints fans and pre-Mardi Gras revelers.

No matter, we found a small place at a counter attached to the wall to squeeze into and enjoyed some good food. The shrimp po-boys were huge and tasty. I’ll experiment with something else next time – and there will be a next time. Gumbo, not as thick as is often served, was loaded with shrimp, decked out with a crab claw and nicely spiced.

There’s so much to choose from on their po-boy menu: alligator, BBQ beef, oyster, surf and turf (hot roast beef and fried shrimp), salami, chicken salad … and on and on. Salads and daily specials such as Creole red beans and rice, pork chop plate, crab cakes, meatballs with spaghetti are also a big draw.

For the night owls (surely not for early risers in this part of town), breakfast features omelets, hot cakes, biscuits – the works.

Order-at-the-counter and pick up … no table service. Johnny’s is at the epicenter of French Quarter fun. © 2010 All rights reserved.

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