It all started when after a day of Saints football and drinking in the French Quarter, my sisters, our husbands and I were looking for a place to eat before we headed to watch Better Than Ezra play at Harrah’s Casino. For some reason no one in our group had thought about the fact that few restaurants are open in the Quarter for dinner on Sunday. We headed to Vacherie which was near our hotel. We had eaten at Vacherie for breakfast a few times and just knew that dinner was going to be perfect! I should have known when I walked into the dining room and saw no one, that something was not right. “We are closed for dinner on Sunday,” was the reply when I asked for a table for eight. After trying a couple of other places, we were quite frustrated. We really didn’t want to go to an elegant restaurant where jackets are required. Casual atmosphere was in order for the evening, but it goes without saying that it had to have flavor and atmosphere. It was time to head to the Erin Rose…not to eat, because they don’t serve food. For some reason the Erin Rose, a small Irish pub on Conti, became my brother-in-law’s favorite New Orleans Irish Pub the night we were kicked out of the place because he argued with a Texan in a ten-gallon hat about who had to buy the next round. For some reason we always run into the most interesting people there.
The Erin Rose was the perfect environment to brainstorm over a pint. Little did we know what would happen next!
We headed to the back of the bar, because the front was full–the back is cozy and it soon filled up too. Once in the back, we discovered that we were wrong. The Erin Rose has food! Not only food, but Killer Poboys! This pleased me to no end, because I. Required. Food. NOW! I had to wait a bit though. I was hesitant. These are not your every day run of the mill poboys. The sign said that they are, “Internationally inspired chef crafted poboys.” I mean, it seemed a sacrilege of sorts to play with the traditional New Orleans sandwich. I really had my mouth set on a shrimp poboy. Crisply fried shrimp on a loaf of French Bread and fully dressed (meaning that it has lettuce, tomatoes and mayo)– that is what I just HAD to have! I told my Loup Garou to order a Shrimp Poboy and a Tin Roof beer…and make it snappy! He brought me the menu and I paused…
The Coriander Lime Gulf Shrimp Poboy has:
“Marinated Radish (radish is my favorite red vegetable!), Carrot, Cucumber, Herbs and Special Sauce (hmm…got to have the special sauce!).”
Be still my beating heart…that just makes my mouth water to read about it.
But on a poboy? It sounded like something I would expect to find in an Asian restaurant served over noodles.
While he was ordering, my Loup Garou found out from the chef that they have not been at the Erin Rose very long. (We knew this because we were in the Erin Rose in April.) They take cash only, and they serve menu items until they run out of the ingredients. The first one they usually run out of is the, “Dark & Stormy Pork.” NOLA Rum braised pork with lime slaw and garlic aoli sounds decadent. We weren’t able to have any because Goldilocks had been there right before us and it was ALL GONE!
When I saw the poboy that I ordered, I just knew that I had to take a picture of it, because I knew I was going to write about it.
Apparently, however, I did not take that photo. I really thought I did, but I can’t find it!
I must have been so enraptured with my poboy that I just plain forgot! It was the perfect blend of Asia and New Orleans. The marinated shrimp was grilled and served with fresh cilantro, radish, carrot and cucumber, and was so amazing that I still remember the way it tasted a month later. In fact, I swear I dreamed about it.
In fact, last weekend at Food Blog South, 2013, my friend, Helana Brigman of Clearly Delicious and I were chatting with the keynote speaker, Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer of Serious Eats. He wanted to know the best place to get a poboy in New Orleans. I suddenly had a flashback to a memory of being in my grandmother’s black Cadillac, my grandmother, my mother, my sisters and I piled in my grandmother’s car and headed to Deanie’s Seafood to get shrimp poboys. My grandmother lived in New Orleans when I was growing up, and Deanies was her go-to place for a shrimp poboy. I mentioned a couple of other traditional New Orleans poboy restaurants such as Domalise’s… and then…
Suddenly I felt a flash of heat on my side! I looked down at the bag on my shoulder and remembered that I still had the menu from Killer Poboys with me.
Of course, I ripped it out, (it was kind of crumpled by then from all of the times I took it out and read the ingredients again) and told him that he simply HAD to try the Coriander Lime Gulf Shrimp poboy at Killer Poboys, (of course with Zapps Cajun Crawtators on the side.)
He may take my word for it…or not.
However, just this morning, I saw a CBS story about the legendary poboy and its history. Mo Rocca interviewed the chef of Killer Poboys as part of his segment about: NOLA’s po boy: The story behind the iconic sandwich.
The caption underneath says, “A new CBS News poll shows 60 percent of Americans would like to try the famous new Orleans sandwich,..”
Coincidence? I think not.
Why don’t you try it and decide for yourself?