401 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Mother's is like the Pat's and Geno's of the po' boy. It's the landmark, the one everyone has to try, and one of the originals. I spent a blurry weekend in New Orleans, for the first time a little while ago, and I managed to hit some of the more famous places. Given my penchant for eating sandwiches and my undying love for a good po' boy, they were the main focus of my trip. Oh, and the music and beer.
There is a walk-up counter where you order your food. They offer a variety of hot foods and po' boys. I went with the roast beef. This was based solely upon a recent recommendation by the esteemed Hawk Krall, and I was not disappointed.
The dining room is a 'seat yourself' type of event, and they will bring your food out to you. It's pretty much perfect.
Of course, po' boys aren't the only thing on the menu. There's a wide variety of home cooked selections that are "prepared daily from scratch," including jambalaya, gumbo, étouffée - the list goes on...
Pickled chili peppers and Crystal hot sauce make for a nice kick, one of my requirements on a po' boy.
Now don't look for fancy seeded rolls here. They are called po'boys for a reason.
The beef was tender and juicy, soaking the bread with au jus, and lending a nice salty dipping pool. The bread holds up okay, but it's not the kind of thing you can take to-go. It's an "eat it and get out" type of meal. Couple it with a cheap domestic and you have great base to go out drinking 'til all hours of the night. Which is pretty much the norm down there.
Next time, the baked ham will be mine.