1201 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
My po'boy-fueled trip to the Big Easy included a number of spots I didn't feel the need to share. Verti Marte, however is one that mad the cut, specifically because they are the drunk food you need when you stumble off of Bourbon Street.
By day, it's a mild mannered deli/grocery. By night, it's a party spot with all of the things that suck about tourists, but with heavy sandwiches to sop up those Hurricanes.
The mac and cheese was calling my name, and given that it was actually spaghetti with heavy cheese sauce, it was tailor made for the night crowd. If you don't have room to eat it, you can attach a rope and keep your boat securely positioned in the strongest of currents.
The "All that Jazz" po'boy is not for the faint of heart. While some variations of this regional specialty entertain subtleties like variations on hot sauces and different pickle providers, Verti Marte managed to cram more ingredients in here than I thought possible.
From their menu: "a medley of grilled ham, turkey & shrimp, swiss & american cheese accompanied by grilled mushrooms, tomatoes, on grilled french bread with our original 'wow sauce.'" This sandwich was no joke. I couldn't even finish it. There was a level of sloppiness and spice that made it a nice way to sober up before crashing from a long day of drinking, or as it's called down there, Thursday.
I loved walking around and seeing things like this on the sidewalk.