Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Manning brothers are huge fans of Domilise's, but don't hold that against the bar on the corner of Annunciation and Bellecastle. And make no mistake, Domilise's is a bar. A wood paneled, acoustic tile ceilinged corner bar with a cast of characters and photographs of famous people you have never heard of lining the wall. Although this bar serves cold beer and a mixed drink or two, the main item the bartenders serve are po-boys.
Walk into Domilise's and grab a numba (spelling correct). Soon a bartender will call your numba and you will spit out your order with a rapid fire intensity not seen since Fifty Cent night at the Boot. We chose three: roast beef, hot smoked sausage, and fried shrimp. All dressed for success. After enough time to finish one draft beer, the po-boys are ready.
The workmanlike roast beef is sliced rather thickly with a heavy, sticky gravy. The hot smoked sausage quickly becomes a mess with Creole mustard obfuscating the deliciousness of pork sausage. If you are a patty hot sausage fan, this po-boy will be unrecognizable in taste and texture. Feel free to skip both of these sandwiches.
Skip them because the fried shrimp po-boy at Domilise's is a thing of beauty. In fact, thus far on this yearly challenge, this dish held the greatest surprise. Some shrimp po-boys are so overstuffed you end up as Lindsay says, "Just eating the shrimp and leaving the bread." The ratio of shrimp to bread is just right at Domilise's, allowing you to enjoy a po-boy in its natural state. The shrimp are on the small size, but are well fried in a crispy coating. The shrimp carry with them their inherent briny, sweetness as well as that concoction of ketchup and hot sauce. (Ed. note: Ketchup and hot sauce is the not so secret best sauce for onion rings). This is a damn fine po-boy.
Domilese's gets a bad rap. People from outside the Isle of Denial claim it is overpriced and terrible. Shoot, half the people from the Isle of Denial claim the old New Orleans standby, "Is not what it used to be." But throw all that conventional wisdom away, sidle up to this bar, and chug a couple po-boys.
Domilese's: Is It Worth It? Surprisingly, yes.
5240 Annunciation St.