Saturday Special: Domilise’s

by Emily on May 26, 2010

This past weekend I was lucky enough to have two of my closest friends from college visit me in New Orleans.  I spent the days before their arrival planning all of the fun stuff we would do, and of course, all the awesome places we would eat.  Friday night was occupied by a reservation here for dinner and then cooling down with drinks at the Sazerac Bar and Pat O’Brien’s.  When we woke up on Saturday, temperatures were in the high 80s which meant it was a great day for a trip to Domilise’s for a po-boy and an ice cold root beer.  My friends had never been and it had been years since I had gone myself, so the timing was more than perfect.

Located in a very unassuming building on the corner of Annunciation and Bellecastle, Domilise’s Po-Boy Shop and Bar has been in the sandwich making business since the 1920s, and has gained an incredibly loyal following.  Their efficient service grants them a gold star in quick turnouts, and I like that they still serve Barq’s Root Beer in glass bottles (unlike here).  My friends ordered fried seafood po-boys, but I was convinced to break the pattern and get the roast beef with Swiss.  The sandwich could have had more gravy on it but the flavor of the roast beef was fantastic.  You can definitely tell they cook the meat bone-in, for literally hours on end, so it’s tender and the gravy is thick and caramelized.  My only complaint is that my sandwich was not very hot, but that didn’t stop me from devouring almost all of it (small po-boys are still big!).

Domilise’s is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and cash or credit card is accepted.  Be sure to take a number when you walk through the door as to expedite the waiting process, quickly decide what to order, and prepare to enter po-boy bliss!

I find this sign to be awesome and would kill to have it hanging in my kitchen

The Menu

Lovely ladies who take orders, prepare food, and generate smiles

Fresh Leidenheimer bread delivered every Saturday morning

Forget what they say on MTV Cribs, this is where all the magic happens…

The wall of loyal customers, local celebrities, and Domilises inspired artwork created by the restaurant’s young fans

Small fried oyster, dressed

Nothing like a Saturday filled with sun and some “R&R”… Root Beer and Roast Beef, that is

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Alli Mattalino June 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm

One of the BEST po-boy, I’ve had. Although I am still partial to Parasol’s. And the company wasn’t too bad either ;) Thanks for taking us here.

Eliana June 10, 2010 at 8:13 am

And with that reminder of R&R, can I assume that we’ll be able to have feaux BVI day complete with poolside Painkillers?

Derrick Domilise August 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

This restaurant has been in my family since about 1925. It’s my understading that it was opened by my great uncle Peter. When it first opened, the place was known as Tujacks Poboys and Domilise’s Bar. Ms. Tujack retired in the 60s and my family took over the entire business at that point. I personally have always been partial to the roast beef. I’ve heard the oyster po’boy is the best, but I don’t like oysters and have never tried it. While the neighborhood is a little run down, and parking is a problem, I still come back for the sandwich, and I don’t just say that because my last name is on the door. I have had sandwiches all over New Orleans during my lifetime, and I consider the one at Domilise’s to be one of the best. For those who complain about the line and the parking, swing by around 3 or 4 p.m. .like I do, and that’s usually not a problem.

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