1 Fleur
Average check per person $5-$15
BreakfastNo Breakfast SundayNo Breakfast MondayNo Breakfast TuesdayNo Breakfast WednesdayNo Breakfast ThursdayNo Breakfast FridayNo Breakfast Saturday
LunchNo Lunch SundayLunch MondayLunch TuesdayLunch WednesdayLunch ThursdayLunch FridayLunch Saturday
DinnerNo Dinner SundayNo Dinner MondayNo Dinner TuesdayNo Breakfast WednesdayNo Dinner ThursdayNo Dinner FridayNo Dinner Saturday

Domilise’s

Uptown 3: Napoleon To Audubon: 5240 Annunciation. 504-899-9126. Map.
Very Casual
Cash only.

WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
One of the oldest and most revered poor boy shops in the city, Domilise’s looks and acts its age. It’s still overseen, after decades, by Dot Domilise, who maintains a standard of making each sandwich to order. New Orleans visitors love it, because it has all the trappings of the authentic New Orleans poor boy experience. Except one. And that is…

WHAT’S GOOD
The sandwiches are not especially good. The specialty is fried seafood poor boys. for which the oysters, catfish, and shrimp are fried more or less per sandwich. It all comes hot, golden, crisp, and greaseless. But they want to squirt ketchup all over them, and that’s a bringdown. The roast beef, hamburger and grilled ham poor boys are even less good. The size of the poor boys is from an earlier time; they’re neither as lengthy or as well-stuffed as what you may be used to. But the prices are from another era too, so that works out.

BACKSTORY
Miss Dot’s father-in-law opened the shop right where it is today in the 1930s. It hasn’t changed much over the years. The most memorable change here (aside from the closing for four months after Katrina) was the disappearance of the pepper wiener, a unique specialty here from the earliest days, when the supplier stopped making them.

DINING ROOM
In an old, pink, nearly windowless frame building on the corner of two Uptown back streets, it looks more like a bar than a restaurant–but that’s common among great poor boy vendors. During open hours, the many faithful regulars form a line that will not be negotiated quickly.

ESSENTIAL DISHES
Poor boys:
Smoked sausage
Hot sausage
Meatball
Ham
Wiener
Turkey
Roast beef
Hamburger
Shrimp
Catfish
Oyster

FOR BEST RESULTS
Do everything you can to keep the ketchup off your sandwiches.Move the fillings from half the sandwich to the other half, to bring the bread-meat ratio down.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
Much could be done to improve every aspect of this place, but then it wouldn’t be Domilise’s anymore. Some things have to be taken as they are, and this is one of them. Come here for the experience, go elsewhere for a great sandwich.

FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.

  • Dining Environment -1
  • Consistency +1
  • Service
  • Value +2
  • Attitude +1
  • Wine & Bar
  • Hipness -2
  • Local Color +2

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Open Monday lunch
  • Quick, good meal
  • Good for children
  • Easy, nearby parking

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  1. Terr Durnin on August 18, 2017

    I was totally disappointed with this place. Like your review ( which I read after going ) my sandwich was very small and forgettable. I had seen this place on a couple TV shows and always wanted to try. My wife didn’t like the idea of dressing your sandwich under the watchful eyes of all that are in line. It was not was I was expecting

  2. Todd on March 27, 2018

    What you refer to as “ketchup” in the review is not ketchup. It is house hot sauce. The “fried more or less per sandwich” line should probably exclude the “more or less” – as the thing here is frying per sandwich, which is why the line “will not be negotiated quickly.” Also, Dot has sadly passed – going on 5 years now… This place needs a reassessment.

    On a more personal taste note: the off-menu special here – shrimp, cheese, gravy – is the best sandwich in the city. A crispy, saucy, spicy mess of surf n’ turf that renders Parkway’s version as rote and uninspired, and which deserves it’s own place in the pantheon of po’ boy shop innovations.

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