500BestSquareRoast Beef Poor Boy @ Bear’s Grill & Spirits

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The great roast beef poor boys achieve their allure one of two ways. Either they’re reminiscent of the best of your life, which probably includes the first one you ever had. (That, for me, was the style served in neighborhood bars.) Or they’re entirely original. Bear’s origins go back decades, mostly on the North Shore. The beef is thinly sliced and a shade on the dry side. However, the gravy more than fixes that (in fact, I always ask them, to take it easy on the jus). And the flavor that results is irresistible. It’s too big, of course. I can only eat half of a small one without stuffing myself. It’s the best roast beef on the North Shore, and one of the best in the area.

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Bear’s Grill & Spirits. Old Metairie: 3206 Metairie Rd. 504-833-9226.

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500BestSquare The great roast beef poor boys achieve their allure one of two ways. Either they’re reminiscent of the best of your life, which probably includes the first one you ever had. (That, for me, was the style served in neighborhood bars.) Or they’re entirely original. Bear’s origins go back decades, mostly on the North Shore. The beef is thinly sliced and a shade on the dry side. However, the gravy more than fixes that (in fact, I always ask them, to take it easy on the jus). And the flavor that results More about this dish. . .

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  1. Larry on December 26, 2014

    I agree 100% with your assessment of the Roast Beef PoBoy at Bears. The only thing is that they closed the place on 22. It had a sports Bar kinda feel that I really liked. The one in Covington reminds me of having lunch in a garage. I like waitress service and drinks not out of a can. Guess that location was not making as much money as the trashy place in Covington. Guess the buck always wins no matter what the patrons think.

    • Tom Fitzmorris on December 27, 2014

      I know the Bear’s in Mandeville is gone, which is why I didn’t include it in the article. But know ye this: the Bear’s in Covington is a totally separate business and the originator of the name and the recipe. Its owner is the brother of the owner of the other Bear’s around the area. The Covington shop is not much on looks, but that is a good thing when it comes to poor boy sandwiches. Its sandwiches may be the best of the lot, though.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris

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