Sunday, January 22, 2012
For our second class assignment, I visited Johnny's Po-Boys on St. Louis Street near Decatur Street. Before going there, however, I visited http://johnnyspoboys.com/ first to learn a little bit about the old establishment. I looked at their online menu and also clicked on their history. There, I learned that Johnny's is a French Quarter Landmark, established in 1950(which makes it pretty established to me), and that it is the city's oldest family-owned po-boy restaurant. Reading about their history and certain ingredients they use, I was excited to go there, and after watching this video from their website, http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3qv6G4H_FXA, is was even more excited to go there. Also, one thing I learned from this video is that "dressed" in New Orleans means adding lettuce, tomato, mayo, and pickles. When I went there, I opened the door, looked around, and I immediately liked everything about the restaurant; how small it was, the mid-20th century look it had inside and out, and the environment, consisting of a good amount of people, all either enjoying what they had ordered or in line waiting for food like starving animals. When it was finally my turn to order, I asked for a turkey breast po-boy with American cheese and everything on it. The woman taking my order was very nice and asked me everything I wanted in detail, so that my order was perfect. I paid around 12 dollars, she told me what my number was, and literally a minute later I heard my number being called and saw two big halves of a po-boy filled with turkey and toppings sitting at the counter. I took it to the back because the front of the restaurant was nearly filled. It tasted better than it looked. I even put Louisiana hot sauce on it, even though I'm not a big fan of hot sauce, just to try it, and it tasted great. I didn't take a picture of it, but it looked just like this: (times two). Overall, the meal was great and I had a good time visiting Johnny's, especially because I had never been there before. I think Johnny's adds to the culture and overall experience of New Orleans because it is a great, small family-owned restaurant with great history and great service. I cannot find any reason why anybody wouldn't like Johnny's and I look forward to eating their again.