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Jun 28, 201808:05 AM
Haute Plates

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Shake Shack and Poor Boys


Many years ago I had the opportunity to meet Danny Meyer. I had planned a trip to visit a client in New York, and mentioned my travel to a friend and fairly well-known food writer/blogger based in the Big Apple who visits New Orleans regularly with his wife. He set me up for lunch at Union Square Café, and I was pretty excited about it.

Then my plans fell through and I had to cancel. I still regret it, but such is life.

I doubt I’ll have the opportunity to meet Mr. Meyer when a Shake Shack opens in the new terminal at the airport sometime next year. And I’m on the fence about whether to visit the place when I inevitably fly after the construction is complete. Not because I doubt that Shake Shack serves good burgers; Meyer’s reputation would be enough for me to check it out were a location to open elsewhere in the city. But unless I’ve got a long layover, I tend to spend as little time in our airport as possible. I never plan on eating at an airport, and certainly not before I catch a flight. Then when I return to New Orleans my goal is to get home without delay.

I hope that the new terminal opens on time and that all of the vendors – food and otherwise – are successful, but I can’t see any of them getting a lot of my business.

In other news, my wife and I had lunch recently at a place I’ve always liked: Mahony’s Po-Boys. It didn’t disappoint. We split a perfectly fried large catfish sandwich, dressed with extra pickles as God intended, and excellent fries. It’s the first time in ages I’ve eaten there and haven’t also ordered onion rings, because I really like thin-cut onion rings, and I missed them, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to try them when I visit the new location Mahony’s has recently opened in the Quarter. (Hat tip to my friend Todd Price). 

The story when Mahony’s first opened was all about the unusual dishes on their menu – fried chicken livers with slaw, Abita-braised short ribs, or duck debris. All of those are good, but while the folks behind the place may not be lifelong New Orleanians, they sure turn out some classic poor boys. It’s among the places I recommend when people come in from out of town, because I know it’s good and perhaps as importantly, consistently good.

On that note: what poor boys do you recommend to visitors, and why?



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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived in New Orleans his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.




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