Domilise’s Po-boys and Bar was founded in 1930s by Peter and Sophie Domilise who lived in the house above. Sam and “Miss Dot” ran the place for over 75 years until her death in 2013. The family evacuated in 2005, due to the impact of Hurricane Katrina but otherwise it has been continuously operated by future generations. The single room place has been featured in numerous cooking shows and guide books like Food Wars and Chowdown Countdown – the day we visited there was a bit of chaos remaining from the filming there the day prior. You entered on the side of the corner building and placed your order and paid at the bar. You could wait there or claim one of the 5 indoor tables or one of the several outside. The kitchen counter was at one end of the room and they called your name when your order was ready. The interior walls were covered with photos and memorabilia. Staff were friendly and efficient. The food was average.
We enjoyed a frozen mug full of beer while we waited for our order.
Sandwiches came in large and small sizes. We got small in both, which was plenty to split for 2. They are famous for their roast beef, so we tried it. You could add Swiss cheese for $1 which we did and had it ‘dressed’ – with lettuce and mayo. It also came with some beef gravy on the soft bun that was cut in half. The beef was dry to chew but did have good flavor. The cheese was an ultra thin layer which seemed undetectable to my palate. It was a hearty sandwich that was popular.
The Shrimp sandwich was the same bun loaded with small fried shrimp. We had it dressed, which in this case was lettuce and cocktail sauce, not mayo. The shrimp were nicely cooked but it was too much breading for me. I liked the shrimp better than the beef but don’t think I’d be a regular at this historic stop.