For those of you attending Jazz Fest this week, I wanted to highlight a great Po’Boy shop that we visited during Christmas of last year but had forgotten to post about. By all means… GO!
2533 Constance St, New Orleans LA
Web Site: http://www.parasolsbarandrestaurant.com
Back in early September of 2007, I visited New Orleans to see how the city was doing two years after Hurricane Katrina. One of the restaurants I visited was Parasol’s, an old Irish bar known for a legendary Roast Beef Po’Boy sandwich.
I’m not going to mince words here — the old Parasol’s was a dump. If you look at the original writeup of the place I did in 2007, you’d have to agree. It looked plain… scary to walk into. But you had to take a leap of faith because of the food that was inside.
What has happened to Parasol’s since it was sold in 2010 to Johnny and Thea Hogan has been nothing short of miraculous. I loved this place so much on my last trip I actually went there twice.
Parasol’s is now a totally un-scary restaurant to walk into. And the Po’Boys are divine. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.
This photo was taken Christmas Week of 2011. As you can see, the place even stayed open during the holiday.
While the bar itself has largely stayed the same, the restaurant area has been totally cleaned up and it looks downright… respectable.
Johnny Hogan, proprietor. Johnny hails originally from Florida, but he’s gone totally native.
See? You move to New Orleans, and getting a Saints jersey is a requirement.
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. All the soups and gumbos at the restaurant are made from scratch.
Tomato Basil Bisque. We loved this one, practically fought over it even.
Shoestring Onion Rings. Gotta have ’em.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Po’Boy. While the traditions of the original Parasol’s have largely been retained, the Hogans have introduced some new Po’Boys and dishes, and frankly I think the food is better than the original restaurant.
Pulled Barbecue Pork Po’Boy. Oh yes.
The sandwich that made Parasol’s famous — the Roast Beef Debris Po’Boy. In my opinion, this is the best Roast Beef Po’Boy served in New Orleans. The Times Picayune has this sandwich dueling with another restaurant, Tracey’s for best in the Irish Channel section of the city. The rivalry as I understand is not exactly a friendly one.
The original Parasol’s Roast Beef Po’Boy, which Tracey’s apparently serves, was actually more of a boiled beef sandwich. The new Parasol’s one is absolutely made from fresh roasted beef, seasoned with garlic and other spices, with real gravy drippings. It’s actually better than the original, in my opinion.
The Times Picayune has rated what it believes to be the Top 10 roast beef po’boys in the city, and Parasol’s has made that list. I’ve had the R&O, which is in Metairie, and it’s a great big massive sandwich, but I personally think Parasol’s is just as good if not better, and you’re getting a legit New Orleans experience, in the heart of the city.
And this … thing is called an Irish Sundae. It’s the ultimate in hangover food. This is a pile of potato salad topped with roast beef debris and gravy, with a drizzle of horseradish sauce on top. You MUST order this.