There’s been a whole lot of hoopla surrounding the openings of Restaurant R’evolution and SoBou. So much so, that the opening of another nearby eatery has gone mostly unnoticed. Chefs Cam Boudreaux and April Bellow have set up Killer Poboys in the back of the Erin Rose (over on Conti) to serve up new takes on the traditional New Orleans sandwich. The heart of the menu is five po-boys, a Jameson grilled cheese sandwich and two salads, specials abound as the mood (and market) dictates. While the food coming out of the kitchen is definitely killer, they only vaguely resemble the po-boys found all over town. In fact, they’re probably a closer relative to Banh Mi than sloppy roast beef or fried shrimp po-boy you’re used to.
We’ve pretty much plowed through the entire menu and have yet to settle on a favorite. If pushed, I’d say the NOLA Rum & Chipotle Braised Pork (with summer veggie Chow Chow and garlic aioli) or the Moroccan Spiced Lamb Sausage (with Tzatziki sauce, sumac carrot relish and torn mint) would be 1a and 1b, while the Coriander Lime Gulf Shrimp (with marinated Daikon and carrot, cucumbers, herbs and the house special aioli) would be my close 2. For those of you cutting down on (or out) the meat, a Curry Roasted Seasonal Veggies and the Creole Tomato and Caper Basil Pesto round out the rest of the po-boys. The two salads are light and refreshing and, at a mere $2 or $4, hard to resist grouping with a po-boy.
One gripe I have about French Quarter eating is that the prices have been adjusted for that tourist “discount.” That and the good places are seriously outweighed by the bad. Killer Poboys doesn’t fall victim to either of these issues. The po-boys are $7 for the veggies, $8 for the pork and $9 for the shrimp or lamb. That’s pretty good for quality eating in the French Quarter, hell a foot long turkey from the Subway on N. Peters will run you just under $7.
Killer Poboys is currently open in the back of the Erin Rose on Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 10pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm. It is cash only.