No one can deny that New Orleans is a sandwich kinda town, however, all too often, some of the city's most delicious bread-enveloped stars are obscured by the bright, shining, mayo-rich suns that are the po-boy and the muffaletta -- to help remedy this injustice, we've put together a list of a few outliers, amazing sandos that might have escaped your deserved attention. Here are five of our favorites in the Crescent City right now.
5. The “Peacemaker” at Mahoney’s Po-Boys
Okay, fine. We couldn’t help but add at least one po-boy to this list. We’re in New Orleans, for heaven’s sake! So what, it’s another fried-oyster po-boy, right? Right... but it’s also stuffed with bacon and cheddar cheese, for good measure. It’s a crazy-good combo that will do you no wrong. Well, until too many Peacemakers force you to install a pacemaker.
4. The Reuben at Manhattanjack
It’s not exactly the newest sandwich invention, but properly executed, a Reuben can be damn near transcendent. We have to give credit where credit is due: Manhattanjack -- with their hand-made, toasted marble rye (!!!), killer corned beef from Cleaver & Company, and just the right amount of kraut and melted cheese -- knocks this one into the cheap seats every time.
3. The “Chick-syl-vain” at Sylvain
The problem: while Chick-Fil-A's sandwiches are AWESOME, you don't agree with their policy of not giving you a hunk of golden, deep-fried, brined chicken breast so freaking large that it might reasonably require two buns to fully cover it. It's the classic dilemma. The solution: this monster from Sylvain, which they serve on a buttery roll with thick-cut pickles.
2. The shrimp and pork belly banh mi at Green Goddess
In the past, say, five years, there’s been an onslaught of Vietnamese cuisine in New Orleans that would rival the Tet Offensive (too soon?). Most represent the traditional banh mi basics, but Chef Paul Artigues at Green Goddess has gone and added succulent Gulf shrimp and savory bacon drizzled in cane syrup, to his Dong Phuong rolls for a superior version.
1. The “Knuckle Sandwich” at Wayfare
When you think “roast beef sandwich” in NOLA, the dominant thought is going to be one of hot, long-cooked beef, dripping with gravy and “debris”, served on po-boy bread. And, sure, it's incredibly delicious. Wayfare, however, has gone in the opposite direction, with cold roast beef, mixed with spicy horseradish aoli, and served on a soft pretzel roll with crispy potato sticks, pickled red onions, and sharp, fresh arugula, and it is just as good, if not better.
Wayfare is a proud provider of the great American sandwich. Actually, they make a bunch of them, using house-made jams, mustards, and spreads. And if you want to try one of their specialties, go for the Knuckle sandwich, which features roast beef and other amazingness on a pretzel bun.
The menu at this tiny French Quarter resto is as eclectic as its chef/co-owners Chris DeBarr and Paul Artigues, who create items like a pasta-less "ravioli" made with super-thin golden beets and barbecued peaches.
This spot embodies a casual-but-kickass uniting of great food, great booze, and hospitality- all housed in a former carriage house with courtyard seats right off Jackson Square. Sylvain is famous for its "Chick-Syl-vain" fried chicken sandwich, but this corner gastropub in the French Quarter also features a great cocktail program and an impressive selection of single-barrel bourbons.
Manhattanjack serves up gooey, sweet chocolates, confections, and baked goods (including sammies) without the guilt. All of the products are made using original recipes with natural and local ingredients, so you can indulge and throw around the whole, "it's natural" excuse.
Yes, Mahony's serves up some outstanding po-boys, but these superior sandwich crafters also dole out plenty of other favorites like fried catfish sammies, red beans & rice, and a number of salads and desserts.