Top Poor Boy on Freret!

Top Poor Boys: Roast Beef

For which this writer spent months taste-testing (using lots of napkins on the way)

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Freret St. Po-Boys & Donut Shop
4701 Freret St., 872-9676
Smack at the center of Freret Street’s restaurant-led revitalization, cooks at this corner shop put out some beautiful poor boys (and, perhaps for another article, fried chicken). I carried one home and it arrived intact, its bread not too soggy, its lettuce maintaining its crunch and its tomatoes somehow still cool. The gravy, applied with moderation, is ever-so-slightly redolent of garlic, and the beef ranges between the pot roast and the debris styles. It has the structural integrity of the former but is shredded like the latter. “Well-seasoned” ought to go without saying in discussions of all roast beef poor boys, but it doesn’t. This one is a shining star in that regard.

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