5240 Annunciation St, New Orleans
Bloody hell, June 1st… when did that happen??! I can’t believe it was already 6 months ago we were mid-trip in America, the time has passed so quickly since we’ve been back! I’m reminiscing back to one of the great places we ate at in New Orleans back in January today: Domilise’s.
This place is an absolute city stalwart, holding legendary status amongst locals and visitors alike. A family owned and run operation for almost a century (they opened in 1918) and led by matriarch Miss Dot (Dorothy Domilise) until her passing in 2013, the only time Domilise’s has closed was when Hurricane Katrina hit back in 2005; when they re-opened, after a lot of hard work and restoration by not only the family, but the community, they re-opened to a line of customers several blocks long. Domilie’s IS New Orleans, it’s always up there in any list of best po boys in the city, and I was excited to find out why!
It’s tucked away on a quiet, nondescript street well and truly away from the French Quarter, which suited us just fine; while we loved the craziness of it all, it was nice to get out and see a different part of the city. We actually walked the full 5 miles (8km) from our hotel to Domilise’s, taking our time and enjoying the stroll down Magazine Street, through the garden district, with a stop at District Donuts Sliders Brew for a donut to fuel the journey.
When we finally got the the iconic lemon yellow, weather boarded eatery, we were hungry and ready to put all those burnt calories back into our bellies, and then some. We were welcomed warmly like old friends overdue for a visit. We were happily and proudly guided through our options, and invited to please take a seat while our sandwiches were put together. It was like checking into the most wonderful sandwich hotel on earth! We ordered two po boys to share, the roast beef (top) and the fried shrimp (bottom), both fully dressed with tomato, lettuce and mayo.
The roast beef was really nice, tender meat, lovely gravy (though not quite enough), really good sandwich. The shrimp one though was the money sandwich. Absolutely indisputably on point, sandwich perfection. The shrimp, no idea how, stayed golden and crispy and crunchy the whole time, despite the other stuff in there. The bread was perfect and crusty on the outside, pillowy soft inside. I honestly don’t know how else to describe it other than one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had!
Are you lucky enough to be visiting New Orleans? Planning on spending your visit in the French Quarter? That’s fine, it’s lovely, just do yourself a favour and get out to Domilise’s for the best shrimp sandwich you’ll ever have – it’s worth the trip!