To anyone who has been to New Orleans, you know that the ubiquitous Po’ Boy is the quintessential handheld treat from the city noted for its food. In Indianapolis, you will find an authentic example at B’s Po Boy in Fountain Square. It is located on Shelby Street across the street from the Fountain Square Brewery; which is quite convenient. They buy their bread direct from Leidenheimer, a New Orleans bakery, and it is the real deal.A little crisp on the outside and a little chewy on the inside, a nearly perfect bite. Some of their filling options are not typical of what you would find in Louisiana. They offer barbecue pulled pork, chipped roast beef (which they cook off themselves), sliced ham (which they don’t cook themselves) and homemade chicken salad with a dressing of mayo and Creole mustard. They also offer the usual suspects; andouille sausage, fried shrimp, barbecue shrimp and fried oysters.
I ordered a half andouille sausage and a half oyster. Pat ordered a half ham and we both shared an order of sweet potato fries.The andouille sausage was really quite good, good spice background without being overwhelming. What I couldn’t figure out was the fact they get it from Ireland. I never met a Cajun leprechaun before, but hey, this is an international economy. But as good as the sausage was my hands-down favorite were the oysters. They buy fresh select , lightly bread them and perfectly fry them. On the other hand, Patrick’s ham was merely okay. It was just a good deli style ham.The sweet potato fries, although a “store-bought” product, they were top-notch shoestring cut taters.They dress their sandwiches with shredded lettuce, tomato, pickle and mayonnaise. But obviously you can eliminate anything you want. They also offer red beans and rice and chicken, sausage gumbo; as both a side $3.50 or as an entrée for nine dollars and $10. Their sandwiches are priced at six dollars for a half and nine dollars for a whole. It seems more than reasonable, because they don’t seem to skimp on the portions. And if salad is your thing , they also offer three entrée salads. I’ve no idea how big they are but they seem to come loaded with stuff.They also offer scratch made beignets. If you are not hip to beignets just think Hoosier fried biscuits, only lighter.
As for refreshments. They offer both bottled and draft beers. And since they are right across the street from the Fountain Square brewery what would be better to wash down andouille sausage and fried oysters, then a cold pint of Hop For Teacher;I think the name says it all.I know this would hardly qualify as a heart healthy lunch; but if I have but one life to live let me live a sated one.<a
Located on Indiana Avenue;across the street from the Madame Walker Theater a new joint opened up just before the Super Bowl.It is where Zing and some other place were situated;I can’t remember the name;but from what I gather neither are greatly missed.Pat and I first went there for beers after eating at Duos.That’s our modus operandi;we check a place out while having a beer ;check out the menu and put it on the list.
The place is a large two-story building with its own parking lot.The down stairs dining area is either used for dinner or overflow;because when you enter you are directed up stairs.The down stairs area is dark and cozy,while the upstairs is spacious with wall to wall windows and a super great balcony.As you can imagine they offer Creole and Cajun food;gumbo,jambalaya ettouffe and the notorious Po’Boy sandwich; the whole delta experience.They offer you a choice of fries with the sandwiches;unseasoned,or spicy.Pat got a grilled chicken Po’Boy with plain,naked unseasoned fries.Angel our excellent server said the spicy tasted like Rally’s;and I think their fries rock.Pat’s fries were crinkle cut,which is always a pleasant surprise.His chicken was both tender and moist and somewhere in the $10 range.
I,on the other hand wanted to be a little more adventuresome;and ordered the New Orleans plate ( I think that was what it was called ) no matter, it came with a garden salad or potato salad,a cup of jam,beans and rice a cup of corn and crab chowder,and 2 pieces of catfish all for $15.The tater salad was of the mashed variety as opposed to cubed again one of my favorite versions.The jambalaya had an excellent flavor with bits of sausage and shrimps.That was the only thing I could fault it on,a steam table cooks all the while it is on and little shrimp become tough when over cooked;as was the case here.The beans and rice were nice and creamy but I prefer bigger hunks of sausage;but that’s me.The chowder was smooth, creamy and slightly sweet from the crab and corn,pretty good.My biggest surprise was the catfish;I ordered it blackened,so naturally I expected it to be done in a cast iron skillet;but it wasn’t.It was seasoned with spices and then char grilled.Don’t get me wrong it was perfectly grilled,Pat even liked it;and as a general rule he likes his fish battered and fried.I just had “my mouth set ” for the cast iron experience.So if you want something a little different for lunch you really ought to give the Avenue a try.