|Canavan delivering a high-five|
So how did the Friday high-five come to be? Canavan said that when the owners first opened their New Orleans shop in D.C., they wanted to try something unique. Since New Orleans is known for its spirit, they decided to hand out a high-five with each order made on the last Friday of the month. Then they decided to make the ceremony even more special by only offering it on months that contained 5 Fridays. And it just so happened that our 1st visit (which definitely won't be our last) occurred on one of those Fridays.
|Preparing a shrimp po' boy|
The next important thing, as any New Orleans native will tell you, is how the sandwich is “dressed.” That’s the word for the basic toppings on the sandwich. McNair dresses his po’ boys two ways: with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise for non-New Orleanians; and with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayonnaise for those who want a more traditional Who Dat Nation experience. Of course, there are bottles of Louisiana hot sauce available for those who want to spice up their meal.
The eatery offers 15 different po' boy options. Many are traditional New Orleans types such as roast beef or fried oyster. Others are interesting variations such as house Carolina barbeque or pastrami, red slaw, and gruyere.
Obviously, as the name implies, po' boys are the staple of the eatery, which since it only has room for about 15 diners inside (there is a large New Orleans-style outdoor courtyard patio for warm weather dining), focuses on take-out service. However, each day the Po Boy Shop features a daily Louisiana special. For example, you can pick up a bowl of red beans and rice with house made andouille (Louisiana sausage) on Monday. On Tuesdays, that option changes to jambalaya. If you want to try New Orleans'other iconic sandwich, the muffaletta, you can by dropping in on Wednesday.
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**** 4 out of 5 po' boys (but I bet my Neville Brothers CD collection that the rating will rise to 5 on our next visit if the po' boys continue their authenticity)