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“Be Nice or Leave” - Yats New Orleans Original Po Boys


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“Be Nice or Leave” - Yats New Orleans Original Po Boys

Melanie Wong | | Oct 31, 2008 11:11 PM

In another thread, “EnderWiggin said today,

“I went to Yats about a month ago and gave it a try. It is in the back corner of the bar with just a service window. Behind the order taker was the assembly line of a few people chopping and breading. Very friendly service.

I had the shrimp po boy and my father had the crawfish po boy. Both were good with plenty of shrimp and crawfish. Well seasoned. The lady at the window asked if we wanted it dressed so I said yes (assumed it meant with everything). It came with the usuals pickels, lettuce, etc. The remoulade sauce was actually very good, but they barely put any on so it made the po boy very dry...I had to douse a lot of louisiana hot sauce on. I'd def. go back but ask for extra remoulade sauce this time around.”

About the time he was posting that, I had finished a very satisfying lunch visit at Yat’s today. I thought I’d start a new thread for my reply.

As mentioned, Yats is tucked into the back corner of a bar, Jack’s Club, across the street from San Francisco General’s parking garage. It’s open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm (not 9:30pm like the sign outside says).

I got there after 2pm and had no trouble finding street parking.

Sidewalk sandwich board

Yats opened in May and has been growing steadily by word of mouth. The woman who took my order at the window had flaming pink hair, but that might just be for Halloween. You order and pay, then your food is brought out to you. She came out again to check that everything was ok, much more service than I’d expect for the setting and price.

A few tables along the wall opposite the bar are set with condiments (ketchup and hot sauce), a roll of paper towels, and menus. Yats website has a menu, but this one in-house is a little different.

Thinking it might be a while before I get back here during its limited hours, I had a hard time deciding, especially after learning that my first choice, debris po boy with gravy, was already sold out. So I decided to spring for a little of more than one thing.

Like EnderWiggin, I had the crawfish with remoulade po boy, dressed (iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayo). I agree that it needed more remoulade and yet, what sauce was there was great. I’ll definitely ask for more next time. Tender and juicy mud bugs lightly dusted with spicy cornmeal and expertly fried were so plentiful. And I liked the lightness of the French roll. This is what a HALF po boy, $6.99, looks like, who could eat a whole one?

A small size of the rustic gumbo, $5.99, served over rice was also more generous than I expected. It even included half a small meaty crab with about four Gulf shrimp, some slices of smoked sausage, shreds of dark meat chicken, and a concentrated dusky broth flavored with dark roux, fragrant bay leaf, black pepper, and the holy trinity. One of the bar flys walked over to the Yats window and asked, “What is she eating? It smells so good, I want some.”

A side of mac-n-cheese is only $3, so how could I not give it a whirl too? This came out a little later and I think might be prepped to order. The ridged rigatoni pasta were a bit softer than al dente but more firm than the usual. The cheeses tasted like a melted mix of cheddar and velveeta with a blizzard of black pepper turning clumpy rather than creamy. The bold flavors tasted better than this looked.

I only had room for a bite and walked back to the window to ask for some plastic wrap to pack the mac-n-cheese to-go. The lady in the back asked me if I’d like a bag. When I said “yes”, she then put a piece of German chocolate cake in with it to keep it company as a lagniappe. I was already loving this place, and this cemented the deal. The cake was good too, an old-fashioned flavor that I hadn’t visited for a while.

Here’s hoping the ‘hounds give this little kitchen a whirl. I can’t eat here every day so would love to hear about the fried oysters, etoufee, jambalaya, corn maque choux, bread pudding, and more for a virtual taste.

Yats New Orleans Original Po Boys
1609 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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