I grew up in Lake Charles, LA and my brother lives in Metarie so I have regularly gone to Mother's, Commander's, Uglesitch's before it closed, and many others.
I live pretty far south, but had a group of friends tell me how good Sambet's was and that it was so good that they would pay for my way.
The place is a dump which is normally a good sign (about three stores down from a psuedo slot machine joint. To be fair, they do have Abita rootbeer which is a bonus and normally served in a frosty jelly jar (mine was served over ice in styrofoam, but it was the least of my worries.
I ordered a roast beef poboy, chicken and sausage gumbo, and red beans and rice. Someone commented in another post that they couldn't stand cheese on their roast beef poboys, but it is very common and expected in Lake Charles and some parts of Lafayette.
The poboy had much less than 1/8 of a cup of lettuce on it and more than 2.5 cups of gravy. For newbies, gravy on a roast beef poboy is essential and you should expect a mess. The meat was inedible with the exception of one slice, the gravy was chilled (may not be common) and tasted like it was made from a McCormick seasoning packet and watered down and thickened with cornstarch or arrowroot.. I could not eat more than 3 bites and the third was for pride.
The chicken and sausage gumbo had a HUGE portion of very thinly machine-sliced sausage. There was so much sausage that it dwarfed any soupy part of the gumbo. I could detect no bits of chicken and the taste and consistency of the sausage on its very best day was a mild Eckredge sausage (no cajun seasoning). What little broth and rice I could eat was WAY too salty and I LOVE salt, so if it is too salty for me; it could be used for a salt lick in west Texas.
The red beans and rice was barely tolerable (same sausage, not as thin), but tasted like it was made from a lipton packet or rice-a-roni style mix.
The chocolate pie looked good, but my appetite had deserted me. I ate maybe 7 or so total bites despite the fact that my friends had so strongly recommended this place and watched my full plates loaded away.
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