Restaurants & Bars 9

oyster po boys

Thi N. | Aug 27, 2002 08:47 PM

Alright. Uncle Darrow's again. I've been fixated lately - not really going to many new places, just circulating through the same joints.

Uncle Darrow's cat-fish po boy has been my favorite for a long time. Posted on it a long time ago. A simple perfection.

Oyster poboys are only served here on Fridays and weekends. Normally I can't get it because I need the gumbo, also only served on Fridays and weekends - I don't think it's a perfect gumbo, some of the ingredients are a little less then clear and right, but something in the combination is deep and thick and mysterious and intensely satisfying.

Anyway - this time, I was with Amy. So we could split some gumbo and get an oyster poboy.

OK. Oyster poboys - done right, you got fried oyster. Frying an oyster intensifies the flavor - locks in the flavor, right? So soft, melty oyster in crisp batter, again enclosed in bread.

Darrow's oyster po boy is *perfect*. Corn-meal battered, ultra-crunchy on the outside. Deeply musky on the inside. Darrow's understands - for a oyster po boy, you don't fry the oysters like you'd fry them for solo eating. The corn meal is violently crunchy, the batter is, sampled on its own, too salty. The oysters are potent. But in the sandwich - in the fresh bread, chewy bread, against the cold lettuce - these are great things. Each of the ingredients is very sharp and distinct and present in every mouthful.

Also, I think I taste fresh home-made mayo.

Balance. These are much better than the cat-fish po' boys here.

Oh: I hate the Gumbo Pot oyster po boys. These are the only oyster po boys I have ever disliked. They are depressing.

-thi

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