Young and Hungry

Quick Feeding: When Po’ Boys Are Not Priced for the Poor

Poor Boy? On today's dining chat at Washingtonian, Todd Kliman takes a closer look at Bayou and notes that Rusty Holman's po' boys are, well, expensive. "The po' would be hard-put to come up with the change to eat any one of these, however. The cost at dinner is $17; even with two good sides (I'd opt for the dirty rice and the collards), that's a helluva lot to pay for a sandwich." Granted it is a mighty fine po' boy! A few days ago, Y&H devoured the Royal po' boy, a sandwich with New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp...priced at $19.95. In non-po' boy assessments, the notoriously hard-to-please Kliman said he was surprised "that the gumbo isn't better—it lacks depth and character." The Washington Post's Tom Sietsema, who recently gave Bayou a respectable two stars, said the gumbo lacks a certain "depth of flavor." Of course, if you ask some particular Cajuns, gumbo should look like bayou water. Y&H has not yet tasted Bayou's gumbo, but we agree with Kliman's assessment of the "well-made Sazerac." [Washingtonian, WaPo, Y&H]

New County Slogan? Arlington is a great place where food trucks go to die. [ARLNow]

Signs of Upcoming Bovinity Bliss: Click here. [Eater D.C.]

Wither McCormick & Schmick's? Just as the board of directors for McCormick & Schmick's "has authorized a sale process of the company," the future of the chain's Bethesda location is up in the air. (Its space is currently up for rent.) "It’s too soon to know whether the company will be sold, or if and when the Bethesda location will shutter. In the meantime, get those $2.95 Happy Hour cheeseburgers and $3.95 chicken quesadilas while you can." [Reuters, Bethesda magazine]

Culinary Imposters: Apparently, during the recent half-smoke cook-off in Rosslyn, "few of the 11 competing chefs knew what they were taking liberties with." Attention everyone: Here is your required reading from the Washington City Paper archives! [Y&H, WaPo]

Fast Forward If You Like: One cable television culinary reality star sings the praises another in an Internet video. [The Feast]

Photo of Rusty Holman by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    It is insulting to call them "po' boys" at that price. I'd refuse to eat there just on principal alone.

  2. #2

    I just got back from New Orleans and I have the menu for the Parkway Bakery & Tavern. They do not do an oyster po boy (the highest form of po boy in my opinion) but a large roast beef will set you back $9.50 and a surf and turf (fried shrimp and roast beef) goes for $11.10. Add a side of potato salad for $3.85 or fries also $3.85, and you are not too far off given that the Bayou is on Penn and not in the Bayou St. John area of New Orleans. I don't think they are too far out of line.

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