It's a casual spot that serves many of the classic dishes from The Big Easy, such as gumbo, red beans & rice, and jamabalaya. Mother's also receives rave reviews for its po boy sandwiches, which made it a great stop for lunch as our first meal during a recent trip to New Orleans.
The atmosphere certainly isn't anything like many of the other iconic restaurants of the city. Instead of fancy dining rooms, formal attire and a waiting list to even get in the door, Mother's has a laid back atmosphere that focuses on comfort food. You place your order at the counter and then find a seat at a table in one of their many dining areas.
While you wait for your food to be served to your table, check out the walls, which features pictures of celebrities who've visited over the years as well as articles that sing the restaurant's praises.
A number of things on the menu looked very appealing to me, but I elected to try the po boy that's earned recognition in various food magazines and on TV shows - the Famous Ferdi Special. The Famous Ferdi Special is a po boy on French bread that's topped with roast beef, ham, debris (more on that in a minute), cabbage, pickles, creole mustard and mayo.
Let's go ahead and get this out of the way - I was disappointed in this sandwich.
However, despite thinking the meat was dry and lacking in flavor, I thought the complete opposite about the debris.
Debris is all the beef, juice and drippings that fall into a pan as a roast beef cooks. It was wonderful. Actually, I would have preferred to just have a debris sandwich. Has anyone tried doing that? If so, please send me your address. I'm coming over. Immediately.
As the juices from the debris began to seep into the French bread, it reminded me of the delicious flavors you get in a great Italian beef sandwich.
Next time, I'm asking for extra debris.
Overall, my po boy from Mother's wasn't quite what I was hoping for. Although the sandwich wasn't bad, it wasn't in the "Best Thing I Ever Ate" category. To be fair, maybe my expectations were a bit high. I blame the Food Network and Travel Channel.
Still, it was a fun way to start our New Orleans eating adventure at one of the city's most iconic restaurants.
401 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130