New Orleans is chock full of superb dining establishments. However, my favorite one, the one I always go to whenever I have the good fortune to visit the Crescent City is Mother’s Restaurant.
Mother’s claims it serves the “World’s Best Baked Ham.” I have to agree. However, I am a sucker for dipped, hot sandwiches. I nearly always go for their Ferdi Special.
As you can see from the picture on the right, the place displays a modest decor, while the many photos on the brick are of celebrities who made a point to going to Mother’s.
The omnipresent long line outside to get into the restaurant, shows the enduring popularity of this historic eatery. Be sure to pick out your dining choices as you make way in the line to the counter; there are lots of people behind waiting to get in.
As I mentioned above, my favorite dish at Mother’s is the Famous Ferdi Special. It’s a po’ boy with ham and roast beef. Be sure to ask for it with “debris.” Debris is the bits of roast beef that fall into the gravy while carving. This po’ boy is so good that ordering any of their other fine dishes feels like having an affair on the Ferdi Special. But what an affair, it would be. I recommend trying the World’s Best Baked Ham Dinner, the Ham Po’ Boy, the Gulf Shrimp Po’ Boy, Red Beans and Rice with ham, and Shrimp Creole.
Google Maps(tm) describes Mother’s Restaurant as “Greasy spoon with Southern comfort food.” And how! I’m getting rather hungry writing this blog. So let me leave after listing their tasty sides: cabbage, turnip greens, red beans & rice, Jake’s green beans with tomatoes, grits, cheese grits, potato salad, and French fries.
I want to go back to Mother’s Restaurant. You should go too.
Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef, Ph.D.
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