Antoine’s has been on my list for a while now, mostly because Nancy told me they serve po’boys. Now, I had a New Orleans po’boy in my mind when we headed to Harry Hines today. I was thinking fried shrimp, maybe oyster. Definitely served warm. Antoine’s was different than that. But it was all good. Jump for it.
I know, everyone already knows about Antoine’s. But I hadn’t ever been there before, and like I said, I was craving a sandwich full of fried seafood and mayo. We nearly drove past the place once, but thank G, we finally found it, bars on the windows and all. So, in we went. The owner came right up and identified us as first-timers. I said I was thinking about getting the Original, and he said that was a good choice. So here it is:
It has ham, salami, provolone, pickles, mayo, and chow-chow on it. The owner told me he uses the chow-chow instead of lettuce and tomato, and that it’s mostly made of cabbage and peppers. The bread was soft. Not crusty, but fresh. You can also get wheat.
When I bit into this sandwich I had a taste memory of being little and making ham and ketchup sandwiches on Ironkids bread. Judge all you want. I love ham and ketchup sandwiches. The chow-chow mixed with the mayo gave the sandwich a creamy, tangy flavor, which offset the salty ham. The pickle gave it a bit of crunch, but there wasn’t a lot of texture-play going on there.
I’m not going to overthink this one. For $4.32 you get a big sandwich, chips, and a can of some sort of Pepsi product. They have about five different choices, but the Original sounded like the thing to go for. They also have a case of baklava, olives, cheese, and a few other random things.
There are long picnic tables to sit at, plus a few other tables. It is quiet. This is a good sandwich and a good place to hang out. And I was really full for less than $5. Next time I’ll try the baklava. The end.
Antoine’s is at 4234 Harry Hines. 214-528-5291 if you want to give them a call.