Cafe Reconcile of New Orleans was featured.The restaurant started as a sweet shop way back in 1996 and has since grown into a local, non-profit, community powerhouse placing hundreds of young people in the restaurant industry many of whom were at-risk teens in danger of becoming drug dealers, prostitutes or other unsavory characters.
The well-trained youth at Cafe Reconcile also serve a fine roast beef po boy.
In a break from tradition the bread of the sandwich has not been sliced off a three-foot long loaf from Leidenheimer; instead this rugged po boy comes on a ‘stand-alone’ loaf similar to a Mexican bolillo. The crusty (but unfortunately stone-cold) roll has been well-sourced then stuffed with a good half pound of shredded pot roast before receiving a Deep South denouement via plenty, rich brown gravy.Garnish is Creole mustard and sour pickles. We long for mayonnaise to tie everything together as there has never been a po boy that mayo could not improve.
But in the end we’re left at loose ends.
Is Cafe Reconcile going to wipe out the roast beef po boy memories a generation of New Orleanians have for Clarence and Lefty’s? No, but out of the dozens of versions we’ve had around town since the 70s this is an upper-echelon rendition and a failure to add this sandwich to your lunch rotation would be an egregious error.
631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA
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