The Four Seasons Building In New Orleans

The Four Seasons Building In New Orleans

Spanish Plaza on the Mississippi River in New Orleans was the site of the recent NOLA FoodFest. The annual party used to be thrown by Roadfood, the website offshoot of the popular book series written by Jane and Michael Stern, two of our food writing heroes.

Spanish Plaza In New Orleans

Spanish Plaza In New Orleans

When Fexy Media bought Roadfood in an industry shaking move last year we wondered if the fete would continue but our fears were unfounded as Stephen Rushmore, the founder of the site, brought a heavyweight roster to the plaza last month.

Cafe Reconcile of New Orleans was featured.

A Cafe Reconcile Worker Crafts Our Roast Beef Po Boy

A Cafe Reconcile Worker Crafts Our Roast Beef Po Boy

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.

A Man Walks Toward Spanish Plaza In New Orleans

A Man Walks Toward Spanish Plaza In New Orleans

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
70113

Hours of Operation
Sunday Closed
Monday 11AM–2:30PM
Tuesday 11AM–2:30PM
Wednesday 11AM–2:30PM
Thursday 11AM–2:30PM
Friday 11AM–2:30PM
Saturday Closed

500 Po Boys Features Cafe Reconcile

500 Po Boys Features Cafe Reconcile

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