10 Restaurants to Try Before You Die


Established in 1938, Mother's is one of the most enduring restaurants in New Orleans. The charm of this place lies in its humble beginnings and history. It was owned by the same family up until 1986, when it was purchased by Jerry Amato. The eatery offers up signature New Orleans fare like jambalaya and shrimp creole, but the real draw of Mother's is the po' boy sandwich.

When you order a po' boy at Mother's, make sure to order it with "debris," the term the restaurant uses to describe the pieces of a roast or ham that fall into the gravy. Loved by the working-class, tourists and celebrities alike, Mother's always has a line out the door. Food is served up cafeteria-style without pretense, and you get a huge sandwich for the price.

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Sample Menu Items

  • The "Ferdi Special" -- baked ham, roast beef, debris, gravy, with cabbage, pickles, mayo, and mustard, all piled into a length of crisp-crusted bread
  • Roast beef po' boy with debris
  • Seafood platter with soft shell crab

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