I’m not a big burger eater and the current Americana food trend has mostly failed to entice me into Fitzroy’s growing number of Americana establishments. Burgers seem generic and not very interesting, so I doubt I will ever visit Belle’s and Brother Burger. Ditto Phat Brats. I tried the pizza at Shawcross and had nothing to say about it. Having eaten pizza in New York City, such as the amazing crab pizza at Artichoke Basille’s in Chelsea, the local imitation simply didn’t survive comparison.

Regional American cuisines that have not yet been commodified into generic meaninglessness are more interesting. I’ve not been to New Orleans, Louisiana, where the po boy and other dishes served at Po Boy Quarter, and the boiled seafood I ate recently in Sydney at House of Crabs originates from, so I have no way of judging the authenticity of local examples of these cuisines. I can only decide if the food is good as I experience it.

At Po Boy Quarter on Smith St, which was created by the owners of the Gumbo Kitchen food truck, the food is good. Too much of this kind of food may shorten your lifespan, but as an occasional treat it is extremely satisfying. My friend and I ate: shrimp po boy; mac and cheese croquettes; coleslaw; and ‘the Dom’ (beef debris on fries with mayo and pickles). Vegetarians may find very limited choices on the menu, and healthy eaters may run in horror, but the deliciousness of deep fried food, especially seafood, cannot be ignored. Go hungry and order with wilful abandon.

poboy3 dinner at Po Boy Quarter on Smith St

poboy2 dinner at Po Boy Quarter on Smith St

poboy1 dinner at Po Boy Quarter on Smith St

poboy4 dinner at Po Boy Quarter on Smith St

dinner at Po Boy Quarter on Smith St

3 thoughts on “dinner at Po Boy Quarter on Smith St

  • 17 February 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I like to go off-menu (although they do sometimes have it on the menu) and get a surf’n’turf po boy. That’s a beef debris po boy with a scoop of the shrimp, it’s the best of both worlds!

  • 18 February 2014 at 3:22 pm

    How were the shrimp in that Po Boy?

    Last time I got one from Gumbo Kitchen I swear they were using the tiny frozen ones you might find in fried rice.

    • 18 February 2014 at 3:32 pm

      I suppose under the batter they are small but they tasted good.


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