Woke up bright and early after a night of walking around Bourbon St. with Sam. Waitresses rubbing their boobies on us trying to sell shots and lots of dudes fighting in the street. Maybe it was good I didn’t bring my camera.

Rusty and I walked around the French Quarter at 9am looking for some breakfast and a beer. Barely anything opened. Just a street cleaning truck roaming by. Russ wanted to go to this place that he had grits and a beer one morning years ago. He didn’t know the name or where it was, but somehow we found it. I don’ t know how without an iPhone, but we did. It was Sergio’s Po-Boys & Deli, decorated with heavy LSU colors and a sign that said Bobby Flay lost a muffaletta throw-down there. It looked pretty awesome, but it was closed.

So we walked around Bourbon St. Probably not the best place looking for a divey breakfast spot, but that’s all we knew for out-of-towners. We found one spot open where we could get a beer. It was hot out and not much luck finding cheap grits. We gave up and went into the Corner Oyster Bar & Grill. Seems like a place where tourists and families would go …where I’d probably eat with my parents. Rusty’s breakfast kinda looked like shit. And I really wanted to eat some Jambalaya while was I down there, so I had to get it. For $10, it wasn’t bad for this type of restaurant. Probably what you would expect, but not what you’d expect for being in New Orleans. It looked like rice with tomato sauce poured on it. I guess this place isn’t bad for what it is. The bloody marys were fine. I can see why tourists and families go here, but it wasn’t what we were looking for.

We walked backed to the hotel, turned the corner and there it was. The type of hole-in-the-wall were were looking for –Johnny’s Po-Boys. Looked great and cheap. One of the employees was outside and saw our expression. He could tell that this was our kind of place. Fuck. I need to get an iPhone to tell me where to eat.

Serio’s Po-Boys & Deli – 133 Saint Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70130
Corner Oyster Bar & Grill – 500 Saint Peter St. New Orleans, LA 70116
Johnny’s Po-Boys – 511 Saint Louis St. New Orleans, LA 70130

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