When ordering lunch to the office, sandwiches always seem like a safe and easy call. Ah, yes, the sandwich: tired, unoriginal, repetitive. Rather than order from the same old sandwich shop, our Fearless Leader Patrick Sullivan volunteered to pick up and deliver Louisiana-style po’boys from Portland’s well-known cajun hotspot, Po’Boys & Pickles. It was already late in the afternoon by the time the bossman returned with the goods and the troops had spent nearly the entire week working up their appetites for the weekly Friday feast.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way: Po’Boys & Pickles was not making salads on this fine day. Puzzling? Absolutely, especially considering the restaurant was open and salads were on the menu. Then again, if you are eating at a place called Po’Boys & Pickles and have your heart set on a salad, you’re probably teeing yourself up for disappointment anyway.
Those in the office who desired more from their lunch than a light graze were generously rewarded, as Po’Boys’ po’boys delivered in spades. The “Debris Po’Boy” featuring pulled roast beef doused in gravy and served with lettuce, tomato and horseradish mayo was uniquely satisfying. The blackened catfish po’boy, comprised of flaky fish, bold spices and a magnificent slaw, received votes of confidence from the marketing team… although one staffer found it to be nothing special and “as expected”. Gumbo featuring shrimp and sausage scored highly, as did the jerk chicken wings and BLT sandwich with fried egg.
The sandwiches were fantastic, but there were also greasy side dishes aplenty. Many of the P1WS team enjoyed the fried pickles, but some found them to be lackluster after becoming soggy en route to our headquarters. Our french fries suffered a similar fate, but the flavoring was still phenomenal. Orders of sweet potato fries seemed to be less carsick than the traditional variety. Page One’s all-star sales team devoured rounds of deep fried cajun pork pâté called “boudin balls” (served with pickled vegetables), which we cannot correctly pronounce, but can enthusiastically recommend. Various sauces and aioli were provided for our dipping pleasure, but we sure could have used more of them. On the dessert side of things, Po’Boys & Pickles delivered once again with an amazing salted caramel shake and fist-sized coconut macaroons to die for.
All in all, Po’Boys & Pickles provided a stellar meal for the hungry and demanding Page One crew. One would think fulfilling orders correctly is the inaugural lecture in Restaurants 101, but we’ve got to give credit where credit is due – Po’Boys managed to become the first take-out eatery in weeks (perhaps months) to get our entire order correct. Of the staff members surveyed, most would encourage a repeat outing. If you’re in the mood for some cajun delight (and don’t need a salad), head down Forest Ave. and grab yourself a po’boy from Po’Boys & Pickles – because they’re Po’Money!
Most-Favorited Dish: Boudin Balls
Honorable Mention: Dirty Bird
The majority Page One employees would enthusiastically order from Po’Boys & Pickles again.
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Address: 1124 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04103
Hours: Monday – 10:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Friday – 10:30am-9:00pm
Saturday – 11:00am-9:00pm
Sunday – 11:00am-8:00pm