When Paul and I first tried the Milk Bar last spring, we were pretty jazzed: we got two delicious, hot po-boys, with not-your-average-bear fillings, for a very good price. But there was the issue of parking, and driving all the way up to Touro (the original Milk Bar is right next to it), and the fact that it wasn't open on weekends if we wanted to take out-of-town guests there. Those things made it not quite convenient enough of a place to eat, even though I really wanted it to be.
Now, the world is a better place. There's a new Milk Bar in the Riverbend! AND it's open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. My sandwich prayers have been answered!
There are a few things I want to tell you about this place. It's not your average po-boy shop. In fact,
- there isn't a fryer, so there are no french fries (though they have Zapp's)
- there's no fried seafood
- there's no alcohol
But what isn't average-po-boy-shoppy about The Milk Bar is also what makes it a special place, because it has
- a full coffee menu
- extremely delicious milkshakes and smoothies
- lots of salads--not something Nola is known for, right?
- out of the ordinary po-boy fillings
- a couple of breakfast sandwiches
- free lollipops
- good prices!
The Milk Bar is owned by an Australian wife and a Brit Husband, and though they don't serve lamb pies (which made Paul a bit cross at first), they do serve roasted lamb in po-boys, sandwiches, and salads. And let me tell you that it is GOOD. The roast lamb po-boy that Paul has gotten twice now (pictured above) is the best-tasting roasted meat po-boy I've ever had. It's rich and meaty but not overloaded with garlic, and the gravy is present, but it doesn't totally soak through the bread, rendering it unpickupable. This is a 12-incher for $8.00 NOT EVEN KIDDING.
This is the Chicken Parmesan po-boy, which is very tasty, but be warned, not fried. They use roasted chicken in it, same as for the Thai Chilli Chicken. Still, warm and melty with mozzarella and red gravy, it's a good tasting sandwich, and healthier to boot.
As far as I can tell, The Milk Bar has no website. I'm including photos of the menu I got last week so you can read and salivate: