838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7011629.964490 -90.061696
Sun-Thurs 11am-midnight; Fri-Sat 11am-1am
Neighborhoods: French Quarter, French Quarter - CBD
No no no no no. So not the best burger in the city, I don't care what anyone says. Try Truburger. Try Charcoal. Try Company Burger. Try anything. Don't try Port of Call.
Tasty drinks, though.
Worst Burger Around! – Horrible, dry, overcooked, small, bland and if you ask for mushrooms be ready for horrible soggy canned mushrooms!!!
Even the drinks cant elevate this place!
Down-And-Dirty, Delicious Dive: Port of Call, N.O. – Port of Call is a New Orleans gem, a real, honest-to-goodness JOINT that does not pretend to be anything but a dive (New Orleans-speak for "Casual Restaurant-Bar for the Locals"). The signature hamburgers are cooked perfectly and served with huge baked potatoes, which are also cooked perfectly. (There are no french fries at Port of Call & if you are wise, you will not even care!!) Be ready to load that baked potato and worry not about cholesterol or fat!! Steak is available if you would rather go easy on the carbohydrates; if you really want to be good, Port of Call serves killer delicious salad with killer delicious homemade dressings. Beer is cold and plentiful and there is a fully stocked bar; but, if you REALLY want insight into the name of this establishment, order one of the house concoctions called The Monsoon. When this rum storm blows you up, up and away, you will be glad to be safely moored at Port of Call.
World's Best Burger – Best Burger I've ever tasted, and im a huge fan of burgers.
I use to travel around the US for burgers.............Los Angeles for the "In and Out burger", very tasteful, San Antonio for "Chris Madrids", very juicy, and everywhere else u can think of.
But my home town New Orleans keeps the crown for the world's best burger at "Port of Call"
Oh, be prepared to wait, and parking minimal.
Best Burger Evar! – You drive down the street and see a small sign that reads "Port Of Call." Nothing special. You realize there is no parking at all, and spend 15-30 minutes parking then walking to the place. You walk into the packed restaurant and wait about 10 minutes until you realize that you have to find the hostess and tell her your name and number in your party. You have to wait an hour to be seated, and wonder why your friend would ever refer you to this weird eating establishment. Once you finally sit, you order the cheeseburger your friend told you to order. He/she said it was outstanding. You reply to yourself, "It better be. This wait is killing me!" After a 20 minute wait for the burger, you hold it in you hands and try to fit it in between your wide-open lips. You bite down. "My, God," you say aloud, "Where has this been all my life!?" You devour the sandwich and loaded baked potato. You're stuffed and overly satisfied. You feel as if you should pay the waitress an extra $20 for the unbelievably delicious orgy that was in your mouth and now in your stomach. As you leave the small dining place, you smile and ask yourself "When am I going back?"
Pros: Anything food related
Cons: Wait (but so worth it)
Not what it once was... – Not all it's cracked up to be and has not been for a long time. That being said it's a fun place. The burgers used to be better and keep getting smaller every year along with the menu and appreciation for their clientelle. The place is not the cleanest either.. If they don't care about keeping the sidewalk clean outside the place you can only imagine what the kitchen mist look/smell like. Service is generally good and the "Monsoon" is a legendary cocktail.. But come on - I can think of 10 places in town to get a better burger.
I don't know why the burgers are that good – 1) One of the bartenders is comically rude. I think he's an owner. After going there a few times I decided to like it. Part of the culture of New Orleans is that food service professionals don't really have to be obsequious. It's a good way to weed out a jerk date too- to see how he reacts to cheek.
2) The burger is absurdly good. I compare it to the burger at the Spotted Pig. I read that other things are supposed to be good too, and know that I will never taste them, because there is No Way I will ever be able to order anything else.
3) Those things people are drinking out of the plastic cups, the monsoons: Be Careful. They sneak up on you.
4) I love this place on a Monday or Tuesday night. If you go on a Friday you will have to wait. It's annoying maybe but the fact is that when the food is this good a bunch of people are going to want to eat it.
5) The cheeseburger and loaded potato is fairly satisfactorily shared between two people of medium hunger. That probably isn't what the restaurant wants to hear but it's true none-the-less.
Best Cheeseburgers in this solar system!! – In short, this place has THE best cheeseburger I've ever had in my life.
What to order: Cheeseburger, medium (or medium rare). Baked Potato with everything (inc. mushrooms).
While you wait, have a monsoon or two. Don't expect a quiet dinner - this is the place to go when you're feeling raucous!
Unprofessional – Went to get a table ten minutes before Last Call, stood there for ten minutes until the name-taker, who had been nowhere to be found, stopped drinking and flirting with girls at the bar came over to our party and told us we couldn't be seated because it was past Last Call. Wasn't even nice about it. Security guard in the vicinity was really mean and actually put me on the verge of tears. Bartenders weren't any better. ONE nice waitress. Honestly, the overpriced burgers aren't worth the attitude you get from the people working there. Go to Angeli on Decatur or Camellia Grill for better service, a better burger, and people who are actually nice. And a quick add-on, when I called to talk to some sort of manager about this, I was told that Port of Call didn't need our business anyway. They must not "need the business" bad enough to warrant professional, polite behavior. Amazing.
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