401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.948901 -90.066999
Neighborhoods: Central Business District, French Quarter - CBD
Don't fall for the tourist trap – I live in the New Orleans area and have always heard people rave about Mothers. My mother was in town so I figured it would be a good place to let her eat some New Orleans food. We waited in line for twenty minutes which I did not mind waiting if we were going to get good food. Once inside I was able to order my food right away. We order our food and go to our table to wait for our order. The waiter or food runner never brought our sodas and after twenty minutes he finally brings my mothers Po Boy and fries. The fries were ice cold and the sandwich left much to be desired. After another twenty minutes my wife, son, and I still did not have our food and nobody had brought us our sodas. Three tables that came in twenty minutes after us had already gotten their food and after 45 minutes we had still not gotten our food or drinks. By this time my mother had finished half her sandwich and did not want to finish the rest because of the poor quality. I told the manager to refund the money for my wife's, son's, and my meal that we were going to leave. He told me I needed to see the owner.I talk to the owner, who never apologizes and rudely tells me that he will not refund my $42.00. After arguing with the guy for ten minutes, I finally got a refund. I waisted an hour and a half of my time and never ate any food or got a drink. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY AT MOTHERS!!!!!! THIS IS A TOURIST TRAP!!!!! Also the waiter looked like he had been recently released from prison, the place is dirty, and the staff is rude. Do yourself a favor and eat Cafe Maspero or get a Po Boy at one of the local shops on the North Shore or Kenner, etc....I actually think the wait is a gimmick like a club uses to bring people in . There is a door man who controls the door just like a club. I was surprised to see how many open tables there were once we were inside the place. So don't let the line fool you either!!!!
Waste of Money – After waiting 30 minutes in the hot sun and another 20 minutes in line inside you figure the food would be great. Nope. We ordered 4 shrimp po-boys, a cup of gumbo, a order of fries and 4 sodas....all for the family friendly price of $79.00. This place is a tourist trap. Oh...by the way the food was very average. This place should not be categorized as cheap eats. I live in Chicago and I don't know any run -down cafeteria style joints that can get away with charging you almost $100.00 for a veined shrimp sandwich on supermarket french bread with shreded cabbage. Please do yourself a favor and find a better place to eat. Fussy and unfriendly service also.
Just DONT Do It – My family and I went to Mothers because of several recommendations we received including the Hotel we were staying in. All we wanted was authentic po'boys at a decent price....First of all we waited outside in the hottest of hot weather for nearly 30 minutes. The inside of Mothers is definately a "hole in the wall" type of restaurant with cafeteria styled seating. We waited another 15-20 minutes to order. We ordered 4 shrimp po'boys, 2 sides of fries, and 4 sodas....When the cashier told us the total we nearly passed out....EIGHTY DOLLARS!!!! For sandwiches and fries....We went to more upscale restuarants with waiters who catered to your every want for less than 80 bucks. The food was decent but I wouldn't go back. I don't recommend for anyone to go unless you want a dent in your wallet.
Tourist Trap! – As a local, we know----you can get much better poboys at many other places. The seating is very uncomfortable, very loud (although that's typical in New Orleans) and most times it is chaotic!
Can't pass it by! – OMG! My husband and I CAN NOT go to New Orleans without stopping at Mother's. The long line is worth the wait. Actually, the long line is an indication of what is in store. Those folks are working hard and fast and the place just doesnt empty out. We enjoy chatting in line with people traveling from all over and having delicious Bloody Mary's while we wait. Everything we have tried has been wonderful and when you go, don't forget to order the Debris.
Long lines, surly service, great chicken – a new orleans institution, the line to eat at this diner was ridiculously long. don't come here too hungry because you will be very very cranky after waiting in line about 40 minutes. at the same time, don't come here full either because you will need a large stomach to eat all the food they serve.
we ordered the 1/2 fried chicken served fresh with crunchy skin, and tender and moist meat. the cabbage and turnip greens were also good. the fried shrimps were also good. the red beans and rice were a bit spicy. the biscuit was not too exciting (not warm and not flakey).
while the food was pretty yummy (albeit sinful), my main gripe about this place was the service. the servers were a bit surly - they almost forgot our biscuit. the people next to us, one of them did not get served until (i hope) after we left while his friends all finished their meal. also, because some patrons were cutting through the long lines outside by entering through the exit door, the employees decided to lock the exit door -- which could be a fire code violation. but, because this was a diner, and not a fine dining establishment, i give them a pass on the service.
dont go - – May 3, 2008 Trip
I took my husband to New Orleans for the first time. I wanted to show him some real New Orleans Culture, so we went to Mothers. The building is historic, the walls were decorated with pictures of famous people who had ate there, but that was ALL the good points there were. The line outside was about a 15 minute wait, the line inside was 25 minutes, we were OK with waiting, because we thought it would be worth it. The staff was rude and unhappy. They whole time were in line they were complaining about their jobs, the customers, how busy they were. We ordered our food still hoping that the food would be worth the wait. We ordered two Shrimp Po Boys, and a Coke $30.00. The bread was hard, very little condiment of mayo or whatever sauce was on it, and the shrimp was tough and NOT deveined. IT was TERRIBLE food. DO NOT Get the Shrimp PO Boy. A short time after eating the shrimp my husband got sick. I did not eat any of the Shrimp. I have not had the other items on the menu, so I cannot speak for them but the place is filthy. They also had the exit door locked. There was only the entry door open for entrance and exit. FIRE CODE ?? The staff was picking up trash from the ground with their bare hands, then delivering the food to the tables, no washing, one waitress said it was "a shift change", so she had to "get things picked up quick, she didnt care how." The staff was sitting outside on break with their "plastic sanitary gloves" on eating and smoking then going back inside and keeping the same gloves on, no new gloves to prepare the food. We totally went in with an open mind - we moved with the line, didnt hold anyone up ordering, followed the Poboy Ruler (Sienfeld) - but in the end were majorly dissapointed.
Amazing, Comfortable, Fun. – This was one of the best meals I had in New Orleans. I lived there for 4 years, and I went there at least twice a week. The ham is tender and perfect. The biscuits are warm and fulfilling and the service was hilarious.You HAVE to have a good sense of humor with them. If your unkind and have a stick up your rear you'll complain like quite a few on this page. Me and my family had a blast. And you will too. Believe me. It is a MUST see in New Orleans. And you will regret not going.
The best dining experience. – The food is worth the wait, and it is not that costly, fresh biscuits with fresh shaved ham pilled high. they are just running a buisness and trying to get people feed and inside.
went there around 6:30 Tuesday night had Ferdi special Po Boy – Ferdi special was great, proce was fair, cashier and beverage server great. Guy behaind the counter was "crabby." I would go again.
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