Absolutely Terrible!. We just got back from a wonderful weekend trip to New Orleans. I talked my husband into eating at Mother's because I heard how wonderful the food is. We waited about 45 minutes in the line then finally got to order our food. We got half a ham poboy and half a roast beef poboy (both are famous there) and a bag of chips and it was $20! The place was super crowded and dirty (I could handle that if the food was amazing). About 15 minutes after we found a place to sit in the bar area we got our poboys. Being born and raised in Louisiana I know what a good poboy is. The bread was very hard, dry and hard it bite. The ham poboy had barely any ham on it at all! And the roast beef was piled on there but was dry and had no taste. I very very embarrassed for talking my husband into coming here. Its a shame that we wasted out time and money at Mothers! There are plenty of amazing restaurants in New Orleans and that is not one of them!
In defense of Mother's, New Orleans.
Oh STOP WHINING!! We love Mother's We go every time that we drive the 3 hours from Florida to watch our NO Saints!! Yes, they are rude sometimes, and crude in their ways...but that's only if you don't know what your doing, you hold up the line, or if you somehow stray from the norm - helpful hint: order whats on the menu-no substitues, this is not a VEGETARIAN friendly place, get your food, pay the nice lady and sit down!
They don't have time for chit chat, they are BUSY!!! Breakfast is EXCELLENT, cooks are awesome, and the Bloody Marys are the best anywhere. If you want fancy schmancy go to a 5 star hotel and eat in their snobby establishment. Mother's is for REAL folks who don't mind waiting for good food and the prices are NOT that bad...you people exaggerate!
Swill served in a filthy establishment by rude, surley and uncaring people..
One of my "Top 5 Horrible Meals" ever!
I waited outside in the rain on 5 July 2007 for over 45 minutes. I stood behind dozens of unsuspecting people anticipating "New Orleans Best." Some were taking pictures of themselves, carrying on humorous conversations to pass the time.
Finally, approaching the door, I was "allowed" in and handed a pathetic menu (typed and copied on a sheet of paper) and told to wait in yet ANOTHER line! That line lasted over 30 minutes. Alas, I approached the cashier as I was next in line! I waited 5 more minutes while the uncaring staff of four women carried on a conversation oblivious to me or anybody else. I could have fallen to the ground clutching my chest, dying of a heart attack and they wouldn't so much as turned their collective heads.
Okay, the order: A cup (CUP!) of red beans and rice and a shrimp po' boy. The cashier rang it up and said "$18.66." FOR WHAT!! I said! I thought she heard me wrong or rang up 3 instead of 1 for the sandwich. I doled out a $20.00 bill and received my change. I was given a receipt and waited yet again for 5 minutes. My po' boy was first and 3 minutes later came my red beans and rice that Popeye's himself would have been ashamed to serve in a cup.
The mood I was in after paying so much for so little was bad. The po' boy was served only warm and getting colder and the red beans and rice needed some Tabasco to help it out.
While I was waiting in line people were returning their orders. One brought two bowls of seafood gumbo because there was "no seafood in this gumbo." One person brought back her "Mother's Famous Bread Pudding" for whatever reason. It looked like something left in a hospital bed pan. Nasty!
Why I stood in line for this long is beyond me. The food was of prison quality and the employees should be placed in said facilities for serving such crud. My final thought: Too bad Hurricane Katrina didn't flatten this dump and save what's left of New Orleans lousy reputation.
Not Worth It. My first trip to New Orleans was in August 2006. My future husband, who was raised in N.O. wanted to take me to get a real po-boy. Although he hadn't been there in years he thought Mothers would be a good choice. We were both highly diappointed. We didn't arrive all that late at night, a few hours before closing and had ordered 2 poboys. We could only get 1 because they ran out of bread, so we got some etoufet (sorry about the spelling) instead. The shrimp poboy had very little shrimp on it and the etoufet was not very good either. We spent too much money for what we got. The staff was not helpful or courteous and the restaurant on a whole appeared dirty. The only good or interesting part of the visit was the various celeb pictures on the walls. I don't suggest you go there. At one time I understand it was a great place to go, but that time has surely passed.....
Take it from a local - DON'T GO!. I recently took my very good friend to Mother's. It was her first time to New Orleans and she wanted to try a good po-boy. Being born and raised in New Orleans, I figured I'd take her to Mother's. We got there about 11:30am and had to wait outside in line. We finally got to go in after about 15-20 minutes where we had to stand in another line to place our order. There are very few tables. Luckily we were able to get one. The service leaves little to be desired. The employees yell and bicker with each other out loud, so that's all you hear the whole time you're there. I guess the management feels it's humorous??? They don't even care. The place really is old and dirty. I know it's historic, but geez! I got a ham po-boy (which is supposedly their signature sandwich). It was so bad. They don't even use real New Orleans po-boy bread. It's soft and chewy hoagie bread. I couldn't believe that! AND, they put shredded cabbage on their sandwiches instead of lettuce. I think they are known for this though. The fries were just okay. They were ready about 10 minutes before our sandwiches were??? Needless to say, I was embarrassed to say the least. It was an overpriced, bad lunch for my friend and I. This was not the experience I had planned for her at all. I will never go back to Mother's nor will I recommend the place. There are WAY too many other good places within walking distance. I got to thinking...since this place has been there for so long, I wonder how many tourists come to New Orleans and eat at Mother's and leave here thinking that is authentic New Orleans food/po-boys. Trust me, it isn't! They should really spend some time cleaning the place up, improving food quality and promoting good customer service. Two words describe Mother's TOURIST TRAP. And they know it. They are overpriced and could care less about customer service since most of their customers are tourists and will never return. Locals know better. Sorry Mother's!
Great breakfast, Try the Crayfish Etouffe Omelet. I'm sad to say that Mothers isn't what it use to be, going are the days when you could get GOOD Consistently cooked meals. Now its nothing more then a TOURIST TRAP that tries to serve the hundreds of hungry short tempered customers who just waited in a line outside for 3 hours for one of the few tables inside. Add this to the hungry screaming kids and the overworked staff who work for minimum wages and have been on their feet all day putting up with short tempered customers and the out come isn't going to be good. I like to refer to it as SLOPPING The Hogs, because thats what this great restaurant has been reduced to.
Someone help them...... I have heard so many good things about Mother's and I waited in line for 45 minutes to see what all the fuss was about. The line cooks and order takers were very bossy and they had no idea what was being served. As I waited for my food, a couple of the employees seemed drunk and they were bothering tables of people who were trying to eat. I had to go back to the line 3 times to get the correct order and you can forget about getting a refill.The shrimp in my Po-boy had no been de-veined and most of my food was lukewarm. I did not bother asking for the cooks for some fresh food.
overrated and expensive. I've lived in NOLA for almost 10 yrs - first time eating at Mothers and I can say with no exaggeration that it was the WORST breakfast I have ever had. The "debris" was a pile of lukewarm, oily meat in some sort of watery liquid - tasted like cardboard. The coffee was burnt and cold, the eggs were undercooked and tasteless - you get the picture. The biscuts and black ham were ok, but not worth the $$. If you want a good, cheap breakfast in NOLA, this is NOT the place for you!
nothing to cause a ruckus. Had breakfast here after hearing what a great place it is for breakfast....can't say anything good...other than I could eat the food and I didn't get sick...like eating at the hospital....maybe sometime yesterday it was "all that" but not now....nice enough staff....ho-hum....
overrated, overpriced (running on former glory). ive read the reviews, the magazine articles...but i hate to say it folks -- mother's aint what ya think it is. i never tried it 50 years ago, so i cant say how tasty Landrys' food *was*.. but i can tell you the whole "debris" concept is a hoax today. the over-priced $8.50 shredded roast beef Debris poboy is supposed to be chunks of meat that fell off the roast, cooking in the pan gravy. the poboy is then supposed to be a tasty sandwich of gravy-loaded roast beef. its not. instead its just a bunch of shredded roast beef cooked in a watery substance. the plate forms a pond of it. its not gravy, its not water...its something in between. the effect is a bland flavor poboy, picked up only by the creole mustard. i would order the ham instead. you can get bigger, better, cheaper poboys not far away at P&G's.
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