They say you can never go home; I guess that applies to sandwiches as well. In high school, Fat Tuesday’s was a favorite lunch spot for me and my friends. Tucked away behind an exercise equipment dealer, Fat Tuesday was a seedy hole in the wall that made a damn fine roast beef po-boy. However, those days are gone. Rising rent forced Fat Tuesday’s down Old Canton road to Ridgeland, and their former location is now part of a larger parking lot.
Well, when you’re looking for a sloppy roast beef po-boy, there aren’t too many options in town. It might be a long drive from my downtown office, but when you have a po-boy itch, it’s best to scratch it.
I can think of few simpler, unhealthier ways to start a meal than a nice serving of comeback and crackers.
Somewhere between remoulade and Thousand Island dressing, Fat Tuesday’s does have a tasty comeback
Unfortunately, it sort of goes downhill from here. Let’s start with an obvious fault, the French fries.
Yep, the fries are poorly cooked and are just as limp as the watery gravy.
What about the reason I came here, the roast beef po-boy? That’s not looking too great either.
For a po-boy there isn’t a lot of beef, but what’s there is cold and pretty lifeless. One huge downfall is the lack of gravy. A great thing about a dressed po-boy is how the gravy mixes with the mayo, lettuce, and other toppings to form a beautiful, messy sandwich. This is actually worse than Domilise’s roast beef po-boy.
I do like the crusty French bread, but this a mockery of a proper New Orleans po-boy. Things get a little better when I dip the sandwich in the French fry gravy, but overall this is just a situation of poor gravy, poor temperatures, and mediocre beef.
This is really a shame. A roast beef po-boy at Fat Tuesday’s used to be a great Saturday lunch, but apparently things have changed. Maybe the shrimp po-boy is what Fat Tuesday does best now. I’m sure I’ll pay Fat Tuesday another visit, but in the meantime I’ll have a moment of silence for a fallen hero, the Fat Tuesday’s roast beef po-boy.