Domilise’s Po-Boys

Domilise's Po-Boys
5240 Annunciation St.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 899-9126

The modern story of Domilise’s Po-Boys rests on two women who married into the business, Dot Domilise and her daughter-in-law Patti Domilise. Both women began working at the corner shop after having children, almost by accident; neither of them registered at the time what exactly they were getting into: long, hard days with French bread and frying seafood, but also the sustenance of a New Orleans institution without which the city wouldn’t be quite the same.

Dot Domilise passed away on June 14, 2013. She was 90 years old.

Date of interview:

July 28, 2006

Interviewer:

Sara Roahen

Photographer:

Sara Roahen


Oh, [our menu has] been more or less the same, except at one time we didn’t sell meatballs. And one time we didn’t sell turkey. And more or less the same except—and barbecue; at one time we didn’t sell barbecue. So it was just a little ordinary menu.

People come from all over…we’ve had people from Australia, Japan, and all over come in here and say they came in here to get po-boys. Everybody that comes in says they came right from the airport and they were shuttled, I guess, right from the airport to Domilise’s.