Since the early 90s, I’ve been indulging in the simple pleasure of sinking my teeth into The French Loaf’s Po-Boy sandwiches on my occasional sojourns through the southern state where crawfish and comfort foods are staples in any Louisiana native’s diet. The establishment has since doubled in size, now providing ample dining space with eclectic and conversation-worthy items of interest and intrigue.
Signature French bread is baked fresh daily, and the proof of that is in each flavorful bite taken from each beautifully prepared sandwich. Tender texture with a slight crisp…has to be some of the best French bread outside of New Orleans. Consistency and quality are two items that stand out regarding this eatery. A modest-looking stand-alone casual appearance attracts folks from all walks of life from the family next door seeking a great sandwich at a wallet-friendly price point to the town’ supper crust to the nearby high school student longing for a satisfying after school snack before heading home.
There’s not much fanciness to this at-times-overlooked unassuming roadside location as locals zoom past its out-of-the-way location, so don’t arrive expecting white tablecloths and a sommelier at your side. The restaurant sits along a busy artery of the city and you just may hear vehicles whizzing past as you dine at this popular take-out-and-pick-up venue for those on the go. The interior décor is definitely eclectic, with lacquer-coated tables concealing an impressive 45 record collection as well as terrific conversation-piece bottle cap displays. One thing you can expect, however, is unforgettable, incredibly fresh Po-Boys prepared by folks who really know what they’re doing and care what is served to their customers. That consistency of quality, fresh ingredients, and the way they treat their customers as though they are a part of the family are all reasons why The French Loaf is still thriving after more than 30 years.
We addressed the Fried Oyster and Fried Shrimp Po-Boy sandwiches on our most recent stop at The French Loaf. Atop sensational freshly-baked French bread encasements, each sandwich was dressed with the appropriate shredded Iceberg lettuce, fresh sliced tomatoes, and a light spread of mayonnaise. A supply of tartar sauce and Thousand Island dressing were added on the side for additional sinful flavoring enhancements at our request. Add a couple of ice cold sodas and a pile of napkins and you’ll be in shape for a savory, crunchy, freshly compiled Po-Boy that you will find yourself telling your circle of friends about repeatedly.
Reasonable prices, delicious freshly prepared meals, a casual yet eclectic and unique interior ambiance, and just a place you can relax and indulge in the savory experience of sensational traditional Louisiana flavors…that’s what you’ll discover at The French Loaf.
◾ESTABLISHMENT / DECOR: The eclectic nature of the interior décor at The French Loaf offers a unique and noteworthy reason to stop in. Lacquered tables covering Mardi Gras doubloons, an extensive bottle cap collection, as well as a multitude of colorfully labeled 45s add to the life of the environment.
◾FOOD / DRINK: Some of the most sensational Po-Boy sandwiches we’ve tasted outside of the New Orleans. Freshly-baked French bread prepared daily creates an explanation as to why the sandwich bread at The French Loaf is so darn incredible. Pile on your favorite selection of toppings and prepare your taste buds for a thrilling and satisfying ride they won’t soon forget. Po-Boys, tasteful sides, fresh salads, muffulettas, gumbo, appetizers, sodas, domestic beer, and other items will cure your hunger for Southern cooking not to be beat.
◾LOCATION: The French Loaf is located at 6949 West Park Avenue in Houma, LA 70364.
◾SERVICE / STAFF: The staff has always been friendly and family-oriented. We were made to feel as though we were part of the family with the staff’s kind-hearted thanks for stopping by and their sincere and generous treatment.
◾PRICE / VALUE: The value for the pricing of items at The French Loaf is fair and true to what is served in our opinion
◾CORKAGE FEE: TBA
◾CONTACT INFO: Phone: (985) 851-6000
◾PARKING: Ample parking area surrounds the restaurant, while a convenient drive-thru window allows for speedy pick-up of take-out orders.
◾PRICING: The Fried Oyster Po-Boy and the Fried Oyster Po-Boys were both priced at $9.95 each.