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Why the Mother’s New Orleans Menu is World Famous?

New Orleans is famous for so many reasons but none more so than the awesome cajun and creole cuisine that is available throughout the city. Be careful though because not all restaurants offer the same quality so it’s crucial that you do your research prior to visiting the Crescent City. We decided to pay a visit to a world famous restaurant, but is the Mothers New Orleans menu really that awesome? Let’s find out!

During our recent weekend trip to New Orleans we participated in what turned out to be an awesome, private walking tour of the French Quarter. As we spoke with our tour guide Tony, we talked about the topic of creole/cajun cuisine and his favorite restaurant recommendations.

There is the high-class and low-class restaurants and no middle ground

Tony pretty much summed up how he feels about New Orleans right now and he then asked us where we were heading for dinner after the tour. We told him Mother’s and immediately he responded that we made a great choice and this was definitely one of the better restaurants in town. But of course we had to see this for ourselves rather than just taking someone’s word for it…

Location and Hours

Mother’s Restaurant is located at 401 Poydras Street at the intersection with Tchoupitoulas Street. It is a short walk from the heart of the French Quarter across Canal Street and is open seven days a week from 7:00AM to 10:00PM. Reservations are unfortunatley not available so please be prepared to wait outside for a while before being seated.

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Mother’s is divided into two main sections with the main dining area combined with a large banquet hall and dining room known as ‘Mother’s Next Door’. After speaking with the manager it is clearly two different environments yet both offer awesome experiences.

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Whether you want to enjoy an evening dinner with a relaxing ambience or perhaps you are looking for a space for a private party with a little more elegance, Mother’s has plenty of space to accommodate your needs.

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The stereotypical waiting line outside Mother’s makes this a restaurant that is surely worth the wait…let’s find out what the food is like!

Cajun Dining Experience

Dating back to 1938 when the restaurant first opened its doors on what is recognized as ‘Restaurant Row’, Mother’s Restaurant is most famous for their ‘Ferdi'(ham) po’boys but of course there is so much more amazing cuisine to sample here.

So go ahead, join ranks with the not-so-few, but intensely proud – the Mother’s crowd.

After being seated we were presented with our menus and immediately faced a difficult decision. With such a wide variety to choose from, where do you even begin? We asked our waiter for a recommendation and he suggested the famous Ferdi po’boy so Heather opted for the Turkey Ferdi with ham (alternatively you could have roast beef).

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I continued the fine New Orleans style tradition with Jerry’s Jambalaya that was served with red beans and rice and potato salad.

You may be wondering why the world famous po’boys are such, well Heather opting for the ‘Ferdi’ certainly has some history behind it. A local merchant by the name of, yes you guessed it, Mr. Ferdi asked for some ham to be added to his roast beef po’boy and it was immediately a hit! Hence there you have the origin of the ‘Ferdi po’boy’.

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Another ingredient on this po’boy which is popular on many others is the famous debris which is basically bits of roast beef and au jus gravy that are left on the side of a freshly carved roast beef joint.

Heather is unfortunately not a huge fan of roast beef but kudos to her for trying this! After removing the debris (it was a nice added ingredient to my jambalaya I may add!) she enjoyed the rest of the po’boy but a word of caution that one of these is still A LOT of food especially with the French bread that is delicious but satisfies your appetite pretty quickly.

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I have tried jambalaya from a number of different restaurants around USA, but I would go as far to say that Mother’s was the best that I have experienced so far. With a little tabasco sauce added to really spice it up, this jambalaya was incredible and that is from someone that really does not like rice.

Jerry’s Jambalaya is considered to be a Creole-Italian recipe given that it includes tomatoes and Italian herbs. Regardless of how you want to define this particular recipe, I can highly recommend this especially if you like your dish a little spicier.

Customer Service

Customer service at Mother’s Restaurant was in one word…AWESOME!! That’s pretty much the best way to summarize our time at Mother’s. We want to give a special thanks to our waiter who made our dinner an extremely enjoyable experience.

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Our drinks were frequently refilled, our food order was taken quickly and the delivery of our food was quicker than any fast-food restaurant. Sometimes you may be concerned that the quality of the food is lost when it is delivered so quickly, but I can assure you that both of our dishes were fresh and clearly prepared to the highest quality.

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Our table was positioned in the back corner near the kitchen so we were able to see some of the fine roasts being prepared and carefully manicured before being cut and readied to be served. Hands down this was one of the best customer service experiences we have encountered so kudos to Mother’s for having such a great team of employees.

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If you are looking for a typical New Orleans dining experience, be sure to visit Mother’s Restaurant because you will be treated to amazing cuisine combined with excellent customer service that will certainly make the wait worthwhile. In answer to the question of this title, is the Mothers New Orleans menu really world famous…of course I can’t speak for everyone but I would concur that the cuisine is worthy of world-class recognition.

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Mother’s has received a number of Zagat awards for their cuisine and this is definitely well deserved. Dining in New Orleans is one of the most enjoyable experiences not only if you love seafood, but also because there is such a myriad of choices available. Reading reviews and following advice is great but at the end of the day you have to experience the restaurants for yourselves.

We are delighted to be giving Mother’s a positive review and hopefully this will encourage you to check them out the next time you head to NOLA!

Disclaimer – We would like to thank the New Orleans CVB for hosting us on this trip, and Mother’s Restaurant for their gracious welcome and service throughout the evening. These are solely our personal opinions/experiences and we were not financially compensated for this post. 

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Friday 27th of September 2019

I live in New Orleans...I have all my life (I'm 63 now and I knew Jerry Amato personally. He is the one responsible for the "Jerry's Jamabalaya" you see on the menu.) He is also the one repsonsible for all the GD weight I carry around because the jamby is so good that it is too difficult to resist! It is a "wet" jamby, chicken and sausage...not seafood...and it is, as far as I'm concerned, the best jamby I've ever eaten. (I've eaten a ton.) The po-boys at mother's are good, but way overpriced. (The jamby is worth whatever they charge, however.) I used to sit with Jerry for lunch and ask him how he got away with charging that much for a po-boy when you can buy one for half that price almost anywhere else. He told me that the out-of-town folks would come in from the Convention Center a few blocks away and that he couldn't "make them fast enough." I congratulated him and ordered up a bowl of the jamby. Remember do NOT need to order anything else if you order a bowl of comes with a chunk of French Bread and butter...and you will barely be able to finish it. I was able to because of all the "practice" I had (I worked across the street from Mother's for years). One final far as the service goes, this article is correct. In fact, Jerry used to make a point of letting the locals who came in from lunch get their own server (and, in essence, break the line) so that they could eat and get back to work on time. I remember Frances (deceased) would always yell "Come on in hon..over here...whatcha want?" final (for real) comment....they used to have a french fry with gravy & mayonnaise po-boy. It was a killer....but good!

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Tuesday 11th of September 2018

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Monday 2nd of November 2015

Looks like a great place to visit. I love po'boys and jambalaya, so I guess I need to try the best you've ever had. That's high praise. I think I'd be a fan of the debris, too. I hope to visit Nawlins soon and will make sure to stop by Mothers.


Monday 2nd of November 2015

We would love to hear your experiences if you choose to visit Mother's! It's a great restaurant with delicious cuisine and great customer service but of course we always want to hear what other's think.

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Sunday 1st of November 2015

Yum! Those photos made me salivate. Sounds like a very worthy place to visit. I wonder why there isn't a "middle ground" in terms of restaurants in New Orleans?


Monday 2nd of November 2015

Our tour guide in the French Quarter told us that when he was younger, there was a lot more 'middle-class' restaurants to choose from. But as tourism became much more prominent here, the high-end restaurants came to the forefront and these are what most of the tourists opted for. Of course the low-end, low-quality restaurants are still around but it was those middle ground restaurants that struggled to survive.