Port Of Call, New Orleans, LA Report #179


I was born in New Orleans in the 1960’s and have been here ever since.  So has this place, located right on the eastern edge of the French Quarter.  As long as I can remember I’ve heard that this is THE place to get a burger.   They’re supposedly the best in the world.  I’m a big burger fan.  Since I started these reports I’ve hit Atomic Burger, Buds Broiler, Desi Vegas, DiMartinos, Fharmacy, Five Guys, Ground Pati, Mooyah, New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood, Red Robin, Shanes, Smashburger and Times Grill (I’m sure I’m missing some), in my quest for the perfect burger.  It was finally time for me to give theirs a try.

If you come here anywhere near lunch or dinner time, prepare to wait for a table or seat at the bar.  I got there at 4:55 PM and it looked like I got the last table in the place.  The bar appeared to be full.  I left at 5:35 PM and as you can see in the third picture there were at least 10 people waiting to get in.

If you don’t like loud places, you won’t like this one.  The place is very loud.  Ear damaging loud!  And dark.  Bats would be happy kind of dark.  With an odd, reddish light, to make them even happier.

The menu is only two pages.  One for drinks and one for steaks and burgers.  All burgers are a half pound.  They don’t serve French fries.  Your choice of sides is limited to a salad or baked potato.  I decided on a cheeseburger, cooked medium, and a baked potato with everything on it.

The burgers come on a toasted bun with all the dressings (tomato, pickels, lettuce and onions) on the side.  Ketchup, brown and yellow mustard and mayo are on each table.  The burger was very good!  Thick and juicy.  Not so thick you have to unhinge your jaw like a python trying to eat a opossum to take a bite of it though.  The potato was very good too.  They didn’t skimp on the toppings.  Especially the sour cream.  This one was loaded with it.  If you don’t like a lot of sour cream you might want to get it on the side.

Good burger and a historic New Orleans dive.  I recommend the place.

838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116  Ph:  504-523-0120

Blaine 2-15-2019
















7 thoughts on “Port Of Call, New Orleans, LA Report #179

  1. If you’re ever in Chicago, try the Billy Goat Tavern. Simple burgers served on a Kaiser roll. They were made famous on Saturday Night Live in the 70s. I’m always on the quest for the perfect burger. The Cozy Inn in Salina, Kansas originated what we call a “slider” back in the 1940s with its delicious little burger. Fun to read your reports.

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  2. Hi Blaine, I didn’t know where else to write this question to you so I’ll put it here with your Port of Call review. Howz about this place called Lee’s Hamburgers? Been around since 1901, I’ve passed by it for many years, but haven’t stopped. Did a search and amazingly nobody at all except SeriousEats.com has anything to say about it, which was a pretty interesting take on it. You been??

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    1. Hey Jay! No. I’ve been passing that place my entire life (54 years) and thinking, “SOME day I’ve got to stop there and try them”. So no, I haven’t tried them, but I have heard good things about their burgers.


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