It might have something to do with that fact that since I’ve returned from New Orleans, the economy has crashed and we’re in the midst of a world-wide epidemic, but I find myself thinking back on some of the pleasures of my little vacation, before everything went wrong. Life was so easy then, a month ago.
So I reviewed my favourite New Orleans meals and made up a list of the Best of the Best. I may wind up broke and sick, but I’ve got some lovely memories.
Boom Boom Shrimp at Acme Oyster House.
Chicken Bonne-Femme at Galatoire’s.
Ponchatoula Strawberry Shortcake at Commander’s Palace.
“Did you ever walk into a bar and realise that you’d finally come home? This happened to me at Yo’ Mammas [sic]. Why? A jukebox full of Johnny Cash. Over 100 Tequilas. THE best burger in the World- topped with peanut butter. Lesbian bartenders who could kill you if they wanted. Did I mention the peanut butter burger?” – from Jake Burger’s review of Yo Mama’s on the World’s Best Bars website.
Granted, my experience with dive bars has been somewhat limited in recent years, but of all the dive bars I’ve known and loved, I loved Yo Mama’s in New Orleans best. And now it’s gone.
Besides being marvelously unpretentious and friendly, Yo Mama’s had something going for it that no other bar had: It was the home of the justifiably world-famous Yo Mama’s Peanut Butter Burger.
You think I’m joking. I’m not. Yo Mama’s Peanut Butter Burger was, quite simply, the best hamburger I’ve ever eaten. For verification of its greatness, check any of the online restaurant guides like Tripadvisor. This dish was amazing!
Yo Mama’s shut down a few years ago, but soon reopened under a new name with the same menu and staff. Even that bar has since closed. The world is a poorer place without them.
Contra Jake Burger’s note at the top of this section, I never heard a Johnny Cash song during my several visits to Yo Mama’s. The soundtrack was late-60s and early-70s hard rock like Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and Cream, with maybe some Jimi Hendrix on the side, as it should be in any dive bar worthy of the name.