Gut Bombs New Orleans Style At Cheeky Sandwiches
When I first heard that Cheeky Sandwiches was opening on Orchard St. (btw. Hester & Canal), I got pretty excited because there are few places serving food from New Orleans at all in the city, let alone po’ boys and other sandwiches. When I took over as head downtown lunch’er, it immediately went on my short list to check out. Well, I have done some quality control assessments and careful research. Hot, hot sandwich porn after the jump.
The tiny shop has been open for breakfast and lunch since mid-December, and since they make everything to order, it’s not exactly a fast food situation. There is a counter and stools for eating in, although the guy manning the counter and handling sandwich making said they do get really busy for lunch.
Sandwich choices are pretty simple and include a shrimp or oyster (or half and half) po’ boy, fried chicken biscuit, beef short rib or seared pork chop on challa and a couple of veggie options. The non-meat options include a veggie muffalata, which Zach tells me is just plain wrong as it’s supposed to include a mountain of cold cuts. They also have Zapp’s chips and Big-Shot sodas, straight from New Orleans.
I tried the chicken biscuit, while my co-lunch’er went for a half and half po’ boy. When I asked what on the menu was authentic New Orleans, I was told that the po’ boys, chips, soda and coffee were, while most of the rest of the menu was “kind of made up.”
My first impression of the chicken biscuit was that it was small for the $6.50 I paid for it. It consisted of a freshly-fried piece of chicken, KFC original recipe style, with coleslaw and something called “gravy.”
As you can see, the sandwich and my dainty, ladylike hand are about the same size. After eating it I discovered why the sandwich wasn’t any larger because that is one small gut bomb. Fried chicken, cream gravy, coleslaw and biscuit together probably pack three days worth of fat intake, but it was delicious.
I sampled the po’boy and it was quality, although I cannot say if it was authentic or not. The $8.50 price may seem high, but there was a pile of fried oysters and shrimp on the thing as well as the shredded lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles and hot sauce that make up the “dressed” part of the sandwich.
I can also report that the Zapp’s are pretty tasty, and if you get that and a sandwich, you’ll have an adequate $10 or under lunch.
But wait, there’s more! You didn’t think I’d leave without getting some beignets, did you? They’re a loose interpretation of the real thing, and resemble freshly-fried doughnut holes. They come four to an order for $1 and makes the perfect end to a grease-filled meal.
The shop itself is bare-bones and a nice change from the chain-like interior of many places downtown. It’s like having lunch in a shack down by the bayou, which was probably by some carefully crafted design.
THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)
- They try to bring a little bit of New Orleans to New York
- Everything is made to order, and I get to see them doing it.
- They make a decent po’ boy in a city sorely lacking them.
- Fried chicken, cream gravy, coleslaw AND a biscuit!
THE — (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
- You’re out of your mind if you think I’m paying $6.50 for a tiny sandwich.
- They make everything to order and it takes forever.
- I don’t like New Orleans or their crappy sandwiches.
- No meat in a muffalata is wrong on so many levels.
Cheeky Sandwiches, 35 Orchard St. (btw. Hester & Canal)