Mother’s is an institution of New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s been featured on many shows, including Man vs. Food with Adam Richman (they’ve got a plaque on their wall with that article). They’ve also served up gumbos, etouffees, and po-boys to every visitor to the Crescent City. While being mostly a tourist trap (good food, but pricey), the exterior is humble enough with its largely unchanged brick and metal foundations. You’ll only see the corner sign for the place, which was refreshing to see in today’s world of glitz and glamour tourist destinations.
Mother’s definitely shows its local roots by keeping the dinette style inside, while you order at the counter and get food brought quickly to your seat. No pretentiousness here, just honest food and lots of VIP/customer photos packing the walls. You’ll find tourists to cops to locals from the hotel next door dining together in the same room.
Their most famous dish is called the Ferdi. It’s essentially a roast-beef and pork po-boy loaded up with some slaw and lots of “debris”, the ends and drippings of the roast beef. The jus in the bottom of the plate soaks into the French bread and makes the sandwich a bit different and more exciting in my opinion. Great experience, but a bit hefty in price at $12.
If you’re ever in NOLA, give Mother’s a shot at least once. Then you can say you’ve done it.