Port of Call is famous for its burgers, steaks, and monsoon drinks. I was amazed to find a 45 minute wait or longer in the restaurant that was old and really kind of trashy. We all had burgers, which range in price from $10 to $13 depending on the toppings. The burgers are big, with a half pound of ground beef and are served with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and pickles on side. The standard side is a baked potato, with free chives and bacon bits if you ask for it (sour cream, cheese, mushrooms are $1.25 extra each!).
The food was good, but the options for side dishes is so limited as to be a major negative. Why not offer a cup of red beans and rice on the side instead of the potato? How about a cup of gumbo? This is New Orleans after all.
Despite my somewhat negative opinion, this restaurant is highly rated and very, very popular. And they don't take reservations.
Port of Call looks like a dark little dive bar, but I had heard that it serves the best hamburgers in New Orleans. After eating lunch there, I would add, "...and possibly in the whole country." Omigawd, that burger was good!
Normally, I can finish only about half a burger, but at Port of Call I ordered a half-pounder and INHALED that sucker. Even now, sitting here at my computer in California, I can remember how good it was, and I long for another one. It was thick, moist, and delicious.
There's always a line there, so you have to be on Southern time. Get yourself an Abita beer or a drink in a to-go cup and hang around outside, and the wait won't seem as long.
There's always something going on at Port of Call. Read my Port of Call stories here.
Port of Call Bar and Restaurant has long been a favorite of the locals. It is small, and you will likely have to wait for a table. If you do, order a Monsoon (the house specialty) to cool you off while you wait. The menu is very limited - basically, steaks and burgers. The burgers range from $9-12 (depends - would you like cheese, or mushrooms, or cheese AND mushrooms?), and comes with a baked potato. This 1/2 lb burger will satisfy your appetite and leave you refreshed for more shopping/playing in the Quarter!
The setting is casual and friendly - wood chairs and tables, with seafaring decor (nets on the ceilings, a USS Indianapolis lifering on the wall, etc.). No smoking.
Favorite Dish: I usually get the mushroom burger, then get the cheese and bacon bits on my potato - scrumptious! Monsoon comes in a souvenir plastic cup - gotta love that!! :-)
If you want the best hamburger in the United States , you have to go to Port of Call. I have a picture of a full plate of food in my cubicle because it brings up such great memories.
It is a great escape around 3:00 pm on a Sunday afternoon, after drinking all night in the quarter, duck in from the heat and humidity and get a bloody mary. Play the juke box if you can get to it and enjoy!
Simply the best New Orleans has to offer!
I lived there 5 years and every out of town guest got taken to P.O.C and loved it.
Favorite Dish: Burger, medium well, loaded baked with no chives and mushrooms on both.
I promise you won't be disappointed.
An absolutely must-have indulgence for the burger lover, Port of Call's famous megaburgers are definitely not for the calorie conscious. This slightly out of the way (down Esplanade Ave) eatery has been a local institution for decades. If you aren't bothered by outdated decor, loud, crowded and smoky joints, then Port of Call is an absolute must-do when in the Cresent City.
Favorite Dish: Although there is a standard issue bar food menu, the burgers at Port of Call are what brings people to the table (quite literally). These greasy, chargrilled 8-oz. monsters are served loaded with mushrooms, a mountain of chedder, lettuce and tomato, but the biggest sell for me is definitely the fully loaded baked potato that rides alongside. Order it loaded for a heaping concoction of mushrooms, even more chedder, butter, sour cream, chives and an amazing amount of bacon bits.
Every bite is an amazing guilty pleasure, that will put you in high calorie heaven and have you vowing to eat salads for the rest of the week in penitence. Wash it all down with Port of Call's signature drink the "Monsoon" (a fruity rum based elixir) and experience one of my favorite NOLA indulgences.
This place is DARK inside with hanging fish nets and fish everywhere, even an aquarium. You can sit at the bar, in the lounge or in the designated restaurant area. Frequented by a mostly local crowd.
Favorite Dish: Huge burgers that come with lettuce, tomato, onion and shredded cheese. Instead of French fries, you'll get a buttered baked potato (sour cream w/chives is $1.00 extra). My burger, which I couldn't finish by the way, and Heineken came to $13.72 including tax, but not tip.
Ask a local where you can find the best hamburger in New Orleans and they'll likely say Port of Call. But this is just one of the attractions at this succesful establishment.
The tropical drinks are great as well.
Favorite Dish: Any of the tropical drinks and the chargrilled cheeseburger.
Camilia Grill is great for lunch. Milk shakes are awesome!!
Mothers is also a popular lunch spot - great cajun food
Port-O-Call. Nothing beats their burgers and bloody mary drinks
Arnaud's / Emerils are top dinner spots
Favorite Dish: Anything Cajun - crawfish, jambalaya, red bean and rice, gumbo, alligator pie......