by Charles Pierce
The culinary scene in Lake Charles has grown significantly over the past few years. There has been a growth of new restaurants doing truly fantastic dishes and they are making their presence known with local foodies. But, along with that rise, there are a few old favorites that have stood the test of time. Personally, the one place that keeps me coming back is Darrell's Famous Poboys and their mouth watering Darrell's Special.
Since 1985 Darrell's has been serving up some truly awesome poboys. Their commitment to quality shows in their food and has been rewarded by the loyalty of their customers who have been returning time and time again for lunch and dinner since they've opened their doors. It's no surprise to see the parking lot packed no matter what time of day you visit. And I am willing to bet the majority of orders coming out of the kitchen throughout the day and night are the exquisite Darrell's Special.
It's actually a pretty simple sandwich. You've got fresh cut ham, turkey and made-in-house roast beef, lettuce (I normally pass on this because...it's lettuce), mustard, mayonnaise (regular or jalapeno), your choice of cheese (American, Swiss or Provolone) and the absolute best roast beef gravy I've ever had. The beauty lies in the simplicity. Or is it the gravy? It might be the gravy.
While sitting at the table awaiting your order you'll notice a very large stack of napkins.SPOILER ALERT: You will need these.The Darrell's Special is as messy as it is delicious. They're very generous when it comes to the roast beef gravy, which is certainly not a bad thing. To quote their website Unless you use at least 10 napkins, you're doing it wrong.
Now don't get me wrong, there are other great tasting poboys on the menu as well. The BBQ Beef is really good and I've heard the Surf & Turf is almost as popular as the Darrell's Special. Almost. But for me, it's that signature sandwich that gets me every time.
No matter what I'm doing in Lake Charles, I make it a point to stop in and grab a Darrell's Special. It truly is that good. Next time you're in Lake Charles stop by and see for yourself.
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