After what seems like the longest February in the history of the modern world, March is upon us. And it brings with it the Christian season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday — is the day of gluttonous celebration before Lent begins. If you’re in Indianapolis and you want some authentic N’awlins gluttony, head to B’s Po Boy in Fountain Square.
I’ve eaten a B’s a handful of times. The first few times, I stuck to the namesake menu item — the Po Boy. A po boy is a New Orleans submarine sandwich. B’s offers them in a dozen varieties, though my favorite is the traditional fried shrimp Po Boy. The last time I was there, the day was cold and gray and the chicken sausage gumbo with white rice was calling to me. I ordered the small version ($3.50), so I could also have the sweet potato fries. The gumbo was seasoned just right. Flavorfully spicy without being offensively hot. The sweet potato fries ($3) were decent, but I should have ordered the spicy remoulade sauce to go with them.
Getting the small portions was a good idea because I wanted to save room for dessert. Beignets (square donut-like pastries to people not from N’Awlins). They come 5 (generously sized) beignets to an order ($4.50) with your choice of strawberry or chocolate dipping sauce. I, of course, ordered the chocolate. It was a good choice.
You can wash down your Cajun cuisine with Coke products or one of several craft beers
on the drink menu.
The decor at B’s pays homage to the restaurant’s French Quarter ties with Mardi Gras beads strung up and voodoo dolls displayed on the walls. The inside probably seats about 30 people, but on nice days, there is plenty of seating — and a bocce court — outside, as well.
Fat Tuesday or schlumpy Thursday…any day is a good day to try out B’s Po Boy in Fountain Square.