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12/17/11Provided by Citysearch
Port of Call is a New Orleans gem, a real, honest-to-goodness JOINT that does not pretend to be anything but a dive (New Orleans-speak for ""Casual Restaurant-Bar for the Locals""). The signature hamburgers are cooked perfectly and served with huge baked potatoes, which are also cooked perfectly. (There are no french fries at Port of Call & if you are wise, you will not even care!!) Be ready to load that baked potato and worry not about cholesterol or fat!! Steak is available if you would rather go easy on the carbohydrates; if you really want to be good, Port of Call serves killer delicious salad with killer delicious homemade dressings. Beer is cold and plentiful and there is a fully stocked bar; but, if you REALLY want insight into the name of this establishment, order one of the house concoctions called The Monsoon. When this rum storm blows you up, up and away, you will be glad to be safely moored at Port of Call.
03/25/11Provided by Citysearch
Best Burger I've ever tasted, and im a huge fan of burgers.
I use to travel around the US for burgers.............Los Angeles for the ""In and Out burger"", very tasteful, San Antonio for ""Chris Madrids"", very juicy, and everywhere else u can think of.
But my home town New Orleans keeps the crown for the world's best burger at ""Port of Call""
Oh, be prepared to wait, and parking minimal.
11/05/10Provided by Citysearch
Not all it's cracked up to be and has not been for a long time. That being said it's a fun place. The burgers used to be better and keep getting smaller every year along with the menu and appreciation for their clientelle. The place is not the cleanest either.. If they don't care about keeping the sidewalk clean outside the place you can only imagine what the kitchen mist look/smell like. Service is generally good and the ""Monsoon"" is a legendary cocktail.. But come on - I can think of 10 places in town to get a better burger.
03/15/10Provided by Citysearch
1) One of the bartenders is comically rude. I think he's an owner. After going there a few times I decided to like it. Part of the culture of New Orleans is that food service professionals don't really have to be obsequious. It's a good way to weed out a jerk date too- to see how he reacts to cheek.
2) The burger is absurdly good. I compare it to the burger at the Spotted Pig. I read that other things are supposed to be good too, and know that I will never taste them, because there is No Way I will ever be able to order anything else.
3) Those things people are drinking out of the plastic cups, the monsoons: Be Careful. They sneak up on you.
4) I love this place on a Monday or Tuesday night. If you go on a Friday you will have to wait. It's annoying maybe but the fact is that when the food is this good a bunch of people are going to want to eat it.
5) The cheeseburger and loaded potato is fairly satisfactorily shared between two people of medium hunger. That probably isn't what the restaurant wants to hear but it's true none-the-less.
02/13/09Provided by Citysearch
In short, this place has THE best cheeseburger I've ever had in my life.
What to order: Cheeseburger, medium (or medium rare). Baked Potato with everything (inc. mushrooms).
While you wait, have a monsoon or two. Don't expect a quiet dinner - this is the place to go when you're feeling raucous!
11/01/08Provided by Citysearch
Went to get a table ten minutes before Last Call, stood there for ten minutes until the name-taker, who had been nowhere to be found, stopped drinking and flirting with girls at the bar came over to our party and told us we couldn't be seated because it was past Last Call. Wasn't even nice about it. Security guard in the vicinity was really mean and actually put me on the verge of tears. Bartenders weren't any better. ONE nice waitress. Honestly, the overpriced burgers aren't worth the attitude you get from the people working there. Go to Angeli on Decatur or Camellia Grill for better service, a better burger, and people who are actually nice. And a quick add-on, when I called to talk to some sort of manager about this, I was told that Port of Call didn't need our business anyway. They must not ""need the business"" bad enough to warrant professional, polite behavior. Amazing.
09/06/08Provided by Citysearch
We last ate at Port of Call on August 1, 2008. We ordered a Filet Mignon to split. It came with a nice salad with Italian Dressing, two fresh buns, a potato with just butter ( as we requested) and a filet, perfectly done as we ask - medium rare.
We have been coming here for the past two years, and always sit at the bar. Its an eclectic bar for sure, but don't let ancient mariner memorabilia, and dark environs scare you. The place is a gem. The staff have been there for years, and are as much of a reason to go as any. These people treat us like family after being here just a few times. The burgers are great, and the potatoes can be anything you want, as they have more ingredients than you can imagine.
We only order the same drinks, so I cant comment on the Monsoons, etc.. But the traffic for them is great. The clientele are locals and tourists - no riff raff. With the turnover nightly, they run a clean ship.
We came from San Francisco, and spend a good amount of time here. These are the best burgers we have ever had, and the best steaks for both size and price.
If you want to enjoy it for the first time, get there when they open, and choose a spot to enjoy both the food, and the other people enjoying the food. It can be quite busy at times, but keep in mind that the food and drink are worth waiting for!
The food was great; the waitress was the worst i have ever had, EVER. If you love GREAT food and want to be mistreated, eat here. We eat there and when we were all done, i asked for a togo box; and was told they do not do to go orders. So i repeated my need and was told "I don't know what's so hard to understand we don't do togo orders". I looked behind her and on a shelf there were togo boxes. ?????? I wish i would have had more time to chew a penny in half to leave her her tip; but i didn't. Sorry mabey next never.
04/25/07Provided by Citysearch
Good place for a date. May have to wait 15-20 minutes or pull up to the bar. Burgers have gotten smaller but they still are filling alongside salad or potato, but don't look for french fries. Enough juice w/ burgers to compensate for greasy fries.
02/17/07Provided by Citysearch
Port of Call has what I would consider to be the best burgers anywhere. The menu has only about 8 items, but they stick to what they know best--burgers and steaks. I always make a point to stop by at least once when I am in N.O. The interior is cramped and the wait can be long, but there is always a great cross-section of people to watch. Even the baked potatoes are great...I know they are hard to mess up, but Port of Call's just seem better.
01/28/07Provided by Citysearch
I attempted to eat here 2 months ago and when my plate was placed in front of me a Cucaracha crawled out of my salad onto the table. I know we have our fair share of creepy crawlers down here, but c'mon I don't think anyone wants foreign animals in their food. The waitress didn't seem phased at all. The conditions are unsanitary and the long wait is not worth it. I've been here twice before, but never again. The only thing worth mentioning here are the drinks- monsoon, goombay, huma huma, but I suggest you get a burger someplace else.
08/03/06Provided by Citysearch
There's nothing else I can say that hasn't already been said here. I can just testify that it is the best burger you will ever eat! Period. Wash it down with a Monsoon and you will have had the Port of Call experience. People tell me that the pizzas and steaks are absolutely fabulous and I've seen them and they look great, but I go for the burger!
07/24/06Provided by Citysearch
My husband used to tell me about this great place in NOLA that had the best burgers in the world. I was thinking ""it's a burger, give me a break."" That was until I actually ate there and now I now what he means. I now tell everyone who plans to visit NOLA that they must go to Port of Call for the best burger that they will ever eat. Be sure to have a monsoon while you're there, too (much better than those nasty hurricanes you get on Bourbon St)! I have found that the best time to go (if you want to avoid a wait) is for an early Saturday lunch. But, you can always sit on Esplanade and watch the people going to and from the dog park around the corner if you have to wait. If there is a wait, it is well worth it!
05/03/06Provided by Citysearch
The monsoons, like NOLA's other killer drinks (hand grenades, hurricanes), will sneak up on you! If you're a lightweight drinker, be warned, one of these is all you need. Who knows what's in it, and who cares? It does the job and it tastes great, and is well worth the $8. The baked potatoes are out of this world! Always a wait for a table but great service. Gets crowded late, with a mix of old and young. small space and it gets smoky in there fast. Womens room is teeny, one person can barely move in there. The neighborhood is cool (on edge of french quarter, near frenchmen st.) but parking is IMPOSSIBLE, unless you're willing to circle around Esplanade Ave for 20 min. While you're in the neighborhood, walk toward the Marigny down Royal St and check out another great bar, the R Bar, a few blocks down.
02/01/06Provided by Citysearch
We went to this place a few years ago and it is still on my mind. One of those legendary haunts that when you are in town, you MUST venture to. We sat at the bar, drank monsoons and ate ourselves into oblivion... one of the best meals Ive ever had, burp.
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Mon - Thu: Fri - Sat: Sun:
- American Restaurants, Bars, Brew Pubs, Cocktail Lounges, Family Style Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Night Clubs, Restaurants, Steak Houses, Taverns
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- Marigny, Bywater
- Other Information
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Cuisines: Burgers, Brew Pubs, Family Style, American, Hot Dogs, Steakhouse
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar
Drive Through: No
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Good For Groups: Yes