by Ian McNulty
Traditionally, the throngs of people descend on Parasol’s Bar & Restaurant in March for its annual St. Patrick’s Day block party. But the proprietors here are hoping to see a big crowd next weekend too, as the Irish Channel watering hole and po-boy joint celebrates its 60th anniversary while raising money for the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation.
This nonprofit provides free medical, health and wellness services to local musicians through the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Parasol’s has pledged to donate a portion of its proceeds from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21 to the foundation and has set a goal of selling 1,000 po-boys for the cause.
“It’s important to us that we get behind our New Orleans musicians beyond just throwing a contribution in the tip jars,” says John Hogan, who took over Parasol's in 2010.
Parasol’s will serve a limited menu during the three-day fundraiser to help the kitchen keep up with anticipated volume. Among other items, the menu will include the roast beef po-boy, for which this address is famous, and a grilled chicken po-boy to provide a leaner option in line with the foundation’s efforts to promote healthier lifestyles.
But that roast beef po-boy is really something. It’s different from the version long associated with this address, the one now served just down the block at Tracey’s, which is run the previous Parasol’s operator.
The one now served at Parasol’s has debris-style beef, all tiny, minced chunks cooked down to particles and bound together in gravy as thick as a glaze, packed into a Leidenheimer loaf. And the masterstroke? A streak of parsley-flecked garlic butter across the lid.
Parasol’s serves lunch and dinner daily.
2533 Constance St., 302-1543