When you walk into Cafe Negril’s new entertainment and food space, Po-Breaux’s, one thing immediately becomes clear: there’s no place on Frenchman Street quite like it.
Covered floor to ceiling in graffiti-style, glow in the dark artwork from local artist Josh Wingerter, the theme of the space is reminiscent of the late 1980s-early 1990s. Princess Leia, Pac Man, and Mario all make an appearance, along with other recognizable symbols of the time period. Over the speakers, funk and hip hop set the tone for the space. Take a seat at one of the tables and try out one of their popular tabletop games, or have a go at one of their classic arcade cabinets; everything about Po-Breaux’s atmosphere encourages relaxing and hanging out for a while.
The menu at Po-Breaux’s is a mix of local classics with a Filipino twist. Choose from a comfortable favorite like a catfish po’boy or chicken and waffle slider, or get a little more adventurous with their pork belly adobo po’boy, Galaga beef slider with quail egg, or some turon – a Filipino dessert made with fried bananas and caramel. Alongside your food, you can order from a selection of local craft beer or one of their craft cocktails.
Throughout their grand opening on August 1, the recurring theme I heard from others enjoying the space was pleased surprise. Po-Breaux’s brings something new to Frenchman Street, while still respecting the city’s culture and love of atmosphere.
I, for one, know that I’ll be making another visit very soon.
Jenn Bentley is a freelance journalist and editor currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of Big Easy Magazine. Her work has also been featured in publications such as Wander N.O. More, The High Tech Society, FansShare, Yahoo News, Examiner.com, and others. Follow her on Twitter: @JennBentley_