My family and I love eating out. And the only thing better than going to a restaurant is going to a new restaurant. So we were quite excited to visit Poor Boys this weekend. Tucked along the side of the market, Poor Boys serves New Orleans street food to the people of Kingston-upon-Thames. Kingston is already known for its extensive array of dining (and shopping) venues, but I was thrilled to find out that there was a great new independent restaurant in my town.
Our first impression of Poor Boys was fab. There was a southern/bayou decor with Dixieland and country music playing. Dubz particularly enjoyed Dolly Parton and spent most of the meal dancing in his chair (like mother, like son). Rather than traditional colouring, the kids received mini backboards and chalk to keep themselves entertained. Moozles and Dubz spent ages drawing animals and then we moved on to the classic game of ‘hangman’. It’s such a relief when children are catered for, beyond food.
While the kids delighted in their milkshakes, Husband enjoyed a Dixie beer and I sloshed a gin fizz in a tin can. Not only was the cocktail delicious, but it looked beyond cool. Mason jars are last year’s phase. I propose that everyone needs a tin can for their booze.
I have never been to New Orleans, but I’ve heard of their world-famous po boy sandwiches and their beignets. And now they’re available in Kingston! Poor Boys offers up a variety of sandwiches – I had the shrimp po boy and Husband had the reuben boy. Not only did I love my sandwich, I had a bite of the reuben and wanted more (salt beef, pickled cucumber, sauerkraut and melted cheese – yummy).
Moozles got the kids shrimp po boy, but she found it a bit too spicy. Next time, we will order her the meatball po boy. Luckily we had ordered the honey bbq wings to share, so she did not go hungry. We all enjoyed the wings, though next time I’d love to try the spicy Buffalo wings. You may remember that Dubz can be a picky eater. We ordered him the popcorn shrimp, which he loved. And with some skin-on fries that were cooked perfectly, he was ecstatic.
For dessert, the kids got the bubble gum ice cream. Husband and I shared the beignets (powdered donuts) with chocolate sauce. Our tummies were happily full, and we waddled out of the restaurant to have a little wander around the market.
Poor Boys is located at Griffin Centre in Kingston, past Laura Ashley and Patisserie Valerie. They offer various promotions, including a £5.95 lunch (the day we went, there was a kids eat free offer). Pop on in for a po boy and a cocktail/milkshake, and enjoy the great music and cool decor.
We were invited for a meal at Poor Boys for the purpose of this review. All opinions shared are entirely my own.