Back in May when Verti Marte burned down, there was a lot of debate as to whether the old girl would reopen or not.
I just stuck my head in the door a few minutes ago. A workman informed me that they’re shooting for a Halloween 2010 re-opening.
Some of my most memorable New Orleans meals have come at 4am, sitting cross-legged on my bed at the Inn eating a giant po boy from Verti Marte with a bag of Zapps and WWOZ on the radio.
Words from the past:
So very,very good.
Verti Marte is the zenith of the corner store concept. Good food, reasonable prices. I order the Shrimp/Oyster combo Po-Boy. She comes on a foot or so long hunk of good French bread and is delicious.
As is my custom on takeout I squat down as near as possible and soak in the neighborhood [ in this case Royal Street, New Orleans ]. As I dine on the sidewalk, Indian leg-style I chat it up with the delivery guys, guard a small dog tied to a garbage can and revel in the booming thunderheads rolling through somewhere nearby…just about as perfect a chow experience as one could hope.
Edited November 2011: Two recent 3am meals from Verti Marte found the ol gal to be humming right along. Excellent fried shrimp and fried oyster po boys, a good selection of Zapps potato chips and Hubig’s pies and gruff service from a disinterested staff.
Just the way I like it.
1201 Royal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
About the Stars:
4 **** Extraordinary, life changing
3 *** Excellent
2 * Very good
1 * Good
0 * Mediocre to Acceptable
Quality, price, service and ambiance are all taken into account when rating