Danielle Reese is obsessed with the food of her native Louisiana. Lucky for us, she's put that obsession to work moving as much of that state as she can into her new Portola-area restaurant, Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Cafe. The Cajun and Creole joint opened today with imported bread from a bakery in New Orleans (she flies in par-baked loaves, then finishes them in-house), Gulf shrimp, Louisiana catfish, Patton's sausages, and even little details like Zapp's potato chips and Community Coffee. "When you come and eat a po-boy, it's like eating a po-boy in the French Quarter," Reese told Grub Street on the phone today.
Reese moved to San Francisco with her husband, a San Francisco native, 13 years ago with the dream of opening a restaurant, and she saw a niche for home-style Louisiana cooking. "I decided to open up a po-boy shop because they really weren't represented in Bay Area. Basically when I set foot here, I knew what I wanted. I wanted a restaurant. But it was so expensive to find a place. We finally got everything together. We've been working on this for two years," she said. They're still waiting for a beer and wine license to come through, and the menus won't be out of the printer's till tomorrow, but the shop is now open for business from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. Sunday.
Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Cafe, 3030 San Bruno Ave., nr. Paul Ave., San Francisco; 415-468-9066
Earlier: What to Eat at Queen's Po-Boy Cafe, Pending in Portola [Grub Street SF]