Monday, May 21, 2012

Political Correctness in NOLA? The Heck With That!!

I'm sure I mentioned this place before, Rocky & Carlo's.  I'm sure I mentioned Rocky, (bless his heart a thousand times) as well.  This place is an institution in these parts.  Back before Katrina, it's reputation was pure New Orleans neighborhood restaurant, the place was filthy, the wait staff didn't wait on you unless you were a regular or knew one of them, you could watch as the person making your food take out a loaf of french bread and tuck it under her armpit as she headed over to the gravy vat.  There was an incident where someone died of salmonella after eating the stuffed pepper dinner, ever after the dish has been referred to as the Salmonella Special (my favorite).  And yet the people kept on coming.  The place is just that good.  Sadly they've improved the restaurant and the staff and now we all get waited on and no more armpit bread.  There is something about a NOLA institution that will have natives' hearts and loyalties no matter the price, no matter the danger, no matter the risk of life and limb.  We will mourn for generations over the loss of an institution.  Seriously.

One yummie Wop Salad @ Rocky's.

I said all that to say this:  My son is graduating from his paramedic class, we are having a little party and I want Wop Salad.  I did a search for Rocky's Wop Salad recipe only to find this paragraph:

This fairly old-fashioned but longtime favorite dish on Creole-Italian menus across the city is an example of that, the term "wop" being generally felt to be a slur on people of Italian extraction. However, nobody in New Orleans, least of all Italians, seemed to mind the term at least as applied to this dish, which would probably still be on restaurant menus under its old name if it weren't for out-of-towners who were kind enough to point out that this is, in fact, an ethnic slur.

on this page.   So I'm all like WTH?!  That's like the moron who decided after 9/11that we should call the French Quarter the "Freedom Quarter" because France said we couldn't use their air space.  That bit of stupidity didn't go over well with the locals.  Anyways the politically correct term is "New Orleans Italian Salad."  Yuck.  Who comes up with this crap?  That's like changing the name "po-boy" to sandwich and it just won't do.  I'm tired of the Americanization of New Orleans.  If you don't like our ways and you don't like our political incorrectness then this isn't the place for you.  If the term "Wop Salad" was good enough for Rocky, (the guy from Scicily who would give you the shirt off his back), then it is good enough for me.  


  1. Damn political correctness. It only takes one person and then everything has to change. I personally love the idea of a "Wop Salad". I think I would pass on the Salmonella Special though!

  2. I lOOOOOVE Rocky & Carlos! We've been going there for lunch for 20 years now and I never tire of the macaroni & cheese with red gravy. Their fried catfish is good too!

    We lucked out here on the northshore: Rocky's cousin opened up DiChristina's in Covington and their food is the same as R&C.

  3. Oh no Birdie, the Salmonella Special is AWESOME! There is something about the flavor of that ground beef that gets me every time.

    You know Judy I heard DiChristina's was just as good as Rocky's. Perhaps when I head up to the Northshore to visit Mom I'll treat her to lunch just to check it out. Lol I see you are a red gravy person like J, I'm of the brown gravy variety. Does that make me wrong, 'cause I don't wanna be right.