Lots of places claim to serve Cajun food. But Ricky P's is the real thing. Ricky P's is full of the smells and tastes direct from the Big Easy.
A New Orleans native, Ricky Parsons opened his store in St. Petersburg -- with an emphasis on Po' Boys, the Crescent City's version of a sub.
You can get them stuffed with "sloppy" roast beef and gravy, slow-roasted pork, homemade meatballs or piles of fried shrimp and oysters ($6.49-$8.99).
But Po' Boys are only part of the story at Ricky P's. There are simmering pots of New Orleans-style red beans and rice on the stove, as well as seafood gumbo and Cajun jambalaya ($3.99-$6.99).
Salad lovers can also enjoy themselves, with a classic chef's salad or a straight-from-the-French-Quarter shrimp remoulade salad ($6.99-$7.99).
And save room for the homemade, carb-loading bread pudding for dessert ($4-$6). The sweet comfort food is a meal unto itself.
Ricky P is a regular participant at the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market, ever happy and pleased to serve a growing base of customers. But the open air market's limited menu only hints at the dishes at his 4th Street restaurant.
The 4th Street location is basically a lunch spot. It's open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 7 on Fridays. Ricky P's closes at 3 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays.
Ricky P's Po Boy Shop
6521 4th Street North