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Today Christina Uticone, an admitted po'boy newbie, made a pit stop at the Antone's on T.C. Jester and quite a few people were quick to point out that this is not one of the original Antone's restaurants and many believe nothing more than a weak knockoff. Ahkhew took a slightly different approach:

They employ 'human billboards', so I'm boycotting on principle.

We've always wondered if giant blow up gorillas, dancing mascots and guys spinning signs while dancing to their iPods got people to pull over and check out the shops that employed these techniques. We doubt a dancing cow would make us want chicken nuggets, for example, but maybe other people feel differently?

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Antone's Po'Boys

2724 T.C. Jester, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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DennisH
DennisH

There is a difference in Original Antone's and the franchises.  I only patronize the "original" locations.  The "po-boy's" haven't changed in quality for a zillion years. 

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Just wanted to drop in quickly (I'm in Nashville on biz) to point out I didn't even know about an "original" Antone's. I was invited to a tasting, I went. Cheers from Tennessee!

Annie Roewe Bulloch
Annie Roewe Bulloch

The "human billboards" (sign spinners, etc.) exist because it allows the business to avoid getting a sign permit. I think the person has to be standing and moving in some way to fit the requirements.

Tommy Newman
Tommy Newman

Nashville?  Wow, go to the Pancake Pantry, across street from Vanderbilt, one of the Top Five best breakfast joints in America.

Eggerston
Eggerston

that's a little suspect, since most of the stores, like Antone's in the blog piece, already have signs.

I think the owners are too cheap to advertise in other ways,  or else they think it's a cost-efficient way to market themselves and devalue their brand this way

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I literally did not leave the Opryland Convention Center for the entire 5-day stay. Total bummer, since I'd never been there, but it was a work-intense conference. Luckily the Convention Center/Resort is pretty sweet.

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