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New Orleans Food
 

Po-Boys

Po-Boys
Po-Boys

The history of the New Orleans Po-Boy is a rich one, dating back nearly 100 years. During the Great Depression there
was a street car strike. Some former street car workers opened a sandwich shop used cut potatoes and roast beef gravy to make this signature dish, and that was the first poor boy sandwich. Today, french fry and gravy po-boys are still found on many menus.

Ask any New Orleanian where to get the best Po-Boy in the city and almost every single one will tell you to go to a different place. Po-Boy restaurants are as much a part of personal identity as the neighborhood you grew up in – like a family heirloom, po-boy preference is often handed down from generation to generation. And while die-hard patrons of Parasol's refuse that anywhere else makes as good of a roast beef po-boy, those who are loyal to Mother's will tell you that their roast beef debris simply can't be beat. And who could forget Ye Olde College Inn - a New Orleans staple. There is one important thing to remember about po-boys – allegiance aside, its pretty hard to find a bad po-boy anywhere in this city and its nearly impossible not to stumble upon an amazing one (or two or three). The very essence of the sandwich is heaven, and once you try one, the hoagies, subs, phillies and other sandwiches of the world will simply never compare.

The bread is the most important part – crispy and flaky on the outside, and unbelievably soft on the inside. French bread is taken very seriously and for the perfect po-boy, anything other than locally made breads simply won't do. Then you add the bulk of the sandwich – fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, soft-shell crab, or roast beef smothered in gravy. Top that off with the "fixin's" – pickles, hot sauce, lettuce, mayo, etc., and you'll quickly find yourself indulging in one of the best culinary creations known to man. Order like a local and request your sandwich "dressed" – which means you want all of the toppings. Po-Boys are also best paired with a cold bottle of Barq's Rootbeer or local brews such as Abita or Dixie.

When it comes time to experience this perfect bliss – and trust us, it would be completely unacceptable not to do so – make sure you experience it right. If you're feeling adventurous, ask a few locals where they suggest and pay a visit to a tiny neighborhood corner bar. There you can visit with locals and get a taste of the true po-boy culture. You're guaranteed to walk away not only with great stories from great people, but you'll probably also be converted into a devout follower of that particular establishment. If you don't have the time to explore the neighborhood haunts, most French Quarter restaurants also serve up the perfect po-boy, so either way you'll walk away satisfied.

 
Places to Get New Orleans Po-Boys
Acme Oyster And Seafood House
724 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-5973
www.acmeoyster.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Seafood, Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: Acme has been doing what it does for nearly 100 years. Acme is a hard working, efficient and decidedly crowd-pleasing operation. Almost everybody starts with a dozen cold ones ordered at the bar. Besides the "New Orleans Specialties" such as red beans, creole jambalaya, and seafood gumbo, fried seafood plays a major role at Acme.
Acme Oyster House at Harrah's Casino
8 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 708-2409
www.harrahsneworleans.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Seafood, Louisiana, Po-Boys

Description: World famous seafood institution Acme Oyster House, well-known for its legendary po-boys, has arrived at Harrah's New Orleans. Enjoy fresh seafood, charming décor and a friendly atmosphere at this New Orleans restaurant.
Anita's Grill
2122 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 523-1542

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Diner, Sandwiches, Breakfast, Po-Boys
Bistreaux
1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 648-6153, (800) 535-9177
www.maisondupuy.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bar/Pub Food, Continental, Pizza, Seafood, Desserts, Bistro, Southwestern/TexMex, Louisiana, Breakfast, Po-Boys

Description: Bistreaux’s casual menu blends together the freshest local ingredients with the southern style cooking. Along with great food and fantastic libations, we have live, acoustic entertainment Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Carrollton Station Bar & Music Club
8140 Willow St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 865-9190
www.carrolltonstation.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Bar/Pub Food, Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: Friendly, Non-Smoking, Neighborhood bar and music club features ten beers on tap and music on the weekends. Just enough TV's to watch the game, Splendid Pig Supper Club every Monday, "Think You're Funny?" Stand Up Comedy Open Mic every Wednesday, Tin Roof Live Pub Trivia every Thursday, and $1 Tacos every Friday. Two blocks off Oak Street and one block off Carrollton Ave. Big backyard/patio area, Happy Hour 3-8 daily.
Central Grocery
923 Decatur St. , New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 523-1620

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: Home to the original muffaletta! The Central Grocery makes several varieties, including a veggie version. Located in the French Quarter, this casual eatery is one of those spots that visitors to New Orleans simply should not miss.
Chartres House
601 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 586-8383
www.chartreshouse.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Bar/Pub Food, Cajun, Seafood, Desserts, Creole, Louisiana, Po-Boys

Description: Chartres House is a local favorite and a French Quarter landmark serving casual dishes and classic drinks in an intimate, historical environment. Dine on the balcony or in the intimate courtyard, or join the local crowd after hours for quick bites and cocktails.
Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 588-7675
www.cochonbutcher.com

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attire: Casual
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: Inspired by old world meat markets, Chef Donald Link + Chef Stephen Stryjewski’s Cochon Butcher in the Warehouse District specializes in house made artisan meats + sausages made on premise. The store also offers Cajun specialties from Link’s heritage like Boudin, Andouille, + Tasso.
Crescent Pie & Sausage Company
4400 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 482-2426
www.crescentpieandsausage.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, French, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches, Creole, Louisiana, Po-Boys

Description: True to it's name, Cresecent Pie & Sausage Company features some of the city's best pizza pie, sausage, and craft beer. With a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 pm and $10 daily lunch specials, Cresecnt Pie & Sausage Company is an ideal spot to grab a relaxed and tasty bite to eat.
Daisy Duke's Express
123 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-2233
www.daisydukesrestaurant.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Cajun, Louisiana, Breakfast, Po-Boys
Daisy Dukes
91 French Market Place, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 561-5171, (800) 613-2479
www.daisydukesrestaurant.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Pizza, Po-Boys
Domilise's Restaurant and Bar
5240 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 899-9126

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Bar/Pub Food, Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: Family operated for over 70 years. Original New Orleans Po-Boys. Roast beef, fried shrimp and fried oysters are highly recommended. This is a real New Orleans treat.
Frady's One Stop Food Store
3231 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 949-9688

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Sandwiches, Po-Boys
Franky & Johnny's
321 Arabella St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 899-9146
www.frankyandjohnnys.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Seafood, Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: Other than the hot and spicy, award winning boiled crawfish, the menu offers New Orleans originals such as the roast beef po-boy, the Italian muffuletta and homemade bread pudding. The food is only half of the fun at Franky & Johnny's. Dance wherever you can find space while Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville or Frank Sinatra pours from the juke box. The juke box is legendary and only plays 45's, no CD's.
Freret Street Po-Boys and Donuts
4701 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 872-9676

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Bakery, Sandwiches, Creole, Breakfast, Po-Boys

Description: Feret Street Po-Boys and Donuts is a traditional New Orleans eatery specializing in homemade Creole cuisine. The restaurant serves classic New Orleans dishes, including red beans and rice, seafood gumbo, and Creole meatball spaghetti, along with authentic Southern po-boys. Additionally, the restaurant serves freshly made donuts and other hot breakfast plates. Feret Street Po-Boys and Donuts prides itself on being the “closest thing to your grandmother’s cooking” and strives to remain true to the unique tastes of New Orleans.
Gene's Po-Boys
1040 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 943-3861

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attire: Casual
Open For: Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Sandwiches, Po-Boys
The Grocery
2854 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 895-9524
www.thegroceryneworleans.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: Known for pressed sandwiches, you can also pick up a semi-traditional muffuletta or an authentic Cuban sandwich. Traditional po-boys can be ordered pressed as well. You can also try the pork and alligator sausage.
Guy's Food Store
5257 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 891-5025

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Sandwiches, Po-Boys
Jimmy J's
115 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 309-9360
www.jimmyjscafe.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Cajun, Coffee Shops, Seafood, Sandwiches, Creole, Louisiana, Breakfast, Po-Boys
Johnny's Po-boys
511 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 524-8129
www.johnnyspoboy.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: This favorite New Orleans hang-out has over 45 different varieties of the classic New Orleans po-boy!
Katie's Restaurant
3701 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 488-6582
www.katiesinmidcity.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Italian, Pizza, Louisiana, Po-Boys

Description: A neighborhood restaurant for the entire family. Featuring pizzas, po-boys, hamburger and creative spins on authentic New Orleans specialties.
Killer Poboys
(504) 252-6745
www.killerpoboys.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Po-Boys

Description: Internationally inspired, chef-crafted, New Orleans-style sandwiches.
Lakeview Harbor
911 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 486-4887
www.neworleansbestburger.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Pizza, Seafood, Louisiana, Po-Boys

Description: Located on thriving Harrison Avenue, Lakeview Harbor Restaurant & Bar is a local haunt offering some of the best burgers, po-boys, and seafood options in the city. This is the perfect casual spot to grab a bite while enjoying the lakefront away from the busiest sections of New Orleans.
Magazine Po-Boy Shop
2368 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-3107

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: Located for five decades in Garden District, you'll find simplicity and charm at this favorite neighborhood restaurant where locals and tourists gather to enjoy the classic New Orleans Po-Boys (shrimp, oyster, fish, soft shell crab, roast beef), daily specials, hot plates, gumbo, bread pudding, specialty coffees, ice cream and many more New Orleans favorites.
Mahony's Po-Boy Shop
3454 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 899-3374
www.mahonyspoboys.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Sandwiches, Po-Boys
Mother's Restaurant
401 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 523-9656
www.mothersrestaurant.net

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Sandwiches, Po-Boys
Oceana Grill
739 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-6002
www.oceanagrill.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Seafood, Creole, Louisiana, Breakfast, Po-Boys

Description: Oceana Grill is THE choice for locals. All cravings are satisfied as Oceana serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. Try the world famous crab cakes and the best char-grilled oysters in New Orleans. Reservations accepted and recommended during busy times and for large parties.
Parkway Bakery and Tavern
538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 482-3047

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Bar/Pub Food, Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: Traditional New Orleans sandwiches and po-boys.
The Sammich
7708 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(844) 726-6424
thesammich.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Sandwiches, Po-Boys
Sols Pizza & Po Boys
7000 Bullard Ave., New Orleans, LA 70128 [Map It]
(504) 240-2898
www.solspizza.com

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Pizza, Sandwiches, Po-Boys
Tracey's
2604 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 897-5413
www.traceysnola.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Bar/Pub Food, Po-Boys
Two Tony's Restaurant
8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 282-0801
www.twotonys.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Seafood, Po-Boys

Description: Two Tony’s Restaurant is a family-owned seafood and Italian restaurant. Two Tony’s has been in existence since 1984 originating in the French Quarter. We are located and have have been for the last 20 years in the West End area. Chef Tony prides himself on serving some of the best seafood dishes in town which includes blackened, grilled, or fried seafood platters. Two Tony’s also has a stand out HOMEMADE Sicilian marinara sauce that we are known for among our patrons. The sauce is not alone when it comes to stand outs and homemade items. Chef Tony’s soups, sauces, and dressings all fit this bill. We offer a full bar and can accommodate private parties. We welcome celebrations of many kinds and are a family friendly establishment. If you are a local or just visiting, Two Tony’s can give you a taste of New Orleans and Sicily in one stop.
Ye Olde College Inn
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 866-3683
www.CollegeInn1933.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Seafood, Sandwiches, Po-Boys

Description: It all comes in big portions for low prices. Gargantuan onion rings, hefty hamburgers and home-style hot plates are the leaders of the pack. Not far behind are the Fried Shellfish, Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade, Fresh Fish Meniuer, Fried Oysters with Havarti Cheese and Bacon Poboy, and Caramel Custard Cup.
Zimmer's Seafood
4915 St. Anthony Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122 [Map It]
(504) 282-7150
www.zimmersseafood.webs.com

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Seafood, Soul Food, Po-Boys
 
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