When it comes to sandwiches in New Orleans, the po-boy reigns supreme among all (even if the hallowed muffuletta is a close second). Air-light French bread with a crackly crust and chewy dough overstuffed with pretty much anything under the sun and “dressed” with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and pickles; it’s a thing of miraculous beauty -- and yes, there are WAY too many outstanding po-boys in New Orleans to list here... but if you’re looking for the best the 504 has to offer? You’d do well to start with these:
9. The En Brouchette
The Sammich (address and info)
Another pop-up that’s finally gotten its own brick-and-mortar shop, The Sammich specializes not in traditional po-boys, but rather cooks up sophisticated entrees... and throws them between two halves of a French loaf. While options like Korean BBQ chicken, fried lobster, osso bucco, and pork belly confit are great, the En Brouchette, a combination of fried oysters with bacon, bleu cheese, and meuniere sauce (lots of butter), will stop you in your tracks. And it'll probably stop your heart, too, but it might just be worth it.
8. Slow Roasted Duck Poboy
Crabby Jack’s (address and info)
You know good things are going to come out of a po-boy shop helmed by Jacques Leonardi, the man behind Jacques-Imo’s Cafe. The slow-roasted, pulled duck po-boy at Crabby Jack’s is the only one like it in the city, and for good reason: it’s unbeatable.
7. Lamb Sausage Poboy (or anything else, really)
Killer Poboys (address and info)
Located in the back of the Erin Rose bar, this po-boy pop-up is well known for its modern versions of the classic NOLA sandwich, including an eponymously killer po-boy featuring Moroccan-spiced lamb sausage with Herby Tzatziki sauce and sumac carrot relish.
6. The Ray Ray
Sammy's Food Service & Deli (address and info)
A Po-Boy Fest favorite, Southern fried chicken with grilled ham and Swiss cheese makes up Sammy’s famous Ray Ray po-boy. It’s basically chicken cordon bleu on French bread, and it’s just awesome.
5. Fried Seafood (oyster, shrimp, catfish, and crawfish) "Po-Boy"
Parran's (address and info)
The po-boy menu at this Metairie staple includes everything from prime rib to turkey pastrami, “Veal Supreme", hot sausage, and more, but the fried seafood here is outstanding, particularly the spicy fried crawfish tails. It would be further up the list, were it not for the niggling fact that it's not technically a po-boy, but rather a “seafood muffaletta”; a combo of all their fried seafood on a giant muffaletta loaf and dressed like a po-boy.
4. Famous Ferdi Special
Mother's Restaurant (address and info)
It’s a classic. A legend. And while some folks consider Mother’s too touristy these days (the only thing keeping it from being further up the list), visitors are right to line up around corner for a Famous Ferdi Special, a po-boy featuring baked ham, roast beef, “debris” gravy, and all dressed up.
3. Golden Fried Shrimp Poor Boy
Parkway Bakery and Tavern (address and info)
This bakery goes all the way back to 1911, though in modern times it’s become well known as a go-to spot for po-boys, particularly one spilling over with crispy fried shrimp. When the POTUS came to town and wanted a po-boy, he went here. You should, too.
2. Fried Shrimp/Oyster Po-Boy
Domilise's Po-Boys (address and info)
Yeah, there’s going to be a line at Domilise’s. You know why? Every fried seafood po-boy is battered and fried to order, resulting a bit of a wait, but it’s worth it for the perfectly golden-fried goodness that comes of it. Get the half-and-half, one side oyster, the other shrimp. Bonus points for adding spicy ketchup (their house condiment), which isn’t traditional, but it’s a genius touch.
1. Roast Beef Po-Boy
R & O's (address and info)
Number one? It may be an Italian spot featuring generous pizzas, veal parm, and spaghetti, but the roast beef at R & O's is absolutely the best in the city, chopped (not sliced), crazy tender, and drowning in dark, rich gravy, it’s the stuff that dreams are made of. Po-boy dreams.
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1. The Sammich7708 Maple St, New Orleans
2. Crabby Jack's428 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson
3. Killer Poboys811 Conti St, New Orleans
4. Sammy's Food Service & Deli3000 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans
5. Parran's3939 Veterans Blvd., Metairie
6. Mother's Restaurant401 Poydras St, New Orleans
7. Parkway Bakery & Tavern538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans
8. Domilise's Po-Boys5240 Annunciation St, New Orleans
9. R & O's216 Metairie Hammond Hwy, Metairie
This tasty Uptown used to be a pop-up, but they earned enough acclaim and business to launch a brick and mortar that cooks up sophisticated entrees and throws them between two halves of a French bread loaf. Pro tip: get the En Brouchette, which features a combination of fried oysters with bacon, bleu cheese, and meuniere sauce.
The po-boy has gained legend status in NOLA thanks to places like Crabby Jacks, whose award-winning oyster po-boy has been delighting patrons since the place opened in 2002.
The French Quarter's popular Killer Poboys serves exactly that: top-notch po-boys, cooked up in the tiny kitchen at the back of Irish pub Erin Rose on Conti Street. There, at the small, cash-only counter, you can order standout sandwiches such as BBQ chicken confit, “Black Beer” beef debris, and chorizo & egg for breakfast. As you can tell from those inventive takes, the po-boys here are crafted with a new-age eye, some even incorporating unusual ingredients like pork belly, smoked salmon, and sweet potato.
This Cajun/Creole resto has a vast menu featuring a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but they're best known for their sammies, like the Ray Ray po-boy, which is built with Southern fried chicken with grilled ham and Swiss.
This Metairie strip mall spot has been serving up po' boys, burgers, and club sandos since 1975. If you thought Italian Cajun fusion wasn't a thing, think again! Parran's is actually the originator of po'boy bread, and they're serving it right alongside classic spaghetti and meatballs. While their muffaletta is served on the classic round, seeded Italian loaf, on the inside, it’s all fried seafood po-boy, spilling over with fried shrimp, oysters, and catfish, and dressed in the typical fashion with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo. No matter your NOLA sandwich style, you're covered at Parran's.
Famous for their po-boys and jambalaya, Mother's has been specializing in authentic New Orleans-style cooking since it opened its doors in 1938.
No one does po’boys like Parkway, and it’s no surprise: the Mid-City spot has been open since 1911, and the po’boy has been a staple of the menu since 1929. Regardless of whether you’re a local, a passerby, or even President Obama (who makes a point to snag a golden fried shrimp po’boy here when business brings him to the Big Easy), you really can’t go wrong with any of these delicious bad boys, all of which are served on fresh, house-made bread. Pro tip: if you can’t handle the spice level, a booze-loving mint julep will help.
No one does po-boys like Domilise's. The Uptown spot has been owned by the same family for over 100 years, which accounts for the consistently good eats and veritable Southern hospitality that has brings regulars back time and time again. While you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu, we suggest you stick to the seafood and opt for a fried oyster or catfish po-boy. If the handpainted sign overhead isn't enough of an indication that you've arrived at this cozy, yellow house on the corner, the steady line of regulars waiting for a table likely will.