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The best po' boy spot in 16 New Orleans 'hoods

Published On 10/08/2014 Published On 10/08/2014
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1. Domilise's Po-Boys 5240 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

Under the same family ownership for over 100 years, Domilise's is something of a New Orleans po-boy haven. Inside a boxy pale-yellow building and distinguished only by a hand-painted sign, Domilise's would be easy to miss if it weren't for the line that typically stretches out the door. The catfish and fried oyster po-boys are among the most popular items on the menu, but guests have the option to split their sandwiches half-and-half with other toppers like shrimp and roast beef. Half-shrimp and half-oyster on the same bun is the move, if you ask us.

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2. Parkway Bakery & Tavern 538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

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.

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3. Killer Poboys 811 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (French Quarter)

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. The po-boys here are crafted with a new-age eye, some even incorporating untraditional ingredients like pork belly, smoked salmon, and sweet potato. The cash-only counter also serves up standout sandwiches like BBQ chicken confit, Black Bear beef debris, and chorizo & egg.

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4. Parran's 3939 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002

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.

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5. R & O's 216 Metairie Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005

R & O's plates a variety of Creole/Cajun dishes, but they're best known for their po' boys and other tasty sammies.

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6. The Galley 2535 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001

The Galley is the go-to stall for soft-shell crab po-boys at Jazz Fest, but you don’t have to wait for the “fess” to try it. Head to Old Metairie, and you will not be disappointed by the sammie, or anything else on its menu.

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7. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129

This eastern New Orleans Vietnamese standby might not amount to much from the outside -- with a mixed brick exterior and fading eggshell awning greeting diners -- but the signature bahn-mis here have drawn accolades from the country over. In addition to functioning as a casual full-service restaurant, the venue comes with a bakery that turns over equally excellent pastries like coconut rolls, egg tarts, and strawberry shortcake.

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8. Melba's 1525 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

If you’re hungry and find yourself in Marigny, a hot -- read "spicy" -- sausage po' boy is a sure bet for sandwich satisfaction, and Melba’s does it just right, not to mention all their other tasty po's and breakfast & lunch items.

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9. Koz's 515 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

What’s better than a ham po' boy? A FRIED ham po' boy, of course! And you’ll find it at Koz’s over in Lakeview (they also have a location in Harahan, if you’re out that way), not to mention a host of other po' boys, specialty sammies, and more.

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10. Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit 615 Kepler St, Gretna, LA 70053

There is a wonderful substance that is created when mayonnaise, tomatoes, hot sauce, and roast beef gravy combine, and it can usually be found on a po' boy at Cafe 615 in Gretna. Stop by and order one of their po's, or check out a wide variety of soups, salads, or pasta dishes they have on offer.

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11. Jack Dempsey's 738 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Bywater)

This Bywater spot does po' boy sammies right, and is also famous for its seafood platters and delicious mac & cheese.

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12. Mid-City Seafood & Deli 2526 St Bernard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

While its name implies it to be in Mid-City, this neighborhood spot is more accurately placed in the 7th Ward, and locals love it for its fresh, seasonal seafood, which the folks there are happy to fry until gloriously golden and load up onto some French bread.

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13. Pontchartrain Po-Boys 4700 Hwy 22, Mandeville, LA 70471

If you find yourself North of the lake, make your way over to Pontchartrain Po-Boys, where you’ll find an po' boy version of poutine: French fries smothered in gravy and topped with cheese. Excellent for carbo-loading before a marathon, or to kick the ever-living hell out of a hangover.

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