Here’s the situation: you’re in New Orleans. First, good for you! You’ve made a wise decision to visit a magical town filled with wonderful and delicious things. So naturally, now you need a po' boy sandwich. The question is, what’s the best po' boy shop in the neighborhood you’re in RIGHT NOW? Not to worry: we've got you covered -- here are the best po' boy shops in the Big Easy, and the neighborhoods in which they live...
Domilise's Po-Boys (address and info)
Of all the po' boy shops that get slapped with the badge of “longtime local institution”, Domilise’s makes the top of the list. The family that runs the place batters each batch of shrimp, oysters, or catfish TO ORDER, so it’s always hot and fresh.
What you’re getting: The half-and-half (shrimp and oyster)
Parkway Bakery and Tavern (address and info)
Whether or not you like our current POTUS, this was the place the commander in chief went for a po' boy when he was in Mid-City. Locals are inclined to agree with the president’s choice...
What you’re getting: Overstuffed fried shrimp
Killer Poboys (address and info)
Of all the places to satisfy your po' boy jones in the Quarters, Killer Poboys is the one to beat. Head to the back of the Erin Rose bar to sample its elegant riffs on the classic NOLA sandwich, which take Killer’s offerings to the next level.
What you’re getting: Glazed Pork Belly with rum ginger, cane syrup, lime slaw, and garlic aioli
Parran’s Po-Boys & Restaurant (address and info)
While, technically speaking, Parran’s seafood muff isn’t a po' boy exactly, it is several pounds of fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, and crawfish dressed in po' boy fashion (lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and “my-nez”) and piled into a muffuletta loaf instead of French bread.
What you’re getting: The Seafood Muffuletta
R & O's (address and info)
If there is a platonic ideal of what the roast beef po' boy should be, you’ll find it at R & O’s out in Bucktown, right by the lake. The gravy is exceptionally dark and rich (you will need many napkins), the beef is chopped short (not sliced) and slowly simmered to tender perfection, and it’s served on seeded Leidenheimer French bread.
What you’re getting: Roast beef, dressed
The Galley (address and info)
Is there anything manlier than eating an entire animal, battered and deep fried, on a sandwich? Answer: no. There isn’t. The Galley is the go-to stall for soft-shell 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.
What you’re getting: The fried soft-shell crab po' boy
New Orleans East
Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery (address and info)
When longtime bakery Dong Phuong made the excellent decision to market its banh mi as a “Vietnamese Po-boy”, it wasn’t long before locals started flocking to Eastern NOLA, and for good reason.
What you’re getting: The “Vietnamese Po-boy”
Melba's (address and info)
The combination of German and Acadian traditions in South Louisiana means that we love our sausage, and we know a thing or two about it (hot boudin, anyone?). If you’re hungry, a hot -- read “spicy” -- sausage po' boy is a sure bet for sandwich satisfaction, and Melba’s does it just right.
What you’re getting: Hot Sausage Po Boy
Koz's (address and info)
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).
What you’re getting: Fried Ham Po Boy
Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit (address and info)
There is a wonderful substance that is created when mayonnaise, tomatoes, hot sauce, and roast beef gravy combine, and it can usually be found at first on a po' boy, and then dripping down your arm toward your elbows. This is how you know you’ve found po' boy perfection, as can be experienced at “Da Wabbit".
What you’re getting: Sloppy Roast Beef
Jack Dempsey’s (address and info)
There are surprisingly few po' boy options in the hipster-filled Bywater, so thank goodness for Jack Dempsey’s. It'll do you right with a baller mac and cheese, and also solid po' boys, including fried redfish, an option you won’t easily find at other sandwich shops around town.
What you’re getting: Fried Redfish Po-Boy
Mid-City Seafood & Deli (address and info)
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 they are happy to fry until gloriously golden and load up on some French bread.
What you’re getting: Fried seafood po' boy (duh)
Pontchartrain Po-Boys (address and info)
If you find yourself North of the lake, having traversed the Causeway (once known as the “longest bridge in the world), make your way over to Pontchartrain Po-Boys, where you’ll find a po' boy version of poutine: French fries drenched in gravy and topped with cheese.
What you’re getting: French Fried Potatoes & Gravy with cheese
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1. Domilise's Po-Boys5240 Annunciation St, New Orleans
2. Parkway Bakery & Tavern538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans
3. Killer Poboys811 Conti St, New Orleans
4. Parran's3939 Veterans Blvd., Metairie
5. R & O's216 Metairie Hammond Hwy, Metairie
6. The Galley2535 Metairie Rd, Metairie
7. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans
8. Melba's1525 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans
9. Koz's515 Harrison Ave, New Orleans
10. Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit615 Kepler St, Gretna
11. Jack Dempsey's738 Poland Ave, New Orleans
12. Mid-City Seafood & Deli2526 St Bernard Ave, New Orleans
13. Pontchartrain Po-Boys4700 Hwy 22, Mandeville
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.
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.
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 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.
R & O's plates a variety of Creole/Cajun dishes, but they're best known for their po' boys and other tasty sammies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Bywater spot does po' boy sammies right, and is also famous for its seafood platters and delicious mac & cheese.
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.
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.