Of all the cuisine cooked up in New Orleans, the Po’ Boy reigns supreme as one of the most mouthwatering treats in the city. This legendary sandwich is sold on street corners, at gas stations, inside dives and fancy restaurants, too. Traditionally, they’re assembled using French rolls, crispy and crunchy on the outside, but light and fluffy on the inside. Boo-coo (that’s Cajun for a lot) amounts of shrimp deep-fried to a golden brown or roast beef smothered in gravy are then stuffed in. To top it all off, the entire concoction is dressed with shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes, My-Nez (mayonnaise) and pickles. As you might expect from a city known to cram deliciousness into everything it serves, variations to this recipe are always on the menu.
If you plan to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Big Easy, be sure to sink your teeth into one of these gastronomical delights. So, where can you find the best Po Boy in New Orleans? These restaurants are among the elite f’sho’!
Guy’s Po’ Boys
5259 Magazine Street | 504.891.5025
Connoisseurs know that the best Po’ Boys in New Orleans always start with the right loaf of bread. And Guy’s Po’ Boys gets their carbs from the most famous bread maker in town: Leidenheimer. The texture of these loaves provides the perfect holding place for the restaurant’s Grilled Shrimp Po’ Boy. Every shrimp is lightly seasoned, cooked in butter on a griddle and dressed with the freshest produce available. Sandwich builders all are masterful and place an equal amount of every ingredient on this 11-inch Po’ Boy.
Johnny’s Po Boys
511 Saint Louis Street | 504.524.8129
When it comes to filling up hungry diners, the oldest family-owned family restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter definitely has the perfect ingredient for success: Po Boys, served at every meal. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so get started with the Bacon and Eggs Po-Boy. For lunch, order the Catfish Po-Boy or the Chicken Salad Po-Boy. Looking for something to snack on? The French Fry Po-Boy and Chicken Salad Po-Boy can certainly tide you over until dinner. Come dinnertime, be sure to try the Shrimp Po-Boy or the Oyster Po-Boys. Both of these classics helped Johnny’s Po Boys earn accolades from Good Housekeeping and Rand McNally.
The Munch Factory
6325 Elysian Fields Avenue | 504.324.5372
Munch is a whimsical way to eat food. A factory is a place where things are made. At The Munch Factory, eating what the chef creates is serious fun, especially the Roast Beef Po’ Boy—so you better come hungry. This enormous sandwich is piled high with generous portions of sliced pot roast slathered with beef gravy swimming in succulent flecks of meat debris and mayonnaise. Diners should expect this juicy goodness to flow out from under the buns like an eruption of lava onto their plates. But don’t worry about any of it going to waste. It’s all soaked up by the bottom of the bun and back into the Po’ Boy.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
538 Hagan Avenue | 504.482.3047
According to Travel + Leisure, you’ll be fortunate to eat a Poor Boy here because there’s “nothing better, nowhere else.” This family-friendly hotspot serves up award-winning classics like fried shrimp, roast beef and fried oyster. Try something different like the Gator Sausage, Hamburger or Meatball Poor Boys. Do you like your Poor Boys wrapped in bacon? You can eat them that way, too. The Parkway Bakery & Tavern menu is so full of choices you can even order Golden Grilled Cheese and Home-Cooked Turkey Breast Poor Boys.