No one does po-boys like New Orleans, and so many restaurants in the city have their own take on the beloved sandwich that it can be hard to choose which is the best. There are many things to take into consideration when finding the best po-boy in town, including the bread—toasted Leidenheimer, please!—meat or veggies, dressing and overall menu. Take a look at some of our favorites to get ideas for your next po-boy eating adventure.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern. Parkway has a long-standing reputation of being one of the best po-boy spots in the city, and it is beloved by locals and visitors alike. They have an extensive menu with all of the classics plus some unique additions like alligator sausage, caprese and fried sweet potato. Their fried shrimp and oysters are crispy and light, their roast beef is tender and sloppy with gravy, and their bread is fresh and crisp. (538 Hagan Ave)
Parasol’s. Parasol’s menu is pretty typical with classics like roast beef, BBQ beef, ham, turkey, smoked sausage, hot sausage patty, meatball, oyster and catfish, but they make these classics with utmost attention to detail. The end result is a truly fresh and delicious bite, and this hop, skip and a jump from Magazine is well worth a visit. (225 Constance St)
Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop. Mahony’s cooks up their roast beef po-boy by braising it in red wine with vegetables and herbs for a tender, flavorful hunk of meat that just falls apart when you try to eat it (in the good way). On their full, unique menu they have a root beer glazed Chisesi’s ham and cheese, cochon (pork) with Creole slaw and the “Peacemaker,” which is fried oysters, bacon and cheddar cheese. (3454 Magazine St)
Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar. (5240 Annunciation St) The menu here is pretty standard with different meats, seafood and cheeses, but the quality of the po-boys served at this Uptown joint is one of the best in the city. They truly do the classics well, particularly their famous roast beef po-boy. It is the epitome of what a classic New Orleans po-boy joint should be.
Johnny’s Po-boys. Johnny’s is a full restaurant but is perhaps best known for their roast beef po-boys. They slow-boil the meat in onions, garlic, bell pepper, celery and black pepper to infuse all of the different flavors and then soak the meat in a pot of scrumptious gravy. Here you can find a crab cake po-boy, three-egg po-boy and the Judge Bosetta, which is ground beef and Italian and hot sausage with Swiss cheese. (511 St. Louis St)
Give these or any other po-boy joints a try! A few very honorable mentions: R&O’s, Tracey’s, Liuzza’s By the Track, Mother’s and Tujague’s.