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Here’s What You’ll Be Eating at Oak Street Po’ Boy Fest

Heading to Carrollton this Sunday, October 23

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It’s the ten year anniversary of the Oak Street Po’ Boy Fest, a one day event that brings hoards of hungry folks out to eat and drink their way down an insanely-packed Carrollton neighborhood thoroughfare.

The festival is being held a month earlier than usual this year, Ann Maloney reports, in hopes of cashing in on warmer weather and more sunshine, which means you better expect a herd of 50,000+ ravenous fried shrimp seekers shuffling down Oak and Leonidas at a hangover's pace both before and after the Saints game (noon kick-off). Hot tip if you’ve never been: Ride a bike and arrive early with cash in hand.

Here’s some very reliable best bets from the 32 vendors this Sunday, offering up food from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (and yes, entry is FREE).

  • Pint Alley (on Leonidas St.) has numerous beer options and its own music stage.
  • Fried lobster po’ boy from GW Fins— a Po’ Boy Fest hit every year.
  • Beef yaka mein from Ms. Linda— hangover helper and always a great breakfast.
  • Blow-torched barbecue beef and slaw po’ boy from Parkway— because blow torches and Parkway, y’all.
  • Blackened red fish po’ boy from Seither’s— this Harahan seafood spot is a must try hidden gem.
  • Creole hot sausage po’ boy from Vaucresson— this family run company always has the festival food on lock.
  • Cochon de Lait po’ boy from Love at First Bite by Walker’s BBQ— if you’ve never had this iconic Jazz Fest fave, now is the time.
  • Slow roasted duck po’ boy or alligator cheesecake from Jacques-Imo’s— two dishes that are New Orleans festival staples.
  • Creole barbecue vegetables and local organic tofu from Carmo— best vegetarian bet.
  • Roasted garlic mac 'n' cheese from Blue Oak BBQ, cracklin’ from Boucherie, thin onion rings from Mahony’s — all are best bets for sides.

Also note: Pretty much all of Oak Street’s bars and restaurants, including Cowbell, Oak, Ale, and The Maple Leaf will be open for business as well.

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