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.
- Get ready for Oak Street Po-Boy Fest: The complete list of 50-plus po-boys [NOLA.com]
- All Event Coverage [ENOLA]