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

Heading to Carrollton this Sunday, October 23

Oak Street Po’ Boy Festival

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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