This weekend is the 14th Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, a one-day event that attracts hoards of po’ boy lovers to eat and drink their way down a packed Carrollton neighborhood thoroughfare. It takes place Sunday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The festival has taken two years off — first due to COVID in 2020, and then due to Hurricane Ida and its damage last year. That hiatus combined with a lack of competition from a Sunday Saints game this year (the Saints play Monday night), it’s safe to expect major crowds and long lines of eager sandwich-seekers shuffling down Oak Street from South Carrollton to Eagle Street. While festival admission is free; attendees must buy a wristband to purchase food from vendors — $7 in advance, and $10 on the day of the festival.
Here now, 17 picks for po’ boys you don’t want to miss this Sunday, from festival staples to this year’s novel creations. Head to the official website for a full list of vendors and their Po-Boy Fest wares.
14 Parishes’ jerk pork po’ boy
Ajun Cajun’s Yakiniku po’boy
Alma’s Thai basil steak po’ boy
Breads on Oak’s chargrilled mushroom po’ boy
Brocato’s fried shrimp and hot sausage po’ boy
Carmo’s Pane Cunzatu (seasoned bread with toppings)
Gonzo’s smoked beef cheek po’ boy
Jack Dempsey’s: Soft shell crab po’ boy
Jacques-Imo’s slow-roasted duck po’ boy
Juan’s Flying Burrito’s blackened redfish po’ boy
Mahony’s Gulf shrimp and blue crab remoulade po’ boy
NOLA Crawfish King’s smoked meatloaf and pimiento cheese po’ boy
Parkway’s buffalo shrimp banh mi
Seafood Sally’s smothered blue crab po’ boy
Seither’s French fry po’ boy
Voleo’s smothered rabbit and fried shrimp po’ boy
Walker’s BBQ cochon de lait po’ boy