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

The oft-packed festival returns this weekend after a two-year hiatus

New Orleans, Louisiana - November 27, 2010: Bone Tone Jazz Band perform at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.
Bone Tone Jazz Band at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.

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

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