This weekend is the 15th 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 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The festival returned in 2022 after two years off — first due to COVID, and then Hurricane Ida and its damage — drawing perhaps its biggest crowd yet. This year, more than 30 vendors are taking part, and it’s a bye week for the Saints, so expect major crowds and long lines of sandwich-seekers making their way down Oak from South Carrollton to Eagle Street. While festival admission is technically free; attendees must buy a $10 wristband to purchase food from vendors (a fast pass is available for $25).
Here are 17 picks for po’ boys you don’t want to miss this Sunday, from festival staples to this year’s novel creations.
Boucherie’s char sui boneless baby back rib po’ boy with pickles and miso aioli
Breads on Oak’s chargrilled oyster mushroom po’ boy
Brocato’s calamari parmesan po’ boy
Cochon King’s whole hog po’ boy with cilantro jalapeno slaw
D’best Crab Cakes’ petite crabcake po’ boy
Gonzo’s smoked beef belly burnt end po’ boy with sticky glaze, sweet peppers, and mint
Juan’s Flying Burrito’s machaca French dip po’ boy
La Milpa’s Salvadorian chicken po’ boy
Magasin’s Vietnamese grilled pork po’ boy with spicy carrots
Mister Mao’s Tunisian smoked tuna po’ boy with egg, potato, olivada, and harissa
Nola Boils’ escargot po’ boy with arugula and shaved parmesan cheese
Parkway’s deep-fried buffalo shrimp banh mi
Seafood Sally’s barbecue pork jowl po’ boy
Seither’s Voodoo fish and chips po’ boy with cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and tartar sauce
Southern’s Turf and Turf po’ boy with braised pork belly, smoked short rib, and onion rings
Voleo’s fried lobster po’ boy a spicy garlic butter sauce
Walker’s BBQ cochon de lait po’ boy