Philly has cheesesteaks, Manhattan has subs, Chicago has Italian beef. But only New Orleans has po’ boys, the iconic, overstuffed sandwich that is a city-wide crave. As the story goes, po’ boys were first slapped together to feed striking streetcar workers in the 1920s, tasty and cheap “poor boy” sandwiches that soon fed the city’s working class. But what started with dock workers and laborers crossed all strata. Before too long, everybody was eating po’ boys.
Ask any New Orleanian and they will tell you, with fervor, where to find the best po’ boy in town, from corner stores to dive bars to sit-down restaurants. Some have different favorites for seafood, roast beef, and hot sausage; others will proclaim their spot is the best for all varieties. Of course, this list could be twice as long and still not do justice to all the great po’ boys in the New Orleans area, but here is a wide-ranging collection of some of the best. And of course, locals know to order the sandwich dressed, with mayo, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.
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