Few food items are more identifiable to New Orleans than a dripping, overstuffed po’ boy. They hold a sacred, even fanatical, place among the city’s food iconography — and claiming a favorite amounts to an act of civic pride. First invented and sold to striking streetcar workers in the 1920s, these tasty and cheap “poor boy” sandwiches soon found popularity in the city’s working class: dock workers, tradesmen, and laborers. Eventually locals of every stripe took up the habit.
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; some will proclaim their spot makes is the best at all of those varieties. Of course, this list could be twice as long and still not do justice to all the great po’ boy destinations in the New Orleans area, but here are Eater’s picks for the very best in town, arranged geographically as always.
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