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Here Are New Orleans’s Top Po’ Boy Spots

The po’ boy holds a sacred place in New Orleans food culture, and debating the city’s best is an act of civic duty

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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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1. Bears Poboy's at Gennaro's

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3206 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 833-9226
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While Bear’s offers an extensive line-up of the usual po’ boy suspects, it’s roast beef that’s the stand out at this Metairie comfort food locale. House roasted and served on locally baked Leidenheimer bread, Bear’s proclaims to have the best roast beef po’ boy around.

Roast beef po-boy at Bear’s
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2. Radosta's Restaurant

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249 Aris Ave
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 831-1537
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This little neighborhood po’ boy spot hangs onto its family legacy and homey feel, and is especially known for its Italian sausage po’ boys. The extensive menu also includes seafood, combos, and even a pork chop po’ boy. A word to the wise: Get the Wayne Special toasted, but don’t get it dressed. Lettuce, tomato, and cold bread just aren’t that good on a hot veal parm po’ boy.

3. Adams Street Grocery

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1309 Adams St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-1120
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Ask locals for the best deal on po’ boys, and it won’t be long before someone points you towards this petite corner grocery tucked into a quiet Uptown neighborhood near Tulane University. Among the options you’ll find generous fried shrimp, fish, or roast beef and gravy po’ boys all coming in under $10. Another plus: Adams Street’s po’ boys are served on perfectly crispy Dong Phuong bread. Takeout only.

4. R & O Restaurant and Catering

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216 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 831-1248
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R&O’s, a family establishment in Bucktown since the 1980s, touts pizza as its primary trade, but the po’ boys are legendary among native New Orleanians. It’s a full sit-down restaurant near the lake with a quick, efficient waitstaff that calls all the diners “sweetie” or “honey,” plenty of seating, cold beer, and a casual aesthetic that includes paper holiday decorations dangling from ceiling panels and a roll of paper towel on every table. Grab the R & O Special, a standard ham and roast beef po’ boy, but with cabbage in lieu of the more traditional lettuce.

5. Guy's Poboys

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5259 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-5025
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Marvin Matherne has owned this 60+ year old, petite lunch staple since 1992, and he’s usually in the kitchen making the po’ boys himself, stuffing well-seasoned shrimp inside loaves and slathering them with mayo before topping with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup. Indeed, the fried shrimp po’ boy is one of the best the city has to offer (there’s also a very good grilled shrimp po’ boy). Cash only.

6. Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar

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5240 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-9126
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The longtime po’ boy destination in the “sliver by the river” has something of a cult following. Easy to miss, a hand-painted sign signals the entrance to a no-frills time warp of formica and wood paneling. Like Parkway, Domilise’s has a long history tied to the city’s working class, and the family business marked its 100th anniversary in 2018. Both fried seafood and roast beef debris are favorites here.

7. Zara's Lil' Giant Supermarket & Po-boys

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4838 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-0581
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For more than 80 years, Zara’s has been a beloved and affordable grocery that manages to successfully cater to its upscale Prytania St. neighborhood but without the upscale, Uptown price tag. Order at the deli counter and take your po’ boy to go or park yourself at one of the tables out front.

8. Bevi Seafood Co.

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236 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-7503
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This is the place to take care of po’ boy needs and boiled crawfish needs at the same time. The Carrollton spot doubles as a seafood market with the addition of daily daiquiris and a full bar. Though known for seafood, Bevi’s meat po’ boys are also top-notch. Can’t decide? Go for the peacemaker po’ boy: fried Louisiana shrimp, roast beef debris, and Swiss cheese.

9. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-3047
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On a list of greats, few po’ boy spots can match the iconic status of this classic Mid City corner institution. Doors first opened over a century ago, and it began serving po’ boys to striking street car workers in the 1920s. Now two favorites, the overstuffed fried shrimp and the roast beef and gravy, have fervent followers — unless it’s the holiday season, then Parkway’s Thanksgiving po’ boy is most coveted. Also worth a mention for its rarity: the steamed corn beef brisket po’ boy.

Roast beef po’ boy at Parkway
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10. Liuzza's by the Track

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1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 218-7888
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Come Jazz Fest, this popular, laid back, horse-themed corner joint by the track is like its po’ boys, overflowing. The New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp po’ boy remains a popular option, but the stunner is the fried oyster with garlic butter.

11. Killer PoBoys

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219 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 462-2731
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Don’t come to Killer PoBoys looking for tradition; instead expect an inventive departure from the genre. There’s now a second, larger French Quarter location, “Big Killer” on Dauphine Street, but the original “Lil Killer” in the back of bar Erin Rose remains the favorite for many. Both serve up some of the most interesting po’ boy creations in town, all on banh mi bread, from chicken confit with coffee barbecue sauce and ranch slaw, to seared gulf shrimp with coriander lime sauce, as well as veggie options like sweet potato with black eyed pea pecan spread and braised greens. Don’t miss the frozen Irish coffee while there.

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12. Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

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1500 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 766-8687
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Li’l Dizzy’s Cafe has been a Treme institution for fifteen years, and while feared lost to the pandemic, it has reopened for lunch on Esplanade Avenue under the next generation of owners. While perhaps best known for Wayne Baquet Sr.’s fried chicken and gumbo, the po’ boys are incredible, especially the shrimp and hot sausage.

Li’l Dizzy’s shrimp po’boy
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13. Verti Marte

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1201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4767

The beloved Verti Marte is the French Quarter’s longtime neighborhood deli, known for its breakfast, sandwiches, no-nonsense counter service, and 24/7 hours, a late night eats destination for sure. It’s loved equally for the hot sausage po’boy, a sloppy roast beef version made with a secret sauce, and the All that Jazz, a po’boy stuffed with a stack of grilled turkey, ham, American and Swiss cheeses, fried shrimp, sautéed mushrooms, and “wow sauce.” Cash only, unless you order for delivery via third party app.

14. Sammy's Food Services & Deli

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3000 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 947-0675
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Owner and former butcher Sammy Schloegel’s insistence on quality meat has made this Gentilly shop one of the best po’ boy destinations in town — it was previously the supplier of the slim patty sausage used in the beloved hot sausage po’boy from Gene’s, tragically closed in 2019. Choose 6” or 10” with most large sandwiches coming in at under $10; a large Ray Ray, one of the shop’s most popular with fried chicken, ham, and cheese, will set you back $12; and fried seafood options run $12-15.

15. Frady's One Stop Food Store

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3231 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 949-9688

More known for its breakfast and lunch plates than for “making groceries,” this joint is old school and proud of it. Frady’s is about as basic as it gets; orders are to-go and cash only. The fried shrimp and oyster or dripping roast beef with provolone are good bets. Tradition dictates chowing down at one of the shaded benches out front or sidewalk tables on Piety.

Buffalo chicken po’ boy from Frady’s
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16. Louisiana Pride Seafood

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4418 Downman Rd
New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 248-7522
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Louisiana Pride is out on Downman Road in New Orleans East, and is one of the area’s best po’ boy destinations. In addition to a beloved hot sausage, the standard roast beef, shrimp, and oyster offerings are accompanied by a smoked sausage version, a take on a Philly cheesesteak, and fish po’ boys. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

17. Walker's BBQ

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10828 Hayne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
(504) 241-8227
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Don’t come looking for fried shrimp here at this New Orleans East po’ boy hotspot. At Walker’s it’s all about barbecue: pork, brisket, and smoked chicken. Praised by the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Esquire, Walker’s is most known for its uber tender cochon de lait po’ boy, a perennial favorite at Jazz Fest, or try the other house specialty, burnt ends, made from brisket tips. Call ahead for pickup, Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note: Doors close when the meat is gone.

Cochon de lait at Walker’s
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1. Bears Poboy's at Gennaro's

3206 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001
Roast beef po-boy at Bear’s
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While Bear’s offers an extensive line-up of the usual po’ boy suspects, it’s roast beef that’s the stand out at this Metairie comfort food locale. House roasted and served on locally baked Leidenheimer bread, Bear’s proclaims to have the best roast beef po’ boy around.

3206 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70001

2. Radosta's Restaurant

249 Aris Ave, Metairie, LA 70005

This little neighborhood po’ boy spot hangs onto its family legacy and homey feel, and is especially known for its Italian sausage po’ boys. The extensive menu also includes seafood, combos, and even a pork chop po’ boy. A word to the wise: Get the Wayne Special toasted, but don’t get it dressed. Lettuce, tomato, and cold bread just aren’t that good on a hot veal parm po’ boy.

249 Aris Ave
Metairie, LA 70005

3. Adams Street Grocery

1309 Adams St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Ask locals for the best deal on po’ boys, and it won’t be long before someone points you towards this petite corner grocery tucked into a quiet Uptown neighborhood near Tulane University. Among the options you’ll find generous fried shrimp, fish, or roast beef and gravy po’ boys all coming in under $10. Another plus: Adams Street’s po’ boys are served on perfectly crispy Dong Phuong bread. Takeout only.

1309 Adams St
New Orleans, LA 70118

4. R & O Restaurant and Catering

216 Metairie-Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005

R&O’s, a family establishment in Bucktown since the 1980s, touts pizza as its primary trade, but the po’ boys are legendary among native New Orleanians. It’s a full sit-down restaurant near the lake with a quick, efficient waitstaff that calls all the diners “sweetie” or “honey,” plenty of seating, cold beer, and a casual aesthetic that includes paper holiday decorations dangling from ceiling panels and a roll of paper towel on every table. Grab the R & O Special, a standard ham and roast beef po’ boy, but with cabbage in lieu of the more traditional lettuce.

216 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

5. Guy's Poboys

5259 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Marvin Matherne has owned this 60+ year old, petite lunch staple since 1992, and he’s usually in the kitchen making the po’ boys himself, stuffing well-seasoned shrimp inside loaves and slathering them with mayo before topping with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup. Indeed, the fried shrimp po’ boy is one of the best the city has to offer (there’s also a very good grilled shrimp po’ boy). Cash only.

5259 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar

5240 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The longtime po’ boy destination in the “sliver by the river” has something of a cult following. Easy to miss, a hand-painted sign signals the entrance to a no-frills time warp of formica and wood paneling. Like Parkway, Domilise’s has a long history tied to the city’s working class, and the family business marked its 100th anniversary in 2018. Both fried seafood and roast beef debris are favorites here.

5240 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Zara's Lil' Giant Supermarket & Po-boys

4838 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115

For more than 80 years, Zara’s has been a beloved and affordable grocery that manages to successfully cater to its upscale Prytania St. neighborhood but without the upscale, Uptown price tag. Order at the deli counter and take your po’ boy to go or park yourself at one of the tables out front.

4838 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Bevi Seafood Co.

236 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

This is the place to take care of po’ boy needs and boiled crawfish needs at the same time. The Carrollton spot doubles as a seafood market with the addition of daily daiquiris and a full bar. Though known for seafood, Bevi’s meat po’ boys are also top-notch. Can’t decide? Go for the peacemaker po’ boy: fried Louisiana shrimp, roast beef debris, and Swiss cheese.

236 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Roast beef po’ boy at Parkway
Parkway Bakery & Tavern/Facebook

On a list of greats, few po’ boy spots can match the iconic status of this classic Mid City corner institution. Doors first opened over a century ago, and it began serving po’ boys to striking street car workers in the 1920s. Now two favorites, the overstuffed fried shrimp and the roast beef and gravy, have fervent followers — unless it’s the holiday season, then Parkway’s Thanksgiving po’ boy is most coveted. Also worth a mention for its rarity: the steamed corn beef brisket po’ boy.

538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. Liuzza's by the Track

1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Come Jazz Fest, this popular, laid back, horse-themed corner joint by the track is like its po’ boys, overflowing. The New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp po’ boy remains a popular option, but the stunner is the fried oyster with garlic butter.

1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119

11. Killer PoBoys

219 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Killer PoBoys
Killer PoBoys/Facebook

Don’t come to Killer PoBoys looking for tradition; instead expect an inventive departure from the genre. There’s now a second, larger French Quarter location, “Big Killer” on Dauphine Street, but the original “Lil Killer” in the back of bar Erin Rose remains the favorite for many. Both serve up some of the most interesting po’ boy creations in town, all on banh mi bread, from chicken confit with coffee barbecue sauce and ranch slaw, to seared gulf shrimp with coriander lime sauce, as well as veggie options like sweet potato with black eyed pea pecan spread and braised greens. Don’t miss the frozen Irish coffee while there.

219 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112

12. Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Li’l Dizzy’s shrimp po’boy
Clair Lorell/Eater NOLA

Li’l Dizzy’s Cafe has been a Treme institution for fifteen years, and while feared lost to the pandemic, it has reopened for lunch on Esplanade Avenue under the next generation of owners. While perhaps best known for Wayne Baquet Sr.’s fried chicken and gumbo, the po’ boys are incredible, especially the shrimp and hot sausage.

1500 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

13. Verti Marte

1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The beloved Verti Marte is the French Quarter’s longtime neighborhood deli, known for its breakfast, sandwiches, no-nonsense counter service, and 24/7 hours, a late night eats destination for sure. It’s loved equally for the hot sausage po’boy, a sloppy roast beef version made with a secret sauce, and the All that Jazz, a po’boy stuffed with a stack of grilled turkey, ham, American and Swiss cheeses, fried shrimp, sautéed mushrooms, and “wow sauce.” Cash only, unless you order for delivery via third party app.

1201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

14. Sammy's Food Services & Deli

3000 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Owner and former butcher Sammy Schloegel’s insistence on quality meat has made this Gentilly shop one of the best po’ boy destinations in town — it was previously the supplier of the slim patty sausage used in the beloved hot sausage po’boy from Gene’s, tragically closed in 2019. Choose 6” or 10” with most large sandwiches coming in at under $10; a large Ray Ray, one of the shop’s most popular with fried chicken, ham, and cheese, will set you back $12; and fried seafood options run $12-15.

3000 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

15. Frady's One Stop Food Store

3231 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Buffalo chicken po’ boy from Frady’s
Frady’s/Facebook

More known for its breakfast and lunch plates than for “making groceries,” this joint is old school and proud of it. Frady’s is about as basic as it gets; orders are to-go and cash only. The fried shrimp and oyster or dripping roast beef with provolone are good bets. Tradition dictates chowing down at one of the shaded benches out front or sidewalk tables on Piety.

3231 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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16. Louisiana Pride Seafood

4418 Downman Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126

Louisiana Pride is out on Downman Road in New Orleans East, and is one of the area’s best po’ boy destinations. In addition to a beloved hot sausage, the standard roast beef, shrimp, and oyster offerings are accompanied by a smoked sausage version, a take on a Philly cheesesteak, and fish po’ boys. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

4418 Downman Rd
New Orleans, LA 70126

17. Walker's BBQ

10828 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127
Cochon de lait at Walker’s
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Don’t come looking for fried shrimp here at this New Orleans East po’ boy hotspot. At Walker’s it’s all about barbecue: pork, brisket, and smoked chicken. Praised by the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Esquire, Walker’s is most known for its uber tender cochon de lait po’ boy, a perennial favorite at Jazz Fest, or try the other house specialty, burnt ends, made from brisket tips. Call ahead for pickup, Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note: Doors close when the meat is gone.

10828 Hayne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

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