Not for nothing, but not all sandwiches are po’ boys. Yes, that’s New Orleans’s official way to eat everything on a hunk of French bread, but sandwiches other than have a rich and delicious history. Named for the 4th Earl of Sandwich in the late 1700s, seems this particular British aristocrat loved to gamble so much he wouldn’t stop to eat. So his valet packed him a — you guessed it — slab of meat between two pieces of bread, a portable meal called the sandwich. In New Orleans, we have plenty of good, even great renditions. Try one, try them all and as always, send a note if we left out one of your favorites (ranked geographically as always).Read More
Where to Find New Orleans’s Greatest Sandwiches
16 of the best non-po’ boy sandwiches in New Orleans
1. Charlies Original The Moon at Francesca
Francesca’s signature sandwich, this is a riff on the muffuletta, but combines ham, roast beef, provolone, Swiss, and coleslaw on a muffaletta bun with Russian dressing as opposed to the normal components. The winning combo isn’t the only sandwich worth trying on the Lakeview deli and restaurant’s menu — the classic Club is just as it should be, and hits the spot.
2. Smoked Brisket Sandwich at Piece Of Meat
Meat Mama Leighann Smith is one badass butcher. Thankfully her fans can look forward to Piece of Meat reopening Oct. 29 — just know she’s not playing about the mask, and she has knives. The deli is open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the kitchen 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There’s outside seating for ravaging sandwiches like the swoon-worthy smoked brisket with pickled red onions and horseradish mayo; the smoked tri-tip cheesesteak; the hot pastrami...and on.
3. Beet Reuben at The Green Room Kukhnya
The same great kitchen that used to be in the back of Siberia is on St. Bernard Avenue with a killer menu of salads, Eastern European blinis and outstanding sandwiches. Get the Green Room’s beet reuben for a real mouth surprise, roasted beets topped with braised cabbage, Swiss and Russian dressing on toasted buttered rye. There’s a version with corned beef too, equally good.
4. The Hearattack at Alma Cafe
Chef/owner Melissa Araujo has all kinds of tricks up her sleeve in her quest to share her Honduran heritage and table with her guests. Open for breakfast and lunch, Alma offers impressive sandwiches like the heart attack, slow cooked brisket with bacon on Texas toast topped with fried onions, barbecue sauce, and a fried egg. Or dial it back (a little) and get the Cric Cric sliders, traditional Honduran mini burgers made with seasoned beef and what the chef calls “Honduran crack sauce.”
5. BLT at Bywater Bakery
Besides addictively good pies and cakes, Chaya Conrad’s Bywater Bakery offers hearty sandwich specials daily, embraced by Conrad’s wonderful multi-grain or country white bread. There’s always a hefty BLT; love the lemon caper tuna salad, and sometimes, on a lucky day, a Bywater cheesesteak.
6. Schnitzel Sandwich at Bratz Y'all
This family and dog friendly Bywater biergarten is so welcoming, with its picnic tables outside and area for the kiddos to romp. Open Thursday through Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m., Bratz Y’All! dishes terrific sausage sandwiches with names like the Berliner, a beauty of a grilled smoked pork link topped with fried onions and apple curry ketchup. The schnitzel sandwich, choice of fried chicken or pork cutlet, is slathered with crawfish remoulade slaw on a muffaletta bun, and most excellent.
7. Muffuletta at Verti Marte
New Orleans, LA 70116
It may have been invented at Central Grocery, but the muffuletta at Verti Marte is worth a try, offering the same convenience for those visiting the French Quarter with the added benefit of being available 24 hours a day. This version is piled high with thick-cut meat and served either hot or cold. For another excellent muffuletta in the Quarter, Napoleon House’s hot version is top-notch, and can be enjoyed in a lovely courtyard with a Pimm’s Cup.
8. Cuban at Manolito
No surprise that one of the best cubanos in town is at Manolito, Chris Hannah’s Cuban themed bar and cocktail lounge on Dumaine in the Quarter. A tribute to Havana’s El Floridita, the bar where Ernest Hemingway often sat, stewed and pickled, Manolito’s Cuban sandwich is a thing of beauty, sandwich bread stuffed with mojo pork, ham, swiss, house made pickles, mayo and mustard. Get any frozen drink and if the guava daiquiri is on the menu get two.
9. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Sylvain
Sylvain is a swell bistro with a smart menu that includes fresh pastas and shrimp and grits with a smoked tomato brodo. But, its fried chicken sandwich is the bomb. Revel in the perfectly fried thigh with hot sauce on a just right brioche bun. Don’t even get started on the burger....
10. Rib Eye Sandwich at Ajun Cajun
Ajun Cajun’s garlicky rib eye sandwich, a festival favorite, is love at first bite. Garlicky grilled steak arrives piled high on a toasted Dung Phuong roll, soy marinated bites of carrot and cucumber adding crunch under a slathering of gooey melted mozzarella cheese. Doesn’t get any better. Ok, technically they call it a po’boy, but it’s anything but traditional. Get extra napkins.
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11. Everything at Cochon Butcher
For sheer porcine goodness, Cochon Butcher is unbeatable. This casual butcher and sandwich spot from James Beard Award winners Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, gives chef de cuisine Forrest Jackson plenty of room to get down. The porchetta cheesesteak is divine, piled high with Italian seasoned pork and peppers under a blanket of melted provolone. The le pig mac deserves props, a porky send off of that other two patties, special sauce, lettuce cheese pickles onion on a sesame seed bun. And on the lighter side, the smoked turkey sandwich with avocado and sprouts on wheat is layered goodness.
12. Chicken Salad Sandwich at Gracious Bakery
Gracious Bakery’s ciabatta will make any sandwich great — seriously, put anything on there. But the local bakery with three locations also has an excellent chicken salad, set off by pickled onions and greens that make for a winning combo. The toasted Black Forest ham sandwich is also excellent, as is the hot, reuben-style turkey.
13. Corned Beef Special at Stein's Market and Deli
New York style deli rocks the house at Stein’s, always served on Jewish rye, although a bagel is also an option. Can’t go wrong with the corned beef special with cole slaw and Russian dressing (get a little extra on the side), then again the tuna melt is damn good. There’s plenty that’s Italian too — order the mumbler because it’s fun to say, and even more fun to eat: ciabatta piled with prosciutto, taleggio, and arugula drizzled with aged balsamic.
14. Collard Green Melt at Turkey and the Wolf
Mason Hereford created national buzz when he opened his sly sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf a few years back. And with good reason; it’s fun to eat combos like Leighann’s baloney, fried, layered with potato chips and hot mustard on toast. The collard green melt with cherry peppers is a winner, same goes for the smoked turkey with cranberry sauce, mayo, and aged cheddar.
15. Grilled Cheese at St. James Cheese Company
This Uptown paradise for cheese lovers does a stupendous job on the simple grilled cheese. Order that modest favorite at St. James Cheese Company, and a bewitching, oozing delight awaits. By all means add ham, bacon, or proscuitto to a melt of aged Colby grilled on rustic Bellegarde sour dough. That’s perfection on a plate right there.
16. Le Parisien at La Boulangerie
If it’s a European train stop-style sandwich you’re after, look no further than Uptown bakery La Boulangerie, and its delectable menu of sandwiches served on crusty baguette or croissant. Le Parisien is a classic — butcher ham, salted butter, Comté cheese, and cornichons on baguette. The chicken salad sandwich and smoked salmon sandwich, as well as the turkey, all compete with the ham as the best on the menu.