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Parkway Tavern’s hot sausage po-boy
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13 Spots Serving Classic New Orleans Hot Sausage Po-Boys

Because we know you miss Gene’s

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Parkway Tavern’s hot sausage po-boy
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Hot sausage po-boys have long been a New Orleans delicacy. Most often fixed with slim patties made with Pattons’ magical blend of seasoning and spices; this is not sausage found at the grocery store, and its only sold in New Orleans. The sausage is crisped on a flat top grill and placed inside fresh French bread with a crisp, light crust and fluffy center, and usually comes served with melty American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

After the closure of 50-year old Gene’s Po-Boys last summer, best known for its hot sausage, New Orleanians spirits were down. And while many shops offer a version, here are our picks for those spots that have perfected the taste of the classic New Orleans hot sausage po-boy.

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1. Bears Poboys at Gennaro's

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3206 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 833-9226
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Bears is considered by many to be the home of the roast beef po-boy; but the hot sausage, made with Patton’s, is just as notable. Try some crispy, hand-battered onion rings or roast beef debris and gravy fries on the side — you can do it.

Hot sausage po-boy from Bear’s
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2. Guy's Po-Boys

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5259 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-5025
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The self-proclaimed best po-boy shop in the city of New Orleans on Magazine Street has been open 42 years and still going strong. In addition to hot sausage, it offers one of the widest variety of po-boy fillings, including shrimp, catfish, blackened fish, roast beef, chicken Italian sausage, alligator sausage, and cold cuts. 

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3. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-3047
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The beloved Parkway in Bayou St. John is a neighborhood landmark known for its overstuffed po-boys. Hot sausage is one of the best, but if you’re looking for something lighter, it’s one of few spots that offers grilled versions of most fillings as well as vegetarian sandwiches. Go with the latter and you might have room for its famous ice cream sandwich po-boy.

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4. Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

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1500 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 569-8997
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Li’l Dizzy’s Cafe beckons from its Treme corner with some of the best Creole soul food around, serving a (literal) buffet of fried chicken, shrimp and grits, Creole gumbo, and much more. Owner Wayne Baquet serves a hot sausage po-boy using links, not slim patties, made in-house.

5. Zimmer's Seafood

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4915 St Anthony Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 282-7150
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Head down Elysian Fields from where Gene’s once sat into Gentilly to hit Zimmer’s on St. Anthony Avenue and you won’t be disappointed. Another crawfish destination, the hot sausage patties here are also great, and the sides can’t be beat.

6. The Orange Store

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1700 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 944-7777

The Orange Store is also known as Rampart Street store; the hidden gem in the Marigny hidden is housed in a muted orange building, and anyone in the know knows about its yaka mein and other specialties. It’s are also known for excellent hot sausage po-boys, wings, fried rice, combo platters, and daily specials.

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7. Verti Marte

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

This French Quarter neighborhood deli is open 24/7 and has some of the best sandwiches in town, especially late night. Its equally loved for its hot sausage, a sloppy roast beef made with a secret sauce, and the All that Jazz, stuffed with a stack of grilled turkey, ham, American and Swiss cheeses, fried shrimp, sautéed mushrooms, and “wow sauce.” Just be sure to bring cash; no cards accepted.

8. Pra_lees

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3745 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 478-6868

Pra_lees is a cozy restaurant tucked away on Frenchmen Street; perfect for a quick bite of comfort food in a jazzy atmosphere. Known for wings, stir fry plates, wraps, and even tacos, its hot sausage is also one of he best, served on po-boy bread or bun.

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9. Sammy's Food Services & Deli

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3000 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 947-0675
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Sammy’s is one of the best-known destinations for the delicacy, and with good reason. It was actually the supplier of the slim patty sausage used at Gene’s, and has its own excellent version. Made with Leidenheimer bread instead of Gendusa’s, Sammy’s version is sure to fix your hankering for the hot sausage-sized hole left in your heart post-Gene’s.

10. Melba's Poboys

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1525 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-7765
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Not far from Gene’s is the brightly-adorned Melba’s, another 24-hour spot to satisfy a late-night craving (or help with a day-after hangover). The hot sausage po-boy is made with half pound Pattons patties, and comes in a 6 inch, 10 inch, or bun version.

A hot sausage and egg po-boy from Melba’s
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11. Louisiana Pride Seafood

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4418 Downman Rd
New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 248-7522

Louisiana Pride is out on Downman Road in New Orleans East, and gives the area one of its 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 aPhilly cheesesteak, and fish po-boys. 

12. Read Seafood

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7340 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
(504) 246-8380

Read Seafood is probably best known for its crawfish during season (and its turkey necks, and its yaka mein), but its also one of a few spots you can order a 36 inch po-boy, and the stuffings seem endless. This hot sausage sandwich is especially spicy and peppery, the bread toasty, and the mayo heavy.

13. Julie's Kitchen

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5609 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
(504) 248-7319

This drive-thru restaurant on Read Boulevard was built after Hurricane Katrina, and quickly became known for its wings, hamburgers, and top-notch hot sausage. 

1. Bears Poboys at Gennaro's

3206 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001
Hot sausage po-boy from Bear’s
Bear’s Poboy’s at Gennaro’s/Facebook

Bears is considered by many to be the home of the roast beef po-boy; but the hot sausage, made with Patton’s, is just as notable. Try some crispy, hand-battered onion rings or roast beef debris and gravy fries on the side — you can do it.

3206 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70001

2. Guy's Po-Boys

5259 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Po-boys from Guy’s
Guy’s Po-Boys/Facebook

The self-proclaimed best po-boy shop in the city of New Orleans on Magazine Street has been open 42 years and still going strong. In addition to hot sausage, it offers one of the widest variety of po-boy fillings, including shrimp, catfish, blackened fish, roast beef, chicken Italian sausage, alligator sausage, and cold cuts. 

5259 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

3. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Hot sausage from Parkway
Parkway Bakery & Tavern/Facebook

The beloved Parkway in Bayou St. John is a neighborhood landmark known for its overstuffed po-boys. Hot sausage is one of the best, but if you’re looking for something lighter, it’s one of few spots that offers grilled versions of most fillings as well as vegetarian sandwiches. Go with the latter and you might have room for its famous ice cream sandwich po-boy.

538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Li’l Dizzy’s Cafe beckons from its Treme corner with some of the best Creole soul food around, serving a (literal) buffet of fried chicken, shrimp and grits, Creole gumbo, and much more. Owner Wayne Baquet serves a hot sausage po-boy using links, not slim patties, made in-house.

1500 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Zimmer's Seafood

4915 St Anthony Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Head down Elysian Fields from where Gene’s once sat into Gentilly to hit Zimmer’s on St. Anthony Avenue and you won’t be disappointed. Another crawfish destination, the hot sausage patties here are also great, and the sides can’t be beat.

4915 St Anthony Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

6. The Orange Store

1700 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
The Orange Store/Facebook

The Orange Store is also known as Rampart Street store; the hidden gem in the Marigny hidden is housed in a muted orange building, and anyone in the know knows about its yaka mein and other specialties. It’s are also known for excellent hot sausage po-boys, wings, fried rice, combo platters, and daily specials.

1700 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Verti Marte

1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

This French Quarter neighborhood deli is open 24/7 and has some of the best sandwiches in town, especially late night. Its equally loved for its hot sausage, a sloppy roast beef made with a secret sauce, and the All that Jazz, stuffed with a stack of grilled turkey, ham, American and Swiss cheeses, fried shrimp, sautéed mushrooms, and “wow sauce.” Just be sure to bring cash; no cards accepted.

1201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Pra_lees

3745 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70122
Inside Pra_lees
Pra_lees/Official

Pra_lees is a cozy restaurant tucked away on Frenchmen Street; perfect for a quick bite of comfort food in a jazzy atmosphere. Known for wings, stir fry plates, wraps, and even tacos, its hot sausage is also one of he best, served on po-boy bread or bun.

3745 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70122

9. Sammy's Food Services & Deli

3000 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Sammy’s is one of the best-known destinations for the delicacy, and with good reason. It was actually the supplier of the slim patty sausage used at Gene’s, and has its own excellent version. Made with Leidenheimer bread instead of Gendusa’s, Sammy’s version is sure to fix your hankering for the hot sausage-sized hole left in your heart post-Gene’s.

3000 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

10. Melba's Poboys

1525 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
A hot sausage and egg po-boy from Melba’s
Melba’s/Facebook

Not far from Gene’s is the brightly-adorned Melba’s, another 24-hour spot to satisfy a late-night craving (or help with a day-after hangover). The hot sausage po-boy is made with half pound Pattons patties, and comes in a 6 inch, 10 inch, or bun version.

1525 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

11. Louisiana Pride Seafood

4418 Downman Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126

Louisiana Pride is out on Downman Road in New Orleans East, and gives the area one of its 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 aPhilly cheesesteak, and fish po-boys. 

4418 Downman Rd
New Orleans, LA 70126

12. Read Seafood

7340 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127

Read Seafood is probably best known for its crawfish during season (and its turkey necks, and its yaka mein), but its also one of a few spots you can order a 36 inch po-boy, and the stuffings seem endless. This hot sausage sandwich is especially spicy and peppery, the bread toasty, and the mayo heavy.

7340 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

13. Julie's Kitchen

5609 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127

This drive-thru restaurant on Read Boulevard was built after Hurricane Katrina, and quickly became known for its wings, hamburgers, and top-notch hot sausage. 

5609 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

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