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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Bears Poboys at Gennaro's

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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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Guy's Po-Boys

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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. 

Po-boys from Guy’s
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Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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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.

Hot sausage from Parkway
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Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

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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.

Zimmer's Seafood

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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.

The Orange Store

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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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Verti Marte

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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.

Pra_lees

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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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Sammy's Food Services & Deli

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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.

Melba's Poboys

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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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Louisiana Pride Seafood

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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. 

Read Seafood

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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.

Julie's Kitchen

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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. 

Bears Poboys at Gennaro's

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.

Hot sausage po-boy from Bear’s
Bear’s Poboy’s at Gennaro’s/Facebook

Guy's Po-Boys

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. 

Po-boys from Guy’s
Guy’s Po-Boys/Facebook

Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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.

Hot sausage from Parkway
Parkway Bakery & Tavern/Facebook

Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

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.

Zimmer's Seafood

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.

The Orange Store

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.

The Orange Store/Facebook

Verti Marte

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.

Pra_lees

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.

Inside Pra_lees
Pra_lees/Official

Sammy's Food Services & Deli

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.

Melba's Poboys

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.

A hot sausage and egg po-boy from Melba’s
Melba’s/Facebook

Louisiana Pride Seafood

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. 

Read Seafood

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.

Julie's Kitchen

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. 

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