Best Po' Boy in Louisiana (2016)


What do you get when former street car conductors vow to support colleagues on strike with free sandwiches? The phrase “here comes another poor boy” and the birth of the po' boy sandwich, an iconic Louisiana staple. The long French roll with squared ends was made special so the sandwich could be uniformly stuffed and today contains rustic to high end ingredients as diverse as the cultures of Louisiana.

  • Parkway Bakery and Tavern

    Parkway Bakery and Tavern
    New Orleans

    Parkway Bakery and Tavern first opened for business in 1911, and it has been a NOLA icon ever since. Fans can't seem to agree on the best po' boy either. Some rave about the slow cooked roast beef, while others come return time and again for the fried shrimp. Can't decide? The Parkway Surf and Turf features both!
    Photo courtesy of Parkway Bakery and Tavern

  • Olde Tyme Grocery

    Olde Tyme Grocery

    Lafayette's Olde Tyme Grocery has been making top-notch po' boys since 1982. All the usual suspects are on the menu, and specialty options include the Olde Tyme Special with ham, turkey, roast beef and Swiss cheese, and the Two Meat Combo with ham, roast beef and Swiss. The shrimp po' boy, overflowing with golden-fried morsels, is a favorite.
    Photo courtesy of Olde Tyme Grocery / Facebook

  • Darrell's

    Lake Charles

    Darrell's, a Lake Charles institution since 1985, brags about how many napkins customers go through when noshing on their menu of po' boys. The Darrell's Special comes with layers of ham, turkey and roast beef smothered in roast beef gravy. Fans of spicy food love the jalapeno mayo.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Lake Charles

  • Bayou Blue Po-Boys

    Bayou Blue Po-Boys

    Bayou Blue Po-Boys in Houma prides itself of offering delicious and affordable sandwiches to the hungry masses. This humble sandwich shop earns rave reviews for its roast beef po' boys, described as deliciously sloppy. Bayou Blue's menu as 20 po' boy varieties and even more sides, so there really is something for everyone.
    Photo courtesy of Bayou Blue Po-Boys / Facebook

  • Magic Grill

    Magic Grill

    Michael Rodriguez, owner of Magic Grill in Monroe, was mentored by Ray Pierce of Ray's PeGe. His own highly-lauded sandwich shop is known for its friendly service and excellent food, particularly the roast beef covered in savory gravy.
    Photo courtesy of Magic Grill / Facebook

  • Ye Olde College Inn

    Ye Olde College Inn
    New Orleans

    Many of the ingredients in the po' boys at Ye Olde College Inn come from the restaurant's urban farm, located right next door. The star of the menu is the Fried Green Tomato Shrimp Remoulade Po-Boy, which won "Best of Show" at the 1st Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival in 2007. The oyster po' boy is also fabulous, served classic-style or with Havarti and bacon.

    Photo courtesy of Ye Olde College Inn

  • Bear's Poboys

    Bear's Poboys

    Bear's Poboys in Metairie claim to serve the best roast beef po' boy you've ever had. Opened in 2010, Bear's roasts its own beef, slices it against the grain and marinates it gravy for extra flavor. This meaty goodness then gets stuffed into locally baked Leidenheimer French bread. The menu also includes classics, like fried shrimp, fried oyster and grilled fish sandwiches.
    Photo courtesy of Bear's Poboys

  • Killer Poboys

    Killer Poboys
    New Orleans

    With two locations in New Orleans, Killer Poboys has established a loyal fan base since they first opened in 2012. The menu features a range of inventive offerings, including a vegetarian-friendly roasted sweet potato po' boy with pickled shallots, blackeyed pea & pecan spread and wilted greens. The pork belly po' boy, glazed with ginger cane syrup and NOLA rum and topped with lime slaw and garlic aioli, is a meat lover's dream.
    Photo courtesy of Rebecca Ratliff

  • Suire's Grocery & Restaurant

    Suire's Grocery & Restaurant

    Suire's Grocery & Restaurant in Kaplan specializes in Acadian cooking, and while their menu boasts a hefty variety of po' boys, the fried catfish is hard to beat. Other options, all tasty, include shrimp, oyster and alligator.
    Photo courtesy of Richard Byrd / Flickr

  • Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar

    Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar
    New Orleans

    Locals, travelers and politicians alike have been lining up outside this yellow house in uptown NOLA since it opened in 1918. Very little at Domilise's has changed over the years; they continue to serve great po' boys on Leidenheimer French bread. The guest favorite is the shrimp and oyster half-and-half, with so much fried seafood that it's literally falling out of the sandwich.
    Photo courtesy of Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar

We asked USA TODAY and 10Best readers to vote for their favorite Louisiana po' boy, and it came down to a fierce battle between a historic New Orleans icon and a Lafayette local favorite. In the end, NOLA's Parkway Bakery took home top honors.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Po' Boy in Louisiana are as follows:

  1. Parkway Bakery and Tavern - New Orleans
  2. Olde Tyme Grocery - Lafayette
  3. Darrell's - Lake Charles
  4. Bayou Blue Po-Boys - Houma
  5. Magic Grill - Monroe
  6. Ye Olde College Inn - New Orleans
  7. Bear's Poboys - Metairie
  8. Killer Poboys - New Orleans
  9. Suire's Grocery & Restaurant - Kaplan
  10. Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar - New Orleans

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Beth D'Addono (The Hunt New Orleans), Kristopher Neild (10Best Local Expert) and Hope Young (The News-Star) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of the Louisiana food scene.

Other nominees for Best Po' Boy in Louisiana included Crabby Jack's in New Orleans, Herby-K's in Shreveport, Katie's Restaurant in New Orleans, Marilynn's Place in Shreveport, Poor Boy Lloyd's in Baton Rouge, Ray’s PeGe in West Monroe, SHUCKS! in Abbeville, Villager's Café in Maurice, Walker's Southern Style BBQ in New Orleans and Warehouse. No. 1 Restaurant in Monroe.

Keep this list handy next time you're visiting Louisiana. Congratulations to all our winning sandwich shops!

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