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.
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:
- Parkway Bakery and Tavern - New Orleans
- Olde Tyme Grocery - Lafayette
- Darrell's - Lake Charles
- Bayou Blue Po-Boys - Houma
- Magic Grill - Monroe
- Ye Olde College Inn - New Orleans
- Bear's Poboys - Metairie
- Killer Poboys - New Orleans
- Suire's Grocery & Restaurant - Kaplan
- 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!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo