NOLA’s signature sandwich—the po’ boy—is a full-on meal jammed into an overly generous length of “French” bread. All the better for soaking up a boozy bath of the city’s excellent cocktails (and less excellent, but oh-so-fun frozen daiquiris), New Orleans po’ boys bulge with, variously, fresh Gulf seafood that’s fried to a crisp, gravy-soaked cold cuts, and all the trimmings—including lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo. Here, we present some of the Big Easy’s most craveable options, from the new-fangled to the down-home, and even a few non-po’ boy sandwiches—yes, they do exist here.
1. Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy, Parkway Bakery and Tavern
There’s simply nothing more New Orleans than a po’ boy stuffed with sweet, local, fresh-caught Gulf shrimp. Open, on and off, since 1911 and serving its famed shrimp po’ boy since 1929, this Mid-City institution has had ample opportunity to perfect its towering, seafood-spilling masterpiece. Served on crisp-crusted NOLA-style French bread, Parkway’s meant-for-sharing po’ boy tumbles with expertly fried crustaceans and is ideally accompanied by a chilly bottle of French Quarter–founded Barq’s root beer.