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May 11, 2009 06:41 PM

Best Po Boy in New Orleans?

I'm doing a documentary on New Orleans Po Boys and am wondering if folks could give me a list of their top 3 Po Boy restaurants. Also if anyone knows where I can contact a shrimp boat captain, I'm looking to get in touch with one. Thanks!

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  1. Hey Dude,

    I live in NOLA and my 3 faves are the fried oyster poboy at Casamento's (they close during the hot summer months), the fried shrimp at Parkway Bakery & Tavern and the green tomato/shrimp roumelade at Mahony's. Good luck.

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    1. re: coolfoodie

      Was being chauffeured around in a cab on late Tuesday afternoon looking for a po boy, Parkway closed, Cassamento's closed (too late), and just caught a break and ended up at Mahony's, the fried green tomato and shrimp remolade po boy was outstanding.

      1. re: stevuchan

        Saw the plug for Mahony's on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and had to go! Biggest disappointment. It was about 2:30 on a Saturday, place not full. I wanted a poboy "to go", walk up to the order desk and place my order for the Shrimp and Fried Green tomato 1/2 poboy on their "seeded" bread which was boasted about on the outdoor chalkboard. Had to wait 1/2 hr. and after paying $13 and change for a 1/2 sandwich I leave. Get home, no seeded bread, tomatoes about 1/2" thick sliced, hard on the center and too tangy (not mascerated in butter milk before for frying for tenderizing and taste quality). Shrimp were good; smelled good and sauce was good. Overall a thumbs down for me. too bad and very sad I think I got ripped off. :(

        3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

        Mahony's PO Boy Shop
        3454 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

      2. re: coolfoodie

        Mahony;s for a great variety of Po Boys is wonderful. Try the Burger (ground sausage), Oyster roumelade, and Shrimp with or without green tomato.
        Magazine St Po Boys for the Roast Beef.
        Yum Yum

        3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

        1. re: coolfoodie

          Iam from NO...60 years..eaten every long time, best rated & new hot po boy place in town.....and will none..Mahony's is absolutely the most over rated po in Louisian !!!

        2. My favorites are:
          Roast beef at Parasol's
          Oyster or Fried Shrimp Po Boy at Parkway Bakery and Tavern
          BBQ Shrimp Po Boy at Liuzza's by the Track
          Mahony's Peachmaker Po boy
          What a great quest! Have fun and good luck!

          1. Debris Style Roast Beef from Rivershack Tavern
            Fried Oyster from RiverPond Seafood
            Fried Soft Shell Parm from R&O's
            but I'll take a Meatball Dressed w/lots of red gravy, swiss, and a Barq's for a wicked overhang from too many to mention places.

            1. Parasol's is THE place for the best roast beef poboy! The experience alone, depending on time of day, is worth it. Noone mentioned Domilice's on Annunciation Street.They are a unique place in an area only locals know about. I have never eaten a bad poyboy there yet.The shrimp is my fav. Keep in mind, the key to an excellent poyboy is the bread!!!
              If you are in Quarter, go to Johnny's poyboys on St.Louis Street. It is worth the wait (sometimes a lot quicker than it looks!), not expensive and a great place to sightsee. Most times, we take the food to go and walk to the levee and watch the boats go by. However, don't do this at night during the summer. (termite swarming season is here!) ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              1. Po-boys are a deceptively broad subject. In the NOLA hall of po-boy fame, one can have roast beef, shrimp, soft-shelled crab, oyster, and many more. The "best" even if you do a survey of 1,000 locals will likely differ for each type.

                For historical perspective, I'll give you my choices:

                Roast beef:
                1.) Franks's Delicatessen, Decatur Street, when Frank still had the steam table and his mother-in-law was cooking the RB. Restaurant still there, but greatly changed.
                2.) Acy's Pool Hall, Magazine Street, long gone.
                3.) Parkway Bakery and Tavern, N. Hagen Street. Of the still-operating restaurants, this is my favorite.

                1.) Marquez Brothers, Chef Hwy. Long since gone.
                2.) Felix's Bourbon Street and Iberville Street. Still in operation.
                3.) Lakeview Inn, on Haynes Blvd. Do not know if they are still open.
                4.) Come-Back-Inn, West Metairie Rd. in Metairie. Still open.

                1.) Felix's (see above)
                2.) Casamento's, Magazine St. Still open.

                Soft-shelled crab:
                Seasonal, so it is likely to change by the particular season.

                Good luck,


                Casamento's Restaurant
                4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                Parkway Bakery & Tavern
                538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

                Frank's Restaurant
                933 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                Come Back Inn
                8016 W Metairie Ave, Metairie, LA 70003

                Felix's Restaurant & Oyster
                739 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130