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Who has the Best Po-Boys in South Mississippi?

jarrettpotter Jan 15, 2010 07:47 PM

I am a food writer living in South Mississippi. Having just moved here from Orlando, I am obsessed with Southern Style Po-Boys. What I want to know is, who has the best?.......I am searching from Hattiesburg down to the Gulf Coast.....if you have any comments about great Po-boys anywhere else, don't hesitate to comment. After I acquire a good list......it off on a roadtrip to find out which one of these delicious sandwiches delights my tastebuds the most. Will keep you updated on my favorites. Thanks for the help!

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    skokieam Jan 15, 2010 08:17 PM

    I always liked Lil' Rays in Gulfport, down by the coast. Sitting here in a north Illinois winter makes the memory of those fried oyster po' boys "real sharp"! Try them, and let me know they survived Katrina intact.

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      Clarkafella Jan 17, 2010 07:28 AM

      They did survive Katrina, and emerged stronger than ever- but for some reason they have gone *way* downhill on our last two visits- shrimp poboys used to be overflowing with fresh, large hot shrimp right out of the fryer now just have a few that were lukewarm at best.

      If it happened once, I could write it off to a bad day, but twice in a row? We have moved on to White Cap for our poboy fix (and they are really good). Would love to hear that Lil Ray's fixed the problem, but not confident...

      There is another poboy place in Bay St Louis that is really good- it is called KG's I think...

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      stvtunlvzn Jan 17, 2010 08:11 AM

      Pirates Cove hands down! Orange Grove location closed but Pass Christian has reopened in a different location.

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        stvtunlvzn Jan 17, 2010 08:38 AM

        For best shrimp po-boy over in Mobile try Boiling Pot.

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          jarrettpotter Jan 18, 2010 05:51 AM

          I've had the Boiling Pot in Mobile......shrimp piled high! Will put Pirates Cove on the list. A couple I played blackjack with told me Ben's deli on Pass Rd. in Gulfport.....it's going on the list too. thanks!

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        ncgrammie4 Jan 17, 2010 12:06 PM

        Try Kelly's Po-Boy Exit 4 on I-59 in Picayune, Ms.Located in the Exxon Gas Station, they have booths & tables to enjoy your food. Best seafood and roast beef po-boys.

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          jarrettpotter Jan 18, 2010 05:55 AM

          Kelly's......this is the first I've heard of this place. Will add it to the list. Sometime these little eateries at these out-of-the-way gas stations can conjour up some good eats. Thanks for the tip!

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            Clarkafella Jan 18, 2010 06:11 AM

            There are a couple of other places you should try- unfortunately I can't remember the name of either! There are two small poboy places on side streets in downtown Biloxi- one is so small that they just have a couple of tables and the other is much larger. They both feature "pressed" poboys and are both really good! Sorry that I can't remember the names but downtown Biloxi is small enough that you should be able to find both within a couple of minutes- they are both within 4 blocks of Biloxi Regional Medical Center, and both are on streets that run east-west...

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              stvtunlvzn Jan 18, 2010 07:19 AM

              I believe one of the restaurants your talking about is The Schooner. They used to be down on the point at the old Rosetti's location before the restaurant washed away during Katrina. Ive steered away from their po-boys but their lunch specials are really good. The other restaurant you might be refering to is Burger Burger.

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                Clarkafella Jan 18, 2010 07:41 AM

                You are correct- the Schooner is one of them! I had a poboy there that was pretty damn good! The other place I'm thinking of is maybe 1 block south and 1 block east of the Depot- it's name is something like Joanne's or Ruth's- some female name that I can't remember. Does mostly a takeout business, and if I recall, she got her start making poboys in a gas station somewhere...

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                  stvtunlvzn Jan 18, 2010 02:33 PM

                  I think your talking about Renee's. They started out at the chevron station and moved a block up to Water Street. I havnt heard about the place since the hurricane, doubt that its open.

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                    Clarkafella Jan 18, 2010 02:54 PM

                    I'm pretty sure that they reopened- at least for awhile...

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                      deepsouth Sep 17, 2010 07:29 AM

                      rena's deli is for sure open.

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                        polovich Jun 28, 2012 10:11 AM

                        Rene's has good Sandwiches .

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                    Uncle Bob Feb 19, 2010 05:33 AM

                    Is the Schooner across the street from a Church??? I grabbed a couple of po-boys (to go) in a place across from a Church...Several stools, and several tables...They were not bad...we enjoyed them! Maybe not the best, but worth a mention...Have not been able to recall the name of the place...Definitely on an East/West side street in Biloxi.......

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                    jarrettpotter Jan 18, 2010 05:21 PM

                    YEP....one is the schooner. It's a real nice po-boy.....during the day. If you go at night.....just average. Can't quite figure that out yet. Working on it though.

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                      apistana Apr 21, 2010 12:13 PM

                      We used to go to a place called Rene's (or Renae's?) in downtown Biloxi on a side street. Only had a few tables and had the pressed Po Boys. Only open for lunch I think. They had the best Roast Beef Po Boy.

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                        Clarkafella Apr 21, 2010 07:55 PM

                        That is the place I was trying to think of a few posts up! Wonder if they are still there since Katrina...

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                          bayoucook May 8, 2010 08:31 AM

                          I remember Rene's - how to find out if they rebuilt? I'm frequently in downtown Biloxi and haven't seen it.

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                            woozman May 30, 2010 03:57 PM

                            Rene's in on Water Street, just west of Lemeuse Street next to the the VFW club/bar. The roast beef poboys are super!

                2. jarrettpotter Jan 18, 2010 05:36 PM

                  I did happen to go to Pirate's Cove today. Quite good!!! No frills, decent prices and they recommend a bottle of Barq's with your order. I LIKE THAT! The counter girl told me next time to order their Combo....which is Roast Beef and Ham with a bit of gravy. It smelled damn good. I had the shrimp....nice, hot and well dressed. Pressed just a bit. I like that too! Keeps everything nice and neat for us messy folks. Good Po-Boy and they were covered up with customers. They use Liedenhiemer bread from New Orleans......good stuff. I also thought the Deer Hunting Game in the waiting area was a nice touch......it was being played constantly while I was there. Enjoyed the trip! Will be going back!

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                    ps1 Jan 20, 2010 11:17 AM

                    I too am a Gullf Coast transplant now living in the Carolinas. The best po-boy is no longer available. There used to be a little place in Long Beach called Shak Shac or Shac Shak...either way they had by far the best roast beef po-boy I had ever had! They made theirs with brisket and cooked it tender and then made the gravy from those drippings!Next to them would be Pirate's Cove Roast Beef but they are not as good as they used to be. Their gravy has started to taste like it is from a can. To me, bread is 95% of the po-boy so I go home, buy up at the Liehenheimer's I can get my hands on, come home and cook a roast in the oven and then put it through the pressure cooker and it is as good as I have ever had! Man I sure miss being able to go to a dive and asked for "dressed" and the person behind the counter knows what I am talking about!!!
                    Great thread! I am enjoying picking up a few pointers!!

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                      CocoaNut Feb 10, 2010 08:09 AM

                      ps1 - You'll probably enjoy this bit of nostalgia.......

                      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid...

                  2. Dkirk1 Jan 19, 2010 12:05 PM

                    I'm an NC transplant from Biloxi. Every time I go "home" the top thing on my To Do List is to go the the Biloxi Schooner for lunch which consists of a Roast Beef Po' boy (dressed & pressed) and some Gumbo - accompanied by a Barq's (in the glass bottle of course).

                    Lil Rays was always great too - but I haven't been since before Katrina.

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                      stvtunlvzn Jan 20, 2010 07:37 PM

                      One of the best roast beef po-boys I've had recently was in New Orleans at Parkway Bakery and Tavern. The bread was Leidenheimers ( a must have if your serious about your po-boys ).
                      The po-boy was not pressed, something I believe was started by the Rosetti's in the 30's.
                      I really don't prefer my po-boys pressed although I do like the Vancleave Special
                      ( crabmeat and cheese) which originated at Rosetti's and is still sold at Schooner pressed.

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                        stvtunlvzn Jan 20, 2010 08:25 PM

                        I am not a fan of DDD but heres a vid of them at Parasols making a Roast beef po-boy. They boil the roast then slice it thin and make a roux using Kitchen Bouquet (yuk). Dunno about that but it's popular with the locals.
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAuLYx...
                        I have never seen any kitchen staff using gloves on that show, another yuk!
                        The funniest quote I have ever heard was in New Orleans recently when someone asked Anthony Boudain about Guy Fieri, his reply was " take those douche glasses off the back of your neck ' lol.

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                          stvtunlvzn Jan 20, 2010 10:17 PM

                          Jarrett, if you happen to make it over to New Orleans I can suggest several po-boy dives: Verti Marte has a All That Jazz ( grilled ham, turkey, shrimp,swiss &american cheese with grilled mushrooms and tomatoes), Mother's whom I've heard both good and bad reviews has the Ferdi Special (ham, roast beef, gravy and debris), Liuzza's by the track ( Breath Taking roast beef po-boy with nostril searing hoarseradich and their BBQ shrimp po-boy), Parkway Bakery's Surf and Turf (Roast Beef topped with fried shrimp and gravy) and If you happen to make it over to Jazzfest I recommend a Cochon de lait po-boy followed by a Mango Freeze.
                          Since everyone keeps bringing up Barq's root beer I'll have to mention that the Barq's I grew up with and the drink that is sold today are not the same. I asked Sonny Barq many years ago why and his reply was that Barqs was made with Artesian well water back in the day.

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                            jarrettpotter Jan 21, 2010 06:41 PM

                            Have put these on the list.......Parkway is this weekend! Have been to a few of these but never Verti Marte...have heard about it for months through friends though. Thanks for the Barqs info also.......interesting! Will keep you updated on the list. Later!

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                              CocoaNut Feb 5, 2010 11:04 AM

                              Trivia: Still my favorite root beer, Barq's was originally produced and bottled in Biloxi at Biloxi Artesian Bottling Works.

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                                bayoucook Feb 5, 2010 11:22 AM

                                Me too. Have tried many and for me nothing touches it - straight out of the icy cold bottle.

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                                  CocoaNut Feb 5, 2010 11:46 AM

                                  bumpy bottle! :)

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                                rhines81 Sep 22, 2012 06:11 PM

                                Once they started bottling the Barq's in NOLA there was a VERY noticable difference --- it's all in the water. Still it is good, but definitely not the same. I will make a similar comparison to Yuengling Brewery in Tampa ... I can taste the difference (big time) from the Pottsville, PA brewery.

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                                  Bill Hunt Sep 23, 2012 07:41 PM

                                  Going way back, there WERE differences between the Biloxi and New Orleans Barqs, but they were both very good. Back then, both came in the glass bottles, with the little raised "diamonds." Then CocaCola bought the label, and things seemed to change fairly dramatically. Now, it's all about a "nostalgia trip" for me, and those are never the same. Like Orange Crush, when the dark amber bottle had a little impression of a "waiter" on the back, down by the base.

                                  It was like drinking the local 7-Up, at shrimp boils on Back Bay - you can never go home again.

                                  Same names, but different sodas.

                                  Hunt

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                          birminghamvisitor Jan 22, 2010 02:47 PM

                          I really like the poboys at Fayards BP, there are several locations. I eat at the one on Popps Ferry Rd regularly. They can press or not. The Shrimp and Oyster are good, but the special ones IMO are the crabmeat (I like mine with cheese...and hotsauce of course!) and the roast beef and gravy. I prefer them pressed btw, but either way they are good.

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                            Clarkafella Jan 22, 2010 03:03 PM

                            I was going to mention this one but couldn't think of the name! Don't they have one in Gulfport on Pass Road too?

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                              stvtunlvzn Jan 22, 2010 05:14 PM

                              I havnt had a decent po-boy at Fayards in ages. Dunno what happened but Ocean Springs went downhill a long time ago and Popps Ferry quickly followed. I know cause I used to eat lunch there every day.

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                                jarrettpotter Jan 27, 2010 03:47 PM

                                I just had a Fayard's Shrimp/Oyster po-boy at the location on Pass Rd. in Biloxi........one of the brothers still runs that location. They seem to have the same staff everytime I go. I went to the Fayard's in D'Iberville and it was horrible. They had some high school kid working in the back while the owner was out talking to a customer.......I waited 25 minutes for my Shrimp Po-boy......now this was about two months ago, but c'mon.....25 minutes? I do like'em pressed though. Trying a place in Hattiesburg this upcoming week.......I hear a small run down gas station on HWay 15 North, near Stone County also makes a mean Po-boy. Will get back with you on how those were also. I would say out of all the Fayard's locations that the one on Pass Road is by far the best and most consistent.

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                                  stvtunlvzn Jan 27, 2010 08:43 PM

                                  lol, sounds like the same kid that was working at the popps ferry store, I think he was a relative. One things for sure, he didnt know his way around a kitchen.

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                                birminghamvisitor Feb 4, 2010 07:33 PM

                                I think the one on Pass is no longer Fayards, I think someone bought it, I know the name changed...I ate at the one on Deadux Rd a ton of times years back...

                                I eat at the one on Popps Ferry all the time and get the goods :-)...usually the same 2 ladies every day, and the same younger lady at the register. I mean it's no MaryMahoney's Cafe (weep...) but I think they are suprisingly great for a gas station poboy!

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                                  bayoucook Feb 5, 2010 04:22 AM

                                  I miss the cafe too - wonder if Bobby plans to reopen it.

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                                    deepsouth Sep 17, 2010 07:31 AM

                                    unfortunately, he doesn't. i LOVED that place. matter of fact, bobby gave me my first job busing tables when i was only 14. sssssshhhhhh.

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                                      Jfayard Feb 3, 2012 06:21 AM

                                      he's not

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                                    Jfayard Feb 3, 2012 06:31 AM

                                    no sir. we sold those after Katrina

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                                  laexpat Jan 28, 2010 03:06 PM

                                  I am another GC resident now living in NC. I grew up going to the old Rosetti's . The Schooner , which was in that location until the storm, was my favorite - roast beef, shrimp or crabmeat. I haven't been since the storm, but I would definitely give it a try. The other place I've heards good thins about and want to check out next time I'm "home" is Fayards BP on Gautier Vancleave road.

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                                    stvtunlvzn Jan 29, 2010 02:03 PM

                                    stopped by Ocean Springs Fayard BP this evening for some poboys and couldnt have been more dissapointed. The shrimp were stale, chewy and hard ,probably Sysco frozen breaded popcorn shrimp. The bread was more like toasted hot dog bun. My partner said her roast beef was better than the last one she had there. I doubt seriously that I will return though.

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                                      Clarkafella Jan 29, 2010 02:07 PM

                                      Damn I hate to hear that! I'm wanting to say that I read somewhere that either one or all of the BP's had a new owner...

                                      Well, at least the White Cap has reopened, and oddly enough the food has improved since the pre-Katrina days.

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                                        bayoucook Feb 5, 2010 04:23 AM

                                        I'm glad to hear that. I used to wonder why people thought so highly of it when it was at the harbor. Adding it to the list..

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                                          Clarkafella Feb 5, 2010 04:41 AM

                                          Yeah, me too. The new place is way, way better. Gone three times now and more impressed each time.

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                                          CocoaNut Feb 5, 2010 06:54 AM

                                          During late Aug, I ate at the White Cap for both lunch and dinner. Unfortunately, with the exception of excellent oysters on the half and bbq shrimp, I was disappointed - primarily with 2 different variations of (heavily breaded and dry) crab, scampi, gumbo (bland and luke warm) and another unmemorable lunch item involving shrimp that I'd swear was a frozen variety. Sorry, I wanted to love it all, as I am a "child of SoMS", but some things never change.

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                                            bayoucook Feb 5, 2010 06:59 AM

                                            My uncle had his boat moored at the harbor for 20+ years and would get take-out from there while we were onboard. I never could eat more than a few bites. That's why I'm interested to hear it's improving. They have a raw oyster bar?
                                            I wonder where they get the oysters; my b'day is coming up and I want some!
                                            -Paula

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                                              Clarkafella Feb 5, 2010 09:29 AM

                                              Both times for me were long after that, so maybe they got better, or I went on a good day, or you went on a bad day! I hope that it was the latter and they have improved things now...

                                      2. bayoucook Jan 31, 2010 05:06 AM

                                        Lil Rays, delicious. BB's in Ocean Springs has great ones, too - try the New Orleans Saints one if they still have it. Haven't been in a couple of years but always loved it.
                                        Fayard's are good, too.

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                                          jarrettpotter Jan 31, 2010 03:28 PM

                                          Where is BB's in Ocean Springs? haven't heard of this place yet? Lil Rays apparently has gone down hill. What I had there was just OK......I was not impressed....but I always try places twice before making a concrete decision. Keep the locations coming.......anyone got any locations in Hattiesburg that I might could check out.......so far I've been told Peter's Po-Boys is a sure fire winner........something about a Po-Boy called the Shrimp Bomb? We'll see!

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                                            Clarkafella Jan 31, 2010 03:32 PM

                                            I've never had a po-boy there, and I'm not even sure that they have a po-boy, but have you tried Robert St John's place? I've only been twice, but both times it was excellent...

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                                              bayoucook Feb 5, 2010 04:30 AM

                                              Crescent City Grille? I looked it up and I want to go there NOW, and to the Purple Parrot, too. Did you see that menu? Worth the drive!
                                              http://www.nsrg.com/crescent-city-gri...

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                                                Clarkafella Feb 5, 2010 04:43 AM

                                                Yep, the place is great! Can't remember which one we went to, but it was the less formal place on the east side of the building...

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                                              stvtunlvzn Jan 31, 2010 04:25 PM

                                              BB's is on Bienville barely a quarter mile east of Washington. I personally havnt been there in over 20 years but when I was it was good. I am awaiting your review of Parkway.

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                                                GE4EVER Feb 8, 2010 04:01 PM

                                                Peter' PoBoys is very popular, and the ''Steak Bomb" is located at Po-Boy Express! Peter's is on Broadway Dr. off Hwy.49 as your coming in from the south. Po-Boy Express is a favorite for the Southern Miss Athletic Staff, and it is on 4th stree and Hwy.49

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                                                rhines81 Sep 22, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                +1 on BB's - one of my "must stop" places everytime I am in O.S.

                                              3. jarrettpotter Feb 14, 2010 06:38 AM

                                                I will be going to Parkway Bakery and Tavern today during the Parades in New Orleans...............it was just named Top Po-boy Shop by Nola.com and Gambit Magazine for 2009. I hear the Po-boys there are Outstanding! Will come back with a post later on tonight......when I go back tomorrow, I will try and go to Cochon.....a true Cajun eatery off St. Charles. Wentr there when they first opened, but everyone i talk to says its much better now. Plus I just saw the article on the ChowHound Web site. be back later.........................oh yeah, Peter's Po-boys in Hattiesburg was Awesome!!! Huge Po-boy and stuffed with shrimp to the point they were just falling out of the parchment paper wrapping. Loved It!!! So far.....tops on my list!

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                                                  stvtunlvzn Feb 14, 2010 11:40 AM

                                                  Damn Jarret, I hate you. I'm jonesin for a Parkway roast beef right now. Let us know how your trip went.

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                                                    jarrettpotter Feb 15, 2010 02:54 PM

                                                    OK.....tatoo this on your brain......Never, I repeat Never, go to Parkway Poboys and Tavern on the Sunday before Marde Gras. Why you may ask? Because you'll have to wait in a line 160 persons long just to get a freakin' Poboy. Was the wait worth it? You bet it was!!! Thank God for Beer! It's truly an awesome site to sit and watch 200 people enjoying New Orlean's Best PoBoy. An impressive site it was! That place was packed....PACKED! You have to wait in line and order at the order window, then walk around to the pickup window, then find a place to sit. I was in a full blown beer sweat by the time I found my place at the bar. It was almost two hours of waiting before I took my first bite. Not the biggest but without a doubt the tastiest poboy I've had in a long time. I will definitely go on an off day next time. Next time I go with the Oyster. Liuzza's is next. I still like the breading on the Shrimp and Oysters at Johnny's Poboys the best....can't quite put my finger on it, but Damn that breading is tasty. later...........

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                                                      stvtunlvzn Feb 15, 2010 06:28 PM

                                                      too funny, I was in the French Quarter friday and had no waiting at Cafe Maspero. If I was to return to Liuzza by the Track ( not Liuzza's on Bienville) I would want to get their BBQ shrimp po-boy and some of their famous gumbo. Thanks for lettig us know about your experience, At least it sounded better than waiting inline at Mothers!

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                                                  Littleman Mar 22, 2010 04:52 PM

                                                  Fayard's BP @ 2166 Pass Rd. for great po boys. 228 - 385 - 1044.

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                                                    Jannae Apr 4, 2010 02:14 PM

                                                    Hello So. Miss. Chowhounds,

                                                    My Mom and I will be making the trip down to visit relatives on the coast (mainly in OS, but we're going to be staying in Biloxi) and I'll be on the hunt for the best crab cake pressed po-boy. There was a place my cousins took me to long before I could drive (and many years before Katrina) where the sandwich came pressed, with a choice of butter or mayo, tomato, lettuce, and the best crab cakes I've ever had. The place is probably long gone, but is there any place on the Miss. GC you'd recommend specifically for a crab cake poboy? Thanks for the info!

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                                                      stvtunlvzn Apr 5, 2010 10:18 PM

                                                      Rosetti's had the original Crab meat and cheese Po-boy AKA ( The Vancleave Special).
                                                      Probably the closest thing available to the Vancleave Special in Biloxi is the Crabmeat Po-boy at The Schooner on Howard Ave. Just one block north of the Beau. See all previous post. By the way, I believe the pressed Po-boy originated at Rosetti's sometime around the 1930's

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                                                        bayoucook Apr 6, 2010 06:51 AM

                                                        I used to order that every time we went to Rosetti's; have tried to duplicate it but it just isn't the same. Will try it at The Schooner, thanks for the info.

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                                                          Jannae Apr 7, 2010 03:49 AM

                                                          Thank you for the information on Rosetti's and recommendation for The Schooner.

                                                          Can't wait for our trip down, I'm hitting up my relatives for recipes, and hope to bring home some seafood to cook for my husband.

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                                                        BiloxiFoodie Mar 6, 2012 10:47 AM

                                                        Fayards BP is the best by far. Mr. Elvis takes the time to know his customers and he carries a lot pf hard to find, locally made food stuffs. I only shop at walmart or wink Dixie when Fayards closes (at sunset) I also buy most of my meats there. It is a great value and in addition, he offers freezer packages (about 2-3 weeks worth of red meat and pork, different cuts) He sells.gourmets goodies, there are yummy cappuccino drinks, seafood stuffed potatoes, boudin, frozen family size entrees, souvinirs, Paul's king cake (during Carnival season) and Southern Hospitality,local style. No one better poor-talk the Fayard family around me. Their food speaks for itself and all the ones I have met are a joy to be around.

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                                                          BiloxiFoodie Mar 6, 2012 01:15 PM

                                                          Absolutely. I avoid the popps ferry bottleneck as much as possible, but will make it a point to come eat a meal with y'all next week.

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                                                        pineconesaltlick Apr 20, 2010 10:23 AM

                                                        I don't think anyone has mentioned Bozo's seafood on Ingalls Ave. in Pascagoula. Great pressed po-boys and they're always overflowing with local shrimp. Best eaten along the seawall with a barq's in the glass bottle. I live in Virginia now and I sure do miss it.

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                                                          westbko Jul 28, 2010 02:09 PM

                                                          I will second this on your suggestion for Bozo's! My Dad works in Pascagoula and always brings these home to the family when we come to town. They're delicious and its always fun getting a meal from a dive. They actually have their french bread brought in from new orleans each morning--or this was the case a few years ago. It's also one of the few places where you can get a crab po-boy--and by that I mean like 2 huge crab cakes (minus all the filler) on that good bun. Fun place! If you need a barbecue joint in the same part of town you HAVE to check out Rob's BBQ on the Side (locals call it Rob's Ribs) on Market Street! Best barbecue around. Don't waste your time or money on The Shed.

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                                                          445 Providence Main St NW Ste 102, Huntsville, AL 35806

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                                                            bayoucook Aug 2, 2010 08:35 AM

                                                            I agree! One (takeout) trip to Rob's Ribs and that was it for me - love it. Been several times now. Love Bozo's too - haven't been in a while. Wonder if they still boil crawfish.
                                                            I used to get their oyster po-boy all the time -will definately try the crab one. Also love Ed's Drive In in Pascagoula - yummy little chili burgers!

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                                                          apistana Apr 21, 2010 12:16 PM

                                                          When we lived in Biloxi several years ago, we loved B.B's Po Boys in Ocean Springs on Hwy 90. Neat little place and the BEST roast beef po boy and shrimp po boy around.

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                                                            Jannae Apr 22, 2010 04:02 PM

                                                            Thanks to the folks here with the excellent recommendation of The Schooner. We had lunch there Monday and absolutely devoured the crab po'boys. It was just what I remembered from the old days.

                                                            I asked my cousin about the place we went to when we were both younger, and she thought it was Mary's (or was it Marie's?) But the sandwich at the Schooner was close to what I remembered a good south Mississippi crab po'boy should be.

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                                                              stvtunlvzn Apr 23, 2010 07:30 PM

                                                              Man, talk about a blast from the past. I havnt even thought about the old Mary's Drive Inn in a long time. Located on Division Street right across from Lee Street stadium I remember dining there in the 70's with my Mom.

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                                                                BiloxiFoodie Mar 6, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                                The schooner was fantastic, pre-katrina. My hubby was at Biloxi Regional hospital a couple of weeks so we got a lot of schooners take out. There was nothing special or stand out about it. The shrimp was flavorless and rubbery. It was better than hospital food, but its not hard Toronto that. Go west to the end of Howard avenue and try Burger Burger instead. That's another Biloxi institution.

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                                                                  missbackbay Jun 7, 2012 06:14 PM

                                                                  Are you talking about Mary's on corner of Lee and Division Street across from a yellow brick church ?

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                                                                dizzydean May 8, 2010 07:33 AM

                                                                The Best Po-boys i have had on the gulf coast is from The Dinner Bell out in woolmarket on hwy 67. The Roast Beef and soft shell is to die for. This restaurant use to be in d'iberville and was washed away by Katrina. The same family has owned it for over 20 years.

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                                                                  WillieSoul May 12, 2010 12:39 AM

                                                                  Depending on where you are, BB's in Ocean Springs & Old Cuevas Bistro in Pass Christian.
                                                                  Old Cuevas is always my 1st choice. When available fresh they have a speckled trout po-boy, something rarely seen or eaten on the coast since the early 70's. Not on the menu, I just happened to mention that Lil Ray's on Pass Road served one in the early 70's and Cassandra, the owner made it for me. Grilled Trout was the special that night. BB's is my other favorite. Both places have owners passionate about their food.

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                                                                    bayoucook May 12, 2010 09:58 AM

                                                                    I love BB's too - but haven't been since Katrina.

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                                                                      dizzydean May 13, 2010 03:12 PM

                                                                      Never tried BB's... I must put it on my list of places to eat before I die.. I just can't seem to get the Dinner Bell's Roast Beef po=boy out of my head that thing was crazy good. The Gravy is homemade and been in the family for over 20 years.. The place was in diberville before Katrina and opened up a little over 2 years ago out in the woolmarket commounity on hwy 67. Go check it out.. Great food and a friendly staff..

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                                                                      dabaxter Jun 27, 2010 05:42 PM

                                                                      I really like the Lunch Box in Waveland.

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                                                                        Stoby Aug 14, 2010 11:19 AM

                                                                        I understand there is a chain of gas stations in southern Mississippi that are famous for pressed po-boy sandwiches. Does anyone know the name of these gas stations?

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                                                                          Littleman Aug 14, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                                          Fayard's BP @ 2166 Pass Rd., Biloxi, MS 228 - 385 - 1044.

                                                                          Fayard's BP @ 6905 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 1020.

                                                                          I don't know about a chain though.

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                                                                            stvtunlvzn Sep 16, 2010 04:09 PM

                                                                            I personally would pass on Fayard's. Pretty poor excuse for a po-boy. Their are much better along the gulf coast.

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                                                                              Littleman Sep 16, 2010 04:13 PM

                                                                              There are much better along the gulf coast.

                                                                              Well. What are they. List them please. I want to see them.

                                                                              Is The Schooner one of them.

                                                                              Ole Biloxi Schooner @ 871 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 228 - 435 - 8071.

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                                                                              Jfayard Feb 3, 2012 06:35 AM

                                                                              Yes. we are a chain of Family owned. we are Fayard's or Fayard BP. the Gentlemen above is correct with the info but left one out which is 1775 Popps Feryy Rd. Biloxi, Ms "Fayard's or(Delores and Maries) Sincerely Joshua Fayard

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                                                                                Clarkafella Feb 3, 2012 07:23 AM

                                                                                Is the BP on Pass Road in Gulfport one of yours?

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                                                                                  BiloxiFoodie Mar 6, 2012 11:38 AM

                                                                                  I am sure there are other good po boys out there, but a roast beef from Mr Elvis is out of this world. No tricks or food network trends...just solid, stand out food. A great deli and sandwich shop that just happens to sell gas. Josh, I'm having a roast beef pressed and dressed as we speak. Does anyone else want to pull your hair out when Emiril Lagassee calls them "poor boys˝?

                                                                            3. deepsouth Sep 17, 2010 07:32 AM

                                                                              a place that has not been mentioned is desporte's seafood on division street. they are NOT open for lunch on monday's however.

                                                                              1. deepsouth Sep 17, 2010 07:37 AM

                                                                                i posted it in another thead, but Grate Grills on pass road cooks all their stuff on big green eggs. my current favorite poboy is their brisket philly!

                                                                                1. Bill Hunt Sep 24, 2010 08:49 PM

                                                                                  I'd look into Catfish Charlie's, in North Gulfport, MS. Have not been there, post-K, so this rec. might well be moot. They did great fried shrimp and, of course, catfish. We most often had their plates, but had their po-boys, as well. There is another location, in Pontchatula, LA, that is great too.

                                                                                  Good luck,

                                                                                  Hunt

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                                                                                    deepfriedkudzu Nov 8, 2010 11:20 AM

                                                                                    I was in Biloxi yesterday on the way home from New Orleans; after reading these posts my family and I had lunch at the Schooner.

                                                                                    Oh, y'all. It was awful.

                                                                                    I had the crabcake po boy. Sad...probably even Sysco. Maybe not even up to Sysco. Everything we had was just not good.

                                                                                    I wanted to love the place - what a great building, and all those fantastic old photographs on the walls - but even the karma in there was weird.

                                                                                    Well, anyway. We'll try Lil Ray's in GP next time.

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                                                                                      gidgeteats Nov 8, 2010 12:39 PM

                                                                                      I've not been in the Gulfport region much, but have eaten at Lil Ray's and it was excellent. We had a red fish special and gumbo. It's some of the best seafood I've had in a long time.

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                                                                                        Bill Hunt Feb 3, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                                        Do not know The Schooner, but sounds like I am glad that I do not.

                                                                                        I hear great things about Lil Ray's, but just have not made it there. Still, many of the locals (I certainly cannot call myself that any more, since I left the Coast about 45 years ago) hold it in great esteem.

                                                                                        Now, going way, way back, Baraceive's (both the location right at the foot of the old Ocean Springs bridge, and then the one, where the gambling boat docked in Biloxi, later a casino, were my all-time favorites, and are really pretty much the paradigm, by which all others will be judged, though they have been gone for quite some time.

                                                                                        Have not tried Fayard's, but looking at the addresses, I think that I drove past two, when we were on the Coast, just after Christmas. Being a big fan of great fried shrimp po-boys, wish I had noticed them.

                                                                                        Need to get back to the Coast for a few weeks, without any family functions, or other events - just dining!

                                                                                        Hunt

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                                                                                          dizzydean Feb 3, 2012 09:38 PM

                                                                                          Bill Next time your on the coast check out The Dinner Bell on Hwy 67, the best Roast Beef Po Boy you will ever eat.. Homemade Gravy made by the same lady for over 25 years.. Also check out Fayard's at ceder Lake too, great poboys and family..

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                                                                                            Bill Hunt Feb 4, 2012 08:21 PM

                                                                                            Are you talking about The Dinner Bell in McComb, MS? Now, US 67 does not run through MS, so maybe I am missing something.

                                                                                            Now, it's been awhile, but I have dined there, and loved it. Way back when, I made it though McComb often.

                                                                                            Thanks,

                                                                                            Hunt

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                                                                                              dizzydean Feb 5, 2012 04:34 PM

                                                                                              No, Not the one in McComb, This dinner bell is on Hwy 67 in biloxi mississippi..

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                                                                                                Bill Hunt Feb 26, 2012 07:13 PM

                                                                                                Dizzy,

                                                                                                Thank you. New to me. Will try to get it onto my radar screen, for my next trip.

                                                                                                Appreciated,

                                                                                                Hunt

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                                                                                              stvtunlvzn Apr 1, 2012 08:15 AM

                                                                                              Unfortunately after serving the Coast for over 30 years the Dinner Bell has closed!

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                                                                                              bayoucook Feb 5, 2012 08:42 AM

                                                                                              I love the shrimp and oyster poboys at Bozo's in Pascagoula. And never had a bad meal at Lil Rays. Went to the Schooner once and that was enough. The Tiki has reopened in Gautier and their oyster poboy is delicious, as are their raw and baked oysters fresh out of New Orleans.

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                                                                                              polovich Jun 28, 2012 10:09 AM

                                                                                              Lil Rays has lost its flavor

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                                                                                            podedwards Dec 15, 2010 05:32 AM

                                                                                            I am a Po-Boy hound-grew up in my parents restaurant in Louisiana and and this find is in south central Mississippi. Wesson, Mississippi in fact and it's worth the trip just to have a Po-Boy and in particular the roast beef Po-Boy made by a lady originally from Chalmette, Louisiana. The place is the Karen's "Lil Snak Shak on old Hy. 51 in Wesson, MS across from Ace Hardware. There are only a couple of benches outside-not a sit down place-order at the window.

                                                                                            She roasts her own meat and makes gravy from the dripping then adds her seasonings. I stopped their by accident because another great place to eat in Wesson, The Porch, was closed on Saturday. I was actually startled by how good it was-never tasted another roast beef Po-Boy that comes close. I tasted the sea food chowder and several of her homemade sauces-all were superb and I mean fantastic.

                                                                                            I've sent several people there and all rave about the food.

                                                                                            Google Karen's 'Lil Snak Shak in Wesson, MS

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                                                                                            Snak Shak
                                                                                            7164 Highway 67 S, Somerville, AL 35670

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                                                                                              polovich Jun 28, 2012 10:07 AM

                                                                                              Port O Call in Diberville, with out doubt has the Best Roast Beef Poboy on the Gulf Coast., ask for the French Dip, you wont be sorry, it's enough for two, and you will not beat the price. im a life long resident of Biloxi, Ive had the Schooner the Rossettis ,the Mary's, all good food ,but right now it's Port O Call on lemoyne blvd in St. Martin .

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                                                                                                HappyHattiesburgr Nov 4, 2012 04:13 PM

                                                                                                The Gold Post in Hattiesburg has really good shrimp poboys.

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                                                                                                  Clarkafella Nov 4, 2012 08:07 PM

                                                                                                  Wow, the Gold Post is still around?

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                                                                                                    perrottwilliamson Nov 28, 2012 05:14 PM

                                                                                                    The Gold Post is definitely still around, still has great po-boys. We ate there last week. Someone was asked where they had been lately and they had been living in Texas so people still come back when they live too far away to go all the time. I hadn't had their French fries in many years. They were great. One order of fries was plenty for two we thought.

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                                                                                                  hensonh95 Mar 14, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                  In my opinion, Taranto's Crawfish north of I-10 close to Biloxi. The oyster po'boy was a little pricey, but well worth it!

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