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Po Boy Sandwiches

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Anywhere new to get decent po boy sandwiches right now ? (this is request is in regards to New Orleans sandwiches, not the ones known as po boys at bay cities).


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  1. The shrimp po boy from Sweetsalt is a top 5 sandwich for me. I want to try some of their other items but I can't get myself to eat anything besides the shrimp po boy.

    Not a traditional po boy by any standard though.

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    1. re: ns1

      Damn, now why haven't I been to Sweetsalt yet, correct me if I'm wrong but is it in Sherman Oaks or Encino ?

      1. re: ns1

        toluca lake. srsly just go - about the same price as a toro handroll and IMHO much more gratifying

        1. re: ns1

          Well, if you are talking about a toro handroll, then the toro handroll is way better.

          But I guess it's like comparing cherries and oranges.

      2. I've been told some of the Raging Cajun po' boys from the truck are decent, but have not tried them personally. I can try to get more details, as I currently can't recall which ones were tried.

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        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          Thanks. Much appreciated.

          Though the food from the Ragin Cajun bricks and mortar restaurant in Hermosa Beach was sadly pretty dreadful.

          1. re: kevin

            Yes, I agree with that. But the taster is very familiar with great Cajun, so I took his word for it.

          2. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Ragin Cajun is opening a new location just a block from it's former 20 year old location (for the last few years they have only been operating as a food truck) on Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach and is scheduled to open this May.

          3. Not sure if it is on the regular menu, but I had an oyster poboy special at The Curious Palate that was pretty good.

            1. I have never had a po boy in this LA of ANY merit.

              1. You *might* want to look into New Orleans Cafe, in either Redondo or Hermosa Beach, now I can't remember which. She made a decent gumbo, and I recall my shrimp po boy being overflowing with well fried shrimp. This was a couple years ago though, so not sure if she's still around, but she is the real deal from NOLA.

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                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  Oh, yes. I always seem to forget about that place. I'll give it another try. And yes, it's in Hermosa. In fact, it's located on the same street as Ragin Cajun although further west and closer to the pier.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Isn't there a place at the LA Farmer's Market that serves Po Boys?

                    1. re: jgilbert

                      Yes, but go with low expectations. Po boy at New Orleans in Hermosa, mentioned above, is markedly better.

                      1. re: cagey

                        Yes, the Gumbo Pot is pretty bad, and sadly it gets more exceedingly awful as the year go by.

                    2. re: kevin

                      New Orleans Cajun Cafe

                      Po Boys:
                      Blackened Chicken
                      Sausage (choose from Alligator, Spicy Chaurice, Chicken, or Pork Boudin)
                      Fried Shrimp
                      Fried Oyster (hard or flash fried)
                      Shrimp/Oyster Combo
                      Fried Crawfish
                      Catfish (Blackened or Fried)

                      140 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 9025


                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Looking at that, I might have to go back again, real soon. Thanks!

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Ok, it's settled. I'm going their for lunch in the next day or so.

                  2. Not sure if there are an po boys on the menu, but we are about to get another Louisianan restaurant. Had no idea we were such a big market for crawfish..... Also thought they had a "season", so curious about where they will be getting them from, unless they've built a mud crick out back to grow them here.....


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                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      No Po Boys (or any sandwiches) here. I have eaten here in Las Vegas. It is just like the Boiling Crab. Seasoned seafood cooked and delivered in steamed bags by the pound. Tasty but very messy eating.

                    2. Just got back from my first trip to New Orleans.
                      Had the half-shrimp and half-catfish Po Boy at Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter. While it was tasty, I don't fully understand its charm! My dining companion had their special
                      Acme "10 Napkin Roast Beef" - Traditional slow cooked Chuck Roast served hot & debris style. Trust us, you’ll use all 10!
                      And it was indeed messy to eat, but again I am not sure how different it is from any other similar sandwich.

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                      1. re: suvro

                        Acme does not have good po boys at all. There are a host of better places to get them in NOLA. Sorry.

                        1. re: suvro

                          As an active CHer, I'm kind of surprised you would end up at Acme Oyster House, let alone go there to order a shrimp/catfish po-boy, and a roast beef dish.

                          1. re: andytseng

                            First of many visits to New Orleans (daughter starting medical school in Tulane). Did what was convenient. There are all sorts of reasons why I personally am NOT fanatically driven to "chowhound recommended places" exclusively.

                          2. re: suvro

                            Acme is a tourist trap. You shouldn't judge anything in New Orleans based on that drivel.

                            1. Has anyone tried the po boys at lunch at Nola's downtown?

                              1. Shuck's in OC has an oyster po boy. Fried oysters are excellent, bread is good. If you knock off 50-70% of the slaw you end up with a delicious sandwich.

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                                1. re: Porthos


                                  Was not even aware of its existence until now. Sounds good.

                                  Maybe I'll just even order the fried oysters, some bread, the remoulade, and go to town in building my own po boy.

                                  And it doesn't hurt that it's right next door to a great coffee house.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    It comes with remoulade and very good bread. All you have to do is knock off the excess slaw and enjoy.

                                  2. re: Porthos

                                    Thanks for the heads up for Shuck Oyster Bar:

                                    Shuck Oyster Bar
                                    3313 Hyland Ave
                                    Costa Mesa
                                    949 420-0478


                                    Shuck's Oyster Po' Boy


                                      1. re: Porthos

                                        Porthos, it loooks like an open face po-boy - which, as a purist, I find a little odd. Nonetheless, based on your reporting, I am looking forward to trying SOB - thanks for the tip.

                                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                                          If you knock off 50-70% of the slaw, it closes. That's what I'd recommend. Order an extra side of fried oysters. They're delicious.

                                          Definitely a modern take on po boys.

                                          1. re: Porthos

                                            I had to knock off like 80% to 90% of the slaw. It is a mouthful but tastes delicious. Fried oysters are great.

                                            1. re: Porthos

                                              The only problem is that complex is way too post-modern, and or trendy for me.

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                Your call.

                                                Please report back when you find a place in town that does better oyster po boy ;)

                                    1. Didn't try the po boys yet but finally made it to Sal's Gumbo Shack in Long Beach and based on the quality of their gumbo I will definitely be going back to order a po boy (I grew up a few hours from New Orleans btw)