Come with us around New Orleans as we search for the best Po Boy. The Crescent City is known for its colorful cuisine but only one has such a unique history and dates back to the early 1900’s. Although there are tons of stories regarding the conception of the Po Boy there’s one thing that everyone one agrees with, you shouldn’t visit The Big Easy without indulging in a New Orleans Po Boy.
For those of you unfamiliar with a Po Boy, I’ll explain. A New Orleans Po Boy is a sub type sandwich on French bread with your choice of seafood or meat. Combinations can include but are not limited to ham and cheese, hot sausage and cheese and roast beef with gravy. Can’t forget about the fried seafood Po Boys which include fried oysters, shrimp, cat fish or soft shell crab just to name a few. The combinations are virtually limitless depending on your imagination.
Now let’s talk about the bread “oh the bread”, my weakness. The bread is a very important component of the Po Boy. The bread on a New Orleans Po Boy can be described as loaf style bread that’s round at the end. The consistency is crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.
Our search for New Orleans best Po Boy bought us to a place called Melba’s first. Melba’s claimed to have the best fried shrimp Po Boy in the city, so we had to investigate. I can admit to originally being a bit skeptical about their claims of being “the best” however, I was pleasantly surprised. The shrimp Po Boy was amazing. The bread was just right and my sandwich was dressed to perfection. (Oh yea, dressed is the best way to get your Po Boy, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayo). We also ordered a roost beef Po Boy. Unfortunately the only thing enjoyable about the Po Boy was the bread. The meat was a little on the tasteless side. When it comes to Melba’s I suggest you stick to the shrimp Po Boy, you won’t be disappointed.
Next up we have Verdi Marte. Verti Marte is not your typical Po Boy spot. It’s a little store that sits on the corner of Royal St. and Gov Nicholls St., right in the middle of the French Quarter. Although I’d heard how good the Po Boys were, for some reason or another we’d never stopped in. Well on Easter Sunday we changed that. After driving through an Easter Parade in front of The Golden Lantern held by some of the best looking drag queens you’ve ever seen, we finally reached the store. Open 24/7 Verti Marte is the perfect spot to stop after a night on Bourbon Street. Before ordering my Po Boy I called a friend to get her suggestions on which Po Boy I should get. When she heard I was at Verti Marte she immediately yelled out “All that Jazz, its music to your mouth” After such a colorful description of course I ordered All That Jazz! Let’s just start by saying the Po Boy is huge. 6 ounces of butter, 8 slices of cheese, 4 slices of turkey, 4 slices of ham 8 shrimp and some wow sauce. All that Jazz is the ultimate Po Boy. The WOW sauce, just amazing. Not the prettiest Po Boy in fact one of the most unappealing sandwiches I’ve ever eaten but don’t let that fool you All That Jazz is definitely music for your mouth.
What’s a Po Boy blog without a Po Boy from Gene’s? Gene’s Po Boy is the locals’ favorite as well as a well known tourist spot. Gene’s is also rumored to be one of Beyonce’s favorite places to stop when visiting New Orleans.
Nestled on a very busy corner of the city the pink two story Po Boy shop is a familiar site to party goes wanting to soak up their alcohol at 4 a.m.
Once inside we ordered a roast beef with cheese which comes with a drink. Gene’s uses sliced roost beef instead of shredded which we’ve noticed being used by a couple other Po Boy shops we’ve visited. The Po Boy comes smothered in gravy and melted cheese, mouthwatering would be an understatement.
On our journey for the best Po Boy our search took us to Violet, La to Charlie’s Restaurant. Once we made it to Charlie’s I decided to try the Boudin Po Boy. The Cajun Boudin Sausage Po Boy came with Sausage, bacon, onions and cheese. Not your typical Po Boy but surprisingly tasty.
Our last stop in search of the best Po Boy bought us to Chef’s Market on Chef Hwy. After spending a day in New Orleans East we decided to stop for a bit of gas before heading in for the night. Famished and tired Faustino decided to give the stores hot sausage sandwich a try, so we did. After getting gas we walked into the store to place an order for a hot sausage Po Boy dressed with cheese. Cooked to perfection I believe we’ve found a diamond in the rough. This place deserves a second visit.
After traveling around New Orleans and surrounding areas to find the best Po Boy in New Orleans we realized that finding the best Po Boy is a matter of individual taste. No one particular store or restaurant had the “Best Po Boy”. Now what I can tell you is that each store had its best type of Po Boy. Melba’s shrimp Po Boy was delicious but we’ve had better roost beef. Verdi Marte had the most unique Po Boy in All That Jazz however there Ham and cheese wasn’t the best. Then you have Gene’s with the best roast beef in the city but the same can’t be said for their hot sausage Po Boy etc…I guess what I’m trying to say is if you haven’t already, get your ass down to New Orleans and taste them for yourself.