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New Orleans Po Boys

Of all the great sandwich cities in America, New Orleans is at or near the top. Home of the muffaletta, the po boy, and the oyster loaf, it is heaven on earth for those of us whose definition of happiness includes a crisp crust, fluffy crumb, and plenty of gravy, Creole mustard and/or mayonnaise. This po-boy-eating tour of the Big Easy includes seven of our favorites.

Rocky and Carlo's
Central Grocery
Napoleon House
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
Domilise's Po-Boys
Rocky and Carlo's - Chalmette , LA
This great Italian-Cajun eating hall out in St. Bernard Parish serves its hearty meals cafeteria style. Not to be missed is the macaroni and cheese.
Central Grocery - New Orleans , LA
Central Grocery is home of the muffuletta, one of New Orleans' great sandwiches. A circular loaf of soft Italian bread is sliced horizontally and piled with salami, ham, and provolone, which are in turn topped with a wickedly spicy melange of chopped green and black olives fragrant with anchovies and garlic.
Napoleon House - New Orleans , LA
The toasted muffuletta is a pleasure to tear into. The olive salad here is mellow, speaking more of celery than olives. Add to that the melted cheese and crunch of the toasted loaf and the effect is totally different from that of a Central Grocery muff. The menu also includes a variety of "poor boys" (usually known around town as po-boys), and a few local favorites like red beans and rice and gumbo.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern - New Orleans , LA
The Parkway is one of New Orleans' top po boy destinations, especially notable for its great roast beef and/or gravy sandwiches.
Casamento's - New Orleans , LA
This neighborhood oyster bar is known for its oyster loaf, which is like a po boy but loaded with crackle-crusted fried oysters. A dozen or two just-opened raw oysters on the half shell and a full-size oyster loaf is a feast for two.
Domilise's Po-Boys - New Orleans , LA
Domilise's is one of New Orleans' must-eat restaurants, a nondescript corner eatery known for its superior po boy sandwiches. Shrimp, oysters, and catfish are especially good ingredients.

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