Five Top Spots for French Quarter Po’Boys

Mother's Restaurant signboard near Hotel St. Pierre


These incredible sandwiches served on French bread and filled with your favorite things, have certainly evolved over the years. From casual to gourmet, the options are endless: from classics like fried oyster and fried shrimp to creative twists like alligator sausage and even all-veggie. 

But Po’Boys are not hard to come by in NOLA. You can find this tasty sub-style sandwich in almost every restaurant and cafe around town. And, while most are yummy, there are several places that are definite stand-outs. 

When you're staying at the Hotel St. Pierre in the unique and historic French Quarter, you have a multitude of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner surrounding you. If you're craving a Po’Boy, don't worry about putting in a lot of leg work, just take your appetite to one of these top Vieux Carre picks:

  • Johnny’s Po’Boys -- This local, casual eatery has been open since 1950, and it serves up an array of delicious food including salads and seafood platters, but most notably, they feature amazing Po’Boys. There are several selections, including the popular stand-bys like catfish and meatball, but Johnny’s doesn’t stop with the expected. You can also get Po’boys that are overflowing with things like ham and eggs, chicken parmesan, grilled cheese, or a surf and turf Po’Boy. Currently, you can call in your order for delivery or pick-up starting at 10 AM; give them a call at 504-524-8129 to place your order. 

  • Killer Po’Boys -- How about a Whiskey Grilled Cheese Po’Boy or Black Beer Beef Debris? This sandwich shop showcases irresistible Po’Boys with an international flair. This intriguing NOLA dive also offers a bit of mystery; you wouldn’t know where it was if you weren’t looking for it! The restaurant has two locations, one of which is tucked away in the back of Erin Rose Bar -- but don’t let that stop you -- these Po’Boys are worth the hunt! The Dauphine location is open and you can order for delivery through their online link. The Erin Rose location is set to re-open on September 3, just in time for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend! Check out their website for updates!

  • Acme Oyster House -- This seafood restaurant has multiple locations throughout the area and nearby states, but the French Quarter location is home to the original! It was first known as the Acme Café, opened in 1910, then after a fire in 1924, it was reestablished on Iberville as the Acme Oyster House. For over 100 years this local favorite has served up indescribably good food, like the Acme 10 Napkin Roast Beef Po’Boy, so scrumptious you’ll probably use even more than 10 napkins! 

  • The Original Pierre Maspero's -- This French Quarter favorite is a great spot to unwind and enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner in one of the most intriguing historic sites in the city. It’s housed in the old coffee house exchange, where Pierre and Jean Lafitte met to plan escapes, and Andrew Jackson met with the brothers to plan the city’s defense during the Battle of New Orleans. Today, visitors can enjoy tempting Cajun and Creole cuisine, including alligator Po’Boys and much more. This is a great place to grab a tasty bite and get a healthy helping of history at the same time!

  • Verti Marte -- No matter when you’re craving your Po’Boy, this market and deli keeps its kitchen open 24/7 for hungry customers. Try a classic or give one of their specialties a spin, like the All That Jazz, which features fried shrimp, turkey, ham, mushrooms, tomatoes, and several types of cheese. Plus, this favorite on Royal Street serves up its sloppy sandwiches at reasonable prices, so it’s the perfect spot for travelers and locals on a budget!

So, are you already debating what to get on your Po’Boy? Whether you opt for cold or hot, dressed or plain, or want to add your own creative spin, these top spots are sure to serve up a mouthwatering meal. Once you have a full belly, mosey on back to your cozy room at the charming Hotel St. Pierre. The inviting and comfortable atmosphere makes you feel like you're coming home to your own French Quarter cottage, giving you a true sense of what it's like to live (and eat) like a local.