Johnny's Po-Boys, New Orleans

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511 St Louis Street, French Quarter 524-8129

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    Johnny's Po-Boys: One of the best sandwiches you'll ever have!

    by Jefie Updated May 29, 2011

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    Johnny's Po-Boys has been around since 1950 and although each person in New Orleans has his or her own favourite po-boy spot, Johnny's has always managed to remain popular with locals and visitors alike by serving delicious sandwiches and local cuisine. A po-boy is basically a subway sandwich, but the biggest difference is that it's made with French bread (almost like a baguette). There are dozens of different varieties on the menu, most featuring either fried seafood, cold cuts or meat. I'd been told that Johnny's roast beef po-boy was the best one so that's what I ordered - I had it "dressed", which means that it came with mayo, pickles, tomatoes and salad. My sandwich was very tasty and juicy (not a good idea to wear a white top when you're eating a po-boy!), and it was big enough to feed two people! As for the restaurant itself, it's tiny and crowded and you can expect a bit of a line-up if you're there around lunch time, but it doesn't take that long to get your order. Most locals order their po-boys to go, but I enjoyed the busy atmosphere of the place so we decided to stick around. It sure was a great way to kick off our week in New Orleans!

    Johnny's Po-Boys is open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (Monday-Thursday) and 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Friday-Sunday).

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    Johnny's po-Boy Restaurant: Famous Po-Boys (Est. 1950)

    by vigi Written Apr 18, 2004

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    This is a fast food place for breakfast and lunch, despite the casual setting, they offer very good Po-Boys (French bread sandwich). If you see a long queue in the restaurant, you know it must be good.

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    Johnny's Po'Boy's: Best po'boys in New Orleans

    by Tom_In_Madison Updated Jun 29, 2008

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    It’s in the French Quarter, across from NOLA. A very small place with the best po’boy’s in my opinion. I ate here twice—a turkey once, and a grilled chicken. The sandwich was very huge—it could easily be split between 2 people. They have about 25 different kinds, mine ran about $8.

    Favorite Dish: Best po'boys in New Orleans

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    Johnny's Po-Boys: Best Po-Boys Anywhere!

    by BigBlueOne Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    The ambience is simple, tightly packed sandwich shop. It is what it is...

    Favorite Dish: Not only do they have the best oyster po-boys in the French Quarter, but they also have the widest selection of things to put on them (or on any sandwich).

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    Johnny's Po-Boys: Johnny's Po-Boys

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 30, 2006

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    One of New Orleans' most highly acclaimed yet inexpensive restaurants is Johnny's Po-Boys. This little lunch counter has a huge variety of po boys of all types. We stopped in for breakfast at about 0915 on a Sunday and just beat the rush. With a great variety of omelets, toast, and other breakfast dishes for cheap, it was a very good spot to start the morning. The restaurant is clean and decorated with photos of famous guests over the years...the staff was also friendly and helpful. I will definitely return next time I'm in the city.

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    Johnny's Po-Boy: A convenient location to try a Po-Boy

    by Virtuous_Tourist Updated May 25, 2005

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    Po-Boy Sandwiches are a New Orleans culinary tradition. The name comes from "Poor Boy", of course.

    This is how the Po Boy came to be:

    One of the lengthiest and most violent transit railway strikes the nation ever experienced began in New Orleans on July 1, 1929.

    Benny and Clovis Martin, owners of Martin Brothers Restaurant on St. Claude Street (Avenue), were grateful for the business they enjoyed. Many of those who frequented their place of business were the street railway workers.

    With the strike came difficult economic times for these laboring men. Things were already tough because of conditions leading to the Depression. The added burden of no take-home pay added to their misery. The two brothers set out to help in any way they could.

    They decided the best way was to offer an inexpensive sandwich that would feed practically an entire family. They contacted an Italian baker named Gendusa and told him of their idea.

    New Orleans French bread traditionally was short and wide. Gendusa decided he would have a new loaf that would be much longer (36-42 inches) and smaller in width. Martin Brothers, as agreed, purchased and cut the bread into 13-15-inch lengths, filled it with gravy, roast beef, mayo, lettuce, tomato and pickles. This they would then sell for a nickel to the poor boys to help them feed their families. The name that stuck from this New Orleans sandwich creation was the “po boy.”

    Johnny's was established 20 years after the Po-Boy was invented.

    Favorite Dish: Johnny's may not have the best Po-Boys in town but they pass the test and best of all are located in the French Quarter, very convenient for tourists looking for good local food.

    Try a Oyster or Shrimp Po-Boy at Johnny's on your next visit to New Orleans.

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    Johnny's Po-Boy: Cheap local place

    by bcorbitt Written Jan 5, 2005

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    Come for the sandwiches and eat where the locals eat. The food is not healthy and grab a table quickly as they are busy during lunch. All the sandwiches look and smell great. Do eat atleast once during your visit.

    Favorite Dish: PO boys on the great bread with a some cool as even in April it is hot.

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    Johnnys Po-Boys: Oh Boy - Po-boys

    by ChrisSheena Written Apr 28, 2013

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    Caught it with no queue !

    Apparently the oldest family owned PoBoys restaurant in the world, expect to stand in line for your sandwich. In April 2013, we did - about 20 minutes. But worth it. $9 is typical for a sandwich - think what you would like on it and they probably have it.

    Downstairs is often crowded - go upstairs where they also serve great ice cream and you might have the place to yourself. There is also an outdoor balcony where you can sit and eat watching the world go by.

    Favorite Dish: Johnny’s Special (Beef with Grilled Ham, American and Swiss) - $9 in April 2013.

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    Johnny's Po-Boys: Best Po' Boy In New Orleans

    by al_mary Updated Sep 9, 2005

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    Mary Outside Johnny's

    Best place for breakfast in New Orleans.
    Great food and great staff .... Prices are very
    reasonable for everything on their surpisingly
    large menu of items. Nothing fancy about the
    interior, but the food is great ....

    ~~ TIP ~~
    Get there before 0830 in the morning, because
    the place is small, and it gets packed starting
    around 0830. Typically a "locals place", it is very
    busy for a small place, having only 7 tables
    inside. Alot of take out .... breakfast / lunch

    Favorite Dish: The breakfast items and the Po' Boys
    It has become our daily breakfast stop
    everytime we visit New Orleans ....

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    Johnny's Po Boys: Cheap eats

    by goingsolo Written Mar 24, 2003

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    Listed as one of the top budget restaurants in the city, Johnny's is a great place to eat if you're on a budget (and we were.)

    Favorite Dish: crawfish poboy

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