Food

Po Boys on the West Bank

Po Boys are the quintessential New Orleans food. No matter who you are you are sure to enjoy a poboy no matter if it’s packed with roast beef, shrimp, oysters or French fries or some other exotic treat.

All over the Westbank there are many fantastic places to get your po boy fix. One of my favorite places for a po boy has to be Perino’s Seafood located at 6850 Westbank Expwy in Marrero. Not only can you get the classic po boys here, such as shrimp, oyster and roast beef, but they also offer a wide selection of other types such as hot sausage, alligator sausage, chicken breast and ham and cheese. You can even get half and half shrimp, oyster or catfish for an extra dollar or two. I like that the po boys here come on a softer type of French bread. I love the classic crumby French bread as well, but the soft bread adds a nice touch to the sandwich. I have noticed that sometimes the bread on a po boy sometimes overpowers the filling inside. That didn’t happen here and I was delighted. If you are in the mood for a side with your po boy, Perino’s offers French fries, onion rings, cole slaw and potato salad. If you are craving a dessert, be sure to indulge in some bread pudding. Perino’s Seafood is open Sunday through Thursday, 9:00am to 7:30pm and Friday and Saturday, 9:00am to 8:30pm.

Big EZ Seafood in Gretna is another poboy favorite. Located at 1632 Lafayette St., Big EZ lives up to its name with their offering of a poboy stuffed to the brim with large shrimp priced at $10 for a 12’ sandwich. Big EZ’s shrimp poboy has become my “go to” because the food is fresh, delicious and well-priced and the service is fast, especially if you call ahead. In addition to po boys, Big EZ has such goodies as boiled shrimp, crawfish, gumbo and wings. Big EZ seafood is open Monday through Thursday, 11:00am to 8:00pm and Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 9:00pm. Customers are encouraged to place to-go orders at 272-0711 for fast pick up.

Salvo’s Seafood, located at 7742 Hwy 23 in Belle Chasse, is a restaurant that doesn’t need any introduction. Established in 1984, people travel from all over the city to experience the glory that is Salvo’s. So, what is Salvo’s best known for? People rave about their overstuffed po boys, of course! Here you will find these local sandwiches of all variety. What I like most about Salvo’s is the “different” kinds of po boys you can find here, particularly clam, stuffed crab and soft shell crab. It’s enough to make me want to go and pick one up right now. Orders come with house salad, bread and your choice of French fries, cole slaw or potato salad. Other sides offered are onion rings, baked beans and hush puppies, among many others. After 5pm, Salvo’s serves catfish, tuna steak, and if you are feeling adventurous, frog’s legs. Salvo’s Seafood is open Tuesday through Thursday, 8:00am to 9:00pm and Friday and Saturday, 8:00am to 10:00pm.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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