Oak Street Po-Boy Fest: 8 Must-Try Po-Boys

Don't leave without trying one of these po-boys.

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival returns Sunday, but the biggest dilemma with this festival is always the same: Which po-boys should we try?

Narrowing it down can be tough, especially when navigating a packed crowd and long lines. We combed this year’s menu to find some mouth-watering po-boys to help you in your quest. One huge let down so far is not seeing the infamous GW Fins’ lobster po-boy on this year’s menu. But don’t worry, Voleo’s is picking up where they left off with their lobster po-boy.

Here are a few others you might want to put on your checklist:

  • Barbecued Oyster Po-Boy from Red Fish Grill: This po-boy was the talk of the 2016 festival. Rightfully so, it took home an award for “Best Oyster Po-Boy.”
  • Cochon de Lait po-boy from Love at First Bite by Walker’s BBQ: From Jazz Fest to French Quater Fest, this po-boy is a festival staple. Sink your teeth into it now, if you haven’t already…or do it again.
  • Nuernberger Po-Boy from Bratz Y’All: This popular sausage vendor grew the festival circuit to opening a restaurant and beer garden in the Bywater. Bratz Y’all! also killed it at the 2016 Oak Street Po-Boy Fest, taking home two awards: “Best Pork Po-Boy” and ” Best Sausage Po-Boy.”
  • Oyster Rockefeller po-boy from Oceana Grill: If you love oyster Rockefeller and you love po-boys, you have to put this rich and creamy goodness in your mouth now!
  • Soft Shell Crab Po-boy from Ajun Cajun: Soft shell crab po-boys are usually among the festival favorites. This po-boy won “Best Seafood Po-Boy” in 2016.
  • Alligator sausage po-boy from Miss Linda “The Yakamein Lady”: Miss Linda is always a hit on the festival circuit. This po-boy won “Best Traditional Sausage” in 2015.
  • Creole crawfish sausage po-boy from Vaucresson Sausage: These cooks truly have a flair for flavorful meats. This po-boy packs the right punch of local flavors.
  • Slow roasted duck po-boy from Jacques-Imo’s Cafe: Try out this po-boy that bathes tender duck meat in a delicious gravy. Most dishes from this Carrollton staple usually deliver.

Here’s a complete list of mouth-watering po-boys at the fest.

Festival-goers can expect to try dozens of po-boys at the festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. along Oak Street. The fest takes place starting at South Carrollton Avenue and runs from the 8100 to 8800 blocks toward the River Road, with some activities pouring onto side streets.

While entry to the festival remains free, festival organizers will require a $5 wristband to buy food from vendors.

Happy eating!

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