It's Day 5 of the Po Boy Week and it's looking like we haven't found one conclusive answer yet. From talking to folks it's clear that there are a few winners in specific categories, but no ultimate po boy winner (yet!). It's unanimous among everyone I've talked to (and my own personal opinion) that the Parasol's Roast Beef po boy is far superior to any other of that kind in this city.
Aside from their incredible slow cooked beef and delicious sauce they slather the whole thing with, their crispy garlic bread fixes the main problem of other roast beef po boys in town: soggy bread. As you can see from this picture of a Mother's debris po boy.
Number 1 in the fried shrimp and catfish category seems to be Guy's, but there are many other joints that make some pretty close seconds.
Rumor has it that Gene's has the best Hot Sausage, so although I love my $4 Louisiana Discount Market version, I'll be investigating this one in the near future!
Fried Green Tomato was phenomenal at Crabby Jack's and seems to hold the local vote for best in town.
It seems that Cochon de Lait is just too good, where ever you get it's going to be spectacular.
The oddball po boy award goes to Mahony's for their "Peace-Maker" and Chicken Liver and Coleslaw Po Boy.
Parkway wins for largest variety (and best sweet potato fries). And their Turduckin Thanksgiving Po Boy wins the creativity award.
Finally, after multiple people mentioned the off the menu special at Domilise's, I must mention it even though I have never had the honor of biting into to one of these bad boys, and I also got some mixed reviews about it. But it does sound pretty tasty, "the special" is a fried shimp po boy topped with the au jus from their roast beef po boy and swiss cheese, sounds pretty good to me!
It looks like we're going to have to have another Po Boy week, but until then it's your turn to do some po boy investigating!