New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival
Oak St. at S. Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70118 USA
I was absolutely giddy when I realized I could make the po'boy festival. And I was not let down. Incredible food, and I didn't even try any of the winners! Think I ate a total of four po'boys (two whole, four halves). Kinda put a dent in my wallet, but well worth it as a visitor on a per diem.
I don't remember everything I tried, alas. Been a crazy week, and I was too busy stuffing my face to take notes. I remember an ok alligator from Oak St. Cafe. A good crawfish sausage from the folks who won something with their hot sausage one (don't recall the vendor's name). A restaurant bearing Emeril's moniker was serving an incredible pig cheek po'boy. I chickened out at the sushi po'boys, though. Should have tried one.
Crowd control needs to step it up a bit. The lines need managed better not to block off the street. That's the only reason why I'm leaving this as four stars rather than five. I'm glad this place didn't suffer from the double-wide stroller syndrome that hits Atlanta street fairs.
And note to people staying in the French Quarter: It *is* a walkable distance if you're insane. I enjoyed the hike there, but I rode the streetcar back. The homes (um, mansions) along the way are gorgeous, and the trees utterly upstage the homes. Plus, Audubon Park.