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16 Perfect Po’ Boys In Houston

Where to find sandwiches piled high with fried oysters, fried shrimp, fried catfish and more

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Of Louisiana’s culinary exports, the po’ boy is perhaps the most universally loved. The New Orleans favorite is traditionally prepared with fried seafood or roast beef atop a bed of flaky french bread and “dressed” with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayo.

Here in Houston, Louisiana transplants and locals alike serve the sandwich classic-style or with a Texas twist. These 16 po’ boy destinations give Houstonians a taste of New Orleans without ever leaving the loop.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. BB's Cafe

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2701 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 868-8000
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BB’s brands itself as a “Tex-Orleans” restaurant, and it shows in the po’ boys. Try a sandwich topped with classic fried shrimp or cornmeal crusted catfish, or the South Texas Fire with fajita beef, avocado, jalapeno, and onions smothered in a spicy cheese sauce. All po’ boys are served on legendary Leidenheimer french bread.

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2. Voodoo Queen

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322 Milby St
Houston, TX 77003

Check out the expanded space, shoot some pool, and cool down with a daiquiri at this recently-resurrected dive. A full menu is coming soon, but po’ boys dominate for now. Fried shrimp, andouille sausage, or roast beef offer a taste of Louisiana. A less traditional version is the juicy fried chicken — it’s perfectly seasoned and drizzled with Voodoo’s tangy one drop sauce.

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3. Antone's

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3374, 4520 San Felipe St # 200
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 623-4464
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Antone’s Famous po’ boys have been a Houston favorite for over 50 years. Hot and cold style sandwiches are served on local Slow Dough or Royal Bakery bread. Antone’s options include fried seafood, roasted pork loin, beef brisket, and deli meats and cheese slathered in their signature chow-chow.

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4. The Cajun Stop

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2130 Jefferson St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 222-8333
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The Cajun Stop is committed to authentic and they don’t disappoint. 15 different po’ boys are on offer, like soft shell crab, fried crawfish, and Louisiana hot sausage. For the best of both worlds, go for the signature Surf and Turf, stuffed with roast beef and fried shrimp.

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5. The Boot

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1206 W 20th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 869-2668
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Louisianians looking for a little slice of home can head to this Heights hangout. The Boot’s sprawling patio is perfect for enjoying po’ boys paired with Abita brews. Here, the shrimp and catfish come grilled, fried, or blackened Cajun-style.

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6. Nola Poboys Sugar Land

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13513 University Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 207-9770
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Nola Poboys knows nothing says authentic like Gendusa Bakery bread, Blue Plate mayonnaise, Chisesi deli meat, and Zapp’s potato chips. The Nawlins Style BBQ Shrimp Po’ boy is a must try for a true Crescent City experience.

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7. Ragin’ Cajun Restaurant

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4302 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 623-6321
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Opened in 1974, Ragin’ Cajun is home to Houston’s original shrimp po’ boy. Nothing beats crispy battered shrimp piled on a crusty french baguette. Non-seafood lovers can enjoy a boudin, buffalo chicken, or creole turkey po’ boy. Save room for mama’s bread pudding with rum sauce!

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8. Zydeco Louisiana Diner

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1119 Pease St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 759-2001
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This downtown diner serves Cajun food Cafeteria-style. Truly down home cooking, Zydeco’s family recipes have been handed down for three generations. Nothing fancy here, just good old fashioned seafood poboys and a side of fries in bayou-decorated digs.

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9. Gumbo Jeaux's

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2155 Durham Dr #105
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 203-7270
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Another Texiana fusion place, Gumbo Jeaux’s adds a little bit of the Lone Star State to traditional Louisiana dishes. The shrimp po’ boy at Jeaux’s thrown in onions, jack cheese, and cilantro and trades the french bread for a grilled torta bun.

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10. Calliope's

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7590 W Bellfort Ave
Houston, TX 77071
(713) 773-2099
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At Calliope’s, it’s not one size fits all. Po’ boys come in small, regular, large, and the gargantuan 32” extra large. Calliope’s best seller doesn’t skimp on the shrimp, and the sandwich overflows with Gulf Coast goodness. Another favorite is the New Orleans made Patton Hot Sausage po’ boy.

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11. Beaver's

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6025 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 714-4111
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Beaver’s, though not known for po’ boys, has two can’t-miss creations. The more traditional of the two is the fried oyster po’ boy with jalapeno remoulade, slaw, and house pickles on a toasted baguette. The other is a blackened red fish with all the fixin’s of the fried oyster po’ boy and topped off with BLT.

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12. Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

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4224 San Felipe St
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-1010
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Liberty Kitchen’s variation of the po’ boy is loaded. The Cowboy Surfer piles on fried shrimp, oysters, and pork carnitas. Dressed with lettuce, tomato, slaw, and a sweet and sticky bacon jam, this dish is a pure palate pleaser.

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13. Sleepy's Po-Boys

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9591 S Main St
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 662-3054

The po’ boys at Sleepy’s are made to order and come out piping hot and fresh. Seafood favorites include fried shrimp, fish, oyster, or a combination of two. The stacked roast beef po’ boy dripping with gravy and served on fresh doughy bread is a dish that’ll fill you up and put you right to sleep.

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14. Mels' Seafood Shack

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2521 N Durham Dr
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 703-7544
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Sisters and Louisiana natives Melissa and Melinda sling Pelican State po’ boys from this Heights food. The sandwiches here brim with fresh seafood and come traditionally dressed on famous Gambino’s french bread. Snag a picnic table after ordering and BYOB for a lazy afternoon.

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15. Abe's Cajun Market

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8116, 1080 Clear Lake City Blvd D
Houston, TX 77062
(281) 480-2237
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Abe’s features an extensive list of po’ boys including classics and creative choices like the Cajun Grilled Steak with grilled onions and monterey-jack cheese and the Ragin’ Cajun with pork, onions, jalapenos, and creole mustard. Vegetarians will be delighted to find a meatless po’ boy made with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers.

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16. Goode Company Seafood

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10211 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 464-7933
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Po’ boys here are served on homemade French bread and come dressed with garlic butter and pico de gallo. Seafood, including a non-traditional flounder option, is prepared fried or mesquite grilled for a smoky finish.

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1. BB's Cafe

2701 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77009
BB’s Cafe/Facebook

BB’s brands itself as a “Tex-Orleans” restaurant, and it shows in the po’ boys. Try a sandwich topped with classic fried shrimp or cornmeal crusted catfish, or the South Texas Fire with fajita beef, avocado, jalapeno, and onions smothered in a spicy cheese sauce. All po’ boys are served on legendary Leidenheimer french bread.

2701 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77009

2. Voodoo Queen

322 Milby St, Houston, TX 77003
Voodoo Queen/Facebook

Check out the expanded space, shoot some pool, and cool down with a daiquiri at this recently-resurrected dive. A full menu is coming soon, but po’ boys dominate for now. Fried shrimp, andouille sausage, or roast beef offer a taste of Louisiana. A less traditional version is the juicy fried chicken — it’s perfectly seasoned and drizzled with Voodoo’s tangy one drop sauce.

322 Milby St
Houston, TX 77003

3. Antone's

3374, 4520 San Felipe St # 200, Houston, TX 77027
Antone’s/Facebook

Antone’s Famous po’ boys have been a Houston favorite for over 50 years. Hot and cold style sandwiches are served on local Slow Dough or Royal Bakery bread. Antone’s options include fried seafood, roasted pork loin, beef brisket, and deli meats and cheese slathered in their signature chow-chow.

3374, 4520 San Felipe St # 200
Houston, TX 77027

4. The Cajun Stop

2130 Jefferson St, Houston, TX 77003
The Cajun Stop/Facebook

The Cajun Stop is committed to authentic and they don’t disappoint. 15 different po’ boys are on offer, like soft shell crab, fried crawfish, and Louisiana hot sausage. For the best of both worlds, go for the signature Surf and Turf, stuffed with roast beef and fried shrimp.

2130 Jefferson St
Houston, TX 77003

5. The Boot

1206 W 20th St, Houston, TX 77008
The Boot/Facebook

Louisianians looking for a little slice of home can head to this Heights hangout. The Boot’s sprawling patio is perfect for enjoying po’ boys paired with Abita brews. Here, the shrimp and catfish come grilled, fried, or blackened Cajun-style.

1206 W 20th St
Houston, TX 77008

6. Nola Poboys Sugar Land

13513 University Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Nola Poboys Sugar Land/Facebook

Nola Poboys knows nothing says authentic like Gendusa Bakery bread, Blue Plate mayonnaise, Chisesi deli meat, and Zapp’s potato chips. The Nawlins Style BBQ Shrimp Po’ boy is a must try for a true Crescent City experience.

13513 University Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479

7. Ragin’ Cajun Restaurant

4302 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77027
Ragin’ Cajun Restaurant/Yelp

Opened in 1974, Ragin’ Cajun is home to Houston’s original shrimp po’ boy. Nothing beats crispy battered shrimp piled on a crusty french baguette. Non-seafood lovers can enjoy a boudin, buffalo chicken, or creole turkey po’ boy. Save room for mama’s bread pudding with rum sauce!

4302 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027

8. Zydeco Louisiana Diner

1119 Pease St, Houston, TX 77002
Zydeco Louisiana Diner/Yelp

This downtown diner serves Cajun food Cafeteria-style. Truly down home cooking, Zydeco’s family recipes have been handed down for three generations. Nothing fancy here, just good old fashioned seafood poboys and a side of fries in bayou-decorated digs.

1119 Pease St
Houston, TX 77002

9. Gumbo Jeaux's

2155 Durham Dr #105, Houston, TX 77007
Gumbo Jeaux's/Facebook

Another Texiana fusion place, Gumbo Jeaux’s adds a little bit of the Lone Star State to traditional Louisiana dishes. The shrimp po’ boy at Jeaux’s thrown in onions, jack cheese, and cilantro and trades the french bread for a grilled torta bun.

2155 Durham Dr #105
Houston, TX 77007

10. Calliope's

7590 W Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77071
Calliope's/Facebook

At Calliope’s, it’s not one size fits all. Po’ boys come in small, regular, large, and the gargantuan 32” extra large. Calliope’s best seller doesn’t skimp on the shrimp, and the sandwich overflows with Gulf Coast goodness. Another favorite is the New Orleans made Patton Hot Sausage po’ boy.

7590 W Bellfort Ave
Houston, TX 77071

11. Beaver's

6025 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057
Beaver's/Facebook

Beaver’s, though not known for po’ boys, has two can’t-miss creations. The more traditional of the two is the fried oyster po’ boy with jalapeno remoulade, slaw, and house pickles on a toasted baguette. The other is a blackened red fish with all the fixin’s of the fried oyster po’ boy and topped off with BLT.

6025 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057

12. Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

4224 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77027
Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette/Facebook

Liberty Kitchen’s variation of the po’ boy is loaded. The Cowboy Surfer piles on fried shrimp, oysters, and pork carnitas. Dressed with lettuce, tomato, slaw, and a sweet and sticky bacon jam, this dish is a pure palate pleaser.

4224 San Felipe St
Houston, TX 77027

13. Sleepy's Po-Boys

9591 S Main St, Houston, TX 77025
Sleepy's Po-Boys/Yelp

The po’ boys at Sleepy’s are made to order and come out piping hot and fresh. Seafood favorites include fried shrimp, fish, oyster, or a combination of two. The stacked roast beef po’ boy dripping with gravy and served on fresh doughy bread is a dish that’ll fill you up and put you right to sleep.

9591 S Main St
Houston, TX 77025

14. Mels' Seafood Shack

2521 N Durham Dr, Houston, TX 77008
Mels' Seafood Shack/Yelp

Sisters and Louisiana natives Melissa and Melinda sling Pelican State po’ boys from this Heights food. The sandwiches here brim with fresh seafood and come traditionally dressed on famous Gambino’s french bread. Snag a picnic table after ordering and BYOB for a lazy afternoon.

2521 N Durham Dr
Houston, TX 77008

15. Abe's Cajun Market

8116, 1080 Clear Lake City Blvd D, Houston, TX 77062
Abe's Cajun Market/Facebook

Abe’s features an extensive list of po’ boys including classics and creative choices like the Cajun Grilled Steak with grilled onions and monterey-jack cheese and the Ragin’ Cajun with pork, onions, jalapenos, and creole mustard. Vegetarians will be delighted to find a meatless po’ boy made with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers.

8116, 1080 Clear Lake City Blvd D
Houston, TX 77062

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16. Goode Company Seafood

10211 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024
Goode Company Seafood/Facebook

Po’ boys here are served on homemade French bread and come dressed with garlic butter and pico de gallo. Seafood, including a non-traditional flounder option, is prepared fried or mesquite grilled for a smoky finish.

10211 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77024

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