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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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BB's Cafe

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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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Voodoo Queen

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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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Antone's

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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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The Cajun Stop

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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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The Boot

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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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Nola Poboys Sugar Land

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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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Ragin’ Cajun Restaurant

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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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Zydeco Louisiana Diner

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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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Gumbo Jeaux's

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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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Calliope's

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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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Beaver's

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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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Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

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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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Sleepy's Po-Boys

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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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Mels' Seafood Shack

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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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Abe's Cajun Market

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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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Goode Company Seafood

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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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BB's Cafe

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.

BB’s Cafe/Facebook

Voodoo Queen

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.

Voodoo Queen/Facebook

Antone's

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.

Antone’s/Facebook

The Cajun Stop

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.

The Cajun Stop/Facebook

The Boot

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.

The Boot/Facebook

Nola Poboys Sugar Land

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.

Nola Poboys Sugar Land/Facebook

Ragin’ Cajun Restaurant

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!

Ragin’ Cajun Restaurant/Yelp

Zydeco Louisiana Diner

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.

Zydeco Louisiana Diner/Yelp

Gumbo Jeaux's

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.

Gumbo Jeaux's/Facebook

Calliope's

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.

Calliope's/Facebook

Beaver's

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.

Beaver's/Facebook

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

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.

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette/Facebook

Sleepy's Po-Boys

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.

Sleepy's Po-Boys/Yelp

Mels' Seafood Shack

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.

Mels' Seafood Shack/Yelp

Abe's Cajun Market

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.

Abe's Cajun Market/Facebook

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Goode Company Seafood

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.

Goode Company Seafood/Facebook

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