500 Po Boys: Mr. Shrimp’s Kitchen

Bragging about selling locally caught Louisiana seafood but actually plating up fishes from Vietnam, China or some other far-off land has been a feature of New Orleans restaurant life since the first Creole cooks fired up cast-iron pots filled with daube glacé.

That Hollygrove fish fry joint touting Des Allemands catfish? It just might be Swai or Basa, frozen, then shipped in from thousands of miles away. Continue reading

Field Report: 2024 NOLA River Fest’s Gathering of Po Boy Royalty

Justin Kennedy of Parkway Bakery and Tavern puts the finishing touches on a po boy at NOLA River Fest

When I heard Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser was going to appear in New Orleans at the US Mint to deliver a proclamation stating that Blue Plate mayonnaise is the official mayonnaise of po boys in the known universe I made a dead run straight to the French Quarter. Continue reading