Whenever I travel I do a fair amount of research on restaurants that I plan on visiting, and so when it came to finding the best Po’ Boy in New Orleans, this time was no exception. The problem with researching all these places is that everyone claims to make the best one, and many of these people, in all honesty, don’t.
Now if you have no idea what a Po’ Boy is, I’ll explain it to you quickly because it’s really simple. The sandwich is simply made on French bread, with a nice crispy texture on the outside, and usually loaded with meat, chicken, or fried seafood, like shrimp or oysters. The name itself has several stories and claims as to where it first originated, but the most popular one is during the end of the 1920’s, after a four month strike against a streetcar company, sandwiches were being made and given in support of the penniless workers and they were then named after them; ‘poor boys’.
During my quest for the best, I came across this feature on a 24 hour grocery store that was part of America’s Best Bites. It had a little less than 700 views, so I initially questioned the video’s claim, but little did I know, not only would it be the best Po’ Boy in New Orleans, it was up there with the best sandwich I ever had in my life.
Chef and Owner Shelba Hatfield wanted to create something a little different, and after some great experimentation, she came up with All That Jazz, the sandwich of all sandwiches. All That Jazz is loaded with shrimp sautéed in a creole mustard, which is something new in the Po’ Boy world, as normally the sandwich has fried shrimp. Mushrooms, ham, turkey, and tomatoes as well as melted Swiss & American cheese join together and are met with the Wow Sauce, Verti Marte’s best kept secret. The sandwich has probably over 4000 calories, but trust me, you won’t regret it.
There you have it, the best sandwich in New Orleans, and maybe even the world. It really doesn’t get better than this. If you leave New Orleans without trying All That Jazz, I feel bad for you.
1201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA, USA 70116 T: (504) 525-4767
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