10 Best Po' Boys in Los Angeles

Fried Green Tomato BLT Po' Boy
Fried Green Tomato BLT Po' Boy
My Two Cents

5. My Two Cents
Speaking of reinventing the wheel, we had to include one distinctly L.A.-ified version of the po' boy, and the one at My Two Cents happens to be the best in the city. The fried green tomato BLT po' boy bears little resemblance to either a BLT or a po' boy, yet it somehow bridges the divide with glorious gusto. The sandwich is jacked up with thick slices of Texas toast, wild boar bacon, and a savory tomato paste — and just might convince you that perhaps nothing should remain sacred in the name of culinary exploration (including a side of quinoa fritters). 5583 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles; (323) 938-1012

Blackened Chicken Po' Boy
Blackened Chicken Po' Boy

4. Five0Four 
Promising to bring the "state of New Orleans" to Hollywood, Five0Four makes good with its blackened chicken po' boy. The reasonably-priced $10 offering is blanketed in cheddar, pickled onions and crispy avocado. The char of the chicken breast remains discernible, even amid a smattering of cloying flavors tugging the palate in separate directions. The somewhat doughy bread is welcomed here, ensuring that next to nothing is lost to the plate. 6541 Hollywood Blvd. #102., Los Angeles; (323) 960-0224

The BeastMaker
The BeastMaker
Brun's Creole Soul Kitchen

3. Brun’s Creole Soul Kitchen
This Eagle Rock-based food truck offers soul food on steroids to adventurous eaters eager to experiment with unexpected mashups of cuisine. The BeastMaker remains a consistent crowd pleaser. Juicy roast beef hugs a tight core of lightly fried shrimp in a balanced union of surf and turf. The texture of tender meat somehow works with the chewiness of the seafood. Brun's makes weekly appearances downtown and on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Eagle Rock, various locations; creolesoulkitchen.com

Zeek's Po' Boy
Zeek's Po' Boy
Uncle Darrow's

2. Uncle Darrow's 
Uncle Darrow's was around long before anyone dared to do creole or Cajun in the Los Angeles area, and it's earned its reputation as a local institution. The Zeek is the culinary calling card. The gut-busting $10 lunch special is stuffed with plump shrimp and flaky catfish and smeared with a housemade tater salad. Not overly-eggy, the potatoes bring a satisfying smushiness that makes this sandwich almost as compelling texturally as it is in taste. 2560 Lincoln Blvd, Venice; (310) 306-4862

Deluxe Half and Half Po' BoyEXPAND
Deluxe Half and Half Po' Boy
The Little Jewel of New Orleans

1. Little Jewel of New Orleans
The only drawback to ordering a po' boy from Little Jewel is having to decide between a dozen gems of authentic awesomeness. These sandwiches aren't just New Orleans-style, they are the real deal. The Louisiana-bred owner flies in bread, daily, from Leidenheimer Baking Company in the Big Easy. The recipe for the batter is a well-guarded family secret, and the flavors would make any Bayou expat teary-eyed with homesickness. When the patient lady at the register finally forced my hand, I went with the Deluxe Half and Half—a mixture of fried oysters and shrimp, only slightly smaller than my forearm. The housemade remoulade is applied evenly, helping tie together spice and savory, crunch and chew. At $16, there is an element of sticker shock, yet it's difficult to down this much deliciousness in just one sitting. Expect leftovers for dinner. 207 Ord St., Chinatown; (213) 620-0461 

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