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Hot N Juicy Crawfish has five po' boy sandwiches, including the signature crawfish.
Hot N Juicy Crawfish has five po' boy sandwiches, including the signature crawfish.
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Po'boys Are Hot — Here's Where to Find Them

The savory Louisiana treat is alive and well in D.C.

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Hot N Juicy Crawfish has five po' boy sandwiches, including the signature crawfish.
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Restaurants are bringing a taste of the Big Easy to D.C. via the classic po'boy sandwich.

In true New Orleans fashion, the po'boy comes served on a French loaf. Many versions around town are, in fact, by the book: "dressed" with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayonnaise and stuffed with fried seafood like meat, shrimp, and oysters. Other popular fillings include soft shell crab, crawfish, and catfish. Check out the options for po'boy sandwiches below.

—Additional reporting by Missy Frederick

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Republic

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6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
301.270.3000

The signature Republic po’boy sandwich can come stocked with crispy bay oysters, Gulf shrimp, or blackened Virginia catfish, with lettuce, pickles, tartar sauce, and lemon.

2. Red Derby

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3718 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 291-5000
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The $10 Rick’s Shrimp Po’Boy & Fries is fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and remoulade--and half price on seafood Sundays.

3. Hot N Juicy Crawfish

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2651 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 299-9448
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This Vegas-born crawfish chain serves up five animals in its “two handed po'boy,” including chicken tenders, soft shell crab, catfish, shrimp, and of course, crawfish.

4. Ivy City Smokehouse

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1356 Okie St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

This seafood market and tavern knows a thing or two about po’boys. Try the fried shrimp po'boy ($17) with cheddar, shredded lettuce, pickles, tomato, cabbage, and Russian dressing.

5. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612

The C.E.B.L.T. Po' Boy is a long acronym for toppings like Catfish, Farm Egg, Benton’s Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato piled high and served with fries for $17.

6. Puddin'

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 725-1030
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Why a Wild Blue Catfish po’boy? Simple—the catfish is eating up seafood in the region, so why not make po’boys out of them? Other local fried seafood like Rappahannock Oyster and shrimp also come on a sub roll dressed with remoulade, a spicy Cajun mayonnaise, and its tangy sweet vinegar slaw. Order one “naked” without the bread and in a bowl ​or make any po’boy “a homeboy” and it’ll come with a half smoke.

7. Rappahannock Oyster Bar

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-4702
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Another delicious option for a po’boy sandwich inside Union Market is at Rappahannock Oyster Bar. The Virginia fried oyster po’boy sandwich is a mainstay on the lunch menu.

8. Acadiana

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901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-8848
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This longtime favorite celebrates the bounty of Louisiana with seven po'boys on its lunch menu ($12-$19). Fillings range from marinated roasted pork to cured Italian meats to catfish filet.

9. Po’Boy Jim

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709 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 621-7071
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With "po’boy" in its name, expect lots of options at this H street haunt. Split into traditional, specialty, and international sections, the $10-and-up sandwiches are served with fries and dressed with lettuce, tomato, and dill pickles.

10. Sweet Home Cafe

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1400 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-4751
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One of the best lunch spots on the National Mall is inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Sweet Home Cafe serves up a delicious po’boy sandwich with fried catfish. Just be sure to save room for a slice of sweet potato pie afterwards for dessert.

11. Whaley's

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301 Water St SE ste 115
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 484-8800
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The Whaley’s brunch menu serves a perfectly fried oyster po’boy that comes with some slight kick thanks to cucumber kimchi and shishito peppers,

12. RT's Restaurant

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3804 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 684-6010
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This Creole and Cajun restaurant in Alexandria serves one version of the sandwich from the land (grilled chicken with sautéed mushrooms and cheese) and two from the sea (the fried catfish or shrimp, with garlic mayo and Cajun remoulade).

13. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1026 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-4265
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For lunch at the chain's Old Town locale, opt for one of two large plates: the oyster po'boy with cole slaw or the shrimp po'boy with Old Bay fries.

14. Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

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101 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 935-8890
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Head to this Alexandria eatery for fried Virginia oyster or jumbo shrimp po'boy sandwiches all day, topped with lettuce, tomato, and remoulade.

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1. Republic

6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

The signature Republic po’boy sandwich can come stocked with crispy bay oysters, Gulf shrimp, or blackened Virginia catfish, with lettuce, pickles, tartar sauce, and lemon.

6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

2. Red Derby

3718 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

The $10 Rick’s Shrimp Po’Boy & Fries is fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and remoulade--and half price on seafood Sundays.

3718 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

3. Hot N Juicy Crawfish

2651 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

This Vegas-born crawfish chain serves up five animals in its “two handed po'boy,” including chicken tenders, soft shell crab, catfish, shrimp, and of course, crawfish.

2651 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

4. Ivy City Smokehouse

1356 Okie St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

This seafood market and tavern knows a thing or two about po’boys. Try the fried shrimp po'boy ($17) with cheddar, shredded lettuce, pickles, tomato, cabbage, and Russian dressing.

1356 Okie St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

5. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-4307

The C.E.B.L.T. Po' Boy is a long acronym for toppings like Catfish, Farm Egg, Benton’s Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato piled high and served with fries for $17.

1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307

6. Puddin'

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Why a Wild Blue Catfish po’boy? Simple—the catfish is eating up seafood in the region, so why not make po’boys out of them? Other local fried seafood like Rappahannock Oyster and shrimp also come on a sub roll dressed with remoulade, a spicy Cajun mayonnaise, and its tangy sweet vinegar slaw. Order one “naked” without the bread and in a bowl ​or make any po’boy “a homeboy” and it’ll come with a half smoke.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Rappahannock Oyster Bar

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Another delicious option for a po’boy sandwich inside Union Market is at Rappahannock Oyster Bar. The Virginia fried oyster po’boy sandwich is a mainstay on the lunch menu.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Acadiana

901 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

This longtime favorite celebrates the bounty of Louisiana with seven po'boys on its lunch menu ($12-$19). Fillings range from marinated roasted pork to cured Italian meats to catfish filet.

901 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Po’Boy Jim

709 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

With "po’boy" in its name, expect lots of options at this H street haunt. Split into traditional, specialty, and international sections, the $10-and-up sandwiches are served with fries and dressed with lettuce, tomato, and dill pickles.

709 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. Sweet Home Cafe

1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

One of the best lunch spots on the National Mall is inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Sweet Home Cafe serves up a delicious po’boy sandwich with fried catfish. Just be sure to save room for a slice of sweet potato pie afterwards for dessert.

1400 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20560

11. Whaley's

301 Water St SE ste 115, Washington, DC 20003

The Whaley’s brunch menu serves a perfectly fried oyster po’boy that comes with some slight kick thanks to cucumber kimchi and shishito peppers,

301 Water St SE ste 115
Washington, DC 20003

12. RT's Restaurant

3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

This Creole and Cajun restaurant in Alexandria serves one version of the sandwich from the land (grilled chicken with sautéed mushrooms and cheese) and two from the sea (the fried catfish or shrimp, with garlic mayo and Cajun remoulade).

3804 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305

13. Hank's Oyster Bar

1026 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

For lunch at the chain's Old Town locale, opt for one of two large plates: the oyster po'boy with cole slaw or the shrimp po'boy with Old Bay fries.

1026 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

14. Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

101 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Head to this Alexandria eatery for fried Virginia oyster or jumbo shrimp po'boy sandwiches all day, topped with lettuce, tomato, and remoulade.

101 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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