Johnny’s stakes its claim as the oldest family-run po-boy shop in New Orleans, and it’s one of the few places in the French Quarter serving po-boys worthy of the attention they get. It’s a gritty, loud joint, with two cramped dining rooms of tables covered in red-and-white checkered plastic tablecloths and walls lined with memorabilia and autographed pictures of celebrity diners. It’s the kind of low-key place that can be intimidating to the uninitiated because it’s bustling and crowded and, at a glance, it’s hard to tell if it’s a great hole-in-the-wall po-boy shop or just…a hole in the wall.
Rest assured: Johnny’s makes up for its no-frills environs with a solid menu of well-endowed po-boys and more po-boys. Classics like the fried shrimp and fried oyster, ham and cheese, and gravy-sopped roast beef share billing with everything-but-the-kitchen-sink po-boys like the cheese omelet or bacon and egg breakfast po-boys, the “Judge Bosetta” (ground beef, sausage and Swiss) and a carb-loading French fry-stuffed po-boy.
When you want to take advantage of good weather and avoid the elbow-to-elbow lunchtime crowds, call ahead and carry your po-boy the short walk to the Moon Walk and riverfront parks for a picnic with sweeping views of the Mississippi River.
Johnny's Po-Boys has served po-boys to generations of locals and visitors in the same French Quarter location since 1950.