Jun 10, 2024 - Food and Drink

Williams Seafood & Poboy serves up a great shrimp poboy

A close-up picture of a poboy. Half of it is shrimp, and the other half is catfish.

A half-and-half poboy at Williams Seafood & Poboy with fried shrimp and fried catfish. It comes with cocktail and tartar sauces. Photo: Chelsea Brasted/Axios

Soon after starting our poboy of the week series, we got a reader email saying the best New Orleans poboys could be found at Williams Seafood & Poboy in Kenner.

Why it matters: Obviously, we had to try it out.

Zoom in: That email came from Taslin Alfonzo, the communications director for NOLA Public Schools.

  • "I've been coming here for 15 years," Alfonzo told me when we met up there for lunch. "It's really the best." She said the restaurant was a routine after-work stop when she clocked off from a previous job working in local TV news.
  • I believe it. The staff greeted Alfonzo by name, and she seemed to look at the menu just as a courtesy while I took my time choosing.
A selfie with Chelsea Brasted and Taslin Alfonzo while they stand near the ordering counter for Williams Seafood & Poboy.
A poboy selfie with NOLA Public Schools communications director Taslin Alfonzo. Photo: Chelsea Brasted/Axios

What I ordered: A half-and-half poboy with shrimp and catfish ($16), dressed, plus a side of potato salad ($5).

  • It arrived quickly, with a big lemon wedge to squeeze over the sandwich.
  • There was also a giant squeeze bottle filled to the brim with Louisiana Hot Sauce, which I doused over the whole thing.

The bottom line: Alfonzo's recommendation was spot on.

  • Everything tasted so fresh, and I couldn't pick a favorite between the two halves of my poboy.
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