There is one place that you really should visit if you are going to be on the DelMarVa Penninsula and you’re a foodie. No, it’s not the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, the OC inlet, or any other place you’ve likely heard of. It’s Po Boys Creole, the best cajun cooking this side of Louisiana. And it’s located in the most unexpected location, a tiny little strip mall outside of the town of Milton, DE.
When you pull into Po Boys, don’t be scared off by the Dollar Store next door. And when you open the door, don’t be alarmed that the place sort of looks like a cafeteria dressed up for Mardi Gras. Sit down, order up a beer (there’s always different types from Abita and Dogfish Head) and try to decide on one excellent creole dish. It’s a tough decision, so I recommend going with friends and ordering lots of things and sharing!
Over our many visits to Po Boys, we’ve definitely developed some favorites. Since this post is a compilation of many, many trips to Po Boys, I want to talk about a few of our favorites and some of the ordering tips we’ve learned. But here’s the biggest thing–I’m not sure we’ve ever ordered a truly bad menu item and Po Boys, just some thing that we like better than others!!
To start, we love the Blackened Scallops. If you like scallops, you really should order these–they are perfectly blackened, with a lemon caper butter. Okay I’m drooling. We always fight over who gets the last one, so if you have a large group, plan accordingly. Po Boys also typically has at least one appetizer special and a soup of the day. We’ve tried many of their soups and they’re generally fantastic! The calamari is also really good.
For mains, Po Boys offers sandwiches, salads, and entrees. And although their menu isn’t huge–just one sheet printed front and back–all of the creole favorites are there. In the po boy family, we’re basically fans of all of them–from blackened catfish to shrimp to zydeco, they’re all good. And although it’s a sandwich, this is a lot of food–there’s a huge side of fries which are fantastic, especially with the house made remoulade.
A new found favorite of mine is ordering the excellent Po Boys house salad with a fried topping–my favorite is the crawfish, which taste like lightly battered lobster.
Noel is typically a big fan of the entrees, with Jambalaya and Shrimp and Andouille Pasta featuring as two of his favorites.
I’ll admit, there’s never room for dessert. But one day I will go in for that bread pudding! Please check out this favorite on the Eastern Shore!
This post also launches my Life is Sweet at the Beach, Beaches! page. A list of some of our favorite places on the DelMarVa, all in one place!