Now Open Downtown, the New Poboyz Cajun-Creole Restaurant Wants to Honor Louisiana Legends

For the first customers of Poboyz Cajun Creole Kitchen, the restaurant was a welcome coincidence. They had planned to go to New Orleans, but Hurricane Ida derailed their trip. They stumbled upon Poboyz while strolling downtown, and it happened to be the restaurant’s first day open. “They were so pleased because they were so looking forward to eating New Orleans food,” says Randall Willhite, the owner of the Cajun-Creole food cart Poboyz. “It was kind of a meant-to-be thing.”

Poboyz, which started as a cart, is a deep dive into the Louisiana culinary world: Visitors drink hurricanes while they wait for po’boys and jambalaya, snacking on powdered-sugar-dusted beignets on

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