Johnny’s History

About Johnny’s Po-Boys Restaurant

Johnny’s Po-Boys is a New Orleans French Quarter Landmark. Established in 1950, Located in the heart of the French Quarter at 511 St. Louis Street, where it has continued out its 3rd generation Legacy.

It was begun with Mr. Johnny and Ms. Betty De Grusha in the 1950’s with a humble beginning. Opening a grocery store and sandwich shop at 506 Chartres, they watched the French Quarter grow. In 1950, to keep up with expanding business, Johnny and Betty moved to their current location at 511 St. Louis Street. The business continues to thrive today and now is on into its third generation of family.

Johnny De Grusha waiting for your order!

Following Katrina, Johnny’s, the city’s oldest family-owned po-boy restaurant, in fact the oldest in the world, re-opened its doors on October 31st 2005, in an effort to help rebuild the city.

Betty De Grusha

When Johnny’s first started, Mr. Johnny fed the workers on the River, the Courthouse, Jax Brewery, Royal Orleans, locals and the tourists. He opened at 7:00 a.m. and closed sometimes at 10:00 p.m. As the workers got off, they needed dinner, so he provided hot meals for them. Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo, Fried chicken, Meatballs & Spaghetti, and a favorite, Hamburger Steak with grilled onions. These meals are still offered today. Having been written up as Good Housekeeping’s Top 100 Value Restaurants in the country.

The walls are covered with rich history and great awards through the years.

Johnny’s has always made everything fresh daily. That tradition continues today, from our Creole Red Beans and Rice, slow cooked Roast Beef, Cajun Seafood Gumbo and including our muffalettas. Johnny’s is sure to please your pallet with the largest selections of over-stuffed po-boys in the city, as well as our Breakfast and plate-lunches.

Now we talk French Bread. Mr. Johnny has always used a local vender named Leidenheimer, owned by the Whann Family. It is the best! Our muffaletta bread come from them also, we will talk about that later.

No where else will you find seafood fried in our special blend of seasoning, but right here. Using yellow and white flour mixtures along with spices, they are fried crispy and juicy. As a po-boy, it does not get any better than that. The seafood includes shrimp, oyster, catfish, crawfish, crab cakes and soft shell crab. Seafood is what New Orleans prides itself on. It is local vendors that keep our economy going. Oysters from P. and J. Oyster Company, Des Allemandes Catfish, and Shrimp, right here! Tourist and locals come in especially for the seafood.

Now to get to the muffalettas. They are a sandwich on their own. Filled with ham, Imported Salami, Mozzarella Cheese, and topped with an olive relish made by us is not a simple meal. This old time favorite of many has come a long way. Now we fill the Italian Bread type with Seafood. A twist for the tourist and locals too.

For the breakfast lover, we have it all, eggs, pancakes, & omelets. Some tourists get an egg breakfast with catfish! We serve hash browns and grits and some people get cheese on the grits. Big biscuits or Big Muffins are a meal also.