With today’s opening of B’s Po Boy, West Seattle becomes one of the few places in town where diners can scarf an authentic New Orleans-style sandwich loaded with meat, dressed appropriately, and served in bread actually baked in the Big Easy.
Owners Deborah and Ryan Borchelt opened the first location of B’s in Indianapolis and decided to branch out to Seattle after visiting friends here. Now, they’re ready to put po’ boys on the menu at 2738 Alki Ave SW, the former home of Fatburger.
The sandwiches can be had with fillings like barbecue pulled pork, fried shrimp, roast beef, Creole chicken salad, and spicy sausage. They all come “dressed,” which in New Orleans parlance means decked with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and mayo. And the Borchelts are importing bread from New Orleans’ famous Leidenheimer Baking Company, whose French bread is revered as the best vehicle for a traditional po’ boy.
The main attraction is complemented by other Southern-inspired selections that include fried green tomatoes, red beans and rice, chicken and andouille gumbo, and “alligator bites” made with actual alligator tail meat.
The restaurant opens today at 11 a.m. and will henceforth be open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The owners tell Eater they plan to close an hour earlier in winter, and that the hours are “subject to change depending on the business climate.”