One of the purest pleasures of the holiday season is building a killer sandwich out of Thanksgiving leftovers. Marilynn’s Place, a popular Cajun and Creole restaurant located at 4041 Fern Avenue in Shreveport, has given local foodies an early Christmas gift in the form of the ultimate Thanksgiving po’ boy, a sandwich so good that I ate it twice in the span of 24 hours. It is one of my all-time favorite sandwiches that I’ve eaten in 20 years of living in Shreveport-Bossier.
Boz Baucum, owner of Marilynn’s Place (Marilynn was his mom), will be the first to tell you that the Thanksgiving po’ boy was not his original idea or creation.
“It’s an homage to Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans, they’re famous for it,” Baucum told me. “I figured, hey, we’re 327 miles north of their restaurant, I won’t hurt anyone’s feelings.”
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The sandwich itself is just outstanding. The turkey breast that gives the sandwich so much flavor is slow-smoked for 10 hours before being finished in the oven. Some folks judge a barbecue joint by their brisket, but I’d argue that turkey breast is possibly even more unforgiving – the smoked turkey on this sandwich is exemplary. Then there’s the homemade turkey and dressing, an outstanding homemade cranberry sauce, and even a side of giblet gravy to dunk it in. Pair it with a side of sweet potato fries and get ready. It’s $13.95, but it’s worth every penny.
The sandwich will be available now through Wednesday, Nov. 27.
If, by chance, you love this sandwich as much as I did, you may also want to try the Thanksgiving panini at Biscotti’s at Lewis Gifts. While Mike Lewis’s version of a Thanksgiving sandwich is also undeniably delicious, it’s just not as oversized, bodacious and Instagrammable as the sandwich Boz Baucum considered naming “The Pilgrim Annihilator.” But if you love this flavor combo, try out the very good version at Biscotti’s at Lewis Gifts as well.
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