Coming Soon to Arlington: Willie’s Po Boy Truck

by ARLnow.com September 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm 8,241 32 Comments

A new food truck is promising to bring some of the flavors of New Orleans to the streets of Arlington.

Willie’s Po Boy truck expects to make its Arlington debut on Monday. Its Twitter and Facebook pages are up and running, while its web site is still a work in progress. The truck’s menu will include:

  • Oyster Po Boy — $9
  • Shrimp Po Boy — $8
  • Roast Beef Po Boy — $8
  • Pulled Pork Po Boy — $7
  • Chips, Soda and Water — $1
  • Bread Pudding — $3

Photos courtesy Willie’s Po Boy

  • Nunya


  • arlbee

    Now that looks gooooooood.

    • CW

      Sure does! Though I’d like those shrimp to be obscured by mayo, but that’s just my preference.

  • Steve

    When Mr. Arlnow lists that, does it mean this truck will only be in Arlington? Becaues I am in DC during the weekdays and i would really like to eat this stuff. Will this truck come to DC?

  • urmom

    wtf is with food trucks in arlington charging more than delis and restaurants that actually have to pay for their physical location do for a comparable or slightly worse produce? i would eat at food trucks if they were actually cheaper than the alternative, like everywhere else in the country. instead, arlington gets “hip” food trucks that people line up to be associated with, hoping that some of the residual hipness will rub off on them.

    • Aaron

      Enlighten us please. What would you consider a good deli (or less specifically, a non-burger sandwich place) in Arlington?

      The Arlington food truck craze has nothing to do with hipness and more to do with the dearth of places to quickly get a reasonably priced lunch in many neighborhoods.

      • urmom

        for one, mike’s cafe in ballston is a good deli. and i’d hardly call $7 for a likely 6-8″ pulled pork sandwich–no drink or side–reasonably priced.

        • Sikudhani

          What if the sandwich was an irregular shape… or a square?
          How would you be able to discern it’s true value given your inability to judge based solely on one of its dimensions?

          What are Mike’s Cafe’s prices like these days anywho?

          I only went there once about a month after they opened when they were selling sandwiches (that, all dimensions considered, were probably a tad smaller than the one pictured above) for about 5-6 bucks…
          Seemed like a pretty good deal for the quality of their product, but it’s easy for a new business owner to sell stuff that cheap when they don’t quite know how much money they’re actually going to be losing by doing so.

    • PoBoy

      Find an oyster po boy for less that $9. Most are north of $10 around $12 or $13. Don’t hate.

      • urmom

        thats because its a tiny po boy

      • Bob32

        Southside restaurant in Old Town has shrimp and crawfish po boys for $10.

    • Right…

      I guess food trucks don’t actually have to pay for their physical truck? I think that’s your logic at least…

      • urmom

        sure they pay for the truck, but then 1) they own it and can sell it again for near the price they paid and 2) the financing on a food truck is going to be tiny compared with a business ground-floor lease in ballston, clarendon, or rosslyn.

        • JB

          Um, yeah, and a food truck is much more limited to the max numbers of customers they can serve with such a small staff in the one or two hour window when they make about 90% of their business. That means they need to charge enough money to get any kind of profit out of it.

        • no, urmom

          You have some valid points but you need to ask yourself this simple question:
          If I am here to write something credible and worthy of reading do I want to call myself “urmom”?

          Really, what are you 12?

    • NOVApologist

      District Taco is cheaper from the truck than from their restaurant. For the exact same tacos.

      • CW

        I don’t think Sauca is. However, both sets of products taste absolutely gross.

        I agree with the OP. Other places I’ve lived the whole point of a food truck was to have a way for upstarts to compete with brick-and-mortar places. One way they usually do it is on price. Here, like everything else in D.C., they just compete on hype. With the exception of the truly oddball food trucks, for the majority of them I can get what they’re selling better and cheaper at a brick-and-mortar within walking distance of wherever they’re parked that given day.

    • John Fontain

      Urmom – I’ve been befuddled by this myself. The idea of foodtrucks was – up until the last two years or so – that they provided a very affordable alternative to brick and mortar establishments because of the much lower cost of their ‘restaurant.’ Somehow the consuming public is now dumb enough to stand in long lines to pay more for equivalent food from a foodtruck so long as the foodtruck has a cool paint job and a silly name. I just don’t get it.

      Falafel from a street cart in NYC: $5.

      Same falafel from a DC foodtruck with a name such as “Eco Falafel” or “Falafel Lafalel”: $9.

      I guess some people have more money than brains.

      • CW

        Well, that’s the even more ironic thing. There are still original non-hype food carts in D.C. Lots of them. like the bulgogi cart and the burrito guys. And the best value in D.C.? The nice Ethiopian lady in front of my office who will sell you a chili-cheese hot dog for $1.50.

      • Dan

        Pet Rocks, “Gourmet Cupcakes” etc. ……read “Predictably Irrational”.
        Interesting book.

  • Nancy Bailey

    Unless those are enormous shrimp, that’s a pretty small po’boy. The ones I’ve had in New Orleans were twice as long and a lot cheaper in terms of what you actually get.

    • Chris

      Ironically, in New Orleans, our county’s native food (Pizza slices and cupcakes) are sold from trucks and are super tiny running about $10 to $14 a piece. Perhaps it has something to do with keeping all the large, farm raised Pizza Slices and Cupcakes for ourselve and exporting the runts.

  • ZefZefZef

    Looks delicious! I can’t wait to support more independent and local food producers!

    • smoke_jaguar4

      Speaking of local, I’d like to see a soft-shell crab sandwich on the menu.

  • CarsSuck

    how about some Gumbo on the menu??

  • Hungry

    Sammiches always look better in an advertisement photo than they do in person. In person, this sandwich is probably half the size, has two tomato slices, wilted lettuce, and gristle greasy shrimp. Yuk.

    • free form

      Did someone really write “Sammiches?”

      • Sikudhani


  • Tabby

    Po Boys are the most overrated sandwich. It’s a cute name so people buy them and go, oh, is that it?

  • FW

    Does the Health Dept inspect food trucks regularly? Just wondering…

  • T.Miller

    Born in New Orleans many, many years ago. Ate many, many “poor boys.” Never saw a poor boy on anything but French bread. From illustration above, you use some sort of hoagie or submarine bun. No, no, no!


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