After being nominated by USA Today as one of the best po’boys in Louisiana, Olde Tyme Grocery is looking to represent Lafayette’s food culture by winning the competition.
The USA Today poll for the best New Orleans-style sandwich is the first ever of its kind for the national newspaper. Olde Tyme, which has been around since 1982, is currently sitting in second place in the early portion of the competition which ends May 9.
“I think what we do different is — and it sounds corny — but we put love into our sandwiches. Our sandwiches are simple. Our recipes are simple,” said Ross Murphree, vice president of Olde Tyme, “Its kind of just a community aspect of what goes into our sandwiches. We have the university here and we have the college kids who work here, so it’s kind of just one big mash of love.”
Murphee said Old Tyme wins local competitions, but it would be great for them to be recognized on a national level.
“We usually win a lot of the local, best-in-Lafayette type things and we’ve been in a lot of articles,” said Murphee. “This is cool because this is a national publication. This is USA Today. That’s why it would be super awesome if we actually won.
“Coming from Lafayette and Acadiana, we do think that our food is a lot better than Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lake Charles,” he added. “It would mean a lot to the community because this is more than about Old Tyme. This is about expressing po’boy love.”
A customer sitting outside waiting for his shrimp po’boy said he was reminded to stop by Olde Tyme for one of their best sellers because he heard about the competition on the radio.
“We frequent the place a pretty good bit, but the reason why we’re here today is we were reminded on 99.9, I think Friday morning, that they were number two in the state for their po’boys,” he said.
If you believe Olde Tyme has the best po’boy’s in Louisiana, too, you can vote for them at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-po-boy-in-louisiana/olde-tyme-grocery-lafayette/share/ up until May 9, and you can vote once a day.
Kendrick Cooper contributed visual elements to this story.