500BestSquareItalian Special Poor Boy @ R&O’s

The Italian poor boy has spread to many sandwich shops around the city. But it began art R&O’s back in the days when the Bucktown seafood, pizza and sandwich maker was in its original location behind the old East End Grocery. R&O’s has moved and expanded twice, but that sandwich remains great. It’s Italian sausage and meatballs, each sliced and doused in red sauce, then covered with a few slices of mozzarella cheese. All this is on an unusual hybrid of French bread with Italian bread: the shape of the former, the sesame seeds of the latter. They heat it up and then it’s all up to you.

R&O’s. Bucktown: 216 Old Hammond Hwy. 504-831-1248.

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