FOLLOWUP: B’s Po Boy opens tomorrow on Alki

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Five months after we brought you first word that B’s Po Boy would bring Cajun cuisine to Alki Beach, the restaurant at 2738 Alki SW opens tomorrow.

When we told you in January about Deborah and Ryan Borchelt‘s plan to expand their Indianapolis restaurant/bar to their new neighborhood, the previous tenant in the West Seattle space (Fatburger) had just closed. The Borchelts have spent the time since – longer than they had hoped, but that seems to happen to most such projects these days – renovating the space and getting ready to unleash their trademark cuisine.

“We’re ready!” Deborah told us this weekend, during a conversation in the 85-person-capacity indoor space (a patio is in the works too but won’t be ready to go until later this summer). Ryan, meantime, was busy in the kitchen, working on a caramel sauce that could not be left alone for so much as a second.

They’ll open daily at 11 am, with “flexible” closing times. “Probably 10 during the week, 11 on weekends in the summer, an hour earlier in the winter. Since we’re opening at the height of the season, if it’s Friday night and we’re packed at 11, we’re not going to close … (but) we’re also not going to be serving liquor until (2 am), we’re not late-night people.” They’re considering opening at 10 for weekend brunch (11 for now), which, by the way, will include their regular menu as well as brunch specialties, and you’ll be able to add a fried egg to any po boy at brunch time.

Along with the signature po boys (starting at $10, with halves available) – fried shrimp and fried oyster are their best-sellers in Indianapolis (where the original B’s Po Boy remains open) – the menu (see it here) also include beignets ($6), mostly missing in our area since the short-lived Mardi Gras Donuts in White Center closed.

Mardi Gras, of course, will be festive at B’s when it rolls around next year.

The green “subway tile” on the bar is in fact one of the main Mardi Gras colors – green, purple, and gold – though Deborah says it just worked out that way; their designers at Mallett chose it.

What’s special year-round: “Everything is made in house,” except the andouille sausage and the bread, which, as she told us in January, will be flown in from New Orleans. The aforementioned beignets are from their own recipe, not a mix. Their sauces are all house-made, too, from the strawberry and chocolate sauces for beignet-dipping to the savory sauces and even one you’ll find bottled and available on the table (along with sriracha, a Pacific Rim touch) – their custom hot sauce, “based on habanero peppers, complex flavor up front before the heat hits you.”

Classic New Orleans cocktails will be on the drink menu, including the Hurricane, Ramos Gin Fizz, and the city’s “official” cocktail, the Sazerac. That name is even painted on the side of the patio – where you’ll also see this painting:

They commissioned it from artist Eric Wallentine for their back yard in Indianapolis but it doesn’t fit where they’re living here, so it’s outside the restaurant. It has a special feature, Deborah told us – a coating that will be illuminated at night. “New place to take a selfie,” she suggested with a smile.

Online, you’ll find the menu and other info at

24 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: B's Po Boy opens tomorrow on Alki"

  • justadumbguy June 11, 2017 (9:55 pm)

    Best of luck to them.  A good Po’ boy nearby would be great for the neighborhood

  • J242 June 12, 2017 (8:07 am)

    I can’t wait to go get a Po Boy and Abita!

  • AlkiLocal June 12, 2017 (9:27 am)

    I wish them luck, too!  I love Cajun food and look forward to patronizing their business.  I certainly hope their landlord will work with them, as I have heard (only anecdotally) that the landlord of that building is difficult to work with and lease terms/rent have, in the past, been outrageous.

  • Sean June 12, 2017 (10:37 am)

    Wow – just visited their Indiana site and the food looks amazing!  Fried green tomatoes coming up :)

  • Jude June 12, 2017 (11:07 am)

    Oh Great…another restaurant along the strip?!Just what we need.
    As much as I would prefer decent fully stocked grocery store with no gouged prices like  the existing ‘Urban Market’ along Alki, but I suppose I’ll take a refreshing cuisine restaurant to another additional “seafood” place. 
    Look forward to trying it out.

  • Chet June 12, 2017 (1:45 pm)


    I would love to hear what other development ideas you have for this location. Perhaps a kite store, surf shop, Ikea, Amazon pick-up location etc…..

    You seem to have your finger on  the pulse of the Alki real estate and business development markets.

  • Anne June 12, 2017 (2:49 pm)

    The food was great! We tried alligator bites, amazing onion rings, BBQ shrimp po boy, pulled pork, black bean burger. The bread they use on the sandwiches is really crispy and light, soo good. And the beignets, to die for, with chocolate or strawberry sauce. Definitely will be back there.

  • dawsonct June 12, 2017 (4:21 pm)

    Jude, if your neighborhood doesn’t have the amenities necessary for your preferred lifestyle, why not move? 
    Something to consider about businesses on Alki, They only have 180 degrees of neighborhood to draw upon, and the total population of Alki isn’t really enough to sustain their commercial strip as it is. With the view, it is a natural location for destination restaurants, but W. Seattle fights a widely held image around the city as being difficult to access. I’ve even had people from Magnolia mention that, seemingly without irony.
    These businesses depend on the active Summer months in order to make it through the slack seasons. Restaurants, despite their many disadvantages for small business owners, may be the businesses most suited to succeed on Alki.

    ANY business that is a success or has the potential for it on Alki should be welcomed with open arms.
    You had a grocery store down there. They went out of business.

    • RCS June 12, 2017 (6:59 pm)

      Agree with every point you make, dawsonct… 100%

    • T June 12, 2017 (8:05 pm)

      So well said dawsonct. Thank you for articulating the challenges of any business on Alki and the reasons why we need and want them to succeed.  Go B’s!!! Can’t wait to try everything! 

  • wscommuter June 12, 2017 (7:42 pm)

    Well said dawsonct.  

    Alki is our treasure.  Speaking as a neighbor who lives a few blocks away, I have a love/hate relationship with the summer months … but mostly love.  We’ll put up with crowds and traffic for the three sunny months if that’s what it takes to make our restaurants succeed.  We love being able to patronize the various restaurants on Alki (and we rotate through most of them) as part of the cool neighborhood we live in.  Can’t wait to try B’s … best of luck to them.

  • Kathy June 12, 2017 (9:53 pm)

    Best of luck – 2 blocks from home! So refreshing to see something really unique to the Seattle area right here in Alki.  You will be seeing us often, year round.

  • WGA June 12, 2017 (10:02 pm)

    I wish them luck.

    I am also still sorry that Cassis could not make a go of it.

  • Intrested June 12, 2017 (11:03 pm)

    Welcome to the neighborhood, I like how the menu looks except there are no prices. Before I go to a restaurant with my whole family I always need to know the prices. Why did you choose to not post the prices? Can anyone tell me how much dinner would be for say 4 people?

  • Ellie June 13, 2017 (10:19 am)

    quote unquote…

     wscommuter June 12, 2017 (7:42 pm)

              Alki is our treasure.

    correct me if I am wrong but Alki is a public beach which means it belongs to the public not just the surrounding WS neighbors (or him/her) as WSCOMMUTER states??? 

    • Kathy June 14, 2017 (10:58 am)


      Alki may be just a park to you, but it is also a neighborhood. I am one neighbor who can get behind a better option for dining here.  Frankly, a lot of the restaurants here don’t try very hard because they rely on business from visitors from outside our neighborhood during  sunny evenings and weekends (which were few and far between this winter). These customers often put up with poor quality for convenience sake. If a restaurant does a good job with providing quality food and service, it will attract more year round business and ensure success.

    • alki_2008 June 14, 2017 (4:42 pm)

      Really Ellie?

      wscommuter is a member of the “public”.  Why must you infer something negative in what s/he said.  Why not read it as “Alki is [the public’s] treasure”?

      If you insist on inferring that it reads as “Alki is [Alki residents’] treasure”, then what’s wrong with that?  It doesn’t mean that non-residents can’t go to Alki.  Of course, non-residents may not consider Alki to be a “treasure” as much as residents do.

  • Jamie Kinney June 13, 2017 (7:45 pm)

    We stopped by this evening. I recommend giving them a couple of weeks to smooth some of the “sharp edges” commonly seen in a new restaurant.  It took over an hour for our food to arrive and there was an error with our order.  These things happen in new restaurants.

    We go to  New Orleans often and had high hopes for B’s. Their bread was legit – and is likely flown in from New Orleans.  The roast beef and pulled pork po-boys were kind of bland.  Also wasn’t a fan of the beignets which were a very thin bubble of dough with far less substance than New Orleans beignets.

    We will give them another shot in a few weeks, but it was not the experience I was hoping for.

  • Kathy June 13, 2017 (10:56 pm)

    No, the beignets were great. About half the size of the ones at Cafe du Monde in NOLA, but you get 5 of them and they are plenty for two people. My husband was rolling his eyes in ecstasy over the catfish po boy.  If they keep up the quality of the food and would just add Manny’s Pale Ale to their draft list we would never have to go anywhere else on Alki.  

  • Adam June 14, 2017 (11:27 am)

    I went yesterday and couldn’t be more impressed.  The space was packed and they were still very attentive to me.  You could tell they were working extremely hard to keep up but doing a great job.  I had the crab cake Po Boy which was delicious and the alligator bites were great.  They are corn meal crusted with lots of meat and a honey mustard dipping sauce.  I can’t wait to get back and try more of the menu.  Great addition to Alki!

  • GAnative June 14, 2017 (2:37 pm)

    We went last night and had the expected new restaurant issues with the service but the food was EXCELLENT.  We had the alligator bites, whole fried oyster po boy, whole fried shrimp po boy, fries and got the sweet potato fries and beignets to go.   All that and 2 beers, a hurricane and a French 75 and our bill was $98 w/tax (both po boys and the alligator were market price but I didn’t look to see what that was).  They were out of the fried green tomatoes so, oh darn, we’ll have to go back again soon. 

  • Tom Cowin June 20, 2017 (12:17 pm)

    We went on the weekend and (native New Orleanian here) had a wonderful experience. The bread is from Leidenheimer’s in New Orleans and I could have been at home at Domilise’s. The shrimp poboy was too good(but I did miss my tabasco). We really enjoyed the oyster and the roast beef as well. We tried the crab cake/polenta cake appetizer and that was very well executed (i.e. delicious). The beignets were good, although a little doughy for me. Red beans were ok. Beer selection good but could be broader. We had a nice chat with Ryan and some excellent service from Celsey. It was great to hear Ryan’s story. They do need kitchen help so please get the word out so we can keep this wonderful piece of NOLA open and serving great food!

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