One of our more popular items on the menu is the Po’ Boy Sandwich. Our Po’ Boy is your choice of fried shrimp or fried oysters on a toasted roll with house made remoulade, lettuce and tomato. This is a delicious sandwich and well worth trying.
So how did this delicious sandwich get its name? The facts are not 100% concrete but there are some theories. As you may have guessed, the word Po’ is actually short for “poor”. The most accepted theory for the name is from a 1929 worker’s strike against the New Orleans street car company. Two brothers that used to work for the street car company named, Benny and Clovis Martin, ran a restaurant in the area. They would serve free lunches to their former colleagues during the strike and nicknamed it the “Poor Boy Sandwich”.
There are some varying accounts of that story. But one thing historians all agree upon, is that the sandwich originated in New Orleans, Louisiana. Now you can find the sandwich in most parts of the country and even different parts of the world.
There have been various ways of preparing the sandwich as well. There are the transitional shrimp Po’ Boys. But variations include oysters, chicken and even a combination of white fish with shrimp and oyster. In the 1970’s Roast Beef was the most common filler used in a New Orleans Po’ Boy. The sandwich has come full circle back to being a fried seafood favorite.
Check out our version of this classic when you are beachside at Bunky’s Raw Bar & Grill in Indiatlantic, Florida across from Paradise Beach.