Oyster , Shrimp, or Alligator Po’ Boys

As with any iconic sandwich, its origin is always susceptible to myth and legend. This classic New Orleans (pronounce NOR-Lans) hails from the depression era. Martin Brothers’ Coffee Stand and Restaurant was opened in the French Market in 1922. Following the stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression, the streetcar drivers of the city went on strike over contract negotiations. The strike went on for many months and Bennie and Clovis Martin started giving out free sandwiches to all of the striking workers. Interviewed years later, Bennie Martin said, “Whenever we saw one of the striking men coming, one of us would say, ‘Here comes another poor boy.’” …..and the name stuck …well, that is the story at least.

The bread also was influenced by the hard times. The brothers noticed that the ends of the loaves of smaller bread was being wasted, so they decided to make the bread from 40-inch loafs, and started cutting them in half. This is why the bread of a Po’ Boy always has a cut edge. And….it is all about the bread. The traditional Po’ Boy bread is made by the Leidenheimer Baking Company and has a slight outer crust and a soft inside. We are having the bread shipped from Louisiana, it is that important.

We are offering a choice of an Oyster, Shrimp or Alligator Po’ Boys. All sandwiches will come “dressed,” meaning lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and remoulade.