The history of the po’ boy is almost as rich and varied as the city it comes from, New Orleans, LA. A great choice for any meal, the sandwich is one of the most popular specialties at Buzzard Billy’s in Lincoln, NE. The restaurant regularly serves the dish, among other delicious soul and Cajun foods. Below, they dive into the fascinating development of this tasty treat.
What Is the History of the Po’ Boy?
How It Started
In the spring of 1929, the streetcar drivers of New Orleans went on strike to demand better hourly wages for conductors and motormen. The strike continued until June, when the workers were forced to rally under the hot, southern sun. Their plight—and their hunger—stirred the consciences of brothers Benjamin and Clovis Martin, two former streetcar drivers who had opened a restaurant on Saint Claude Avenue. They decided to help the workers by offering inexpensive sandwiches on French bread.
How It Got Its Name
This French bread sandwich featured spare roast beef bits and gravy, and it was served to workers out of the back of the brothers’ establishment. The Martin brothers told local newspapers that their meals were free for members of Division 194. Whenever a worker would approach the restaurant’s back door, someone would shout, “Here comes another poor boy!” The cry became synonymous with the sandwich, which was soon known as the po’ boy.
How It Has Changed
Modern variations of the po’ boy come in many forms, including those loaded with fried shrimp, catfish filet, tilapia, Cajun sausage, and vegetables. Other variations include those inspired by another famous sandwich, the Philly cheesesteak, and fan-favorite Cajun foods such as Jamaican jerk chicken. Po’ boy sandwiches typically include a side of French fries, hush puppies, or salad. And since this New Orleans staple comes in a variety of options, it works for lunch, dinner, and even a late breakfast.
If you’re ready to bite into a delectable po’ boy, visit Buzzard Billy’s today. The soul and Cajun food restaurant and bar offers a comprehensive menu to satisfy any palette. Give them a call today at (402) 475-8822 to learn about their happy hour options or banquet services, and visit them online to view their menu.