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If you were wondering how the Po’Boy came to be, you went to the right place to hear its story. If you were wondering how the Po’Boy came to be, you went to the right place to listen to its story. Did you know there are seafood Po’Boy options? This classic can come with either fried shrimp or fried oysters at The Crab Shack Crofton.
How the Po’Boy Got Its Name
In 1929, New Orleans’ Electric Street Railway’s conductors and motormen decided to strike over the abusive management of their supervisors. Formerly streetcar conductors Bennie and Clovis Martin now owned a coffee shop, and they decided to help by handing out sandwiches to strikers on the picket line.
The Classic Po’Boy
The original Po’Boys were made with a single stout loaf of bread to make inexpensive sandwiches that could still satisfy the hunger of strikers for a decent meal. They were filled with roast beef, potatoes, and gravy.
When he saw a striker coming to get his sandwich, Bennie would now and then yell to his brother Clovis, “Here comes another poor boy.” Thus, the Po’Boy was born. Its popularity grew after the strike, becoming very popular in New Orleans.
Success Despite the Great Depression
1929 was also the year The Great Depression began. Fortunately, their coffee shop prospered despite the massive economic downturn because of the Po’Boy. The Martin Brothers employed 40 people at their height and stayed open 24 hours a day.
Until they closed shop to retire in 1973, you could only get a Po’Boy in New Orleans from the Martin Brothers. Now it is a Cajun classic famous throughout the United States.
Make sure to stop by The Crab Shack Crofton for your Po’Boy Sub! As mentioned above, you can select the fried shrimp or fried oyster version. You can get your sub with Cajun sauce, shredded slaw, green onion, and tomato.
The Crab Shack serves Cajun standouts like Chicken Jambalaya, Blackened Salmon served with Cajun rice, Steamed Crawfish, and Cajun Boils.
Lovers of fat, juicy crab and excellent seafood don’t have to drive to Baltimore, Ocean City, Hooper’s Island, or Annapolis anymore. Stay close to home and enjoy incredible deliciousness all year round at the two locations below!
Our Crofton branch can accommodate a large party group, so if you are interested in reserving tables, please call (443) 302-2680.