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Monday, December 20, 2010


Shrimp Po Boy from Crabby Jack's Rastaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Photo Courtesy of Jason Perlow

In honor of National Fried Shrimp Day, eat a po’boy for lunch or dinner. In Louisiana, a po’boy is what some in other parts of the country call, a submarine sandwich. The French bread stick comes “dressed” with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. Pickles and onions are optional. 

According to Wikipedia, one theory claims that "po' boy" was coined in a New Orleans restaurant owned by Benny and Clovis Martin, a former streetcar conductor. In 1929, during a four-month strike against the streetcar company, Martin served his former colleagues free sandwiches. Martin’s restaurant workers jokingly referred to the strikers as "poor boys", and soon the sandwiches themselves took on the name. In Louisiana dialect, this is naturally shortened to "po' boy."

Check local restaurant's menus for this delicious sandwich. If they do not have it, make it at home. Try using a Classic Fried Shrimp Po’boy Recipe by Emeril Legasse, a native of New Orleans. Bon Appétit!

Hungry? How are you going to celebrate National Fried Shrimp Day?


  1. Love shrimp! Love Po'Boys! Didn't know there was a national day to celebrate my special love. I plan to mark this date on my calendar for next year.

  2. Who knew, right!?! I ate Bang Bang Shrimp last night at Bone Fish Grill. Here's to the Po'boys!