Coast Cooking

Nothing says Coast like a good po-boy

The fried shrimp po-boy is the most popular po-boy of them all.
The fried shrimp po-boy is the most popular po-boy of them all.

This week we are going down a path we have ventured down before: the world of po-boys. I don’t mind revisiting topics we have talked about before, if they are still relevant to the Coast’s culinary scene, and I can’t think of anything more front and center than the po-boy.

I am not sure I can think of a local restaurant that doesn’t have po-boys on the menu, except fine dining and ethnically diverse places, like a sushi restaurant. I can think of few other foods that are that popular. Of course you all know the story most often told of how this sandwich came about, but whether you believe it or not, we can still be pretty sure its origins are in New Orleans, and that city’s French connections.

If you have been to France you know that those cunning French folks are great lovers of putting good things to eat into a sliced open crusty baguette, so it makes sense that they continued to do the same thing here, but using locally popular ingredients.

I think it can be declared hands down that the most popular po-boy is a fully dressed fried shrimp po-boy. You may argue about what size the shrimp should be, or if it has to be pressed or not, but most folks think of this magnificent sandwich when they think of po-boys.