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Discover the Delicious History of the New Orleans Poor Boy! - Episode #006

By Mark Bologna

Beyond Bourbon Street is the podcast where we explore the food, music, places, people and events that make New Orleans unique.  Whether you are planning a trip, currently living in New Orleans or simply wanting a taste of the Crescent City from wherever you are, you’ve come to the right place! In this episode we trace the birth of the poor boy from the streetcar motormen strike of 1929 through today.  You’ll be introduced to Benny & Clovis Martin, former motormen themselves who created the first poor boy. You’ll also learn how the name poor boy came into being, and why the term po-boy is not quite correct!  Along the way, we’ll explore the restaurants and people that helped the poor boy become the New Orleans icon it is today.  We’ll stop in at Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Domilise’s, Johnny’s Po-Boys and Mother’s Restaurant.  Our first ever guest on the show is a man who literally grew up in the po-boy business and owned an iconic New Orleans neighborhood restaurant for 36 years, Teddy’s Grill.  He is an expert on the business of the po-boy, and also happens to be my dad - vincent Bologna! For recommendations and locations of great po-boys (or poor boys) in New Orleans, please visit our website at www.beyondbourbonst.com. If you’ve not already done so, you can subscribe to the podcast at www.beyondbourbonst.com/iTunes.  If you are enjoying what we’re producing, I would be honored if you would leave a rating at iTunes.  It helps others discover little glimpse of New Orleans.    

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