The po' boy is the classic meal of a crisis situation, a symbol of hard times made better.
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The iconic New Orleans sandwich is said to have originated in the early 20th century, the name deriving from the plea, "Give a po' boy ("poor boy") a sandwich?"
These hearty sandwiches may well have been the only sustenance an impoverished laborer had throughout the day.
At any New Orleans po' boy joint, you order your sandwich "dressed" — with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and hot sauce.
New Orleans chef John Besh — owner of August, La Provence, Lüke and Besh Steak — offers his favorite versions.Recipe: Louisiana soft-shell crab, lettuce and tomato po' boy (on this page)
Recipe: Fried oyster po' boy
(on this page)