History of the New Orleans Poor Boy – Episode #65
Mark & Vincent Bolognamaking Teddy's Grill roast beef po-boys.

Me & Dad making Teddy’s Grill roast beef po-boys.

History of the New Orleans Poor Boy

In today’s episode, we explore the history of the New Orleans poor boy. 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.

You also get to hear from my Dad – he and my Mom owned Teddy’s Grill, a neighborhood po-boy place, for 36 years.

All this and more on today’s show!

NOTE: This show is being released just before Father’s Day 2018. Because of this, I’ve decided to replay an early discussion I had with my Dad about the history of the po-boy in New Orleans. Most of today’s episode was previously released back in episode #6, but it does include some updates. My Dad was the first guest on the show, so this one will always be special to me!


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Thank You

Thanks to my Dad, Vincent Bologna, for joining me on this episode! Thanks also to my Mom – together they raised me (and my brother and sister) while they were also starting a new life together, and figuring out how to run a business.


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