Who’s not a po-boy in this economy?

Café Lou Lou Chef Clay Wallace will celebrate that New Orleans cultural icon, the po-boy sandwich, on Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22. Both the St. Matthews (106 Sears Ave.) and Highlands (2216 Dundee Road) locations will serve fried shrimp, fried oysters, blackened red fish, and roast beef and gravy po-boys. Traditional side dishes of potato salad and french fries will also be on the menu.

The po-boy, seafood or meat and sauce piled high on French bread, got its name during a violent 1929 streetcar strike in New Orleans, according to a regional historian recently quoted in The New York Times. A shop owner, sympathetic to the striking workers, pledged sandwiches and coffee for the “po’ boys” who were walking the bricks.

Taste a sample of New Orleans heritage Saturday and Sunday at Café Lou Lou.