History of Zydeco Music and the Po-boy Sandwich

Although there are various legends to the history of the po-boy sandwich, the most common story traces its creation back to the Martin Brothers Coffee Stand and Restaurant in the French Market of New Orleans.  As former streetcar conductors, Bennie and Clovis Martin were highly sympathetic to the transit strike of 1929.  In support of the strikers, the brothers vowed to provide free sandwiches to the “poor boys” on the picket line, and in doing so they developed a new size of French bread with a variety of fillings.  Their generosity and innovations spawned a regional specialty that has spread well beyond Louisiana.  Like its regional brothers and sisters such as grinders, subs, heroes, and hoagies, po-boys have a loyal following as a little taste of Louisiana heaven.


    Zydeco is a musical genre that evolved from music indigenous to the Creoles and natives of Louisiana.  It is a joyous blend of blues, rhythm and blues, and Cajun rhythms and is dominated by the sounds of accordion and washboard.  Today, zydeco music maintains its traditional roots while also incorporating reggae, hip hop, ska, Afro-Caribbean, and other styles.  At Zydeco Po-Boys, you’ll experience the fun, up-tempo sounds of modern and traditional zydeco music while you enjoy authentic Louisiana cuisine.