Archive for August, 2011

A Little Po’Boy History

Friday, August 26th, 2011

All us New Orleanians know that our festive city created that wonderful sandwich we call the Po’Boy. But we’ve probably forgotten the history behind the Crescent City’s French bread brainchild. We serve seven different Po’Boys here at the Rivershack Tavern, and our prices show that we haven’t forgotten the sandwich’s history! So read through this tasty history lesson, and then come on down to the Shack to enjoy a fresh, local Po’Boy and the best Metairie drink specials.

-       Benny and Clovis Martin moved to New Orleans in the 1910s to work as streetcar conductors.

-       They open Martin Brothers’ Coffee Stand in the French Market in 1922.

-       On July 1, 1927, the streetcar motormen and conductors went on strike following heated contract negotiations. The strike was very violent and the public participated by not riding the streetcars.

-       Many businesses helped the union men by donating goods and services.

-       The Martin Brothers were one of these businesses. The brothers wrote a letter promising a free meal to members of the local union.

-       The New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Society states that Bennie Martin said, “”We fed those men free of charge until the strike ended. Whenever we saw one of the striking men coming, one of us would say, ‘Here comes another poor boy.’” And thus, the Po-Boy was born.

-       To be able to serve more sandwiches, the Martin Brothers’ baker recreated the French bread, making the ends uniform in length, as opposed to the typically narrowed ends of French bread.

-       This new style allowed large sandwiches and the Martin Brothers’ kept the prices low, ensuring many a po’ boy during the Great Depression could afford a sandwich to eat.

We at the Shack raise our glasses to the generosity and innovation of the Martin Brothers! We sure do love the sandwiches they created.

Come On Down for Our Redfish Special After You Read These Fun Facts

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Redfish are one of those delicious delicacies that just grow better in Louisiana waters. The freshly caught redfish we bring in are beauties and when we cook them at the Shack, you know we have the best redfish in Metairie. They aren’t usually on our menu – that’s how exceptional they are – so when we have a redfish special we want everyone in town to come enjoy the food along with the best Metairie happy hour around.

Here are some fun facts about redfish to educate everyone on one of our local gilled favorites:

- Redfish live in estuaries and around barrier islands from Texas to Virginia – so yes, these guys are Southern!

- Fishermen have caught redfish that weigh in at over 90 pounds! We’re not kidding; imagine a fish the size of your Labrador Retriever…

- Crabs are the redfish’s primary food source, but they also eat shrimp, mullet, and other small fish. They really have a lot in common with us at the Shack.

-Redfish food value is not good after 15 lbs., meaning the victory of reeling in a dog-sized fish does not transfer to good eating.

-Redfish aren’t long distance travelers, so they stay close to their birthplace their whole lives. Again, they’re a bit like us, but we stay because we’ve never found better drink specials or tastier food.

So why are we telling you this if we don’t even usually have redfish on the menu? That’s right…we have a scrumptious redfish special tonight! Come on down for Pan-Seared Redfish served over Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with a Tasso Butter Sauce and Baby Spinach. Is your mouth watering? We know it is, so come grab a beer at the Shack and we’ll take care of all your needs!

Happy National IPA Day!

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Today is National IPA Day, so of course we’re celebrating down at the Shack! But since we have the best happy hour deals in Metairie, who could blame us for a little Thursday night party?

Unsure about IPAs? You’re not alone. Many people avoid them because of their strong bitter flavor. But with drink specials like ours, it won’t hurt your wallet to try a pint after you enjoy some of your regualr favorite brew.

India Pale Ales are descended from 17th century, British pale ales. The color, like the name, comes from the pale malts used to make the beer. A quick Wikipedia check tells us that, in the 18th century, pale ale was manufactured with coke-fired malt; this needed less smoking and roasting of barley in the malting process, producing a paler beer.

Beer lovers like to tell a tall tale about the history of the IPA name. It is said that IPAs were brewed with extra hops and alcohol to help them survive the journey from Britain to India. While brewers had been told to add hops to beers being exported to warm climates, IPAs weren’t the only beer traveling to India – porters did, too. But the beer was very popular in India, and exporters eventually adopted the name.

If you’re curious to try an IPA tonight, there are two great local options. NOLA Brewing makes the Hopitoulas IPA, and Abita makes the Jockamo IPA. The Jockamo is a perfect IPA for newbies. It’s very balanced and isn’t overly hoppy. The Hopitoulas packs a bigger punch in terms of bitterness, but is still very drinkable.

If you want to celebrate National IPA Day, come join us at the Shack! Enjoy some Metairie live music, while sipping local brews. We promise you’ll have a good time with us!