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OC's Best Shrimp Po' Boy: Seal Beach, Huntington Beach

Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich Orange County CA

Looking for the best fried shrimp po' boy sandwich in Orange County, CA? The Hangout serves this Louisiana classic dish at both of our locations in Seal Beach and Huntington Beach. If you can't be in the Big Easy, we're the next best destination! Our take is right in step with tradition. A hearty sandwich that is both filling, great tasting, and satisfying.

Our shrimp po' boy sandwich includes: fresh fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, pickle & chipotle aioli on a french roll. Included are crispy french fries cooked just right. 

Here's what our customers say about our shrimp po boy sandwich in Orange County, CA

My po' boy was exquisite. Not greasy or heavy and when it came on the plate heaped with fries, I initially regretted the behemoth.  It was sensational and light and honestly the best fries I ever had.

The Po Boy sandwich is as good as any I've ever had! Lightly breaded shrimp, soft fresh bread & Chipotle Aioli that's yummy! 

Where to Get a shrimp po’ Boy near you

Visit one of our two restaurants in Orange County.  We have locations in Seal Beach or Huntington Beach, CA. We look forward to serving you.


The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar
901 Ocean Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Tel: (562) 431-4888
Reservations: No
Hours: 7 am to 12 am
Parking: Free for 2 hours


Hangout Too Bar & Southern Grill
16490 Bolsa Chica St
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Tel: (657) 204-9306
Reservations: No
Hours: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Parking: Free, no time restrictions.

New Orleans: Origin of the Po Boy

Origin Of The Po' Boy Sandwich

A po' boy is a submarine style sandwich that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana. The history dates back to over 100 years ago during the 1920s depression era. 

July of 1929 saw the New Orleans streetcar strike. Contract negotiations broke down between Carmen’s Union and New Orleans Public Service, Inc (NOPSI).

The central issue was of a wage increase. The labor impasse put as many as 1,100 people out of work.

The po boy* sandwich is widely credited to the Martin brothers (Bernie and Clovis); owners of a restaurant in the French Market. Men in the picket lines were unable to buy lunch or had to leave the picket line for food.

The Martins referred to them as "poor boys".  Hence the name was applied to the sandwich. As former streetcar conductors, the brothers took an oath to feed striking workers. 

Strike breakers were brought in from out of state in an attempt to resume transportation. The New Orleans streetcar strike was a period of extreme violence. Streetcars were overturned and torched.

Many of the streetcars were destroyed marking a period of extreme violence. The strike was not resolved until October of the same year. As a result of the strike, NOPSI lost 4 million riders. From the 1950s through the 1960s, NOPSI slowly converted streetcars to buses. 

Today, the po Boy sandwich is New Orleans most popular sandwich. An annual festival is held in New Orleans celebrating its heritage each fall.

*Denotes other spellings such as po-boy, poboy, or poor boy.

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Nicholas McDonough

Senior contributor to The Hangout Blog living in Southern California. Connect with