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Poor Boys

5 Griffin Centre

Kingston KT1 1JT Greater London, United Kingdom

Fried Shrimp ‘Po Boy’

When it comes to sandwiches there are some very specific buzzwords that put the old salivary glands on high alert. Buzz words like huge, buttermilk, brioche, mustard, and fried. All of the above apply to the fried shrimp ‘Po Boy’ from Poor Boys, a New Orleans-inspired street food spot in Kingston. This beast of a sandwich comes packed full of tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, honey mustard sauce, and importantly, buttermilk fried shrimp. Once we figured out the logistics of how to get the whole thing in our mouths, we discovered that the crispiness of the fried shrimp was off the charts. Combined with the softness of the brioche bun it was a real texture party.

Crispy buttermilk fried shrimp, sweet brioche bread, top quality honey mustard sauce. No you haven’t fallen into an M&S ad, we’re just letting you know what to expect from the seriously tasty and seriously hefty sandwiches from Poor Boys. A New Orleans-style street food deli in Kingston, this casual spot is all about ‘po’ boys’. In case you haven’t come across a po’ boy before, it’s a huge sandwich situation that was handed out to strikers in New Orleans way back in the 1920s. Now that we’ve filled you in on some essential sarnie history, know that you’ll find delicious things like lobster and mac ‘n’ cheese on Poor Boys’ menu but that friend shrimp po’ boy is very much the star of the show here.

Unsure if your dad enjoys a nice long walk? Just ask yourself whether your most prominent childhood memory is your father saying the phrase ‘let’s get some fresh air kids!’. If the answer is yes, then we can pretty much guarantee your dad will appreciate a walk on Sunday. Yes, even if it’s raining. Head for one of the biggest green spaces in London, Richmond Park. Amidst all that walking, talking, and deer spotting, grab a winning fried prawn sub from Poor Boys. This great little sandwich shop is just across the river from the King’s Field entrance and we can confirm that their New Orleans-inspired street food tastes even better when consumed at the Richmond Hill Viewing Point.

Okay, so picture walking into Subway. Except behind the glass, in the place where the processed meats and other fillings are, there are options like fresh buttermilk fried shrimps, black angus prime brisket, and cajun blackened chicken - all in a brioche sub. Next step, you pick between things like Louisiana hot, honey mustard, and cajun mayo for the sauces, and you notice things like seafood platters, and ice cream floats on the menu. Now you’re getting really excited, because your friend has pointed out that you can get the same options on top of a cajun mac and cheese. Or chips. Or a salad. And you start to realise that this New Orleans-inspired spot in the Griffin Centre might just be your new favourite place.

Want something more wrap, and less sub? Pick up a customise-it-yourself chicken wrap from Castle Street’s Don Corleone. Or head to Farm Fresh Burgers on Penrhyn Road if you’re looking to scratch that American-inspired burger and shake itch.

Fried shrimp ‘Po Boy’

“PSA: anyone who likes shrimp and huge sandwiches should probably get acquainted with this beast of a roll. I repeat: Get. This. Sandwich. I stumbled across this Kingston spot’s Instagram page around 10am on Tuesday, and waited not-so-patiently for them to open at 12pm so I could order a bunch of stuff. I got a three-cheese cajun mac and cheese with fried mushrooms, buttermilk fried shrimp cajun fries, and a ‘Po boy’ - a brioche bread sandwich filled with buttermilk fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and honey mustard sauce. Everything was great, but the roll was exceptional. The shrimp was crispy, the mustard added a nice sweetness, and the brioche bun was the perfect vehicle to safely deliver it all to my mouth.”

- Rianne Shlebak, Editorial Assistant

Poor Boys are delivering New Orleans style buttermilk chicken, grilled lobster, and mac and cheese in and around Kingston. You can order here.

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