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A Sandwich A Day: Fried Green Tomato Po Boy at Crabby Jack's in New Orleans

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[Photograph: Abby McCartney]

The sign outside Crabby Jack's proclaims it a "Po Boy Museum." But if you're picturing sandwiches in glass cases, meant to be admired but not eaten, you would be sorely mistaken. Instead, Crabby Jack's is a living, breathing tribute to the glories of the po boy. It attracts visitors and locals alike by proudly proclaiming its quirky character and by producing some of the finest po boy specimens to be found in New Orleans (or, for that matter, anywhere else).

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Not your typical museum. [Photograph: Abby McCartney]

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Inside, walls are adorned with the Crabby Jack's motto: "Be Nice or Leave." [Photograph: Abby McCartney]

The Fried Green Tomato po boy ($10.50) is typical of the Crabby Jack's style: an overstuffed and a little over-the-top version of a classic. In addition to the fried green tomatoes, there are un-fried red tomatoes as well as a generous helping of shrimp and remoulade sauce, lettuce, and pickles, all piled on a long, fluffy roll. Unlike your typical shrimp po-boy, the shrimp hasn't been breaded and fried, which allows it to soak up the sauce without getting soggy. The fried green tomatoes are chewy and a little sweet. And, as always, the pickles do the crucial work of cutting through all that dripping goodness.

If only every museum were so tasty.

Crabby Jack's
428 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans 70121 (map) 504-833-2722 crabbyjacksnola.com

About the author: A native Texan, Abby McCartney now lives, works, and eats in New Orleans, where she teaches high school math by day and explores the city's rich food culture by night. She makes a mean chocolate chip pecan pie, loves avocado on everything, and is learning to like yogurt.

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