t's chunky, it's messy, it's recklessly spilling out juices and its fillings everywhere; in fact, in every possible way this thing is in your face (and on your shirt, your pants ...).

What and how much: Half of a Creole Shrimp Sandwich (a half is more than enough - $7)

Where: Johnny Oaks Po' Boy and Shrimp Shack, a mostly to-go New Orleans-style joint operating on a shoestring and situated just north of Campus. Inside Johnny's, there's not much - a couple of tables, press accolades and a sign that says, "We now serve two kinds of food: hot and not so hot."

Why: A raucous Mardi Gras parade of Cajun flavors dancing through your deprived Yankee mouth

Eat it: It's chunky, it's messy, it's recklessly spilling out juices and its fillings everywhere; in fact, in every possible way this thing is in your face (and on your shirt, your pants ...).

A French-style loaf gets griddle-toasted and jam-packed with sauteed roasted red peppers, celery, onions, tomatoes and about a half-dozen shrimp. Bringing on even more bold NOLA charm is a flurry of cayenne pepper, celery salt, chili flakes and all other appropriate herbs and spices (like lots of thyme).

Oh yeah, and butter. In fact, there's so much cow fat that it's best not to watch this baby getting made, so phone ahead instead. Note: This sandwich will go soggy if not eaten quickly enough - but that shouldn't be a problem!

Sidekicks: Comes a la carte, but try the dirty rice, or if they have them that day, the Cajun fries.