The artist Bert Long gave me a tour of his garden in the Fifth Ward last week. He pulled some bok choy that was going to seed and cut some spicy arugula leaves and put them in a plastic bag for me to take home. It was lunch time, and I asked him what he recommended. He told me to try the fish poor boy at the Nickel Sandwich Shop.
The Nickel Sandwich Shop is on Lyons near the corner of Lockwood. A fish poor boy with fries and a drink goes for something like $5.19 there. You can get your choice of catfish or trout for the same price. The fish is seasoned with a spicy coating and deep-fried extra-crispy. I got my sandwich fully dressed with lettuce, tomato, purple onion slices and tartar sauce. It was very tasty and a helluva deal.
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I wish I had thought to put a little of Bert's arugula on it.