Even measured against the definition-stretching specimen at Mahony's, in New Orleans, this grilled shrimp "po' boy sandwich" ($12.75) is an outlier. It's served on ciabatta, which might help provide a consistent product at the stadium but that's also much stiffer and heavier than the familiar Leidenheimer's loaf. In place of the traditional dressings — lettuce, tomato, mayo, and pickle — Catch of the Day employs hot pepper, carrot, what may be jicama, and a coarse-grained "Creole mustard." For that matter, po' boys generally aren't spicy unless and until you add hot sauce yourself; this one kept zinging me till I got ahold of the house cola.
To be sure, it's a good sandwich, featuring great shellfish; you'd expect no less from David Pasternack, the guiding hand behind Esca. I'd like to get my mitts on his lobster roll, too.
Catch of the Day
Beyond right field, near the "Pepsi Porch"
Citi Field, Queens