Oh, I got excited! Nancy and I went down to Lusby, Maryland, for the weekend and I saw it! The New Orleans by Myra’s food truck, the source of the best Shrimp Po-Boy and the best Oyster Po-Boy in the area. They’d been away for months, and I’d been left bereft. No more! Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer … well, it’s still winter and COVID lingers, but I was content. I saw the truck after our large late lunch at Pinkie’s Eatery, so I waited until the next day to go there.
I drove up at noon sharp, but the truck was just pulling up. Develand, Myra’s husband, yelled, “Five minutes!” so I wandered over to the Giant and bought some stuff, and then went into Patuxent Wine and Spirits and bought some stuff. I then headed back to Myra’s truck. By then, Develand was doing business. It turns out that Myra and Develand had been in Franklinton, Louisiana, where Myra has family. I hope everyone’s okay. I’m ashamed I neglected to ask. Franklinton is the county seat of Washington Parish, which is outside Cajun Country demographically — not a lot of people there speak French as their first language — but it is well within the Cajun culinary sphere of influence. Franklinton also is deep, I mean deep in LSU fan territory, and Myra is decidedly an LSU fan. I, of course, say “Roll Tide” at the drop of a hat.
Develand explained that he’d been late because he had run ten miles that morning. I explained the dangers of running 10 miles in the morning and ordered a remarkably large boudin dog with onions and peppers,
and a small jambalaya.
Big mistake. I should’ve ordered a large jambalaya. Boy, was it good! It was packed with shrimp, sausage and crawfish, and the seasoning was just about perfect. Nancy had a taste or two and agreed that the jambalaya was a great dish.
The boudin dog comes with onions and peppers if you like, and I like. Nancy thought the boudin was a little dry. I have to confess that I had distracted Develand while he was trying to cook with some football trash talk. This was right before the Super Bowl, and Develand asked me who I thought would win. Now, I don’t follow professional football closely, especially this fan-free year. I mainly rely on my friend Dan Ebeling for professional sports wisdom, of which he is a font. Dan’s view of the Super Bowl outcome was, and I quote, “Betting against Tom Brady is like betting against Alabama.” I’ve used that line several times, and I used it with Develand. Naturally that got him away from cooking for a minute, and the boudin dog may have been a smidge overdone. But, Oh! it was delicious! The beautiful blend of spices, the symphony of flavor … I would continue the musical metaphor but I know nothing of music and am under court order not to perform any musical act in 23 states and the District of Columbia. But I do know sausage, and that was good sausage. Myra also offers an Alligator dog, an Andouille dog, and a Louisiana Hot dog. Just try to stop me from trying them all.
Friends, Lusby, Maryland, may be a bit of a drive for you. I know that. But aren’t you sick of being cooped up for a year? Wouldn’t a nice road trip down to Solomons and the Chesapeake Bay be welcome? Wouldn’t you like a world class shrimp or oyster po’ boy or some really good jambalaya or a nice sausage sandwich? Give Myra’s a try. You’ll become a regular.
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