I have been called a sandwich snob. That accusation is false. However, I do believe in something called sandwich theory. This is my quest to find the greatest sandwiches in Madison. Send me your sandwich recommendations by email or on Twitter or Instagram.
Spring has (hopefully) arrived, so I decided to get my fresh on with a trip to Lake Edge Seafood Company. Since I’ve had po’boys in New Orleans, I was eager to try a local take on the classic. Lake Edge has a modern rustic decor, with plenty of nautical accents, so I stepped up to the counter to order their po’boy with fried shrimp (you can also get calamari or fried fish), lettuce, tomato, Cajun remoulade and Louisiana hot sauce on a French hoagie roll.
The hoagie was fresh, a little warm, and had the right balance of crunch and soft. It also was just the right amount of bread for the makings, making it a worthy vessel to carry my fried shrimpy goodness.
If the shrimp can’t hold its own on a po’boy, you’re in trouble. That was not the case here. The shrimp was fried well, with a little spring and bounce when you bit in, and breading that was neither too thick nor greasy. The remoulade and hot sauce added a little zing, while the lettuce and tomato balanced it out.
With any sandwich with big, chunky fillings, you run the risk of not getting an even break when you take a bite. I had a few full shrimp pull out on bites and some sauce drips, but the integrity of the roll and makings held until the last bite.
This was a more difficult category to tackle. You get the sandwich and one side for $14.95 which is a little expensive for lunch, but it was worth the extra dollars. Everything — from the roll to the remoulade — indicated it was made to order with the freshest ingredients available.
My sister also tried the fried shrimp po’boy and we both left impressed, particularly with the freshness. That detail bumped it up a level for me, and we both left full and content.