One day, while roaming southern Gwinnett county looking for lunch, I wandered by Off the Hook, on Lawrenceville Highway. In a shopping center, near a Jamaican restaurant that originally lured me in to the parking lot, you have to be careful and not end up at the Aldi, behind it.
On my first visit, I had the shrimp po-boy, which was darn near perfect. The foil? The dijon-based remoulade, that made the entire sandwich taste, to me, like propane smells. I just don’t care for horseradish / dijon. Open since 2015, I had never noticed them before, but I found that they have quite a following, particularly on Fridays, when you are hard-pressed to find a parking spot. The red beans and rice were Cajun inspired and made for a good side. On my next visit, I fixed the problem of the first,
and ordered the po-boy without remoulade. The tomatoes were fresh-tasting, particularly for March, and the shrimp were bite-sized and flavor-packed. A lot of folks prefer their shrimp larger, but I find that on a sandwich, a larger shrimp tends to pull out of the roll, leaving a meat-sized hole in the next bite. With the smaller shrimp, every bite has shrimp. The bread has enough heft to hold up under the weight, without becoming soggy or turning to mush while you try to hold it. This time, I tried the fries and they were fresh cut and served hot. My companions on the second visit had a crab cake, which was much more crab than filler and the fried catfish.
Always nice to find a good seafood joint, when you’re land-locked.