There’s a crunchy, squishy burst of brine in every bite of the shrimp po’boy at Sal’s Gumbo Shack. Prompted by friends with a yen for her French Quarter fare, Sally Bevans opened the small Long Beach café in May. Atop her dark, roux-tinged gumbo loaded with seafood, chicken, and spicy sausage sits a lone crab claw—cracked open for easy access. Her jambalaya rice comes al dente, and the fried green tomatoes, okra, and oysters boast corn flour crusts that crumble like pralines. Creole cognoscenti flock to Bevans’s “Soul Food Sundays” to devour succulent braised oxtails and baked turkey wings on the shady back patio. » 6148 Long Beach Blvd., 562-422-8100.