While I was hanging out at Johnny Oak's Po'Boy & Shrimp Shack last week enjoying the Creole Shrimp Po'Boy I wrote about for this week's Alive, the guys behind the counter urged me to check out the new Johnny Oak's food truck downtown.

I don't need much urging to try out a new food truck. And this one's a winner. It's parked at the corner of Gay and High during lunchtime, and manned by the congenial Johnny Oak himself. He slow-smokes all of the meat himself, and makes the sauces and sides from scratch.

For lunch, I split a couple of sandwiches with Bethia Woolf of Columbus Food Adventures. We tried a blackened beef brisket sandwich and a pulled pork sandwich topped with cole slaw. I liked the brisket best: tender, smoky meat just kissed in spicy Cajun barbecue sauce and sprinkled (as everything is here) with a paprika-tasting spice mix.

Bethia preferred the pulled pork, which had lots more of that Cajun BBQ sauce and therefore lots more heat. But the cole slaw balanced out the heat factor quite nicely.

Our sides, the greens & bacon and beans & sausage, were both very tasty as well.

Now, as fair warning, the menu states "Each and every day I will have a little something different." When we showed up at 12:30 p.m., Johnny had already run out of some of that day's menu offerings, and by the time we finished up our lunch at the picnic table next to his truck, he was sold out of everything. So you'll want to go with a flexible mindset.

Here's what was on the menu the day we went: • Blackened beef brisket sandwich • Rib tip dinner • Pulled pork sandwich topped with cole slaw • Smoked alligator • Bourbon Street chicken dinner

Sides: • Greens and bacon • Beans and pork sausage • Dirty rice • Red beans and rice • BBQ potato

Johnny Oak's Cajun BBQ Truck Corner of High and Gay 614-620-6165

(Bethia Woolf photos)