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Oct 5, 2006 08:14 PM

Best Cajun/Creole???

Does anyone have any opinions about where the best Cajun is in the LA area?

Here's a few I've heard about but the drive to Marina Del Ray and Hermosa Beach is long and I want it to be worth the gas$$$.

Uncle Darrow's

Ragin Cajun

New Orleans Cafe

I've been to Harold & Belle's and it was very good. I've heard about House Of Blues too. Any clues about some great out of the way non-chains?

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  1. I LOVED the Creole Chef in the Baldwin Hills Mall... Really excellent food! :)


    1. Uncle Darrow's is excellent! I love the gumbo jabalaya there. They give samples if you want a little taste before committing. Also, get on their email list to learn about their crawfish boils. Fun!

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        1. So there aren't any other recommendations for Cajun in LA? How about the SFValley or Orange County? Ventura County?

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          1. re: dmax

            In OC, there are a couple of Vietnamese Run Creole Style Crawfish Boil places that recently recieved raves.

            Also, in LB there is a "New Orleans" cafe that opened up last year supposedly run by the Katrina Survivor... I haven't tried either...


          2. I think The Creole Chef is the best Cajun/Creole in LA -- better than Harold & Belle's (second best, in my opinion), Uncle Darrow's, Gumbo Pot and Rajin' Cajun. I've never eaten at New Orleans Cafe.

            I live in Marina Del Rey and I would rather drive to The Creole Chef
            thank walk to Uncle Darrow's.

            The Creole Chef
            3715 Santa Rosalia
            Los Angeles
            (323) 294-2433




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            1. re: Norm Man

              I'm curious about Stevie's Creole Cafe in Encino (convenient to my neighborhood). Has anyone tried? How does it compare to the others mentioned?

              1. re: archer

                The catfish was excellent, but I found the place REALLY expensive and the wait really long. I can't explain it, but there was a weird "sold out" vibe.

                1. re: archer

                  The food is very good, but unless you just order appetizers, you can only get huge portions at high prices. It's like Buca di Beppo's strategy - everybody either takes food home or wastes it.

                  The best way to dine at Stevie's is for a party of two to order two appetizers and a dinner - that way the portions end up about right.

                  1. re: archer

                    stevies used to be good. lately really bland for some reason. service horrible. great desserts and cornbread. oxtails good. just bland

                  2. re: Norm Man

                    The Gumbo Pot shouldn't even be considered in this discussion. Saying The Gumbo Pot is good Louisiana cooking is like saying The Olive Garden serves great Italian food. Their food often has no resemblance to the real deal.

                    1. re: Woolsey

                      I haven't been to the Gumbo Pot in several months and I hope that it has not declined during that period, since the origianl owner Charles sold it to his cook Clinton. I have been there mamy times since they opened years ago and had some very good although not always traditional chow. Beignets are usually ok with the bottomless cup of Cafe au Lait made with a French Roast/Chicory blend. The Jambalaya is 'wetter' than what I was served in SW LA (Cajun Country) but spicy and tasty. It was even better before they changed andouille brands to a lower priced product but it's still good. The Seafood Salad has always been fresh and good and I've enjoyed the Po-Boys on occasion! The Corn Muffins are pretty good as is the Creole Mustard Potato Salad. And they offered Barq's Root Beer before it was available on the W. Coast!

                      1. re: sel

                        I am afraid to report that it is a mere shadow of its former self...the beignets have been tough and doughy...the once excellent overstuffed oyster po-boys have been just plain sad (my last po-boy here had only two oysters!!)...the muffelatas short of meat and olive salad...and as reported by sel, the gumbos and jambalaya lack the "good" andouille and good flavor!!

                        Charles Meyer ran a tight ship at all of his restaurants (Ritz, Gumbo Pot, Kokomo) and they all have suffered in consistancy and quality since he departed...Fortunately you can still get excellent "Charles Meyer" cuisine in San Luis Obispo at his restaurant Big Sky...with excellent beignets and wonderful andouille.

                        To this former New Orleans resident, the flavor of the cuisine at Ragin Cajun is the closest to Cajun Lousiana you will find in the Los Angeles area (it is not always perfect, but usually very satisfying...the owner is always there and he is from Lafayette LA!!