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Crescent City (Tustin) closed, ISO po boys and beignets

Professor Salt Jan 16, 2007 10:26 PM

Just passed by the Tustin Marketplace, and the former Crescent City storefront is empty. Just an FYI for those like myself who may not have been in a while. We liked to stop by for a casual cafe au lait lunch every now and again when I felt too lazy to make something. Now I'll have to find another place for po boys and beignets.

Orange County candidates for "cajun" food items include Iva Lee's and The Beachcomber. Are there any other po boy / beignets candidates worth trying?

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  1. JAB RE: Professor Salt Jan 16, 2007 10:52 PM

    I'm so glad to hear that. We had the worst service there.

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      kdoc RE: Professor Salt Jan 17, 2007 05:06 PM

      Feel bad piling on, but that place was pretty terrible. Lukewarm, flavorless gumbo and rock-hard, sour beignets. I actually much prefer the beignets from the take out counter of Ralph Brennan's in Downtown Disney.

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        mikester RE: Professor Salt Jan 17, 2007 05:59 PM

        It's like we're talking about two different places. My wife and I live nearby, and although we weren't regulars, we (like Professor Salt) enjoyed their stuff and the service was fine, considering it was a casual place (walk-up order counter) not a formal restaurant - the staff was always friendly and knowledgeable etc. I thought the Po Boys were good (among other things), esp. with their great fries. We're sad to see it gone.

        1. elmomonster RE: Professor Salt Jan 17, 2007 06:39 PM

          I liked it well enough too. Etoufee was pretty good, (not K-Paul's quality in New Orleans in the late 90s) but it was serviceable. And speaking of service, they've always been really nice to me.


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          1. re: elmomonster
            kevin RE: elmomonster Jan 20, 2007 01:40 AM

            also, the etoffee at crescent city would probably be a quarter the price of K-Paul's if I remember correctly (most entrees at kpual's were in the mide to high 30s)

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            robgue RE: Professor Salt Jan 17, 2007 06:52 PM

            any place in OC with oyster poboys? i've been to a couple places in LA but not here. What about boudain? I was spoiled living near burt's meat market in houston.

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              kevin RE: Professor Salt Jan 20, 2007 01:39 AM

              you know professor the food here was subpar, but somehow it always made me misty-eyed for nola.

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                Professor Salt RE: kevin Jan 20, 2007 02:23 AM

                I never claimed the place was great, or even par. I regret how few places in OC offer this kind of food at all, and was hoping for better options for something as basic as a po boy.

                Oh well, I guess I'll go cry in my torta cubana now... *snif*

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                  mikester RE: Professor Salt Jan 24, 2007 07:55 AM

                  Yeah, there used to be a place in Santa Ana (3rd Street, near Bristol IIRC) called Tippen's seafood, a small storefront operation, they'd do southern-style seafood (i.e., fried everything). Oyster Po'Boys were amazing. Catfish Po'Boys too, and hush puppies. Unfortunately they are long gone.

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                kevin RE: Professor Salt Jan 24, 2007 09:49 AM

                iwa lee's in san clemente, but they don't have po boys (they might), more cal-creole type food. and it's not cheap, it's a sit-down restaurant, prices at least the low 20s.

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                  JBinOC RE: Professor Salt Feb 19, 2007 11:38 AM

                  I second the beignets at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. What's more, when I saved a few of them and heated them in the toaster oven (for about a minute) the next morning, they tasted as good as when they were fresh. I almost ate the bag I had stored them in.

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                    quinntran RE: Professor Salt Feb 19, 2007 12:59 PM

                    King's Fish House in Orange offers po'boys. I haven't tried them though......

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