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

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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. 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

            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)

          2. 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.

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

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              1. re: kevin

                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*

                1. re: Professor Salt

                  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.

              2. 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.

                1. 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.

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