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New to OC...need GOOD CAJUN immediately

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Prefer in Costa Mesa/Newport/HB, especially killer crawfish etoufee...anybody?

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  1. Slim pickin's for Cajun in OC. But Memphis in Costa Mesa has some Cajun dishes (or is it Creole). Catfish Po' Boys, Seafood Jambalaya, and Gumbo. No Etoufee though. Crescent City in Tustin had Etoufee, but it just recently shuttered its doors.

    Here's my review of Memphis' Happy Hour:

    http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/...

    1. try a viet-cajun crab/crawfish restaurant. don't know if they're particularly authentic, but they're crazy good. boiling crab or crawfish house in westminster. i believe they may even have etoufee; crabulous in rosemead does but that's probably a bit out of your way.

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      1. re: rameniac

        Second Boiling Crab. They do in fact have Gumbo. But the crawdads, shrimp, and crabs are the things to get here.

        Here's a review with photos:
        http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/...

      2. In Downtown Disney, there's Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen. Not sure if they have crawfish etoufee, or if they're authentic cajun, but they serve good, solid food.

        1. Hmmm. What about Johnny Reb's in Orange? It's Southern cookin' but I'm not sure how cajun it is.

          1. If you like hot and spicy cajun shrimp, you should give JackShrimp a try. There is one in Newport on PCH. I think they have one in Irvine and Aliso Viejo as well.
            http://www.jackshrimp.com/index.htm

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            1. re: cdmedici

              I just can't get into JackShrimp. It's like Killer Shrimp... but worse.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                It was the only place I could think of in Newport. I have not been in a few years. I remember liking back then. Of course the fact that I pass it everyday one the way home and haven't been back might be saying something as well.

            2. There's also Rockin' Crawfish on Bolsa...