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New to OC...need GOOD CAJUN immediately

onedrummer Feb 21, 2007 08:35 AM

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

  1. elmomonster Feb 21, 2007 08:50 AM

    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:


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      rameniac Feb 21, 2007 10:08 AM

      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
        elmomonster Feb 21, 2007 11:59 AM

        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:

      2. OCAnn Feb 21, 2007 10:23 AM

        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.

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          SouthOCHound Feb 21, 2007 11:02 AM

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

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            cdmedici Feb 21, 2007 07:19 PM

            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.

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              Das Ubergeek Feb 22, 2007 03:33 PM

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

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                cdmedici Feb 22, 2007 04:48 PM

                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.

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              StivKaye Feb 22, 2007 12:06 PM

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

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