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Aug 5, 2007 12:52 AM

New Orleans style (Cajun) food in Orange County?

I was wondering if anyone knew of any New Orleans style Cajun restaurants in Orange County. I know about the crawfish boils in Little Saigon but I would like to know if there are places that have gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, po' boys, muffelettas, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  1. Brennan's in Downtown Disney - heard it is ok, haven't been

    Jack Shrimp - BBQ shrimp passable

    Iva Lee's - mixed reviews but I have had good luck

    Bayou St. John (Seal Beach) - I have had good luck, but it's been a while

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    1. re: Fesdwino

      Ralph Brennan's is more Creole than Cajun...and according to people in New Orleans, that's huge difference.

    2. Memphis in Costa Mesa. It is on Bristol next to the Anti Mall. I've had some great meals there. They have the po' boys, fried catfish, and gumbo. My favorites are the Meatloaf sandwich in buttermilk bread topped with their homemade bbq sauce. Their shoe string fries are also excellent. I hear they also have a great happy hr menu with fried zucchini bread. Lunch time can be really busy. When I do go there for lunch during the weekdays I try to go before 11.30am or after 1pm to avoid the crowds.

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      1. re: karynx78

        I agree. Left this one off my list in error. Second location in Santa Ana too!

        1. The Fishing Pier in Westminster on Bolsa Ave has po' boys that are fantastic. We haven't had any this good since going to New Orleans. The oyster po' boys, in particular, are a treat. The oysters are plentiful, perfectly breaded and fried. The bread is thick and toasted, yet not dry. In addition to the oysters, it's stuffed with tangy and cruncy coleslaw that adds texture to the whole thing, homemade tartar sauce that adds the perfect amount of wetness to the sandwich, as well as perfectly caramelized onions that add just a bite of sweetness.