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May 30, 2008 06:29 PM

new Orleans cuisine in los angeles

went to new Orleans jazzfest again this and am jonesing for some great new orleans Cajun or creole cuisine in los angeles. Any new places around?

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    1. Never been to New Orleans before (although I certainly want to go), and I'm not a huge fan of the place, but there always seem to be people at Bourbon Street Shimp in West LA. Might be worth a try.

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      1. re: soccerandlost

        Been to NOLA and that Bourbon Street Shrimp is awful. No comparison whatsoever.

      2. May get flamed for this, but The IVY has wonderful NOLA Food. Try the Gumbo Ya Ya....amazing. Lynne Von Kersting, the co-owner of the IVY is from NOLA. She loves and respects the food from the area.

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        1. re: maudies5

          I recently had a great time at the IVY.

          1. re: Hershey Bomar

            does anyone have a menu of the ivy dishes? that would be great. I feel that the comments on Ivy are reminscent of a ping-pong match. One minute the comments are favorable, the next the comments are atrocious.

          2. re: maudies5

            i can see why you recommend the ivy's but while i like their "gumbo", it really isn't very authentic.

            i've yet to find one in LA that passes the test, with enough okra, seafood and a great broth. uncle darrow's and the farmer's market are completely passable.

            1. re: epop

              You must give the gumbo a try at New Orleans in Hermosa Beach a try. It is delicious, we always ask for it extra spicy.

              1. re: JEN10

                cafe boogaloo in hermosa also has some new orleans' dishes, but i haven't personally tried them.
                maybe someone else on the board can say. . .


                1. re: JEN10

                  Is this the former Rajin Cajun place?

            2. Uncle Darrows at Lincoln and Washington in Marina Del Rey would be my first choice. Great service, friendly New Orleans transplants own the place. Try the gumbo, fried chicken, collard greens, and po boys. It's all good. It's the best New Orleans cuisine I know of in LA.

              Also, at the Farmer's Market, you might try the Gumbo Pot. IMHO, it's decent.

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              1. re: SushioCity

                The tagline for Uncle Darrows is "Welcome to
                Uncle Darrow's Cajun restaurant
                where we serve food with all the flavor of the Bayou but without beef or pork"

                I'm sorry I simply cannot accept this as authentic New Orleans cooking.

                1. re: GenevieveCa

                  i agree. my addendum to their tag line would be: easier said than done.

                  1. re: GenevieveCa

                    Agreed, not serving pork is blasphemy. But, people swear by their seafood dishes. I'll try it before making judgment...

                    1. re: vinosnob

                      I went to Darrows for the first time a few weeks back and was surprised. It's much more of a fast food looking place than a restaurant. I would say that take out would probably enhance the food -- the inside of the place is stark and commercial and gray. The outside is mini-mall wasteland bleak.

                        1. re: vinosnob

                          Uncle Darrows, is mediocre and overpriced. It shares these qualities with The Gumbo Pot.

                          Try New Orleans fish market on Arlington, La Louisanne on Slauson/Overhill, The Gumbo Shack on Praire across from Hollywood Park, for starters.

                          1. re: broncosaurus

                            But really we all know that Harold and Belle's is the best LA has to offer.

                        2. re: Hershey Bomar

                          Yeah, the prices seem high, given that you order at the register and then someone brings your food out. But the service has always been extremely friendly in my experience, and that enhances the food. Anyway, I don't find the place "wasteland bleak" inside or out, so, I guess we see it with different eyes.

                          I won't argue with those who insist on pork as an essential ingredient. But, I like the food and would still recommend it to others who want something like they had in N.O. here in L.A. There just aren't all that many places to choose from here.

                    2. Check it out. The new South restaurant in Santa Monica. Best beignets I've found outside of New Orleans.


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                      1. re: fdb

                        Can you say more about the food at South? The Web site screams "I'm afraid I'll have to see that ID, Miss" Singles Bar. What do they have beyond good beignets?

                        1. re: Mel Gee

                          It's surprisingly good bar food, but not something I'd go out of my way for. As fdb's celebration of the beignets suggests, the fried food is really the star. I like the fried green tomatoes, myself.

                          1. re: a_and_w

                            Well said, a and w. My experience with Cajun or creole food is somewhat limited. I've been to New Orleans once a long time ago, and remember the food being very delicious, and very flavorful & spicy. I used to like a restaurant called Orleans in West LA, which has closed for a long time. That said. The food at South seems to be somewhat mild and tame to me--not bad but not too exciting, either. We had fried green tomato as well, which is pretty tasty. The fried okra was ok. Baby back ribs were not bad. The muffaletta tasted good to me (my first time having it), but my friend commented that it wasn't very authentic--not enough olive salad on it. I like the Mint Julep though. We were there for lunch and the place was almost empty. It may be a good place for happy hour but it gets insanely crowded at late night.

                            1. re: fdb

                              Yes, it's a madhouse at night but a super chill place to watch a game in the late afternoon or early evening with the sun streaming in those big windows. Love that they have Abita Purple Haze.

                        2. re: fdb

                          I like that they have Abita. The abr menu looks least there is a tad of variety. I'llhave to try it!