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New Cajun/Creole in NoHo

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dmax Jun 1, 2008 02:10 PM

We haven't tried it yet since they just opened but we're wondering if anyone has tried it and what you think? Their grand opening is next Saturday - June 7, 2008

Creo's Southern Kitchen
4715 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA
818-980-7427

We in NoHo now have Creo's - KC BBQ Company and Miss Peaches

Kansas City BBQ Company
10863 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood , CA
(818) 754-0030

http://www.misspeachesrest.com

  1. maxzook Jul 11, 2009 09:32 AM

    Creo's never re-opened. The space is now occupied by Pita Fresh, featuring kebabs, shawarma and the usual Middle Eastern suspects.

    Pretty good, although it pales in comparison to HyMart right across the street.

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    Hy Mart
    4762 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

    Pita Fresh Diner
    4715 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

    1. beignet Jul 10, 2009 11:05 PM

      Best oyster poboy I'd ever had outside of Louisiana. But it looks like they closed after a few months, and despite the "reopening soon" signs, never resuscitated. Does anybody know if the cook surfaced anywhere?

      1. maxzook Sep 16, 2008 10:13 PM

        For the last week-and-a-half, Creo's has had a hand-lettered sign on the door: "Closed Due To Catering"

        Must be one helluva catering job, methinks.

        Anyone else know anything?

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        1. re: maxzook
          k
          kevin Sep 16, 2008 10:58 PM

          so you felt creo's is mostly a b-/c+ overall? i'll skip it in that case. But it's also good that it's closed.

          1. re: kevin
            maxzook Sep 17, 2008 02:37 PM

            If it weren't two blocks away from my office, I doubt I would've ever gone back.

          2. re: maxzook
            sbritchky Sep 17, 2008 02:53 PM

            That's a new one. Back in the mid-Eighties, when the Austin economy took a nose-dive, you'd often see "Closed for Remodeling" on dead and dark restaurants. "Closed Due To Catering" is a creative alternative (if they actually have shut down permanently), because it implies continuing business, action, money -- thus potentially fooling all creditors under the age of 9!

            1. re: sbritchky
              Steve2 in LA Sep 17, 2008 09:43 PM

              Went there for take-out dinner a few weeks ago and noticed a significant drop off in service, quality and value since I'd first visited just a few weeks earlier.

              Although the place was empty at the dinner hour, they were "out" of a significant number of menu items and couldn't prepare posted specials because they didn't have certain "special" ingredients. . . like shrimp, beef ribs, sausage, catfish, gumbo, etc. (Hmmm, that kind of thing COULD limit one's choices at a soul food joint.) What they WERE able to serve was, at best, forgettable.

              If I had to guess, I'd say the owners under capitalized and went in financially unprepared. Although I understand these things happen, I certainly won't be returning.

          3. d
            dlayiga Aug 20, 2008 10:03 AM

            I'm confused. Is Creo's a Creole place, or a barbecue place? Being from Louisiana, I tend to avoid any restaurant out here with Cajun or Creole in the name, because, when it comes down to it, I have never really been impressed. It seems that restaurants here pick up the whole thing as a gimmick, but don't support it with worthwhile food. Also, I'd love for once to go to a restaurant that actually knows the difference between cajun and creole food, as everyone out here seems to think they're the same thing.

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            1. re: dlayiga
              maxzook Aug 20, 2008 12:42 PM

              They're trying to be both, and they probably should at least make up their minds.

              I've been back a few times since my previous posts. Overall I give it a B- for bbq and a C for Creole/Cajun/whatever. The only two things I liked were the chicken sandwich and the red beans and rice ... both of which have been cut from the menu. If you're a native I don't think you'll be very impressed; if it wasn't walking distance from my office I wouldn't be bothering.

              And you have a good point, over the years I've had some fair-to-middling Cajun in L.A. but I've never had anything even close to good Creole.

              Finally: since the earlier posts on this thread, Swinging Door is RIP:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/545781

              1. re: dlayiga
                bodie Aug 20, 2008 03:00 PM

                Dlayiga,
                Amen!

                Cajun and Creole are different cuisines and neither of them have anything whatsoever to do with bar-b-que.

                -bodie

              2. c
                COYS N17 Aug 18, 2008 11:25 PM

                Kansas City BBQ? Hopefully that is not that crap place that closed on Lankeshim across from Barsac?

                1. maxzook Jun 15, 2008 08:29 PM

                  Has anyone figured out why North Hollywood is becoming a center for Southern food/barbecue restos?

                  My favorite BBQ in the area remains the Swinging Door at Vineland and Vanowen ... best brisket I've had in L.A. I want to give Kansas City BBQ another chance, they had just opened on magnolia when I tried them. I had exactly the same problem as streetgourmetla with Miss Peaches, the sides were eh and many items were sold out.

                  I've also heard good things about Uncle Andre's on Moorpark but I haven't yet gotten over there.

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                  The Swinging Door Texas BBQ
                  11018 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91606

                  Uncle Andre's BBQ
                  11715 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604

                  Kansas City BBQ
                  10863 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

                  Miss Peaches
                  5643 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

                  Creo's Southern Kitchen
                  4715 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91602

                  Home Away From Home
                  5044 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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                  1. re: maxzook
                    r
                    roasted138 Jun 18, 2008 03:11 PM

                    I'm thinking I"m heading to Swinging Door this weekend...thanks for the rec! I'll probably try that brisket....any side dish rec's?

                    1. re: maxzook
                      m
                      mdoptofonik Aug 23, 2008 01:01 PM

                      The area around Lankershim and Magnolia (irony?) bears a striking resemblance to Midtown & Atlantic Station in Atlanta. I was in North Hollywood for the first time last night and was struck with a bit of nostalgia for Atlanta as a result of the resemblance. It seems like a natural place for a burgeoning epicenter of Southern epicurean delights in LA county. Although there are more culturally obvious areas of Southern California for this to happen none have the high profile and hipster cache of NoHo that could potentially lead to popularity with the particular socio-economic group that is turning North Hollywood into whatever it will become. If more southern transplants end up in North Hollywood as a result of a sense of familiarity the expectations for Southern food will grow and the authenticity will follow.

                      Southern food is more than just meat-n-threes in the "New South". North Hollywood needs an "R. Thomas", "The Grit", "Original Pancake House", "Fellini's Pizza", "LaFonda" "Eats", "Majestic Diner", "The Flying Biscuit" and a "Silver Skillet" to name only a few landmark eateries in Atlanta. If North Hollywood even scratches the surface of Atlanta's unique character, foodie or otherwise, it will be a small miracle in the LA that I am becoming familiar with. The vibe of areas in Metro Atlanta like Little-Five-Points, Virginia-Highland, Midtown, Decatur, and certainly Cabbage Town simply can't be found here in LA as far as I can tell. I've spent time in Silverlake and Echo Park. Perhaps North Hollywood will come close.

                      For those who don't know, Atlanta is a true melting pot but still very "Americana". Filled with unique cultural complexities and contradictions that permeate every aspect of living there from food to politics, it is unlike any of the places I've ever lived. Food culture runs the gamut from fried chicken and turkey to Brazilian and Kobe beef to sashimi, quinoa, venison and wild boar. As far as politics go, its certainly not "yer grandaddy's" South and stuggles less than other cities with certain problems that once seemed endemic and insurmountable. "High" culture is represented by the award winning ASO, the commendable High Museum, and a local theater community that is alive with unique offerings. The overall nightlife in Atlanta is refreshing; there isn't a photographer on every corner waiting for Paris or Lindsey so posing is pointless and mostly limited to genuinely entertaining funsters. The alterna-culture is not so much "alternative" in the sense that the word is bandied about these days as it is different and off the beaten path. Local artist have galleries throughout Atlanta, many in interesting out of the way confines. Local music sports turntables, synthesizers, pianos, upright bass, distorted and acoustic guitars, marimbas, washboards, fiddles, trumpets, pump organs, garbage can lids and anything else that makes a sound that can be called music from jazz to bluegrass to salsa.

                      Enough waxing nostalgic. "Whar do I find th' deep fried poke chops n' conbread heya, dadgummit?!?!"

                      1. re: mdoptofonik
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                    2. streetgourmetla Jun 15, 2008 07:29 PM

                      Went to KC BBQ tonight and it was very nice.Miss Peaches has excellent fried chicken but the last time I went there 1/3 of the items on their menu weren't available.I didn't like my sides at MP but the chicken ruled.

                      There's another one on Lankershim called "Home Away From Home"
                      5044 Lankershim Blvd
                      North Hollywood, CA 91601
                      I thought the fried chicken was good, not on par with Miss Peaches, but again the sides were very mediocre.This place is in a strip mall and reminds me of places I went to living in Oakland and Berkeley.I would like to see these places bring up their game a little bit.But, enjoy KC BBQ, they've got something going on.

                      1. i
                        icecreaminbed Jun 12, 2008 10:44 PM

                        Everything is fantastic! Go! Go now!

                        We ordered a large platter so we could taste everything. While two of us fought over the last perfectly smoked rib and bit of Dirty Rice - the other happily polished off the rest of the perfectly seasoned catfish and succulent brisket. Don't pass up the BBQ chicken either.

                        We pouted until we saw there was still some of the amazing red beans and rice and a little mac and cheese left, and we devoured that as well. Nothing was greasy or heavy. Just really delicious cooking.

                        Being insanely full did not stop us from taking desert home - a fragrant little pecan pie and a little sweet potato pie. They made the car smell like summer and they delivered the exact amount of sweet buttery goodness and spice.

                        This was the best meal we'd had in weeks and we had just come back from SF where we ate ourselves silly!

                        Staff is great and the service is fantastic. CREO'S IS A KEEPER

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                        1. re: icecreaminbed
                          maxzook Jun 15, 2008 10:51 AM

                          Well, it's certainly an improvement over Uncle Flip's. I went for lunch, but made the mistake of going on a day when I wasn't particularly hungry. The burger was OK, but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

                          I'll have to given them the full-court press, which means dinner on a day when I've had a very light lunch. They're withink walking distance of my office, so I'm rooting for them to pull it off.

                        2. r
                          roasted138 Jun 2, 2008 02:27 PM

                          KC BBQ company kicks ass.

                          1. maxzook Jun 1, 2008 06:07 PM

                            This place opened about a year ago as a BBQ joint ... unfortunately the food was incredibly boring and it closed at the end of the year.

                            I think the new place is under the same ownership .. let's see if they get it right this time.

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                            1. re: maxzook
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                              dmax Jun 1, 2008 11:51 PM

                              Very interesting - I had no idea it's the same people who had the previous Q joint there...............thanks for the heads up.

                              1. re: maxzook
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                                traumahound Jun 17, 2008 11:23 AM

                                Same ownership huh? Man, that bbq joint was so horrific I don't see how they are going to switch gears and make something tolerable or yet, good to replace that hack site of a bbq shop.

                                1. re: traumahound
                                  maxzook Jun 17, 2008 01:30 PM

                                  Uncle Flip's might've been at least a little interesting if it had really been that bad. But it was the worst thing a 'cue joint could be -- it was boring.

                                  And when you're that close to Kansas City BBQ, Uncle Andre's and the Swinging Door, that won't cut it.

                                  1. re: maxzook
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                                    traumahound Jun 21, 2008 08:14 AM

                                    That's the funny thing about it, I could have said it was boring but in fact it was awful bbq. My god, the sauce on the ribs tasted like burnt cigarettes, I have never tasted anything like that and wonder how one could screw up a sauce to that extent. KC does it right and am very impressed with that place,but nothin' beats tenn bbq.....

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