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Im in search for an excellent oyster po'boy in the los angeles area
im not looking for gourmet fancy pancy po'boy im looking for the
original stacked on white bread

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    1. Something I had to come to grips with several years ago when I moved to LA....there aren't any. Tiny Pacific oysters, fresh out of the jar, fried to perfection and stacked the way you describe.
      I ate one at Harold and Belle's on Jefferson once but it really didn't come close to what I remembered.
      The truth is S Cal is just not known for great seafood and it's just the way it is :).

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      1. re: latindancer

        I think you make an uneducated statement. So Cal has great seafood, dungenesse crabs, dover sole, sand dabs, and oysters from up the coast, santa barbara spotted prawns, etc, etc, etc. It just depends on what you are looking for. If you want fried seafood, yeah, new orleans and the south do it oh so well.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          My statement comes from experience. I was born and raised in an area where seafood is the main attraction. Of course Santa Barbara has spotted prawns and sand dabs. S Cal does not have the oysters, as mentioned, as they must be flown in from the Pacific Northwest. Extra small Pacific Oysters are a delicacy in the Northwest...so is White King Salmon. Most all great seafood must be flown in....and, albeit, it's certainly fresh 'on ice' it's certainly not what it is up the coast.
          Great food, of course, is certainly subjective and we all have our opinions as is reflected on these boards.
          There's really nothing like the Pacific Northwest for seafood...and that includes this wonderful S Cal.

          1. re: latindancer

            Try some Tamalas Bay Oysters (Nor Cal) or take a trip downtown to the fish district and get some local mussels or some local crab. No LA is not a fish port like New Orleans or Seattle but we have some good stuff local or flown in fresh. Have you gone to 5C's for a Po'Boy. I know they have moved to Covina? but they ysed to do some great ones. Where have you gone for your Po'Boys? Maybe a little exploring of some of L.A. ethnic neighborhoods. Good luck on your quest. You might try Louisianna Seafood on Vernon & Arlington.

            1. re: Burger Boy

              Actually New Oleans Seafood I think. And they do have the smaller oysters...we just went there last friday to get some for gumbo.

              1. re: broncosaurus

                I always do that, thank you.

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  My favorite thing there is the stuffed crab ($3.50 for one stuffed blue crab, $4.00 heated on the spot). The gumbo is meh, the fish dinners okay. They also have Pete's hot sausage if you don't have time to get it fresh on Jefferson Blvd.

              2. re: Burger Boy

                It really depends on where the oysters are harvested from. Atlantic oysters and Pacific oysters have entirely different liquors.
                When I travel up north I enjoy what I'm used to....the tiny, sweet oysters from the outskirts of the Olympic National Forest...they're just different....it's just one of those things impossible to describe...on the half shell or fried they're incredible. They smell and taste like the purest 'ocean' on the planet and they're very small unlike the medium to large which, in my opinion, aren't as desirable.
                Bottom line is....I'm particular and the worst thing is when I bring any fresh fish home and it smells like fish. I've ventured in to the fish district and I need to find a monger that I trust and can become loyal to. That will be my New Year's resolution.

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  Thanks for the recommendations and I'll surely begin to venture out to some you suggest.
                  Right now I'm looking for a good Asian fish market. Do you know one? I don't care how far I have to travel and I would like one that also sells all the necessary ingredients for marinades...
                  Know one?

                  1. re: latindancer

                    Fish King in Glendale is very good.

                2. re: latindancer

                  Umm...you're talking about jarred oysters!

              3. re: latindancer

                Not even going dignify that reply with a post except to say:

                Bayou Grille in Carson has a wonderful Oyster Po'Boy, and the folks are from Louisiana.

                enjoy your non-seafood in "S Cal".

              4. I lived in New Orleans for 7 years, and I used to go to Mandina's on a weekly basis for a half and half, dressed - 1/2 fried oysters/1/2 fried shrimp with mayo, shredded lettuce and tomato. The problem isn't the oysters or how they are fried. The problem is you can find the bread here.

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                1. re: rnp0123

                  rnp0123, I assume you mean the problem is you *can't* find the bread here.

                  I'll take the fried shrimp, because, as much as I love raw oysters, I can't stand them when they're fried. Have you found a place in Southern California with excellent New Orleans-style fried shrimp or other seafood? (Or black ham?)

                  1. re: sbritchky

                    If you mean Black Forest Ham, try Schreiner's in Glendale, great German deli, they make and smoke all their own stuff.

                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      No, not Black Forest Ham, a completely different item. Black ham is a top-quality sweet ham baked to luscious juiciness as it develops a thick, dark crust from the glazing sauce. At its best, it's a little sweet, a little salty, and gloriously tender and crunchy all in the same mouthful. Much better on po' boys than fried oysters, IMHO!

                      1. re: sbritchky

                        Have you found anything close in LA?

                    2. re: sbritchky

                      rnp023, you probably can't find the bread here because almost any cook in any eating establishment around these parts would rather not admit that such bread exists, much less that it's available around here. I remember the fish sandwiches I used to get at little soul food joints in Nashville that were simply a piece of fried catfish (bones and all!) between two slices of Bunny Bread. I'm thinking that if such as you want exists at all in LA County, it would be someplace similar to those Nashville joints. There are two possible suspects here in Pasadena, both just a few yards east of North Lake: the New Orleans Fishery on Washington, and the one whose name I can never remember on Mountain, between Piero's Pizza and a laundromat. Not promising, but I'll bet they have sliced white bread anyway.

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        Heh Will, the place on Mountain, also just a few yards east of Lake, is, of all things, "The Fishery"...guess that name works for both of them ;-)

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          Hey Will, what is the place 1 block from The Union Station in Nashville, great meat & 3 and amazing artery clogging breakfasts, sauteed my onions in bacon fat. I wish I was in Nashville or New Orleans right now!

                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            Would that be the Pie Wagon?

                            1. re: Will Owen

                              was it a tiny place, like a cafeteria style? Man that was some amazing great breakfasts.I think it might have been the Pie Wagon, towards Music Row from Union Station.

                              1. re: Burger Boy

                                On the corner of 12th Ave S and McGavock. Used to be called the 9th Avenue Pie Wagon, even though it had moved more than 40 years before. When I was working a block from there it was a lot more oldfashioned than it is now - they had a big open-flame cooktop where they'd fry thin-cut T-bone steaks and potatoes in big steel skillets, their main dish. Maybe even their only one. A plate of steak, potatoes and a perfunctory salad was $1.25 in '75!

                                1. re: Will Owen

                                  what's the exact name?

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    Just called the Pie Wagon now, I think. You should ask on the South board.

                    3. Although I agree with latindancer in principle, by the time you deep-fry a bunch of oysters in breading and toss them on a sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes and generous amounts of Crystal hot sauce, it may not matter if they came out of a jar. That said, I love the oyster po'boy at the place in the Farmers Market. They add ultra-thin slices of lemon, rind and all, and it makes for such a good sandwich I've figured out how to duplicate it in my own kitchen.

                      But sadly, not with the fresh local oysters they have in Vancouver...

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                      1. re: BobtheBigPig

                        I like their sandwiches too, but try their green salad with marinated cucumbers and pecan salad dressing.

                        1. re: BobtheBigPig

                          The Gumbo Pot. Not wonderful in every respect, but they have some good stuff. I do love their red beans and rice, jambalaya, Cajun potato salad. The po' boy is adequate, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one better in this burg.

                        2. Uncle Darrows in Marina del Rey.

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                          Uncle Darrow's
                          2560 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                          1. re: foh

                            YOU ALL JUST NEED TO GO TO NEW ORLEANS IN HERMOSA BEACH.

                            1. re: JEN10

                              SORRY LINK DID NOT ATTACH

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                              New Orleans Cajun Cafe
                              140 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

                              1. re: JEN10

                                I actually like Rajin Cajun in Hermosa.

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                                Ragin Cajun Cafe
                                422 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

                                1. re: Burger Boy

                                  BB Have you tried New Orleans yet? The BEST seafood gumbo ever, she ships her shrimp in from Louisianna.

                                  1. re: JEN10

                                    is there sausage in the gumbo or is it all seafood? thanks.

                                    also, what is open for both lunch and dinner/

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      i do believe there is sausage, check out the web site for hours for lunch and dinner.

                                    2. re: JEN10

                                      I have not been there yet and the way the economy and things are going, eating at home looks very very good.

                                      1. re: Burger Boy

                                        i can't believe you said that, no going out to eat anymore. what kind of a hound are you?

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          I am a hound who has to be a little frugal right now and think of others not myself, just got to watch it a little. I enjoy cook and recreating the foods I have had.

                              2. You want Mel's Fish Market, on Jefferson a few blocks west of Crenshaw. Oysters fresh, piled high, killer onion rings too.

                                1. as far as local oysters, there's a guy selling great (imho) local oysters from an aquaculture farm located in carlsbad - selling them at the Santa monica farmers market and possibly elsewhere. the oysters are briny, morro bay style oysters.

                                  1. There is no such thing as a "Po Boy" using white bread. mp0123 was right. Its equally about the French bread. That cant be found here.

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                                    1. re: Davebr

                                      That's right. Crispy, thin crust - light interior. Not sourdough! Makes a lot of crumbs when you eat it, and by the next day after baking it is as hard as a rock. New Orleans bakes more french bread than any other city in the United States.

                                      1. re: rnp0123

                                        Actually I've found that Albertsons has something vaguely similar.

                                        Mexican bollios have the shape but not the crunchy exterior, unfortunately.

                                        Sourdough? what on earth...

                                      2. re: Davebr

                                        Isn't an Oyster loaf on a different bread, more like an italian white? Not a french.

                                        1. re: Burger Boy

                                          Its different everywhere, but since we are talking about New Orleans---It was originally an end of french bread, uncut and hollowed out. Then the oysters where cooked "pan roast "style with cream. Then spooned into the hole of the bread.

                                          1. re: Davebr

                                            Dave, I have never had that, where do you get that when in NO and does anyone do it her in the LA area, fuck that sounds good right now!

                                      3. Kings Seafood House in Lake Forest, and the others around, have great fresh oysters and also make Po' Boys which are very good. They usually have a nice big selection of oysters so you can specify which you want, and they know how to cook 'em. Kings is an all-time consistent fish place. They have a wide selection of beers to go with this.

                                        1. Try the Creole Chef behind the Baldwin mall off of Crenshaw. Delicious and authentic.