Elevated Cajun Cuisine?
Hey, it's my girlfriends birthday this month and we were supposed to go to New Orleans to celebrate but things came up and that didn't work out. She was really bummed. So, I was going to take her out for a cajun night but I can't seem to find any higher end restaurants in the LA area that do some type of cajun food. Does anyone know of any nicer restaurants that serve a cajun style dish? Redfish, Jambalaya, Gumbo, anything with Andoilie sausage or crawfish?
New Orleans in Hermosa Beach is very good. She imports all her seafood from N.O. .
New Orleans Cajun Cafe
140 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen is fun, the bartenders are reliably smartass and talented with liquor, and the food is quite good. I wouldn't hesitate to go there for a special occasion. Leave room for dessert; last I recall, they have some pretty yummy sweets there.
I'm Cajun but I'm not doctrinaire about the cuisine; put two Cajun cooks together (say, my Cajun/Creole mom and my 100% Cajun Aunt Jan) and between the two you'll find about 20 different ways to make a given dish, along with another 16 Ladies' Auxiliary cookbooks with another 20 recipes each. It will always taste different than what my mom cooks, and I've learned to accept it.
The Cajun craze in the US is long over, so you're damn lucky to have anyplace in the region serving anything approaching a "real" jambalaya or gumbo. Even if the restaurant itself is a "Disney-fied" version of a New Orleans classic....