A proper poboy and great cajun & creole cooking
In my continuing journey for cajun and/or creole cooking, I went back to New Orleans Cafe in Hermosa Beach. For the second time in a month, I purchased a near perfect shrimp poboy stuffed with fried shrimp for a mere $12.95. First, lets talk about the bread. She purchases her bread fresh daily from the Manhattan Beach bakery. This is about the closest I have had in LA to real New Orleans french baguettes. From there they are properly warmed in the oven and dressed with mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, a little green onion and some cajun spice. Then, they load on the fried shrimp. I counted 13 shrimp on my sandwich. You also have the option of fried catfish, oysters, or hot links. A couple squirts of Crystal Hot Sauce, squeeze that puppy together tight and BLISS!!!!!
I also saw a gigantic bowl of Seafood Gumbo which looked awesome. On another table was a huge blackened fish fillet covered in etouffee. Still another table had a big pile of steamed crawfish with corn on the cob and potatos. Everything is cooked, chopped and served to order and it is the real deal. She gets all of her seafood from New Orleans.
I grew up in Texas and know my Cajun chow and this is the real deal. Call before you go to make sure they are open. Also, please be patient as she is sometimes a one woman operation. Still, I have not had better in LA and I've been to them all.
New Orleans Cajun & Creole
140 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3606
It's not your traditional shrimp po boy, but I love the sandwich they have at Cook's Tortas. Doesn't seem like Monterey Park would be on your side of town though.
1944 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
I have recently moved to the East Coast, but lived forever in Hermosa. I bemoan having left every day, especially when I see great things being written about my favorite home town restaurants.
New Orleans was BY FAR our favorite restaurant around, let alone for Cajun food. Mama knocks every dish right out of the park. The Po' Boys are great! Red Beans and rice are to die for. Mac & Cheese is hearty and perfect every time. Wife's favorite is the Fried Chicken. Mama also does a crawfish stuffed chicken that is always good. Get yourself some french fried sweet potatoes, dusted with her cajun mixture of spices and then drizzled with honey. Seriously brings me right back home every time. Always save room for desert as she usually has a cobbler or her famous bread pudding. Go with friends so that you might have a chance to try more stuff.
Rajin' Cajun can't touch this place.