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The Farmer's Market Gumbo Pot -- jambalaya as bad I as remember.

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The Farmer's Market Gumbo Pot -- as bad I as remember. So why write a review? I dunno. We all know it's bad.

But it's been 10 years since I ate their. So today I said what the hell how bad could a bowl of jambalaya be? Well, it could be watery and flat. And the rice is cooked separate so it's like flavored rice. The tiny tiny bay shrimp are tiny tiny tasteless bay shrimp. The andouille was fine.

I haven't had good jambalaya in LA. And I know NOLA isn't know for it but my favorite is at Coop's Place on Decatur.

Anybody had any good jambalaya lately?

Gumbo Pot
www.thegumbopotla.com
6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3190
(323) 933-0358

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Gumbo Pot
6333 W 3rd St Ste 312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  1. Gumbo Pot is horrid. Right now, we seem to be in a low period for Cajun/Southern food in the greater L.A. area.

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    Gumbo Pot
    6333 W 3rd St Ste 312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    1. re: heckonwheels

      I know. This is so sad, and so true.

    2. Yea, it's pretty bad. Why did you even try? Really hankerin' for some gumbo? Haha. Not really a fan of the ribs at Lucille's but the jambalaya (of all things) is really good. Fresh ingredients, good flavor. Yum yummy.

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      Lucille's Smokehouse Bbq
      21420 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

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      1. re: mstinawu

        I was at the market one day and had a jones for some crawfish.

      2. During my first visit to Gumbo Pot, I made the mistake of ordering the Jambalaya. Haven't made that that mistake again. If I go to Gumbo Pot, I have the Blackened Catfish Po'boy -- it's pretty good.

        Hershey Bomar, did you ever try the Jambalaya at the now closed (after an armed robbery) Creole Chef? I hope they reopoen somewhere else.

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        Creole Chef
        3715 Santa Rosalia Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90008

        Gumbo Pot
        6333 W 3rd St Ste 312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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        1. re: Norm Man

          Since I don't particularly give a hoot about jambalaya, I've never tried theirs. I liked the gumbo okay, but then I like my own too and it's even less authentic... What I do get there usually is the Cajun potato salad to accompany my Magee's corned beef sandwich. That is a lovely combination.

          1. re: Will Owen

            that is a great idea and combo, though i usually get the weird sides that Maggee's has with the corned beef like their lima bean casserole, kinda dreadfully delicious tasting, though their boiled potatoes go perfectly with the rich corned beef.

            for gumbo pot, if i do go, i'll get the blackened snapper or catfish po boy, and also the fried oyster po boy and sometimes the seafood gumbo, their drunken shrimp is like BBQ shrimp and may even be their best dish on the menu though for some reason no one ever seeems to order it.

            btw, since Killer Shrimp locations have all now closed, where to get those style of shrimp dish? (i know there's a jacvk shrimp in newport beach which is similar but that's too far for me for now).

            1. re: kevin

              I actually like Magee's potato salad, but by the time I was about to fall in love with it the tiny little cup was empty! Just the unadorned sandwich and Gumbo Pot's salad works out much better, and the spiciness is a great match.

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              Gumbo Pot
              6333 W 3rd St Ste 312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              1. re: Will Owen

                When I am up for something approximating Gumbo, I head to the Ivy and order the Gumbo Ya Ya. It's a great dish!

                1. re: maudies5

                  Since the Ivy isn't showing up here either as a hot link or map location, could you tell us where to find it?

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    I'm presuming maudies meant The Ivy on Robertston, nearl Beverly in West Hollywood, or possibly it's sibling Ivy at the Shore on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Kevin is correct:
                      The Ivy on Robertson
                      Ivy at the Shore on Ocean Avenue

                      1. re: maudies5

                        I love it that The Ivy is a Cajun restaurant. A great surprise my first visit. I like everything I've had there and the portions are very big.

                        1. re: Hershey Bomar

                          I always hear it's very poor food, and just a celeb/pappazasrri scene, and a nice patio to have lunch. So the good is pretty good?

                          what are some of the hits on the menu?

                          1. re: kevin

                            Ivy has excellent food. The above-mentioned Gumbo Ya Ya is a clear winner, the fried chicken is excellent, the crabcakes are also great. The grilled vegetable salad with either shrimp or chicken is justifiably one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Moreover, they serve a great steak and their desserts are also excellent. The owner (Ricky) was a pastry chef.

              2. re: kevin

                Killer Shrimp is supposed to be re-opening this summer, assuming the announcement on their website is correct.

                http://www.killershrimp.com

          2. Here, no.
            At Jazz Fest, yes.

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            1. re: Ciao Bob

              oh, man, don't remind me of jazz fest. fried green tomatoes with crawfish dressing. alligator pockets. soft shell crab po boys, mango freezes, sweetened rose mint tea. seafood gumbo. trout topped with fresh lump crabmeat. pralines.

              1. re: kevin

                Trout Baquet, baby!
                Does any LA restaurant have THAT?

            2. Almost all the food at the Farmer's Market is awful. Gumbo Pot should be renamed the Heartburn Pot.

              I don't think you can really get good Cajun/Creole food in SoCal. SoCal Cajun/Creole is to real Cajun/Creole what spaghetti with soy sauce is to chow mein - a half-ass imitation at best.

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              Gumbo Pot
              6333 W 3rd St Ste 312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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              1. re: kishoripapa

                I disagree. There is a lot of good food at the market. Charlie's, the deli,Bob's donuts, and more can be really good. The Gumbo Pot just isn't one of them. Once in a great while a good Cajun restaurant opens up. Problem is, they don't last. Cajun way was great...still great when it turned into Frank and Joe's, but they're not around anymore.

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                Gumbo Pot
                6333 W 3rd St Ste 312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                1. re: heckonwheels

                  What about that other Cajun place in Hermosa. The one on the pier. Is it any good?

              2. This Louisiana boy hasn't found any great Cajun or Creole food in LA. Thankfully, both my wife and I have been blessed with families that know how to do it right, and have learned at their right hands and been passed down the traditions.

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                1. re: a213b

                  ...and this LA boy agrees. The best Cajun/Creole comes out of my kitchen...my chicken etouffee and fried okra last night was awesome...it also helps that I have family and friends in Lafayette sending me raw ingredients on a regular basis. Saying this, Ragin' Cajun in Hermosa Beach can, on occasion, produce a decent gumbo...and their Cajun potato salad can be quite good. I have talked to the owner and he has made special orders for me that are very good! Most of their regular menu items, however, are disappointing!

                  The Gumbo Pot used to be very good...especially for breakfast (years and years ago!!)...their eggs hussard and bananas with sherry were outstanding. The owner then was Charles Myers formally of The Ritz on Pico during the Cajun/Creole craze of the 70s-80s. Charles now owns Big Sky in San Luis Obispo where you can get some of his old LA specialties. The new owner has dumbed down the cuisine to food court quality for the tourists and shoppers at The Grove! I used to purchase Charles's andouille which he had made to a Brennan family recipe...it was really good!...Alas, no longer...the gumbo pot uses a low quality commercial product...SIGH!

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                  Gumbo Pot
                  6333 W 3rd St Ste 312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                  1. re: TravelPath

                    Amen! We do the same thing. Can't live without some of the products you can only get back home.

                2. My favorite jambalaya is still at La Louisanne on Overhill. I like the flavor and texture of the rice and have it a few times a year. Lately they seem to have cut back a little on some of the meat but the last time about a month ago it was full of good stuff. They use shrimp, 2 different sausages [one hot] chicken and bits of ham. With a small piece of corn on the side and a piece of buttered french bread I'm in carb heaven.

                  http://lalouisannela.com/

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                  La Louisanne
                  5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043

                  1. LA Times had a feature on Bayou Grill a few months ago
                    http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/...

                    Has anyone tried it?

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                    Bayou Grill
                    1400 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

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                    1. re: ronsilverado

                      I tried their Po' Boy...both oyster and crab...the breading on the seafood was very heavy and the french bread did not have the correct "bite"...OK, but not worth a return trip. Their jambalaya was better, full of seafood, but lacked any spice...to me a real no-no! Once again, if you are in the neighborhood...fine...otherwise, skip it! Mrs. TravelPath enjoyed the crab-cakes but agreed that they were more East Coast in style.