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Where Can a Girl Get a Decent Po'Boy in This Town?!

Louisiana Mouth Jun 24, 2011 11:07 AM

I'm from Louisiana and don't want to have to fly home in 100 degree weather to get a fried shrimp/oyster/soft shell crab po'boy - any ideas cheauxhounds?

  1. wienermobile Jun 24, 2011 11:13 AM

    New Orleans Cajun Cafe in Hermosa Beach serves them until 5pm. They make Blackened Chicken,
    Sausage (choose from Alligator, Spicy Chaurice, Chicken, or Pork Boudin) Fried Shrimp,
    Fried Oyster (hard or flash fried), Shrimp/Oyster Combo, Fried Crawfish and Catfish po'boys.
    http://neworleanshermosa.com.s103661....

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

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    1. re: wienermobile
      Louisiana Mouth Jun 24, 2011 11:18 AM

      Thakns wienermobile - flash fried oysters are my fav!

      1. re: Louisiana Mouth
        wienermobile Jun 24, 2011 11:21 AM

        Mine too.

      2. re: wienermobile
        Phurstluv Jun 26, 2011 05:15 PM

        +1 on this cafe, VERY authentic, I'd say THE most authentic I've encountered in LA yet, except for a little place that used to be in Monrovia and run by a Cajun.

        PS - I had the flash fried oyster po boy and it was delicious.

      3. keepon Jun 24, 2011 02:49 PM

        Heard good things about Soft Shelff Crab Po'boy from the newly opened Fundamental on Westwood. I'm allergic to crab so haven't tried but please try and report back!

        Fundamental LA
        1303 westwood blvd. los angeles, ca 90024 t. 310.444.7581
        Lunch only, closed Sunday.

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        1. re: keepon
          Servorg Jun 27, 2011 01:07 PM

          Thanks for bringing this to the board's attention. Place Link (with website) added below.

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          fundamental Los Angeles
          1303 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

          1. re: keepon
            PaulF Jun 27, 2011 01:11 PM

            This place seems interesting. I wonder if they change menus every day?

            http://fundamental-la.com/menu/food.pdf

            That menu has no po boy and they have a tweet that says "hot brown pinch hitting for po boy."

            I think they place looks interesting -- I don't need the po boy. Just wondering ...

            1. re: PaulF
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              reality check Jun 27, 2011 02:31 PM

              That other food review site has some great pics of the po' boy.

              http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/atasQm...

              Yes, they do change their menu daily.

              1. re: reality check
                Louisiana Mouth Jun 27, 2011 03:25 PM

                This is getting exciting. THAT bread - I think it's their brioche - LOOKS very close to how it should on a po'boy. And the little fried claw sticking out seals the deal. I guess I'll just call and see when they'll have it before I go. Place looks great - thanks to keepon.

                1. re: Louisiana Mouth
                  PaulF Jun 28, 2011 01:14 PM

                  Some potentially bad news ...

                  I just tried Fundamental. We sat at the counter and were able to hear a couple of the chef's chatting with those sitting around us. Apparently the soft shell crabs are out of season, something about the "water getting warmer and the shells getting harder."

                  I know nothing about marine temperatures or their effect on sea creatures, but it sounded plausible to me. So, unless they get some crabs they aren't expecting, it might be a while before they have that po'boy. It's easy enough to check their web site to see if and when the item returns.

                  I also heard them say they buy a lot of their ingredients at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market.

                  The good news is that our lunch was very tasty and worth recommending. I had the BLT, which comes with a fried egg that went really well with the bacon. The egg was really creamy. I enjoyed the sandwich quite a bit. My wife had the short ribs, which I had a bite of and it was really good, too. The seasoning was pretty mild, leaving a nice, beefy taste. The sandwich is supposed to come with some eggplant on it, but that must have been more of a spread, because there was no obvious eggplant on the sandwich. We shared the homemade potato chips, which were really thin and crunchy, but a little bit greasy. One order was more than enough for two people and if I were alone I probably wouldn't need any chips because I think an order would be too much for me (and I have a hard time stopping my chips consumption, even when full). The sandwiches came with some pickled cucumber and radish, also made in house.

                  The fresh lemonade wasn't too sweet and we saw them making vanilla cream soda with real cream.

                  I think someone said dinner starts next week after the holiday.

                  Lunch was almost 30 dollars with tip. Just so you know, you order at the counter and they give you a number and bring your food to the table.

                  1. re: PaulF
                    Servorg Jun 28, 2011 01:17 PM

                    Thanks, Paul. Sounds quite promising. How was the speed of service from order to eating? Did you feel they got it out to you in a timely manner?

                    1. re: Servorg
                      PaulF Jun 28, 2011 01:26 PM

                      Let's put it this way:

                      I parked my car in front of the CVS that is across the street and put an hour on the meter. So, including the time it took to walk across the street, order and get served, eat, chat with the lady at the adjoining bar stool, leave, peak in the window of the Indian buffet next door and then walk back to my car it took 25 minutes.

                      Everything came out very fast.

                      It was cool to watch them work, the kitchen is wide open. A couple of guys work the grill, heating the bacon or short ribs, grilling the bread and so on, then a couple of guys add the lettuce, tomatoes, greens, mustard -- whatever -- and out it comes. The servers do the drinks (they only have lemonade and vanilla cream soda -- no Diet Cokes or Sprites or whatever), handle the orders, bring the food. Very efficient operation.

                      We arrived about 12:10 and the place wasn't too crowded and the line was short. By the time we left, the line was longer, but there were still a few empty seats. Fundamental is pretty small. If I had to guess, there are 10? seats at the counter and 10? tables. I'd think the tables for four are there to be shared if there is an empty seat.

                    2. re: PaulF
                      r
                      reality check Jun 28, 2011 01:47 PM

                      Soft shell crab season is usually from May-Sept.

                      We orders some Maryland blue crabs, crab cakes and soft shell crab, for this weekend, and all were in stock. Can't wait for the package to arrive on Sat!!

                      1. re: reality check
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                        Norm Man Jun 28, 2011 03:09 PM

                        Reality Check, where did you order your crab cakes, etc. from?

                        I'm looking for a good source. Thanks.

                        1. re: reality check
                          Phurstluv Jun 28, 2011 04:07 PM

                          Depending on where they are harvested, they are found between April-September, with the peak months being June & July.

                          1. re: reality check
                            mrgreenbeenz Jun 29, 2011 11:36 AM

                            By this time in June soft shell season in Maryland is definitely coming to a close. I looked online and saw some of that May-Sept. nonsense but experience doesn't bear that out. I'm born and raised on the Chesapeake and never have I eaten a soft shell in July.

                            If they are still around I'd take a guess that there is some sort of drop in the quality.

                            1. re: mrgreenbeenz
                              r
                              reality check Jun 29, 2011 12:29 PM

                              There is a thing called frozen, and that's the reason softshell crab are sold year round. In addition, having FRESH soft shell crab over Labor Day weekend, is a tradition for a friend's family and they have always had fresh soft shell crab in late August.

                2. r
                  rnp0123 Jun 24, 2011 04:27 PM

                  I lived in New Orleans for 7 years. The problem is that the bread here is all wrong. Ever time I try one I am very disappointed. What we need is a Leidenheimer's Bakery around here.

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                  1. re: rnp0123
                    Louisiana Mouth Jun 26, 2011 02:13 PM

                    Oh amen to that rnp0123 - the bread here is too hard and substantial. While we're importing places, let's throw in a Hansen's snowball stand while we're at it.

                    1. re: Louisiana Mouth
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                      comedor Jun 27, 2011 12:49 PM

                      Agree that the main problem is the bread (and not just here in LA, I also had this problem in the Bay Area). Don't know if this is true, but I was told that the main reason that California bakers can't get those recipes to work right here is the substantial difference in humidity.
                      I've just accepted that the best croissants will be in France, and the best po' boys in Louisiana... But I'm glad for the thread so I can try the referenced Hermosa resto.

                      1. re: comedor
                        Louisiana Mouth Jun 27, 2011 01:38 PM

                        I think it actually might be the water - which is very 'soft' in Louisiana. Regardless, your point about acceptance is well taken. i look forward to trying some of these responses even if I end up eating the insides only.

                        1. re: Louisiana Mouth
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                          Adamlick Jun 29, 2011 09:58 AM

                          I have not tried it, but my co-worker who is from NOLA says that Pavilions French Bread is the closest she has found to the real thing in LA.

                          1. re: Adamlick
                            Louisiana Mouth Jun 29, 2011 10:22 AM

                            Thanks Adamlick - I will try that.

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                              Adamlick Jun 29, 2011 02:31 PM

                              I am sorry, I go it wrong. She said Vons, not Pavilions. I hope you did not buy any yet.

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                                Phurstluv Jun 29, 2011 02:52 PM

                                They are both owned by Safeway and use interchangeable brands, doubt it would be different. Unless it's a store bakery, but even then, I think the stores that have bakeries bake for those that don't.

                  2. c
                    Citron58 Jun 24, 2011 06:22 PM

                    Little Dom's in Los Feliz makes a good oyster Po'Boy. BP Oysterette in Santa Monica had a pretty good soft shell crab rendition as of last week.

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                    Little Dom's
                    2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                    BP Oysterette
                    1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                      ns1 Jun 27, 2011 02:05 PM

                      not a real po'boy but the shrimp po'boy @ Sweetsalt Toluca Lake is mind blowingly addictive. Top 10 sandwich for me.

                      1. Phurstluv Jun 27, 2011 05:33 PM

                        Since you're wondering about the bread, I know it doesn't get any love on this board, but the Gumbo Pot in the original Farmer's market had really good catfish po' boys, and the bread was about as close to NOLA as you can get here in LA. Very crisp outside, soft inside, like a skinny French baguette bread.

                        Now haven't been in a while, so don't know if the bread is the same as when I remember it, but you might want to check them out and decide for yourself.

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

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                        1. re: Phurstluv
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                          Norm Man Jun 28, 2011 03:13 PM

                          Phurstluv, do you get the Fried Catfish or Blackened Catfish Po' Boy at the Gumbo Pot?

                          I always ordered the Blackened Catfish Po'Boy. I think it's the best thing served at The Gumbo Pot.

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

                          1. re: Norm Man
                            Phurstluv Jun 28, 2011 04:08 PM

                            Oh, definitely the blackened. Not a bad po' boy, the bread always seemed really fresh to me.

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                              maudies5 Jun 28, 2011 05:56 PM

                              Popcorn shrimp Po'Boy was a special at Blue Plate Oysterette today. It looked damn good:
                              Popcorn shrimp with homemade tartare sauce, shredded lettuce, tomato and onion.
                              I was so tempted to order it but ordered the lobster roll instead.

                              1. re: maudies5
                                Phurstluv Jun 28, 2011 06:01 PM

                                Yum. Will look for that next time I'm there, I don't recall a po' boy ever being on their specials before.

                        2. PaulF Jun 29, 2011 08:20 AM

                          I ate red beans and rice last night in Uncle Darrow's (corner of Lincoln and Washington on the Venice, MDR, Culver City border.)

                          They have a soft shell crab po'boy on their specials menu and the lady who was handing the register said they expect to have them for a while.

                          No idea if it's any good -- I had the red beans and rice, which were good enough.

                          They also have the standard fried shrimp, fried oyster, grilled or fried fish po'boys, too. They make one called Zeek that has shrimp and oysters and potato salad on it. Just an FYI ..

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

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                          1. re: PaulF
                            Louisiana Mouth Jun 29, 2011 11:04 AM

                            Thanks PaulF - I just checked out their website which says they don't use beef, pork or lard. Not that you'd need these to make a soft shell crab po'boy, but it's hard for me to even conceptualize a cajun restaturant without these ingredients...what's next? tofu jambalaya? sacre bleu! But thanks for asking about the po'boy. Will check it out.

                            1. re: Louisiana Mouth
                              PaulF Jun 29, 2011 11:17 AM

                              I don't really recommend Uncle Darrow's on Chowhound. For me, it's fine in the sense that I can get a plate of red beans and rice or a fried shrimp po'boy ten minutes from my house. But it's far from great and not particularly authentic (though authentic =/= great). I don't know if the original owners are still involved, but the family that opened the place did have New Orleans roots. Why they decided to go with what they saw as healthier ingredients as opposed to authentic, I'm not sure.

                              In any case, I wouldn't bring my friends from Louisiana to UDs and I don't think it's a CH favorite. But it's good enough to satisfy a red beans and rice or fried shrimp/oyster craving when you live near MDR.

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

                              1. re: PaulF
                                Louisiana Mouth Jun 29, 2011 12:33 PM

                                I hear you. And can totally relate to sometimes just needing a fried oyster or shrimp.

                              2. re: Louisiana Mouth
                                Phurstluv Jun 29, 2011 11:19 AM

                                It's more of a soul food place, even though the sign says Cajun food outside. Not very good.

                                1. re: Phurstluv
                                  Servorg Jun 29, 2011 03:08 PM

                                  Without arguing the "quality" of UD's food, I've always found them to be pretty true to their Creole/Cajun professed roots as far as their menu is concerned. There will be some soul food crossover with sides dishes, but I don't see them being a soul food restaurant like I see Bertha's (or even Kizzy's) for instance.

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                                  Aunt Kizzy's
                                  519 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

                                  Bertha's Soul Food
                                  1714 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90047

                                  1. re: Servorg
                                    Phurstluv Jun 29, 2011 03:17 PM

                                    Yes, I would agree, it is not *strictly* a soul food restaurant. (But having eaten there before I would say, in general their food is pretty "soulless".)

                                    But if they don't use beef, pork or lard, they aren't being "true" to creole/cajun roots, IMHO. Looks like they are using lighter foods to appeal to their customers. It obviously works for them.

                                2. re: Louisiana Mouth
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                                  New Trial Jun 29, 2011 11:54 PM

                                  Bayou Grill, which is not a bad choice for po'boys, etc, when the craving hits, also uses turkey sausage in lieu of andouille--I am not sure if this is for cost, health, quality or religious reasons.

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

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                                Riccardo Jul 15, 2011 11:48 AM

                                King Krab Lounge (NOLA-styled "roadhouse" diner), attached to (same kitchen/menu) King's Fish House on Katella in Orange. King's/King Krab have good service, reliable quality. And at-least-decent Po'Boys.

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                                King's Fish House
                                1521 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867

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