Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Aug 27, 2013 04:44 PM

My Two Cents on Pico

Has anyone been here ?

From the pics above, it might be quite tasty.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Looks dope, kev, good find - I hope.

    30 Replies
    1. re: Ciao Bob

      No clue if it's actually good though, it could be. though from the almost nonexistent website it sounds like it's trying to be "organic" which might just be the death knelll for soul food/cajun/creole style food.

      Shit, Bob. A place you have not already scoped out ?

      Is that even possible ????


      1. re: kevin

        OH GOOD LORD IT'S CAJUN?!?! We have to go.....

        AAAHHHHHH! I don't know how to work yelp where the fuck is this place?,

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          their official website is beyond terrible:

          but it's the 5300 blocck of pico, a few blocks east of fairfax.

            1. re: kevin

              Oh we'd kill someone for decent Cajun food in these hills o' Beverly....

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                hmm, i'm pretty sure there was nothing remotely cajun in BH. Ever.

                Unless Keyshawn Johnson's now defunct Reign would count as being within the city limits.

                now i'm starving as i haven't had dinnner yet.

                to get you started:

                Harold and Belle's In Jefferson Park.

                is the only one i can think of that is somewhat decent. had a great oyster po boy there a few weeks back.

                too bad gagnier's is no longer around nor the creole chef nor the 5C's.

                though the market on vernon is still around, yet the exact name escapes me.

                and one of my all time favorite's, stevie's on the strip, is no longer on the strip, though there is a location in encino, which i tried years ago and is still around and quite good.

                1. re: kevin

                  Oh, Reign was pretty good! But Cajun, it wasn't. Yea, for some reason, I've not made it to H& B's. what's Stevie's?!

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Smokey fried chicken, pretty decent for L.A. gumbo, fried seafood (hmm, fried seafood, that seems to ring a bell), and po boys.


                    1. re: kevin

                      Oh jeez, how'd I miss this fucking place?

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        it seems to fly a little under the radar usually.

                  2. re: kevin

                    Not in LA city proper, but still in LA County.

                    R&J Southern Soul Food: gumbo, chicken dumpling, boudin, frog legs, fried okra, fried oysters, craw fish, etc. Chef is from Louisana.


                    On Road Food:

                    Featured on GAC TV:

                    I've driven by 2 Cents a couple of times now, and it seems to have a pleasant crowd during brunch.

                    1. re: TonyC

                      yeah, that's why i was thinking it might just be a healthy version of southern soul.

                      btw, did Soul Hollywood ever open up ????

                      Thanks man.

                      1. re: kevin

                        If its supposed to healthy, then it's not really Cajun...... And will most likely not taste remotely like Cajun food.....

                      2. re: TonyC

                        menu sounds pretty fucking dope.

                        i'll hit that shit up.

                        1. re: kevin

                          At the risk of starting a sub-thread that will get bounced, I want to mention that you will likely appreciate the literary style of Thug Kitchen: It's awesome.

                          1. re: Wayno

                            Wayno, I cracked up when I clicked on the fucking link.

                            Realy appreciate it.

                            1. re: kevin

                              And though the collection of recipes is too meat-averse for my preferences, many of the recipes do look "tasty as fuck!"

                        2. re: TonyC

                          I learned in researching my trip to New Orleans a few years back that many people erroneously use Creole and Cajun interchangeably, but in fact it's the Creole cooking that is most closely identified with New Orleans.

                          True Cajun is hard to find, even in New Orleans (which is a Creole city, not a Cajun one). True Cajun country is a considerable distance from New Orleans.

                          So, to have true Cajun cooking in LA when it's so difficult to find even in NOLA? I'm highly suspicious...

                          edit: I meant to reply to dirtywextraolives, not you Tony

                          Mr Taster

                          1. re: Mr Taster

                            You are right Taster. I did use the terms interchangeably. Don't hate me too much.

                            But you are absolutely correct. Most of the old-line establishments are all Creole.

                            but KPaul's is supposed to be Cajun from Prudhomme's rural roots in bucolic acadania or is it new iberia (?). And just a few years ago donald link added Cochon to the mix in the warehouse district serving up cajun treats (though modified somewhat for the fucking upmarket crowds).

                            That reminds me that I am seriously overdue on a visit to NOLA.

                            1. re: kevin

                              Ahhh, Cochon. While I'm probably a part of the FUC you mentioned, my visit to Cochon, not all that long after it opened, was probably my favorite of any meal that I've ever head in NOLA. I'm surprised that there isn't somewhere here in greater LA, a hole in the wall that serves decent Creole (such as the tiny Gumbo Shop in St. Louis, which may now be closed).

                              1. re: Wayno

                                i so fucking wish.

                                Wayno, please do let me know if anything of the sort, Cajun or Creole, happens to open in LA.

                                thanks man.

                                btw, i really loved Cafe n awlins in Burbank, i think it was the proverbial hole in the wall you described. exceptional gumbo, crab cakes, shrimp creole, french choolate silk pie with chantilly cream.

                                damn, damn, damn.

                            2. re: Mr Taster

                              You should be suspicious..... It's incredibly hard to find anywhere, but especially here.... Yes, NOLA is the birthplace of Creole cooking, not Cajun. Cajun cooking is generally found all over the south, but predominantly in the Acadia region of Louisiana.

                              My husband used to frequent a place in Nashville that was run by a Cajun, Breaux. He took me there when we drove cross country. The gumbo was to die for, and still to this day we dream about it.

                              The only place that ever came close out here, was a small joint in Monrovia called Cajun Way.....the Chef was a young Cajun guy from Louisiana. He was the real deal, and I got to know him pretty well as he would cater some events I coordinated at the track. Place is long gone.

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                damn, what was the name of the place in Nashville run by a Cajun guy ?

                                1. re: kevin


                                  Just googled them, and it looks like it went uptown..... It's was basically a hole in the wall when we were there almost 20 years ago.

                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                        Dirty sexy olives,

                                        this is the joint, right ?


                                        for some reason the restaurant name is "Bro" but his name is "Breaux" but uh-oh, guy fiery, has now gotten a hold of it.

                                        i have a feeling when you tried it about two decades ago it was just a skoshe bit better than it is now.

                                        but i will have to try it next time in nashville along with prince's hot chiken and loveless cafe, and the catbird seat.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Yea, I think so. Like I said it was a true hole in the wall back then, and I think you're right, it was probably better back poor husband will be in mourning when I show him this.

                                          If you do go, try the gumbo. Let me know what you think. Hopefully they are still using that old family recipe.

                          2. re: kevin

                            Actually there was a place on Pico in BH; The Ritz Cafe. (I think Delmonico's was the last restaurant to inhabit that space).

                2. Okay, I'm lame, I admit it.... What am I looking at?

                  16 Replies
                    1. re: kevin

                      It's the name of the place? Am I hot or cold?

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        You're right. I must be day dreaming today.

                        "My two cents" does sound funky and maybe not too promising.

                        anyhow, if the food is good i wouldn't even mind them calling it ...

                          1. re: kevin

                            OMG, talk about a lame-ass website, THERE'S NO LINKS TO IT!

                          2. re: kevin

                            Okay, if they serve liquor, I'm buying..... When we going?

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              another problem is who knows ? if they serve liquor.

                              i warned you that the website sucks.

                              and i have no clue if the food is any good.

                              maybe one of should give them a holler.

                              1. re: kevin

                                No fucking shit! What's up with that?? I'll send my nine year old over to fix that shit.....

                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                  he or she is an ace web designer ? :)

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    No, he's a nine year old whose head isn't up his ass......

                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                      well, i always seem to have my head up my ass.

                                      or so they say...

                                      they must have hired me to create their website.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        Hey same here, my kids know more about websites than I do, just sayin

                        1. re: J.L.

                          jl, have you tried it yet ????

                          1. re: J.L.

                            i have a feeling you probably didn't yet, but if you did, you'll prolly end up up at Shunji's afterwards anyhow.

                        2. The original comment has been removed
                          1. Folks, we've removed a long, jokey subthread that had almost nothing to do with food. Believe it or not we're not without humor, but we'd like to keep the focus on food, so let's get back to discussing that now. Thanks.

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: The Chowhound Team


                              I think you erased the whole 1st 2nd and 3rd thing. Yeah. I have no clue how that was supposed to be even remotely chowish.

                            2. Just tried this place for the first time on Tuesday, as a friend treated me to birthday lunch. It was so damned good I returned yesterday with my kids, siblings, and their spouses and kids for dinner.

                              The chef/owner REALLY takes incredible CARE with her food. The flavors are LAYERED, the execution is incredible, and the overall ENTHUSIASM of the staff is beautifully refreshing. It's a very small spot, but it's my new favorite.

                              The oxtail tacos are delicious, as is the shrimp and grits! The mac n cheese "soul rolls" are like little spring rolls. I really enjoyed everything I tried, EVERYTHING.

                              The baked goods just BLEW ME AWAY. Everything is made from scratch by the chef's sister. The Blue Velvet Cake is wonderful, with the REAL boiled icing the old church ladies used to make (AKA ERMINE), and NOT the cream cheese frosting that everyone uses these days.

                              6 Replies
                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                  kevin is up to meeting for a meal.... just throwing it out there....

                                    1. re: J.L.

                                      Lemme know if you want me to reach out to him.... =)

                                      1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                                        Kev reaches out to me every once in a while hehehe...

                                        1. re: J.L.

                                          Hook us up! ;) Or, if you're already seeing him, invite me, too! ;)