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The Creole Chef

M | | Aug 10, 2005 10:42 AM

I saw a thread asking about this place awhile back. Well, we went there last night. First off, I think it's better than The Gumbo Pot and at least as good as Uncle Darrow's. The menu at The Creole Chef is more extensive than what you find at Uncle Darrow's so that's a plus for this place. (Note: I love Uncle Darrow's.) I ordered the crawfish and crab bisque with hush puppies on the side. The bisque was quite good. They could tone down the salt a bit since this dish is well-seasoned. The hush puppies were great; I took the leftovers to my mom, who said they're the best hush puppies she's ever had. My husband got the fried shrimp platter with gumbo, fries, and french bread. He loved the shrimp!!! They don't use a cornmeal batter (which is something my mom dislikes about Uncle Darrow's fried seasfood) and the shrimp was crunchy without being overcooked. I tried one of the shrimp. I'd have to say it was perfectly seasoned and fried. This place has salads, po-boy sandwiches, fried platters, and traditional entrees (including two different kinds of gumbo, red beans & rice, crawfish etoufee, and jambalya). They also have a shrimp dish that I think is something akin to what you'd get at Killer Shrimp. I'll have to go back and try it. This is not quite a restaurant. The place only seats 14. Like Uncle Darrow's, you order at the counter and the food is brough to you. Although the room is small, you can tell time was spent establishing ambiance. It's a comfortable place.

The Creole Chef
3715 Santa Rosalia (at the corner of Stocker and Santa Rosalia)
L.A. (323) 294-2433