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Toye's creole on Venice

StockClerk | Feb 9, 200401:07 AM

While working in the neighborhood Saturday, I decided to try Toye's, a little shack on Venice between La Brea and Fairfax. They advertise "creole, po' boys, world famous roast beef" and I had always wanted to check it out.

Things got off poorly when I tried to order a roast pork po' boy and hot wings, and they were out of both. So I tried an oyster-and-shrimp po' boy and a side of beans and rice. My friend ordered jambalaya and we sat at a table on the sidewalk to wait.

And wait and wait. Finally after 20 minutes my sandwich came up, followed by my beans. My friend had ordered jambalaya because he thought it would be fast, but it came out 5 minutes later.

The po' boy was uninspiring, a few fried oysters and shrimp, some pickle slices and tomato, and both butter AND mayo. The beans and rice (really beans and sausage) was more interesting, but so hellishly salty my lips were chapped 6 hours later. My friend's first bite of jambalaya produced a bone-jarring crunch from a chicken bone. The rest was mostly sausage and rice, with one shrimp and maybe 2 grams of sodium. Side of bread was drenched in butter. Total damage for this fat-fest: almost $20 with an iced tea.

My friend had been running late and was forced to grab breakfast at McDonald's; combined with lunch and he went home vowing to eat only celery for 48 hours and seriously considering bulimia.

So if you aren't pressed for time, money, or blood-pressure meds, Toye's is for you. Otherwise, avoid. Especially if you are re-tiling the only bathroom in a house and have removed the only toilet that morning :0

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