If you're in the L.A. area, you've gotta make your way down to Hermosa Beach to the lovely New Orleans Cafe.
Did my first visit over the weekend with a friend, and was absolutely thrilled with the menu, service, decor, and sense of home/family in the restaurant.
Since it was lunch, opted for po' boy sandwiches (a catfish for me, a shrimp/oyster for friend) which absolutely filled us up and were delicious. Had a few great appetizers too... alligator sausage and crab cakes. Next time, looking forward to a big bowl of gumbo and dessert.
It's closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but open for lunch and dinner hours the rest of the week. Most excellent service.
For those new to New Orleans cuisine, the chef and proprietor, Casandra Epuna, will come to your table to explain what to eat and not eat... and recommendations are not based on what's most expensive, but based on what your taste and experience wants. I watched and heard that over and over with other new customers.
And, for those of you who are into star-gazing, you never know which singer, professional athlete, or actor you'll see in the place. This weekend, it seemed to be a big athlete hangout.
Most definitely check out New Orleans Cafe, Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA.