New Orleans Cajun & Creole Cuisine (Hermosa Beach, CA)

wpid-wp-1438411921740.jpgEvery time I go to Hermosa Beach, I stroll past the beautifully lit New Orleans Cajun and tell myself, “When you sober up, you should go here and eat some gumbo.” It took years for this to happen. Fortunately, tonight was the night I took on the challenge and decided to demolish the ultimate seafood gumbo. This bad bowl contains king crab, shrimp, sausage, chicken, and a scoop of white rice with green onions.

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Ultimate seafood gumbo ($31)

The broth has the flavor of all the seafood and some of that classic Louisiana gumbo stock. Absolutely delicious with the rice and a few splashes of their hot sauce. It came loaded with tons of shrimp, sausage, and chicken. However, there was only 4 small cut pieces of king crab. It’s also a bit salty and doesn’t have enough white rice for my Asian-ass. With that said, it’s not the best gumbo around town. New Orleans has the best gumbo on Earth, but there’s a Louisiana Fried Chicken joint in Compton equipped with bulletproof glass like a bank and has the best gumbo outside of The Big Easy (serious). On one hand you’ve gotta dodge crackheads and panhandlers, on the other you’ve got shitty beach parking and douche bags. Pick your poison.

140 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 372-8970

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Gen Korean BBQ (Torrance, CA)

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Cajun shrimp, sirloin, kalbi

I came in expecting mediocre, frozen, typical all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ but ended up pleasantly surprised.   The interior is well designed and stylish. Very cool blue lights to trip out on, man.

While the quality of meat wasn’t 5/5 stars, for $19.99 and 30 different AYCE dishes, you really can’t complain.  I actually think they could eliminate some of the items to make it easier to order as some of the items are just straight nasty.
Usually, I would have to drive over to Gardena to get some decent AYCE KBBQ, but no longer! (acronyms FTW)

The service was pretty slow, but they were loaded with people.  Can’t really fault our server as he was busting his ass in overdrive and looked to be dehydrated. Expect quite a bit of a wait for groups over 3 people as I’ve never seen this place empty.  Definitely call to avoid the wait, looks to be the new spot in town.

24301 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
(424) 328-0388

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