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.

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


The Shrimp Lover (Redondo Beach, CA)

10181_10200941055782464_1289491809_nThe Shrimp Lover (formerly known as the Boiling Shrimp) is basically a Thai owned version of the Boiling Crab.  It resides on the 2nd floor of the Redondo Beach Pier, so it can be somewhat troublesome to find at first.  The view is extremely beautiful and makes smashing critters that much more enjoyable.

Once inside, you’ll notice the familiar setup of tables covered in paper and rolls of paper towels. The bucket of seafood we got was around $35 and it came with shrimp, snow crab, king crab, mussels, and crawfish.  Enough food to feed 2.5 baked Asians.  They give you several different sauce options like the Boiling Crab, but with a Thai twist. I noticed the use of sweet basil in almost every dish.  The service can be somewhat lacking and they aren’t the friendliest people, but its my go to joint when at the Redondo Beach Pier.

125 W Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 374-6555