When it comes to eating New Orleans inspired food in Los Angeles, the city is nearly bereft of solid choices. Harold & Belles’s has a place on the list (and The Monster had an amazing time there one night when OJ Simpson was also dining and being heckled by other patrons), New Orleans Vieux Carre should be included, Bayou Grille and…well…hmm? Is that really as far as it goes? When the crawfish etouffee or gumbo bug hits are we just totally screwed here?
Well, there is one other place to mention, Uncle Darrow’s. Now, this place has its flaws. Fast food ambiance. Counter order. Some high tariffs for the size of entrees. A more limited menu that misses some of the classics (you’ll find neither crawfish nor pork on this menu). But it has some things going for it as well. Namely, awesome customer service from the always gracious and gregarious Norwood and food that has pretty much always delivered.
On this occasion The Monster gets the grilled shrimp supper. Shrimp, rice with chicken sausage, collared greens and corn bread. When you liberally add the wonderful hot sauce this is a pretty terrific meal and it comes out hot and fast and with a smile.
He’s had some of the po’boys, the tacos (this is a nod to being in LA for sure), the gumbo and the chicken and while it might not be the same as being at Dooky Chase or Central Grocery, it’s also in Venice.
So, if a trip to New Orleans isn’t possible, if days walking Magazine Street and nights haunting The Spotted Cat aren’t in your immediate future, check out Uncle Darrow’s for a taste of what you’re missing.
Why go? You’re a long way from the Marigny.
Monster rating: 3½/5 Monsters
2560 South Lincoln Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291