Orleans & York Deli

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Orleans & York Deli
4454 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 291-8800
orleansandyorkdeli.com

Once you get a hang of how things work, and used to the people who actively participate in the crowd-sourcing, Chowhound is an excellent source of unearthing new eats in town. I had some initial difficulties in finding new lunch spots near work, but after doing some research, I came across a place that was recommended in the forums and very much nearby: Orleans & York Deli. The name and the menu did worry me a little, since it seems like they’re trying to do both cajun/creole cuisine AND a variety of sandwiches they consider “New York” (hence the name of the restaurant). It also doesn’t help when there’s no restaurant in LA that truly does food from the Big Easy justice, so the place would be charting new waters.

While Orleans & York isn’t a full-scale cajun/creole restaurant, the food they serve that is within the realm of the cuisine is excellent – this po’ boy here can’t get enough of them po’ boys! The fried catfish one is very good, but it’s all about the fried shrimp po’ boy. Plump, well-seasoned and fried pieces of shrimp (they could be as large as 21/25, which is unprecedented for such a casual restaurant), fresh house-baked baguettes, and DAT HOT SAUCE – so hot. The sandwiches aren’t necessarily cheap – the po’ boys are $9-11 each, but they’re essentially footlongs, so you’re getting plenty for what you’re paying for. I haven’t tried the “New York” side of the menu, but my coworkers seem to be fairly satisfied with some of the offerings. But it’s like what my man Bubba said in Forrest Gump: “shrimp is the fruit of the sea” – and it’s plenty fruitful here.

Cuisine City/Neighborhood Price Grade
Cajun/Creole View Park/Windsor Hills $ B+

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Boat House

Forgot whose idea it was, but a group of us came here during halftime of the UCLA-USC football game, after watching it at Ben’s house nearby. Actually we were supposed to come after the game, but UCLA was getting destroyed, so we needed to get out. But little did we know that the game would be on multiple screens at the restaurant – just great. Anyways, Boat House is essentially a rip-off of the Boiling Crab chain, with the requisite Asian waitresses with fake eyelashes and too much makeup. It was funny because Michelle ordered the “whole shebang,” an obvious reference to Boiling Crab (imagine ordering a venti size at Coffee Bean), but the waitress knew what we wanted ;)

This type of food isn’t very exciting – just a bunch of Cajun seasoning thrown in bags of various seafood. It is, however, very filling. And Boat House emulates Boiling Crab pretty well. So if you have a craving for Boiling Crab, and the lines are way too long (like 95% of the time), then don’t hesitate to make a detour to Boat House. If it was up to me though, I would never visit these restaurants personally. If I want real Cajun food, I would just go somewhere like The Gumbo Pot in the Farmers Market next to The Grove (does anyone have a good Cajun recommendation?).

Chris Hei grade: C

Boat House Cajun Boiled Seafood
25 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 282-2888

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