Los Angeles Restaurant Review: Uncle Darrow’s

on November 7, 2013


Here is my Los Angeles restaurant review for Uncle Darrow’s in Venice.

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 I 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 (2560 South Lincoln Boulevard, Venice CA). 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, I order 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.

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