As a one-time attendee of the National Gumbo Cooking Contest in Bayou Pigeon, La., I admit to a seasonal madness where Mardi Gras is concerned. Here in L.A. we might not think about zydeco and gumbo all year long but when Mardi Gras rolls around next week, many of us will start imagining the taste of hot sauce on our lips.
And in New Orleans French Quarter tradition, Mardi Gras celebrating is just a whole lot easier if you don’t have to drive, which makes Metro the perfect choice for transfers to and from Cajun/Creole restaurants.
Only problem is, where are all the L.A. restaurants serving gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice? How can we get there via Metro?
There’s Uncle Darrow’s in Marina del Rey at Lincoln and Washington. (Metro Rapid 733) Has anyone tried it?
The Gumbo Pot at Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax (Metro Local 16) has a pretty good menu and the prices are modest.
Ragin Cajun on wheels — made famous by a recent appearance on TV’s Great Food Truck Race — hangs out mostly in the South Bay (Green Line, depending on truck location) and occasionally ventures north to Wilshire Boulevard near the La Brea Tar Pits (Metro Local 20 and Rapid 720). Get location updates from Facebook and Twitter.
Any other suggestions? How about zydeco near Metro? Or do we need to pull out our Buckwheat Zydeco and Bobbie Soileau CDs and stay home? Share your recs at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling in the blanks on the Metro Dining Map.