We wish there were more Southern options in Los Angeles, but we celebrate and enjoy what is here now. One little gem is Little Jewel of New Orleans located in Chinatown.
It is a Louisiana market, stocked with the delicacies of the region. We can’t resist wandering the aisles and marveling at specialty items that we don’t normally find in LA.
Zapp’s potato chips pack a hearty crunch and tons of intensity, in flavors such as voodoo, spicy cajun crawtators and hotter than jalapeño.
Bags of grits, corn meal, hush puppy mix and rice will stock your pantry with the basics needed for a southern dinner party.
Exotic pickled eggs, hot sauces, pastries and much more line the shelves, all begging for further examination.
Ordering is done at the cash register in the market. A menu and a daily specials board list Southern options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We couldn’t resist the Crescent City fried shrimp Po’boy which is loaded with crispy, plump and juicy deep fried shrimp, shredded lettuce, mayonnaise, pickles and tomato. We chose to douse the shrimp with Louisiana Red Chili Hot Sauce which adds a nice steady thick heat to the very large stuffed sandwich.
The chaurice po’boy slides creole hot sausage patties and swiss cheese inside a french loaf with lettuce, mayo, tomato and pickles for a meat packed grinder.
We find ourselves addicted to the strong flavors of Zapp’s potato chips, especially the voodoo flavor due to its sweet, spicy savoriness, a combination we never seem to tire of.
Our fond memories of mufflettas from Bourbon Street were reignited by Little Jewels version. The sesame seeded Leidenheimer bread is spot on and the cold cuts and cheese are amped up by a remarkable in house crafted olive salad.
Another treat is the crawfish mac n cheese, the hearty cheese sauce is spiked with hot chili and crawfish that makes for a creamy yet slightly spicy version of this childhood favorite.
The desserts also bring a taste of Southern home cooking to the southland. A cold brew cheesecake and rich, moist, cinnamon heavy coffee cake were on special along with the stellar banana pudding, bread pudding and pecan pie Southern sweets.
For an affordably priced trip down to a big easy kitchen, Little Jewel feels like a slice of Southern homestyle living, hospitality and grace which makes it a definite yes in our book.
Little Jewel of New Orleans, 207 Ord Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone – 213-620-0461 web site – littlejewel.la