You may have already seen the hot pot and night market fare that I enjoyed in Taipei. Today, we take a look at the Gumbo Pot. Located in the Original Farmers Market adjacent to the Grove shopping plaza in Los Angeles, the Gumbo Pot offers “authentic N’awlins cooking.” That comes from Zagat.
I’ve been to the Grove before and you’ve probably seen it on an episode of TMZ when they go celebrity-spotting, but I’ve never been to the Farmers Market that is attached to it. This place is quite interesting, offering all sorts of different eateries, fresh food markets, and other stores.
I know that Los Angeles isn’t exactly the place that is best known for Cajun and Creole cooking, but the Farmers Market actually has food from all around the world. There’s a Brazilian rodizio place, a French crepe place, and a Singaporean satay place, among several others.
At the Gumbo Pot, you can enjoy everything from jambalaya to fried oysters, blackened catfish to beignets. I’ll try to go back for some gumbo before I leave for home at the end of the week.
For our dinner last night, Susanne and I ordered the soft shell crab po’boy ($10.95) and the alligator tail filet meal ($9.95). Yes, they serve alligator.
I was expecting more of a filet, but the cornbread-fried alligator actually came in nugget-like form. Just like my previous experience with alligator (cooked more Asian-style in a stir fry), the meat tasted a lot like chicken. The meal was served with cornbread and sweet potato chips.
The soft-shell crab po’boy was larger than I expected. It came garnished with lettuce, tomato, and lemon and it was delicious. I’ve always been a fan of soft shell crab (I like spider roll sushi too), so this came as little surprise to me.
For more on Gumbo Pot, check their website at thegumbopotla.com.