Before each home game this season, ClipperBlog will run “ClipperBlog Eats,” a restaurant recommendation from its resident restaurant reviewer, Ben Mesirow. Below is today’s suggestion:
Little Jewel of New Orleans
Living in New Orleans for any length of time guarantees a heaping pile of nostalgia when you leave. Nostalgia for brass bands and French words pronounced oddly, late night powdered sugar fights at Café du Monde, the incredible affability of just about everyone on the street, and the particular way the right daiquiri cuts through the swampy humidity. But above all else, New Orleans transplants think most longingly of the food, crawfish and jambalaya and gumbo and po’ boys and gator sausage and Crystal hot sauce, and on ad infinitum. With AD and the Pellies in town and little muffalettas dancing seductively in our heads, here’s a suggestion to provoke and then slake your nostalgic thirst: Little Jewel, the truly, deeply New Orleans grocery store and sandwich shop recently opened in Chinatown.
There is Crystal and Blue Plate on the shelves and the walls are covered in Louisiana-themed decorations, they make and smoke their own sausage, Chaurice and andouille and boudin, and they serve a completely legit and damn fine po’ boy. The French roll is just right, the mayo applied liberally, and the catfish fried beautifully with a lovely cornmeal crust. If you’re in the mood for sausage you can get that on your po’ boy too, or roasted pork or oysters or shrimp or several combinations thereof. Come before the game, drink in the kitsch and the warm welcome you’ll receive, and then unwrap your po’boy and tuck in to that 504 life.
207 Ord St, Los Angeles, CA 90012; http://littlejewel.la