Now if you were driving down the street and passed by what looks like a real hole-in-the-wall restaurant that goes by the name Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken, Seafood and Donuts, wouldn't you stop by too to check it out? Well, I certainly did.
I walk into a small space with plastic red booths on either side. In front of me, there's definitely a donut case to the right which gives credence to the restaurant name. To the left is the counter where you place an order, which is being taken by the Chinese family that owns the joint. While I was trying to decide what to get and even while I was finally sitting down to eat, there was a steady stream of African-American customers coming in and out. This restaurant definitely gives new meaning to the words, "Melting Pot."
The menu itself consists of a variety of fried items from chicken to seafood like fish and shrimp. Sides included gumbo, dirty fried rice and rice and beans and more. There were also Southern-style dessert options like 7-up cupcakes and sweet potato pies. If it wasn't for the donuts, I'd say that I was in a Popeye's restaurant clone, but it turns out Louisiana Fried Chicken (LFC) does have their own chain of restaurants all over LA County.
Since I wanted to try a little bit of everything, I ordered one chicken leg, a few shrimp and one catfish as well as the dirty fried rice and a sweet potato pie. All my food was served on a tray, which also included ketchup, mustard, tarter sauce (which I think was house made) and sriracha sauce, a Chinese chili sauce. The sriracha sauce was a bit of surprise, but apropos considering the owners. As for all my fried goodies, I got to say they were all pretty tasty.
The fried catfish had what I think was a cornmeal batter. I thought the fish was cooked well. It was light and delicate. The batter was a little peppery which I liked, but it was also a little dry, almost as if it was baked as opposed to fried. There was also a slight tangy after taste, which wasn't unappealing, but unexpected.
As for the chicken, it wasn't crispy enough, but the batter had really good flavor and a nice kick to it. Looking at the chicken close-up, you can actually see all spices that came to play. Bonus points also for chicken meat that was moist and tender.
Let's talk shrimp now. What I liked after my first bite was that the batter wasn't heavy and had a nice light crunch to it. My bite consisted of shrimp and batter, not batter, batter, batter, than shrimp and I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.
One great consistent thing about all three items was that they weren't very greasy. The majority of the time when you're eating fried foods, you can get a film on your fingertips, which you can just lick off, but there are also times when you just don't want the feeling of having dipped your hands in an oil pan. You'll definitely leave there with much cleaner hands.
Also, the tarter sauce that came with both the shrimp and fish was excellent because it had a nice tart creaminess to it that wasn't overly done. Usually, I shy away from tarter sauce because sometimes too sour-sweet taste makes me scrunch my face when a dollop hits my tongue, but the one I had here was just right.
I'm glad I made my impromptu stop at Louisiana Fried Chicken, Seafood and Shrimp because I enjoyed my lunch at this quirky hole-in-the-wall. Next time, I may even check out their donuts or maybe, I'll put it with one of their fried items. Fried shrimp donut, anyone? Don't look so doubtful! Sweet and savory is a good combo. After all, it worked for Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles.
Louisiana Fried Chicken and Donuts
1515 N Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104
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Fried Chicken, Seafood and Donuts? Why Not?
Hole-in-the wall dining takes me to a restaurant with an eclectic menu of Louisiana style fried goodness and donuts, all run by a Chinese family.
Copyright © 2010 pleasurepalate
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