It is near impossible to find authentic Cajun and Creole food in Los Angeles. So we citizens of the 818 should consider ourselves lucky to have access to the real McCoy every Sunday at the Montrose Harvest Market.
Each week, Chef Gordon Pawlowski, born and raised in New Orleans, pays tribute to his Cajun-cooking father Lenny by serving up fresh, delicious food of the bayou. The prices are fair, the food is lovingly prepared, and the warm smiles are abundant.
Each Sunday the menu comprises certain selections from their catering menu. The week I was there, the offerings were jambalaya, muffuleta, po' boys with catfish, chicken, shrimp or popcorn chicken, and a few extras.
My son chose the blackened chicken po' boy ($7). Gordon warned us that it was hot. The meat is rubbed with special spices and breading and then blackened in a cast-iron skillet. It was absolutely delicious, with its lettuce, tomato and remoulade sauce, but not too spicy for this family. We doused it with both Red Rooster and Trappey's Louisiana Hot Sauce. The French roll it comes on, brought in fresh from the Village Bakery in Atwater, is particularly wonderful.