My father’s from Mississippi, and in 1985, I remember trolling through the South, hunting for my family roots in Canton, Jackson, and other areas of the state. The slow drawl of the region, and its lazy days took me through some of the smaller towns, where we parked our palates at many diners to try such things as hush puppies, chicken fried steak, fried pickles and grits.
It was then, that I discovered the joy of the South, with its culinary splendor.
It was my first experience with Southern cooking, and it was “off the chain,” to quote my pal Penny. When we finally got to New Orleans, all my taste buds were newly alive, and I enjoyed some of the finest food I’ve found in the United States.
Sadly, I’ve not ventured into the South since then, but I’ve got my memories. Now, having sampled from the menu at Uncle Darrow’s, I’m back at the bayou once again.
Uncle Darrow’s Inc. is a Los Angeles-based corporation dedicated to the confectionery and restaurant business. Their first restaurant opened in 1994, when they acquired the balance of a restaurant lease. Thus began Uncle Darrow’s Cajun/Creole Eatery, formerly on West Venice Blvd. The second location in the Marina opened in 2001.
Priding themselves on creating the best food this side of the Mason Dixon Line, it’s obvious they take this commitment seriously.
Ever tried such things as gumbo, jambalaya, or red beans and rice? All of these are staples at Uncle Darrow’s along with such delights as fried catfish, soft-shelled crab and fried oysters. It’s a family-run business, and the care they take with the menu is clearly evident.
Some things are seasoned lightly and fried in either cornmeal or flour, or simply grilled if you prefer. Think healthy Cajun cuisine, and you’ll get the drift. It’s not hot. It’s not heavy. It’s just darn good.
Prices are very reasonable for the amount of food you get, which is a huge plus in this economy. How about two Cajun tacos and a drink for $5.99? Or, hungry diners can opt for the Voo Doo Supper ($24.99) available Fri.-Sun, which includes catfish, shrimp, oysters, chicken and gumbo. Yum!
Entertainment is also available at Uncle Darrow’s, so be sure to check out their web site to see what’s happening at this fine southern gem.
2560 Lincoln Boulevard (at Washington)
Marina del Rey 90291-5043