The Gumbo Pot

Who would have thought a baseball game could be more exciting than going to a USC football game?  My voice is gone.  My fingers are cut up from clapping excessively.  I can play a full round of golf without a glove and my hands don’t get cut up.  I was very sad that Korea lost to Japan but I am very proud that the Korean team left everything on the field.  And I’m damn proud to be Korean.

I had a lot of time to eat whatever I wanted for lunch today.  Usually, after I finish my volunteering at a public elementary school in Koreatown, I eat a quick lunch and head on to my basketball class.  Eh, screw that.  I went to The Gumbo Pot today.  I remember the days when The Grove used to be a huge parking lot for Farmers Market.  Looking for parking was much easier.  My mom would take me on a weekly basis and I always ordered the Oyster Po’boy.  I came so often that the people there knew my order before I even said anything.  After the sandwich, my mom would buy me some Gummi Coke Bottles from the candy stand.  That definitely kept me happy.

I have since tried other things, not much though.  Their Gumbo-Ya-Ya is pretty good.  It comes with corn bread and a side of your choice.  Get the Collard Greens.  It’s heaven on earth.  Their breakfast is bomb.  But it’s been a while since I’ve had their breakfast.  It’s on the heavier side but man oh man.  The Shrimp Po’boy is great too.

But for old time’s sake, I had the Oyster Po’boy.  The oysters are covered in a corn meal batter and then deep fried.  Then it’s placed on a roll with some good ol’ mayonaisse.  You got your shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and thin slices of lemon.  When you get your sandwich, make sure to ask for their cocktail sauce and spread it about.  It gives it a little kick.

This is a great treat to have.  The problem is the parking situation.  But I guess that’s typical of Los Angeles.  Then after you resolve the parking issue, you have to deal with the crowd.  Go there during lunch or the weekend and you can’t really avoid it.   And then maybe finding a table might be difficult too.  But don’t fret.  Walk towards The Grove and before you even exit Farmers Market, you’ll notice a stairway leading up.  Go up and you’ll find a nice quiet and clean area minus the crowd to enjoy your Oyster Po’boy.

The Gumbo Pot
6333 W 3rd St Ste 312
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.933.0358

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