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The other day I was in North Hollywood, CA looking for a place for lunch.  A quick “Vegan Restaurants near me” search found Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen touted as the world’s first Cajun vegan restaurant.  I had to try it.  As many of the vegan restaurants we have visited, this one was in a small space in a strip mall.  The walls were decorated with all things Cajun, LSU banners, a poster of the New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, and voodoo dolls.  There was an eclectic mix of tables and chairs that reminded me of my aunts’ kitchens we visited during hot summer vacations in the South.

Fried Okra with Vegan Ranch Dipping Sauce

Speaking of my aunts, when I saw fried okra on the menu, I had to try it.  I have enjoyed many servings of fried okra in those kitchens graced by Aunt Della, Aunt Roe, Aunt Sarah, and Aunt Norene usually accompanied by corn bread, and black eyed peas so my taste memory had great expectations.  They did not disappoint!  Fried perfectly, not oily, crunchy and served with vegan ranch dipping sauce.  This fried okra took me to a place of gratitude for my extended family we used to visit in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico; so many fond memories of those summer vacations.

New Orleans Poboy Sandwich

For my main dish, I had a hard time deciding between the classic Cajun dishes; gumbo, jambalaya,  and a choice of poboy sandwiches. Since it was lunch, I decided to go with the New Orleans Poboy sandwich.  In place of the traditional fried shrimp, they used fried hearts of palm, complimented by dill pickles and spicy house sauce.  The fried hearts of palm had the necessary crunch yet was soft inside and the mildly spicy house sauce added the cajun touch.  I loved this sandwich, it is a perfect lunch treat.

I ended my meal with warm, right out of the oven, vegan beignets, topped with powdered sugar.  They were light delicious, and melted in my mouth.

French Quarter Beignets

There was so much on the menu that I was not able to try, so I plan to come back again!

With Gratitude – Bruce

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