Did you know there are four New Orleans themed restaurant/bars in Downtown Los Angeles? Yes, four! There’s Preux & Proper in the Fashion District, Little Jewel of New Orleans in Chinatown, NOLA’s in the Arts District and the newest one called The Little Easy on 5th Street between Spring and Broadway in the Historic Core.
The Little Easy has taken over the space inside the Alexandria Hotel that once housed The Gorbals, but this place looks nothing like the old Gorbals. It has undergone a massive makeover. The second you walk in the door you are transported straight to New Orleans. The first room is a cozy bar space complete with a massive fireplace and chandeliers, but head down the rear hallway past the bathrooms and kitchen window where you find yourself in another bar area in the center of a garden square complete with a fountain. They have really done a nice job creating a New Orleans atmosphere.
We sat ourselves but then realized that there is not table service. You have to order your drinks and food at the bar. My husband started with a Sweet Tea ($3) and I went for the Hurricane cocktail ($12). It was light and dark rum, passion fruit puree, orange juice, lime juice and a Pama float. It was not the traditional New Orleans Hurricane I was expecting… it was better. I just wish it was a little bigger!
For lunch, we shared a Po’Boy ($12). You have your choice of grilled or blackened shrimp or catfish. We went with the grilled shrimp. It was good, but if you order a Po’Boy you really need to get the blacked shrimp. What were we thinking? We also got the Jambalya ($14). It’s served in an iron skillet. Again, really good. We added a side of the Parsnip & Potato Puree ($5) covered in brisket gravy. All the food was good, and there were lot of other items on the menu that I look forward to trying (like the cheesy grits). The Little Easy is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of DTLA to enjoy a cocktail and grab a bite to eat.
The Little Easy 216 W 5th Street (between Spring and Broadway) 213.628.3113