Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking aka Cajun food is on MacArthur in Santa Ana. I had blogged on July 7th about Sandy’s and my experience at Kettle Bar at the Union Market at The District. We enjoyed that experience very much. Not so much with Ritter’s. Their concept is exactly the same but what they produced wasn’t nearly as good. I was looking forward to the oyster po’boy but was disappointed. It was huge and impossible to eat as a sandwich (which is OK) but the flavor of the oysters was overpowered by a thick crusty breading. Sandy’s Half Chicken and Sausage Pan Roast was pretty good but very spicy. Of course, this is Cajun food, but a heads up on the extra dose of spice would have been appreciated.

The highlight of the meal was actually the salads. The greens were crisp and fresh and the dressings quite delicious.

One other thing – Ritter’s was not our original destination that day. We were headed to  TRADE on Jamboree in Irvine. It is a new retail center with a large food hall. The website was a little misleading, however, because the food hall wasn’t finished. There were no EATS and DRINKS for us – only the large signs. So that adventure will have to wait a while. Stay tuned…..