But no worries, there is no reason to fear, dear readers, for I will face...the DANGER.
Recently, I stopped at one of my favorite hangouts on Vermont Ave: Fred 62.
It's got a great atmosphere: dim lighting, excellent outdoor seating even cool nights, amazing soundtrack, excellent servers, and a great menu.
This time around, I decided that I would change up my order of a burger of sorts, to something new that caught my eye: The Poorest Boy sandwich.
For those not in the know, a Po' Boy is a sandwich from Louisiana in which a fried meat or seafood and served on a Louisiana style French bread. The Poorest Boy tries to spice up the sandwich by using fried chicken strips smothered with a very light, and delicious, red pepper remoulade.
Before I go any further, let us step backwards in time...
One time readers, many moons ago, I was lost in Lousiana near Shreveport. It was raining, it was cold, and I was hungry. Stumbling into a warm bar after searching for what seemed like hours, I saddled up and asked for a menu.
I figured since I was in Louisiana, I would try a local delicacy, and ordered myself a Po' Boy. It was delicious. The light and airy bread, the lightly fried white fish and shrimp. The lettuce, tomatoes and remoulade that contrasted nicely with the prominent fried flavor.
Well readers, Louisiana this is not. In general, the Poorest Boy sandwich at Fred 62 is good. But that's it.
I wouldn't recommend it, but I wouldn't turn you away from it if you were so set on having it. Truth is, I'm sure you could find a better one around Los Angeles if you tried. The bread was a little tougher than I would have liked, and the chicken really wasn't that great. It was like the chicken was kept in the deep fryer a littler too long: too tough and not enough good taste.
The red pepper remoulade was a nice addition and gave the sandwich some missing flavor.
Despite this less-than-stellar review, don't let me deter you from Fred 62. It's got an excellent menu with a number of other great sandwiches to enjoy. And let me recommend the Mac Daddy & Cheese Balls. Deep fried balls of mac and cheese never tasted so good.
** 1/2 Stars
1850 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027