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Little Jewel, A Sparkling New Orleans Deli Right Smack in Chinatown

The culinary scene in Chinatown keeps getting better, and it's not the Chinese fare that's doing it. This time it's by way of New Orleans.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Marcus Christiana-Beniger wasn't too happy with the kind of Southern fare products he could manage to wrangle in Los Angeles. So he decided to open up a place called Little Jewel where people get the likes of house-made tasso or a real oyster po' boy to write home about.

Open since mid-August, Christiana-Beniger and wife Eunah Kang have opened up this sweet little transplant from the Big Easy featuring a slew of house-made staples that would be commonplace in New Orleans. Think andouille, boudin, hot links, tasso, and even cochon de lait, which is smoked in house.

As for sandwiches, find a massive, two-handed shrimp or oyster po' boy, doused with Crystal hot sauce if you prefer, or some Parish fair sandwiches like turkey or roast beef. Hot plates like crawfish or crawfish mac 'n cheese are available as well, though more adventures into the New Orleans canon (such as muffalettas) will become available as soon as Christiana-Beniger can get his hands on them.

Little Jewel
207 Ord Street
Los Angeles, CA
Open Daily 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.