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Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking

Map & Directions 1421 W. MacArthur Blvd., G
Santa Ana, CA 92704
  • Cajun, Creole
  • Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • None
  • Lot available


OC Weekly's Description

Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking is a Cajun restaurant in Santa Ana. Sit at the counter, and you’ll see Ritter, chef and partner of his namesake restaurant, tend to a row of 12 stainless-steel, steam-powered kettles that look like a series of exposed plumbing. As though a priest blessing his congregants with holy water, he flicks minced garlic into each kettle with tongs, then squirts in some oil; he deposits a pre-measured amount of raw seafood into one, chicken in another, sautéing them. Next, he ladles in prepared simmering sauces from a big container. Seconds later, the stews begin to bubble, the whole thing roiling, sputtering like an evil witch’s brew. The smells are intoxicating. After a few minutes, a clean bowl is set underneath, and with a quick pull on a lever, the whole thing pivots, pouring out the orders of jambalaya, etouffee, gumbo and seafood pasta. Eat them hot and fresh, and then tell your friends you’ve just discovered the best Cajun restaurant in OC.

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