No Kitty, This is My Potpie!
– Eric Cartman
Have you ever eaten something and thought of it as the holy grail of your entire culinary existence? I have—Killer Shrimp. I rant and rave about foods that [I believe] change lives all the time. I even went as far as to state that Killer Shrimp could carry Los Angeles, and be the comfort food of our region. The shrimp au jus and french bread dish is authentically and uniquely Los Angeles (ref. Killer Shrimp: Saving Los Angeles). It began here, and has withstood the test of time. When Lee Michaels came up with Killer Shrimp some 30 odd years ago, I do not know if he had any idea of what it would become or if it could be outdone. When I wrote my post about Killer Shrimp’s opening in Hermosa Beach last summer, I had not imagined the possibility of tasting something more astounding than the original dish; but that may very well be what has happened. This potpie kicks the asses of Killer Shrimp, and of potpies I have experienced much like the Heath Ledger’s Joker did of Batman’s. Close the door to the cave, Lucious; Batman is dead.
A firm yet flaky and soft puff pastry-like crust tops the potato, mixed vegetable, and shrimp-filled broth. The texture is thickened by cubed-creamy potatoes and the Killer Shrimp filling transforms into something which is more like rice congee than an au jus. The flavors and spices of the pie are intense, and as startling as the original dish. They catch me off guard [again] though I carry on eating.
Killer Shrimp is a dish that has made its mark in the world, and I hope that it will find a place in the hearts, and palettes of admirers far and wide. I have a new favorite potpie, will you?
Post Script: Killer Cafe is open 24/7, and has a number of delicious offering [as seen above.] The potpie is my favorite which is why I wroteabout it exclusively. However, there are many dishes, and treats available, like a post dinner, adult-playtime deep-fried Twinkie (see above). I hope you stop by and enjoy a cafe born of a exceptional restaurant, and family tradition. I would love to hear about it. Also, tell them Cue the Critic sent you.