Short Order: Ritter’s Steam Kettle, Santa Ana

Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking, Santa Ana (Photos by Brad A. Johnson)

One of Las Vegas’ best-kept secrets for many years has been the 16-seat, New Orleans-themed Oyster Bar inside the dowdy, off-Strip Palace Station casino. The former chef of The Oyster Bar, now in Orange County, has launched a new, much larger spin-off in Santa Ana called Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking, and he’s opening a second branch at the Strand in Huntington Beach this month.

Everything from the menu in Vegas is replicated here: oysters on the half shell, gumbo, bouillabaisse, pan roasts, steamed clams. But the new Ritter’s is vast compared with the diminutive Oyster Bar, allowing for a slightly expanded menu that branches into more appetizers and po’ boy sandwiches. The fried oyster po’ boy and blackened chicken sandwich are very good…

This is obviously merely a synopsis. To read the original story and to view an extensive slide show by photographer Cindy Yamanaka, check out this week’s OC Register. Note: Subscriptions are required for unlimited access the OC Register online. We don’t give it away for free at the newsstand, and we don’t give away for free online, either. Anyone can receive one week of complimentary access, but after that you’ll need to be a subscriber. Alternatively, you can always buy a single day pass — cheaper than a cup of coffee — for 24-hour access. 

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