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…
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