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Mardi Gras and a slice of traditional Creole food at Harold & Belle's

Ryan Legaux

Meghan McCarty

Harold and Belle's CEO Ryan Legaux in the kitchen. He is the third generation Legaux to run this Creole restaurant in South Los Angeles.

Inside Harold and Belle's

Meghan McCarty

Harold and Belle's Creole restaurant getting in the Mardi Gras spirit.

Harold and Belle's

Meghan McCarty

Harold and Belle's has been serving up traditional Creole food from the same South Los Angeles location for 45 years. It was started by the Legauxs, transplants from Louisiana in the core of the historic Creole Corridor on Jefferson Boulevard.

If you're looking for a taste of Louisiana in Los Angeles, you can't do much better than Harold & Belle's in South Los Angeles. 

The owners hail from New Orleans — and the restaurant has been serving traditional Creole food for three generations. 

"My grandparents started this in 1969 as kind of a hang out for the community for, you know, their friends and family that were out here from Louisiana," said manager Ryan Legaux. 

Harold & Belle's sits in what was once the center of a large and thriving Creole community. Though there's no official census data, estimates show that Los Angeles has the highest number of Creoles outside New Orleans. 

The restaurant serves about 12 thousand bowls of gumbo every year — a dish filled with sausage, chicken, crab, ham and shrimp — but in light of Mardi Gras this Tuesday, it'll also be serving two-for-one Hurricanes. Because we all know: the most popular dish on Mardi Gras is the drink. 

For more on Fat Tuesday in South Los Angeles, listen to the attached audio where KPCC's Meghan McCarty sought out Angelenos who are keeping Creole traditions alive.

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