Is it possible to have the authentic taste of New Orleans cuisine in chi-chi Los Angeles? For anyone who has visited the Big Easy or has always dreamed of going, sampling the rich and savory Cajun Louisiana-style meals at The Gumbo Pot inside the Original Farmers’ Market on Third and Fairfax is just as good. There’re over a million mini-restaurants at The Market, but it’s easy to find this tasty treasure. Just look behind Dupar’s restaurant and you’ll see a ready-made line of people ready to devour the Southern treats.

Inhale deeply and become intoxicated by the appetizing smells of excellent gumbo (soup dish) and jambalaya (spicy rice dish), both served with beef, chicken or seafood. Two favorites are Gumbo Ya Ya (chicken gumbo with shrimp and andouille sausage, $5.75) and the Traditional Recipe Jambalaya (chicken and andouille sausage, $6.95). Both meals and other gumbo and jambalaya dishes come with a variety of side dishes, including sweet potato salad, creole mustard potato salad, black-eyed peas and collard greens.

New Orleans is known for its delicious seafood and The Gumbo Pot doesn’t disappoint. The pacific snapper ($6.95), catfish ($6.95) and salmon ($7.50) come fresh and prepared in a peppery spice and blackened on a cast iron grill. The best selection to order to taste a little of everything is the mixed platter of shrimp, oysters and shrimp ($7.50) rolled in cornmeal and fried. The more adventurous crowd can sample the tender Alligator Tail Filet ($7.95) or Drunken Shrimp ($7.50), shrimp still in its shell poached in beer, butter and spices.

Another Louisiana favorite is The Gumbo Pot’s open-faced po’boy sandwiches. The most commonly ordered are the Shrimp Po’Boy ($5.50) and the Mixed (oyster and shrimp) Po’Boy ($6.50) served on warm French bread. For an extra $3 you can add a cup of spicy gumbo. Forget traditional salads and instead dip your taste buds into the Fried Chicken Salad ($6.25) or the Seafood Salad ($6.95) brimming with shrimp, crawfish, oysters and blackened fish.

If you still have room for dessert, share a basket of beignets (four for $2.50), square-shaped, light and fluffy French doughnuts drenched in powdered sugar. The best drink to wash everything down is a cup of chicory coffee ($1.02) or Southern style mint iced tea ($1.50).

Whatever you choose to taste, take your plastic tray and utensils, sit al fresco and engage in The Market’s wide array of people-watching opportunities. It may not be just like eating in the infamous French Quarter, but it sure comes close.

The Gumbo Pot is open Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit