The Tale of the Bad Shrimp

So, last night I left you with some lovely photographs of our time in Berkeley yesterday. Gosh, I love that city. So much love…so much life. We had to drop off the boyfriend’s friend who was visiting from Texas at the airport in the afternoon, so we took the opportunity to just wander around all day and eat. A few people asked me where we ate lunch and the answer is Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen.

After watching the final hour of the World Cup at an Irish pub next door, we wandered in here with high expectations. I mean, the three of us are all Southerners and when we see a menu with fried chicken and sweet tea on it 3,000 miles from home, we make a mad dash.

But first, please observe my serious soccer face:

Actually, I’m lying. This was more my it’s 1:45 and I haven’t had anything to eat since 7:30 and if you don’t feed me soon I’m going to make a scene face. The boyfriend kindly offered to go get me a biscuit to tide me over, but I had high hopes for lunch so I just ate half a larabar and a green apple now and later and held strong. Those now and laters…they get ya every time.

Finally, it was time to eat. I forced my way to the front of the crowd and out of the pub in about two seconds flat. Warning: do NOT get in my way when I’m hungry. I’m not afraid to use force.
I was immediately overjoyed when I saw the restaurant’s supreme choice of hot sauce on the table:

And scoured every inch of the menu

The restaurant had a great atmosphere and was pretty busy, but not packed. Adam’s sweet tea was PERFECT and took me straight back to Alabama football games. Seriously, it was dead on. We were under time constraint, though, and I had to make a quick decision on food. Initially, I thought perhaps the gumbo but you know how it is when you are famished….you often times lose your ability to think rationally and make strategic menu decisions.
Enter shrimp po’boy:

Sorry, but it was bad. Not just “bad”…it was pretty awful. Just a few small deep fried shrimp on a HUGE white roll with some shredded iceberg lettuce.
That’s it. I asked for no mayo (ick) but they seemed to forget the mustard, too. Since I was starving, I ate half anyways and then about an hour later, started to feel pretty sick. And that never happens. I have a stomach of steel but this was just….bad. I never actually GOT sick and recovered enough to eat frozen yogurt two hours later, but still. You know how it is sometimes.
I’m really bummed because I love the idea of this restaurant. Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing? Because I have a deep love for both Berkeley and cajun food, I will go back and try their gumbo. But I have to say—not impressed.
I was impressed, however, with this lovely frozen confection (see mine on the left, his on the right)

A blend of vanilla and chocolate fro yo with caramel sauce, oreos and heath bar crumbles. My stomach sighed in contentment and all was well with the world again, post shrimp po’boy.

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  • laura
    July 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    oh my GOODNESS the sight of those yogurtland cups makes my mouth water! yogurtland is my ABSOLUTE favorite froyo place. i live in texas but go to school in california (holla southern girls living in cali!!) and yogurtland is all the rage in socal and they just brought it to texas! you MUST go back and try the red velvet and pistachio flavor. so effin good.

  • eatmovelove
    July 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Great stuff Jenna. Great stuff…

  • Becki @ HikeBikeEat
    July 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Frozen yogurt can fix ANYTHING!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    July 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    That place looked so cute!! It’s a bummer that it turned out so poorly 🙁 Hopefully if you do decide to check out their gumbo it won’t be a disappointment. Loved the pictures of the boys watching soccer. I so understand the faces they were making, haha.

  • Karla
    July 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Too bad Angeline’s wasn’t good! I used to walk past there all the time and always wanted to go!
    Yogurtland makes my day better no matter what!! I always have to try every single flavor before deciding on one. Next time you should go to Yogurt Park. That’s a Berkeley classic!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    July 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I hate being disappointed, especially when I’m starving. What a bummer.

  • allison @ thesundayflog
    July 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    bummer!! i love all things shrimp. i’d say go for it again and chang up your order. ya just never know!! dying for fro-yo now, so thanks 🙂

  • Camille
    July 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Bummer about the shrimp!
    At least there was yogurt to make it all better 🙂

  • Angharad
    July 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Ugh. I got food poisoning two weeks ago from a portabello mushroom wrap…I can’t even think about mushrooms at the moment. So sad.

    I hate when you are disappointed with something that looks so right on paper…did the others enjoy their food?

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    July 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    ew, nothing’s worse than a bad po’boy! at least dessert made up for it…

  • Ann @ Appalchian Appetites
    July 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Ick…I hate blah bread 🙁

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    July 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    UGH sorry you had a bad food experience. That totally blows! But I think fro-yo makes everything better!!

  • skinnyrunner
    July 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    i live for yogurtland. my fav. almost makes living in pricey california worth it just for the self serve froyo.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    July 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I guess that’s what happens when you try to get Louisiana outside of Louisiana…ugh!! Bad shrimp is NEVER a good thing!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales
    July 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Too bad the restaurant was a bust but at least the fro-yo made up for it!!

  • Maissa
    July 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I’ve been to Angeline’s twice, their fried chicken is absolutely amazing, vanilla sweet potato mash is equally addicting.

    The second time I got the gumbo, it was good, not as good as the chicken.

    The chicken seriously is one of those fried foods that you just pretend doesn’t count. I want to eat it for the rest of my life.

    Also the hushpuppies – OMG AMAZING.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    July 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I guess that’s what happens when you try to get Louisiana outside of Louisiana…ugh!! Bad shrimp is NEVER a good thing!

  • Kellie
    July 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    i’m impressed with your frozen yogurt restraint. I tend to load mine up with every topping they have and then proceed to eat mine and my childrens.

  • BethT
    July 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Hello. Brenda’s is your only option for Bay Area southern food. I thought you knew this.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    July 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Ugh. Bad seafood is the worst…I had an experience last week and it was not. fun. Yay for recovery froyo though!

  • Angela (ohsheglows)
    July 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    hahah Im the same way when Im hungry. The monster comes out full force. I have choice words…lol

  • Daisy
    July 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    so funny that when you just posted the picture yesterday i thought, that sandwich looks good. ha.

  • Courtney
    July 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I am the exact same way with my hunger monster. Its unfortunate for everyone involved!
    Someone else mentioned your frozen yogurt restraint and, I am also amazed! Anything cold and chocolate is irresistible to me, and I just can’t stop at one!

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy
    July 12, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I’m just like you – don’t mess with me when I’m hungry!! 🙂

    Sorry the sandwich was no good – maybe it was just a fluke??

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    July 12, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Whenever I eat yucky food frozen yogurt always feels so good on my tummy 🙂

  • samantha
    July 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t know southern food, but Angeline’s hush puppies with sweet butter are %&*!$ insane. In a really good way. Eat them.

  • nicole
    July 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Not to be a creep but I’m wondering if the man on your left is the boyfriend in your soccer photos…

    • jenna
      July 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      Haha no…he was actually the one taking the photo!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    July 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I applaud you for waiting through the entire game. I cannot watch games out unless I have a full snack bag with me. Otherwise I’m mean.

    Sorry the po boy stunk and made you sick. Bad southern food is no fun.

    July 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    i think bad seafood of any kid is yuckieee!! i had bad sushi.. EEL SUSHI to be specific!! made me sick for a couple days. not fun!

    xoxo <3

  • amanda
    July 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Ugggh sorry to hear you got sick from the food. I noticed if I check before going to place it helps me determine if I wanna eat there. Maybe check it out and see what other people have been saying about that place and it might help determine if you wanna give it another try.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    July 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    So disappointing when you have a bad meal in a restaurant 🙁

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    July 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Bad shrimp = not fun
    Fro Yo to make it all better = FUN!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    July 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I thought found an amazing FroYo place here in Carmel (not the chain you mentioned) and went about twice a month for a large. Aft about a year, I asked for an ingredient list and researched them online. FULL of Aspartame–might as well eat rat poison. Very upsetting because I am almost totally organic and this stuff is one of worst additives can consume—and in summer the yogurt shop is overrun by children.

    So now, every few months get an organic pint of sorbert at Whole Foods and eat that for treat. I like FroYo–but the brain cancer, etc caused by Aspartame–not so much.

  • The Wife of a Dairyman
    July 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Oooh, bad shrimp could be Really Bad. Glad you didn’t become more sick than you did. Yogurt always helps 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    July 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Aw what a bummer about your meal! I’m always iffy about fried foods because they tend to give me stomach aches.

    Thank goodness for fro yo though! 😉

  • Krystina
    July 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    At least you made it look pretty!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    July 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Ohh – that yogurt looks aaaamazing!

  • S @
    July 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I’m usually choked to be allergic to seafood until I hear stories like this… glad you didn’t fully get sick!

  • Alyssa
    July 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Hey Jenna!

    Just wanted to let you know that I am hosting a Food Should Taste Good giveaway at my blog! Winner gets 5 FREE BAGS OF CHIPS!!


  • Anna
    July 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Such a bummer!!!! I’d definitely give it at least one more shot, though. Especially since it’s probably not too easy to find grub like that around where you are! That fro yo looks awesome.

  • hlo
    July 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I love Angelines! You should have tried the fried catfish or the vodoo shrimp…. delicious!

  • kath
    July 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    You should try Yogurt Park sometime, it’s a Berkeley institution. The stores on Shattuck tend to turn over very frequently (Angeline’s is only a few years old) with a few exceptions.

    Oh no, though, sad update: the founder of Angeline’s passed away at the end of June. I’d say definitely give it another try sometime. Although I must admit I never ate there when I lived in Berkeley.

  • tamar
    July 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    Sorry to hear about the bad experience! I once got food poisoning from bad shrimp too – at a high end restaurant no less. I have read and heard that shrimp is one of the most common foods that people experience food poisoning from. Before I became vegan, I was very discerning when ordering seafood because of that…

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    July 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Ugh, glad you didn’t get sick-sick from your poboy! I love Yogurtland! Especially their pistachio flavor! Yum!

  • Amy
    July 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Don’t give up on Angeline’s just yet! My personal opinion is that the Po’boys are the worst thing you can order off the menu. I’ve had the oyster Po’boy and yup, it’s not good at all.

    Definitely try the buttermilk fried chicken next time you’re there. This dish stole my heart and I am tempted to order it every single time I eat at Angeline’s. I have branched out though, and I can also vouch for the excellent voodoo shrimp, crawfish etouffee, and the shrimp creole. Always order the hushpuppies and sweet tea.

    You have to try their desserts too! Their bananas foster bread pudding makes me swoon. Their beignets aren’t bad, but I still love Cafe du Monde’s beignets the most.

    I’m really sad to hear about Angeline’s founder passing away. Mr. Volberg seated us on just about every visit to Angeline’s and he was always so kind and friendly.

  • Rachael
    July 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Angeline’s isn’t the greatest. If you want good Southern food, you’ve got to head to Oakland – Lois the Pie Queen on the border of South Berkeley and Oakland is indeed the queen of her trade, and don’t get me started on Sweetie Pie and Poppy Down Home…..we’re talking deep-South style goodness.
    Have you read/met/know of Novella Carpenter? She’s an urban farmer who just put out a book, and she’s an amazing Bay Area foodie/local foods resource.
    Happy Monday!

  • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs
    July 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    My pet hate is bad/disapointing restaurant food. There is nothing worse then having to pay for food that sucks. But frozen treats make everything better!

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged
    July 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Aw, that’s a bummer. It seems like the fro yo made up for it though!

  • Megan (Running Foodie)
    July 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Three cheers for Yogurtland! The best cure for disappointing food 🙂

  • Alyssa @ bride to be fit
    July 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    What a bummer… There is nothing worse then when your really excited for food that ends up disappointing! Glad to see the yogurt made up for it though 😉

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged
    July 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Boy is that a bummer! When I ate seafood, I got taken on a first date to a N’Awleans style seafood restaurant and had a similarly disappointing shrimp Po Boy…I think they’re really hit or miss!

  • Cara
    July 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Man, that sucks! Especially when you have such high expectations!

  • Laura (Starloz)
    July 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Frozen yogurt is the solution to many life issues. its pure perfection!

  • Stacey
    July 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    At least the fro yo was delicious.

  • Susan
    July 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Well, it must have been bad! because it’s not often you say something negative about a meal, and you not picky or fussy or “high maintenance” I love that you are so open minded about trying everything.

  • Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    July 12, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Frozen yogurt always helps!

  • KatieTX
    July 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    The only way you can be sure to get a good shrimp po boy is to go to N’awlins to get one..just saying….

  • ida
    July 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    love the his and hers fro yo cups!!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    July 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Hm, sounds like a boring sandwich. But the fro yo? Mmm…caramel!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    July 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Seafood done wrong is always the worst of wrongs. Something about screwing it up makes it worse than screwing up chicken or potatoes.

    Glad the frozen yogurt healed you!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    July 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Uh oh… sorry Angeline’s did a bad job of representing us. Poboys will just never be as delicious anywhere else as they are in New Orleans.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    July 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Haha that’s SO me when I’m hungry… watch out!! that’s so dissapointing though 🙁

  • Katherine
    July 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I LOVE Yogurtland!!!

  • Kelly
    July 13, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Some people don’t get southern has to be fresh and it has to be generous. Anything less can’t hold a candle. Bad seafood is nothing to mess with, but frozen yogurt heals all. 🙂

  • Shelley
    July 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Jenna, are you an Alabama fan? If so, Roll Tide!! I went to college and law school at Alabama, and was pretty much born a Bama fan. I’m also a big fan of your blog- keep up the wonderful work! Best wishes from Selma, Alabama-