My dad had heard about Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking through various articles. I was reluctant to go because of his description. I’m not the biggest fan of hot liquids as food (yeah, I know I’m weird), so I didn’t really know what to expect or if I was going to enjoy it. Per usual, my apprehension was completely unnecessary. Steam kettle cooking is a unique way of preparing foods in steam kettles that cook the food fast and even. At Ritter’s they focus on Cajun Creole Style flavors (thing Oysters, Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Fried Okra, etc.), but the real star is their Pan Roast and other entrees.
Their Pan Roast is from heaven. Seriously. It’s a tomato cream based Creole dish served with rice and your choice of mix-in. Due to my shrimp allergy, I opted for the chicken and sausage, which was absolutely delicious! I’m sure the shrimp, crab, clams and lobster is even better! You can also choose your level of spiciness, which I like because I’m on the pickier side when it comes to that. The portion is ginormous, which makes for a great lunch the next day that will make everyone in the office jealous.
My close second favorite dish is the Cilantro Chicken. Yum! When it first arrived, I thought the pile of cilantro would be too overpowering, but it was a great centerpiece to the dish. The chicken/sausage combination with the lemon garlic broth and tomatoes was awesome! This dish might have changed my mind about my aversion to hot liquids.
I could not ignore this dish. I groaned when my dad ordered a salad, but then this came out! This blackened salmon salad with a creamy creole mustard sauce was filling and refreshing! We also ordered the Linguine and Clams to go for my mom to enjoy the next day. I regret not getting a photo because it looked and tasted like the best dish of them all! Doused in garlic and filled with hidden clams, it made the perfect takeaway meal.
There are two locations, one in Huntington Beach and one in Santa Ana.
For more information, visit http://rittersskc.com/.