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Catfish Sandwich

Sallie Sep 12, 2001 04:54 PM

With the death of the old Tunnicliff's on Capitol Hill, I am without my beloved catfish po'boy.

I am looking for a worthy replacement--cornmeal-breaded and fried, chopped leaf lettuce with hearts intact for crispness, mayonnaisy spicy sauce (not tartar sauce), and the bread--soft in the middle and slightly toasted around the edges.

How could the new owners tinker with perfection? (Went there recently on a mission and was disappointed. Mightily. There IS no catfish po'boy any more.)

HELP ME, Chowhounds!

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    Winnie RE: Sallie Sep 14, 2001 02:56 PM

    You might want to check Georgia Brown's on 15th Street between K and I.

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      Kathleen RE: Sallie Sep 14, 2001 03:28 PM

      I know Bethesda is not close to the Hill, but Louisianna Express in Bethesda has great cajun catfish sanwhiches and other food. It's very resonably priced too. The beignets are not as good as the original Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, but for this area they are good. It's worth the drive.

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        Tee RE: Kathleen Sep 20, 2001 06:58 PM

        I've seen the Lousiana Express while bike riding and wondered if it was any good. What else can you recommend to try?

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          Terrie H. RE: Tee Sep 21, 2001 10:01 PM

          The etouffe, oyster po' boy, and their loaded fries (topped with andouille, cheese and spices - really out of this world).

          I've yet to get to their weekend breakfast, which I hear is great and the menu looks promising. And cheap!

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            Kathleen RE: Tee Sep 25, 2001 04:25 PM

            I liked everything I've ever had there except their blackened tuna. it was not very high quality, but what did I expect from a place on the Washingtonian's Cheap Eats. The prices are great. I agree that the loaded fries are great, as well as the muffalato sandwhich if you like green olives.

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          Genesee RE: Sallie Sep 19, 2001 12:27 PM

          You might also keep the Birchmere (in Alexandria) in mind. Of course, I've only been there to eat when I've been there for music, too, but the food is really surprising. The catfish sandwich is top-notch, and the gumbo is probably the best deal on the menu.

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