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Georgia Brown's vs. Louisiana Express

I'm not from the DC area, so this may seem like a silly topic; I don't know. But I'll be visiting soon and thought I might find some authentic Louisiana fare there (more authentic than the Pacific Northwest, anyway). I've been researching Georgia Brown's and Louisiana Express - and am not quite sure which one to choose.

Thoughts?

BTW, I'm only in town for two nights, and have decided on The Source for night #2, after much time spent on this board...(thanks again for all of the suggestions!)

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  1. There is no "authentic Louisiana fare" in the DC area. Georgia Brown's is more a general Southern restaurant but not one I would ever recommend. Acadian is a a faux-Louisiana; upscale ambiance but not the chef spent all of two weeks in Louisiana. RT's is probably the best but even then it is just not in the same class as most food in Louisiana.

    I recommend trying the many truly great restaurants in the DC area, e.g., Komi, Cityzen, Ciitronelle, Ethopian restuarants, Thai or Viet Namese restuarants,.... there are many great places to eat here but none of them are Cajun/Creole.

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    1. re: Dakota Guy

      I agree.. Many great restaurants, not sure I know a truly great Cajun restaurant. GB has a dedicated following as a southern restaurant. Good luck

    2. I'd choose neither. RTs is about the closest in authenticity, but I wouldn't call it great, although in their gumbo, they actually use a roux instead what most places seem to use (i.e., a mix of library paste and dishwater). You really are better off choosing a cuisine that DC does well, like Ethiopian, Viet, Salvadorean, etc.

      FYI, this is not a muffaletta/po boy town.

      1. Georgia Browns is a great place with a very sucessful rep it has staying power even with the frequent changing of the chefs

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        1. re: more food please

          http://www.gbrowns.com/dir/menu.aspx
          "tarted up southern" from various regions. i haven't been in a while (to be fair), but as a southerner, i thought it was ok, but overpriced.

          louisiana express's menu looks much more authentic, but i have never heard it mentioned on the boards (at least not recently
          )http://www.louisianaexpresscompany.co...

          several have recommended RT's in Alexandria (DelRay), esp. when i was craving a good shrimp po'boy.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451897
          (granted, low country -- part of the thread -- is not Louisiana, but RT's menu has cajun and creole dishes:
          http://www.rtsrestaurant.net/RTS_Rest...

          please let us know how you do! bon apetit and bon chance!

          1. re: alkapal

            Lousisian Express is great for what it is, but i dont know if i would go out of my way to go there.

            1. re: elegantelliot

              i don't understand "great for what it is"
              is the food good, very good, or not so much?
              please, elegantelliot, i am needing a good po-boy and andouille!

              1. re: alkapal

                its good for a local place that i can walk to, i love their crawfish bisque :) But with all of the great dining destinations in the area i dont know if i would go out of my way to get there. Where are you staying? its in Bethesda, so its not that close to downtown DC. If you are a local i would definitely say its worth checking out.

            2. re: alkapal

              I'll second the overpriced on Georgia Browns, but I didn't think it was ok. I thought it was awful. $20 for fried chicken that had more salt than chicken? They stay in buisness because of their location and jazz brunch crowd.

              1. re: monkeyrotica

                i have not been to georgia brown's in a while!
                aren't the owners "connected" to some politicos, too (thus, longevity)?

                and ee, i am in arlington.

            3. re: more food please

              I agree that GB is successful but if that is the criterion for good food, McDonald's would be the best place to eat in town !

            4. Whoa! I'm convinced. I'm really intrigued by the number of references to Ethiopian restaurants. That's a cuisine I'm not familiar with. Which one do you recommend? I'm staying in Bethesda, but will have a car...

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              1. re: Jeffo405

                you like eating wet ingredients with your fingers and a stretchy piece of bread? go for ethiopian. cajun over ethiopian any day. how about some good indian food? raaga in falls church on rte. 7 near bailey's crossroads is really good and at a great price.

                1. re: alkapal

                  I'll take cajun over ethiopian any day as well. Problem is, there's no really good cajun around DC. So for me, excellent Ethiopian beats mediocre cajun in DC.

                  And yes, Ethiopian food has been described as eating babyfood with dishrags but there it is.

                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                    I hadn't heard that one. I am LMAO ! However, I still like Ethopian food even if your very funny joke certainly has a ring of truth.

                2. re: Jeffo405

                  A block away from the U Street Metro is basically Little Ethiopia. Queen Makeda's my favorite, but there are any number of others on this board.

                  http://www.ethiopianrestaurant.com/dc...

                  1. re: Jeffo405

                    There are a lot threads on hee about Ethiopian food. Tyr a search. Some popular ones are Ete and Dukem, both around U Street and 12th. They are all very informal and be ready to eat with your hands (part of the fun).

                    1. re: Jeffo405

                      There are a ton of really nice Ethiopian places in the DC area. A lot of their food is stew-ish and comes out ladled onto a platter covered with a kind of bread called 'injera'. http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/...

                      If you decide to try it, I recommend getting a sampler platter with as many different items as you care to try. I'm a meat eater, but I think they have really fantastic vegetarian dishes.

                      1. re: Jeffo405

                        I'm one of many people in DC who loves Ethiopian food. On Ninth St in DC (between T and U) on the same block are two of the best. Queen Makeda and Etete. At Queen Makeda, I recommend the red lentils, greens, and the yebeg alicha (lamb curry). But the food is so cheap you might as well ask for a parade of food like the shiro, gored gored, carrots, cabbage, tibs wat, salad.

                        At Etete, go for the fastening food platter (vegetarian), add the fish, and an order of derek tibs.

                        Either way, your universe is ready for expansion.

                      2. Acadiana has cajun food? No one has mentioned it?

                        I don't really like Georgia Brown's it is very overpriced for what it is and you can get better authentic southern for cheaper elsewhere.