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Jan 6, 2009 02:39 PM

Cajun / Creole food in DC?

Hey everyone,

I recently moved from New Orleans and have been craving the food!. I've been to the place in Adam's Morgan (ok) and Acadiana, which I liked. Any other restaraunts that fit the description?

Thanks for all the help!

Also: does anyone know where to get tasso ham? I tried whole foods georgetown, harris teeter, but no luck...

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  1. You might like Art and Soul, Art Smith's (formerly of Oprah Winfrey fame) place in the Liaison Hotel near Union Station. I ate there this weekend. It's Southern, not specifically cajun/creole. His fried oysters on a hoecake with remoulade really hit the spot. Think Georgia or the Carolinas, not New Orleans. The Brunswick stew put me in the mind of gumbo, though it is NOT a has that same all day, cooked from leftovers kind of love in it.

    I've had reasonable gumbo at Little Fountain cafe in Adams Morgan, but it's been a while.

    The Main Avenue Fish market vendors help satisfy my cravings for fried oysters - though they serve white bread, not good French bread.

    For the French side of your Creole cravings, you should check out La Chaumiere. It's definitely more traditional french, but the fish/sauce combos bring some of the Louisiana preparations to mind.

    Some people rave about Georgia Brown's, but I've never tried it.

    I am a New Orleans native, so I feel your pain. Some days I just want a good plate of red beans and rice with a pork chop. Can't help you with tasso.

    1. oh, how i wish there were some good, authentic cajun/creole places around here! but, in the meantime, this thread may give you some ideas of places that may at least tickle your memories of the "real deal":

      1. RT's is decent in Virginia...I think they have a half price wine bottles night- went there a long time ago but I remember enjoying it.

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        1. re: xena1441

          RT's has a very good gumbo, their Death by Gumbo, which is an entree. About as good as anything you can get in Louisiana. The shrimp and grits at Acadiana is also worthwhile. It's not what you expect when you get it, the grits are in a cake form. Problem with these dishes is that a recipe doesn't work, you have to taste and make adjustments, so sometimes they can be off depending on who's making it.

          901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

          1. re: justaddwater

            Second RT's gumbo. I've sent several Louisiana natives there and the only thing they've been disappointed by is the price. It's not cheap. Lunch is a few bucks cheaper, but it's far superior to more expensive gumbos I've had in DC.

            I grew up on shrimp and grits made the Acadiana way: cold grits cut into slices and fried. Every place else that serves it just lumps grits into a pile and pours the shrimp over it. I guess it depends on what you're used to.

            901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

        2. You want Johnny's Half Shell. I can recommend the ettouffe, the oyster po boy, and the gumbo. The po boys are only served at lunch, however. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. RT's also carries the usual classics, but I've found their gumbo to be a bit too spicy for me. Everything else is excellent, but not upscale white-tablecloth like Johnny's.

          You can find tasso ham and real andouille sausage at Eastern Market, Canales Meats I'm pretty sure carries both.

          1. Southside 815 in Alexandria has some of the classics-even red beans and rice. The prices can't be beat.... with daily specials (half-price po boys Mondays) and Happy Hour deals to boot.

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            1. re: monavano

              Love Southside you can't real beat the prices