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Apr 30, 2009 10:05 AM

Cajun Experience in Leesburg?

Why has no one brought this to my attention?
I demand answers!

Seriously, do I have a VA alternative to Acadiana/Bardem?

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  1. This is the first I've heard of it too, but it looks like it's worth a try.

    I hope the fact that they felt the need to explain how to pronounce shrimp maque choux is not a sign that their food will be "dumbed down" for the local audience.

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    1. re: Bob W

      Oh, I think that around here the owners would have to assume very few could recognize and pronounce maque choux. The pronunciation is on the menu to avoid the inevitable irritation the wait staff will feel after the millionth person asks "How do you say that again?" Of course, they owners are also assuming the clientele actually will read it! :-)

    2. > Seriously, do I have a VA alternative to Acadiana/Bardem?

      If you haven't heard of RT's Restaurant by now, you have no one to blame but yourself!

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      1. I am the owner and one of the executive chefs of the Cajun Experience. We are from Lafayette, LA and we moved to the Northern VA area from Europe (I worked as an Emerging Markets Consultant). We specialize in traditional cajun food. The food is made up of crawfish etouffee, seafood gumbo, chicken and sausage gumbo, poboys, beignets and chickory coffee just to name a few items. We are open Monday - Saturdays for Lunch and Dinner. Our prices are from $7-$16. Check out our menu's on the website

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        1. re: louisianachef

          this is exciting!! i just got back from new orleans and my mouth was mourning the loss of the delicacies there.

          1. re: louisianachef

            Sorry if you're pure cajun and this is not appropriate, but any chance of a muffaletta?

          2. re: louisianachef

            Interesting menu, but I've never heard of cream (or cream sauce) being used in etouffee.

            1. re: cajungirl

              I am Creole. We make etoufee with condensed milk (Pet or Carnation).

              1. re: Creole Lady

                No kidding! I had no idea. Can you explain when the milk is added? After the roux is made, I assume? Then what?

                1. re: Creole Lady

                  Tell me more. I've never heard of that before.

                  1. re: Creole Lady

                    Condensed milk or evaporated milk? Cuz if it's condensed, that's just crazy.

                2. re: louisianachef

                  I am SO thrilled you're here and wish you the best of luck. Hey, what are you offering for breakfast?

                  1. re: Transplanted Texan

                    we do beignets and also grits for the time being...looking to add some sausage bread etc.

                    1. re: Transplanted Texan

                      what is not appropriate??? me being a coon ass from Louisiana?

                      1. re: louisianachef

                        If this was about the muffaletta - I wasn't fully sure if that sandwich is truly cajun or if it was creole or if it was just a New Orleans thing; and neither cajun or creole.

                        That explained - will there be one offered ever?

                          1. re: louisianachef

                            I moved out of Leesburg but this may get me back for a day trip. I love Acadiana but it's not something I can afford regularly. Can I put a bid in for a good fully dressed oyster po' boy???

                          2. re: Dennis S

                            It's neither. It's something that Italian immigrants introduced to New Orleans and, in that NOLA sort of way got folded into the local cuisine.

                          3. re: louisianachef

                            I'm not sure what your question is about. I didn't say anything about you being inappropriate! Maybe you replied to the wrong post?

                            1. re: Transplanted Texan

                              Yeah - I think he was responding to me - where I was asking about a muffaletta - the inappropriate part was if that sandwich weren't truly cajun and I was about to be called out for asking about one.

                        1. re: louisianachef

                          After just returning from a long weekend in NO we're jonesing for cajun food and particulatly OYSTERS. Though I don't see any on your menu (not even po'boys). Is it just a matter of waiting until they're back in season?

                          Thrilled to have what sounds like authentic cookin' in the neighborhood.

                          1. re: Meg

                            They actually have updated their menu to include oyster po'boys. Haven't tried them yet, but have been excited to try some of their new menu additions

                        2. Okra's in Manassas is really nice too. I am not an expert on NO style but the dishes I have had there have been good. Also they have a good bar.

                          1. A couple of friends and I tried this place last Friday. I believe it was "First Friday's" in Leesburg so it was extremely busy. Being a native of the New Jersey Parish, I am by no means an expert on Cajun cuisine, but I thought the food was very good. My boss is more familiar with the food and after telling him about it, he went and agreed it was very good. It is located in an old house in downtown Leesburg that must be from some time in the 1800's. Overall I really enjoyed myself. My buddy and I got the etouffee and jambalaya and split it. I liked the etouffee a lot better. However being that it was First Friday's, and the restaurant was slammed, they had a line cook pulled to be our server. Understandably the service was a little lacking. If you sit upstairs make sure you watch your head going up, because I'm convinced everyone from the 1800's was 3 foot tall. Once they get fully staffed and some more experienced servers I will be going here a lot. The manager/owner came to our table and made sure everything was OK, chatted for a bit and gave us free dessert. I even came the next day to get two plates of etouffee to take to another one of my friends house. Overall a pleasant experience in a nice old house with good food. A welcome addition to Leesburg.

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                            1. re: quietstorm

                              Thanks for the report, quietstorm! I can't wait to try it.