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where can i find bananas foster in the district?

cathy687 Jul 16, 2009 11:44 AM

my boyfriend is dying for some good, authentic bananas foster - and i can't find a good place anywhere (it's our anniversary).

any suggestions?

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    dining with doc Jul 16, 2009 11:46 AM

    I believe banana's foster originated from New Orleans. Therefore I would check with Acadiana near the convention center to see if they have it.

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      Elyssa Jul 16, 2009 11:48 AM

      I would check with Acadiana, they might have it since I've seen it on New Orleans menus in the past.

      A quick search on MenuPages.com also shows it at CityZen (certainly anniversary worthy), Mon Ami Gabi (in crepe form), and a fondue version at The Melting Pot.

      1. ktmoomau Jul 16, 2009 12:18 PM

        You can also make the commander's palace recipe of it pretty easily at home it is like 4 ingredients, bananas, brown sugar, rum, creme de banana serve over good ice cream... My uncle makes it at home all the time. Just fyi.

        CityZen sounds pretty good to me though. It is also something you might be able to call ahead and request I don't think many places would put up a big fight on such a simple request.

        1. Truck403 Jul 17, 2009 06:24 AM

          RT's in Alexandria should have it. I know it is not in the District, but it is not far outside of it either.....

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            Lowbar Jul 20, 2009 04:46 PM

            Been a little while, but if I recall correctly, RT's had a bananas foster cake, but not bananas foster proper.

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            dcfoodie13 Jul 19, 2009 02:55 PM

            Legal Seafoods had it a couple years ago. I absolutely hate the restaurant, but I remember they did the bananas foster table side and it was pretty good actually.

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              Sean D Jul 20, 2009 03:07 PM

              I once had Bananas Foster at Timpano's in Rockville.

              However, I do have a suggestion: Surprise your boyfriend with a romantic, bananas foster for two.

              Melt four tablespoons of sweet butter in a skillet, stir in 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 of dark molasses, and cook until is bubbles and thickens. (About 5 minutes over medium heat.) Have about three medium sliced bananas waiting. Once the mixture starts to bubble, throw the bananas in and toss them around with a non-stick spatula, in order to coat them with the hot syrup. (No more than about 60-90 seconds.) Then, throw in about 1/4 cup of a good quality dark rum and ignite it. It makes a great show. Then, all you do is spoon it over good quality vanilla ice cream.

              Happy Anniversary to you both!

              1. discojing Jul 20, 2009 05:56 PM

                do you want bananas foster or bananas flambee? the comments here seem to be for the flambee (which involves sugar, alcohol, and a flame). i dont like bananas flambee, but i like bananas foster, which are crepes filled with bananas and served with ice cream/cream and other things. the bananas can be fried or not. the best one I've ever had was at rainforest cafe. they closed the one in tysons, but i believe there's on in gaithersburg as well.

                a close second would be banana empanadas, which i hate to admit, are served at la sandia.

                Rainforest Cafe
                Towson Town Ctr Towson MD, Towson Town Ctr Towson, MD

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                1. re: discojing
                  ktmoomau Jul 21, 2009 07:04 AM

                  Traditionally what you describe as Banana flambee is bananas foster, I don't know who got you mixed up on that, but that is what classically is bananas foster does involve banana liquer and rum (recipe above is missing the banana liquer) and a flame. If making it at home I would use Alton Brown's recipe it is almost identical to the one used at Commander's Palace where they have prepared this dish tableside for generations and really have it down to perfection. You might also be able to find the commanders palace recipe online.

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                  Chownut Jul 20, 2009 08:56 PM

                  Don't know about DC, but Texas de Brazil has a very good version.

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