Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Little Bit o' Naw'lins in D.C.

I have a lot of friends that went to Virginia Tech and they are all crying and sad today after last night's loss in the Sugar Bowl. WAHHH. I don't usually watch NCAA sports but hey, that catch looked legit to me too.

I didn't even know where the Sugar Bowl was played, but as the true fat girl that I am, I found out it was in one of my favorite places to eat, New Orleans, and immediately thought happy thoughts of gumbo, crawfish etouffee and beignets.

I was lucky enough to visit N.O. way before Katrina and fell head over heels in lurve with the food. Tons of fresh seafood, spicy flavors and stuff that you can't eat all the time or you will die of congestive heart failure. PERFECT.

This cold weather has me desperately needing it lately, so here's where I've satisfied my latest Bayou region cravings:

Acadiana

This upscaley, fabulously decorated resto near the convention center is exactly what I needed after walking around this cold city at night. The sweet and creamy jalapeno pepper spread that comes with the complimentary biscuits is to die for, but try to save room for the heaping portions in the main courses.

I opted for a classic seafood gumbo and it did not disappoint. Spicy and chock full of crab, shrimp, oysters, redfish and crawfish, it was just what I needed.

The duck was also excellent - tender, flavorful and cooked perfectly.


Seafood gumbo


Pan-crisped roasted duck

This smaller restaurant near Adams Morgan was a little more like walking into someone's home for a holiday party. Nicely decorated but a lot more cozy with more of a neighboorhood establishment vibe. The fare here was fantastic as well and definitely hit the spot for my Naw'lins craving.

I went with the seafood gumbo here too and tasted some of the jambalaya. The portions here are huge too,  but it's realllllyy hard not to want to eat it all right then and there. However, the leftovers are money in the bank so feel free to doggy bag it home.

Unfortunately the desserts here still made me want some Cafe Du Monde, so I would skip those the next time out.



Seafood gumbo

Jambalaya

Beignets

Pecan pie
Acadiana
901 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
202.408.8848

The Cajun Experience
1825 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202.670.4416