Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, is almost here. So where better to spend the last evening of debauchery before the onset of Lent than at one of DC’s restaurants serving Creole or Cajun cuisine? Though Washington does not have a ton of strictly cajun/creole diners, there are a few. And, of course, there are a number of top-notch restaurants that serve up southern fare based on the cuisine of New Orleans.
Following is a list of some of three of our favorite DC restaurants to get crawfish, jambalaya, gumbo, beignets, and a number of other delicious dishes associated with the Big Easy.
Great for: Politico spotting while you down fresh biscuits with pepper jelly, barbecue shrimp, crawfish etoufee, and oysters from the raw bar.
Bardia’s New Orleans Cafe
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
Great For: Nursing a hangover during a weekend brunch of beignets, creole omelets, and chicory-spiked Cafe du Monde coffee. If you’re leaning more towards lunch, there’s also a nice selection of Po’ Boy sandwiches.
Neighborhood: U Street Corridor
Great For: True-to-the-roots southern eats, such as catfish with grits and fried green tomatoes, with a literary vibe. Eatonville is named after the birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston and combines doses of inspiration from the Harlem Renaissance writer with an ace cocktail list and lively atmosphere.
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