The Cajun Experience

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Sazeracs and Jambalaya in Dupont

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It happens every winter. Your plane tickets are booked to New Orleans. Your suitcase stuffed with beads. Your video camera fully charged to record all the hospitality.

And then, the House schedules an early vote on the coral reef preservation bill you helped draft (they love your work).

Well, there is a local solution. No, it regrettably doesn’t include floats of dancing girls and open-container laws. But it’s got plenty of buttery étouffée and beignets.

Say hello to The Cajun Experience, now soft-open just north of Dupont to add another stop on your winter rotation of spicy, rib-sticking food.

This is the kind of place where guys named Thibodeaux would wait out the winter (if, in fact, they had a winter). You’ll descend a few steps to a small, yellow bar. Your best move: arrive here during mid-afternoon (happy hour is 11am to 7pm every day) and get started on sampling the full lineup of Abita beers or classic NOLA cocktails like Hurricanes and Sazeracs.

Then make your way into the brick-lined dining room, bedecked with not much more than Tabasco bottles and LSU memorabilia. The owner’s mother was chef to two Louisiana governors, so things remain pretty traditional (10 kinds of po’boys on NOLA’s own Leidenheimer bread, redfish delivered from the Gulf).

But you’ll want to branch out a bit, if only for the Crawfish Mac & Cheese, served spicy with a whole cupboard of Cajun spices.

It’s just what your crawfish mac and cheese has been missing.


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


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