The Cajun Experience

Remember when I started this blog in hopes that it would help me try new foods? Well, I’ve been slacking on that.

However, I’ve had a serious craving to try cajun food lately. I had never eaten it before, but a few weeks ago I went to visit friends in Roanoke, Virginia and they took us out to dinner at The Quarter. I now wish that I had blogged about that experience because the food was incredible! I tried fried alligator (it tastes like chicken, I swear it actually does), had my first BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich (a little late to the game, as always), and even tried the creole shrimp dip which was so, so good.

That’s when my friend, Meredith, mentioned a Groupon for The Cajun Experience in downtown DC. I jumped at the chance to tag along.

The restaurant was pretty small from the outside. I actually walked right past it the first time since it blends in with the surrounding businesses and apartment buildings in the Dupont area. It was on the bottom floor of a duplex which totally threw me off. Once I finally made it (I was running a little bit late, oops!), Meredith had already ordered the Hush Puppies to share.

They were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside (just as hush puppies should be) and had a slight taste of cajun seasoning. What I was not expecting were the surprise jalapeños inside which provided a special little kick but weren’t overpowering. I would have eaten like ten of these if I could have.

Meredith and I were total dorks and ended up ordering the exact same thing. We both got the Shrimp and Grits. While we waited for our food to come out, we enjoyed good conversation and caught up. I noticed the restaurant was much, much smaller than I expected. The place only had a few other tables besides ours, most of which were full. I doubt it could have held over 100 people maximum. No wonder they suggest that you call ahead for reservations!

Here’s a picture from their website, since mine all sucked. (Source)

My meal was pretty fantastic too. Exactly what I was craving! The grits were bacon, cheddar and jalapeño and were pretty much the reason that I ordered this meal in the first place. I’m a sucker for anything with bacon. I’d never had grits before and was a little bit surprised by the texture. I’m not sure if this is something that I will incorporate into my everyday eats, but they I enjoyed them in this dish. Of course, the star of the show was the shrimp creole. I ate this up SO fast.

So what did I learn from this experience?

Well, two things: 1) that I love cajun food. Like…a lot. Did you know that New Orleans is the #1 food town in America. There’s so many authentic cajun dishes that I want to try, and so many places to try them! New Orleans trip anyone?

And 2) I really need to work on my dim-lighting food photography.

Any tips on how to take pictures in dimly-lit areas such as restaurants?

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7 Comments

  1. Grits are a Southern staple. I hope they did them right!

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    • Well, I don’t have anything to compare them to so I don’t really know. But next time I head to the south, I’m definitely ordering them!

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      • D.C. is pretty close to the Mason Dixon line, I bet they did. I grew up with grits for breakfast with eggs and bacon. It was only later did I learn how delicious they could be with shrimp!!

  2. You are more than welcome to join my and my mom on our Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives adventure to NOLA. Currently we’re planning a trip next month to Kentucky… nom!

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  3. Robert Studer

     /  March 13, 2012

    You need to come by for Jambalaya night one time! Sounds like you would like it!

    Reply

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