New Orleans-inspired restaurants are plentiful in Washington D.C., but it is a little surprising to see a building that looks to be straight off Bourbon Street with fancy black iron railings that bring your eyes up from the street level to the second-floor balcony you'd mistake for New Orleans. The place is typically packed and loud, but if you can grab a seat in the main restaurant, grab a Hurricane and some ear plugs and sip while you admire the low copper ceilings, slow circling fans, masks and beads that remind you of the Big Easy. Jalapeno shrimp is barbecued and prepared with rich cream cheese and bacon and makes a good starter. Have a side order of Cajun cornbread that’s made with a spicy batter and big chunks of corn. Crawfish etouffee is served over rice is good but lacks the real low country flavor.
400 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002