My Northern-raised palate admittedly isn’t very familiar with New Orleans food and drink, so I was excited to check out The Cajun Experience when it opened recently on 18th Street NW. I made it there last week, on a blustery night when I felt a cold coming on, so I was in the perfect mood for warming comfort food.
I started with a traditional Hurricane cocktail (I found mine cloyingly sweet and couldn’t finish it). Next I shared the crawfish mac & cheese — which you can already tell is becoming their most popular dish — and hushpuppies with my friend. This was followed by an appetizer-sized portion of the red beans and andouille sausage as we wanted to save room for beignets for dessert.
As it turns out, the appetizer portions were a good call because portion sizes are HUGE and I ended up taking leftovers home. The food was very filling, though a bit under-seasoned: my red beans dish could have been more flavorful, and my friend noted that the shrimp in her seafood gumbo was overcooked and mushy. The much-hyped crawfish mac & cheese — a menu standout of creamy mac and cheese, flecked with large chunks of crawfish and covered in a layer of broiled cheese — came out unevenly warm.
From the Borderstan Team
Leaving 14th: BTI Dance Studio Moving to Connecticut Avenue
BTI Dance, which had been operating out of 1515 14th Street NW, is currently closed. They’re going to reopen at 1643 Connecticut Avenue NW (between Q and R Streets) on February 12. According to a BTI Dance press release, “This new building enables us to vacate space we have been leasing temporarily to accommodate major programming growth over the past six months. Most importantly, we can now coordinate our programs services under one roof…”