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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/26/2005

Bite of the Bayou

By Erin

I recently ate at Acadiana, the shining new Louisiana-style seafood restaurant from Chef Jeff Tunks. I had high expectations going into dinner -- DC Coast is one of my favorite local restaurants and I love Southern food. For the most part, I wasn't let down.

The bar serves some great Southern specialties (sazerac or mint julep, anyone?) for $7 a pop. I had a Category Five, Acadiana's version of the hurricane, while my dining companion found plenty to drink from the selection of wines-by-the-glass. There's a television by the bar, so patrons can check game scores during dining breaks.

As for the food, the menu heavily favors seafood; apart from the salads, I don't recall seeing any vegetarian options. Selections also aren't cheap: Entrees range from $20 to $27, but portions are very filling so those who can find something on the menu won't leave with an empty stomach. I nominate the duo of "pies" -- fried dumplings stuffed with meat or crawfish and served with buttermilk dipping sauce -- as the restaurant's premier party food. The charbroiled oysters are rich, salty and covered in bubbly parmesan cheese; a good choice. And the delicious crab cakes, light on filler and served in a spicy remoulade, can be ordered as an entree or an appetizer.

Every dish comes with a Southern side like hushpuppies, collard greens, jalapeno cheese grits and creole creamed spinach. I ordered the red snapper in a toasted almond sauce with greens and corn pudding. The fish was huge and perfectly cooked, but it was way too much food for me and could easily have fed two more people. The black pepper barbecued shrimp, our other selection, was equally tasty.

As for dessert, I must admit that I was so stuffed from dinner that I couldn't even entertain the idea of crepes filled with bananas foster, authentic beignets or lemon doberge cake. I'm not sorry, though. The way I look at it, now I have a reason to go back.

-- Erin

By Erin  | September 26, 2005; 10:00 AM ET
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On a related note, if I could throw out some advertising (I know it's tacky, but it's a good cause):

Hurricane Katrina Fundraiser
Where: Lucky Bar
When: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8 pm to close
What: $5 donation gets $2.50 drink specials and a chance to win a $100 bar tab
Who: CUA Irish-American Law Students Ass'n.

Posted by: Mike | September 26, 2005 10:03 PM | Report abuse

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