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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 12/29/2010

D.C. to get its third Cajun restaurant in as many months

By Justin Rude

Are we in the midst of a full blown Cajun invasion? Acadiana has been doing its thing downtown for years, and smaller spaces, like Bardia's New Orleans Cafe, have always been around, but there has been a recent streak of Cajun/Creole restaurant openings announced.

It started in November when David Gaus opened the doors at Bayou Bakery in Clarendon, an instant go-to for beignets and chicory coffee.

Then, Tom Sietsema got the scoop that Rusty Holman, formerly of Eatonville was getting ready to open Bayou in the space that was the Rookery,a semi-private club. Holman's plan is to offer po' boys, gumbo, shrimp and grits, and live jazz during dinner.

Now, Prince of Petworth reports that Bryan and Melissa Crosswhite, owners of Leesburg's The Cajun Experience, plan to open a clone of the restaurant in the old Inti Peruvian space on 18th St. Their boudin, a creole pork and rice sausage, was worth the trip to Leesburg... being able to get it in Adams Morgan? Yes please.

So while the paranoid among you be worried about a quiet Cajun City takeover, for the rest of us, grab a po' boy, lift an Abita, and laisser les bons temps rouler!

By Justin Rude  | December 29, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  restaurant openings  
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