By Lydia Geisel | February 23, 2017 | Food & Drink
Craving a bite that recalls the flavors of fiery New Orleans cuisine? DC has you covered. Here, where to find Creole and Cajun cuisine around the city if you’re in need of a Mardis Gras pick-me-up.
Seafood-fanatics in search of a luxe evening out should flock to this elegant fish house. Chef Jeff Tunks takes his Creole cooking up a notch each year with a prix-fixe Mardis Gras menu that highlights the best of Louisiana fare—think crawfish jambalaya and grillades with grits. 901 New York Ave. NW, 202-408-8848
While the family-owned grill is known for their Louisiana-inspired sandwiches, they also do right by traditional Creole fare. Top off a post-work drink with a bowl of gumbo and a freshly fried beignet at this casual H street eatery that serves to rival New Orleans’ best. 709 H St., NE, 202-621-7071
For a New Orleans getaway that’s just right around the corner, try this casual spot that can give you everything you need without the hassle of hopping on a plane. Bayou sets the scene with live jazz music, an old-timey interior, and classic Creole and Cajun dishes that will instantly transport you to Bourbon Street. 2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-223-6941
If you firmly believe that comfort food is the key to happiness, check out this chic restaurant that brings the hospitality and flavors of the Old South to the nation’s capital. Opt for a boozy brunch with friends and fill up on fried chicken and waffles (calorie counting forbidden). 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, 202-393-7777
Whether you hail from the Gulf or are a Northerner at heart, Mardi Gras doesn’t discriminate. If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate or are simply in the mood for a hearty meal, retreat to this Alexandria-based resto that prides itself on incredible Creole cuisine and lively Fat Tuesday festivities. 3804 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-684-6010
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