The interior of TruOrleans; grilled oysters with garlic-butter sauce and Parmesan. Photographs by Emma Patti
Washington's Cajun craze landed on DC's H Street when TruOrleans, a bi-level 216-seat restaurant, opened July 15.
Co-owner James "Tru" Redding—also a partner in Arlington's Sushi Rock and the Dupont Circle spots Public Bar and Lupe—teamed up with Hans Christensen and Brad Howard, who expanded their Washington recycling business to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The space reflects their time in the French Quarter with an open roof deck surrounded by wrought-iron railings, and bottles of Tabasco and "Slap Ya Mama" Cajun seasoning on every table.
Chef Andre Miller (formerly of steakhouses Ruth's Chris and the shuttered Nick & Tony's in Cleveland) will add lunch service next week, with nine po'boys and a fried-catfish "reuben." Brunch and breakfast are also on the way.
TruOrleans. 400 H St., NE; 202-290-1244; truorleans.com. Open Monday through Thursday 4 to 10, Friday and Saturday 4 to 11; late-night appetizer menu available until close.
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