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100 Best Restaurants 2010: Acadiana
Comments () | Published January 1, 2010
100 Best Restaurants (2010)

Acadiana
Address: 901 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-408-8848
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 5:30 to 10:30 PM, Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11 PM, and Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade; deviled eggs three ways; fried meat pies with buttermilk dipping sauce; seafood gumbo; charbroiled oysters; barbecued shrimp; crawfish etouffee; roast duck; shrimp and oyster po'boys (lunch); chocolate or lemon
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $7 to $13; Entrees, $12 to $27. Dinner appetizers, $7 to $14; Entrees, $21 to $28.
Special Features:
Valet Parking Available

Cuisine: The buttery biscuits that land on the table at the start of every meal amount to a declaration: This is no place for calorie counters. And it only gets better—or worse—from there. Jeff Tunks has fashioned a rich excursion into down-home “Looziana” cooking, from New Orleans–style barbecue shrimp to classic seafood gumbo to oyster po’ boys. If the menu says something is served with warm French bread, chances are there’s a buttery sauce to be mopped up with it.

Mood: For all the decadence, the dining room is almost matronly—with tall, tapestried booths, oversize chandeliers, and decorative urns. But that hasn’t kept it from becoming a power spot.

Best for: Louisiana expats and anyone who craves Mardi Gras–like decadence and traditional Louisiana cocktails—with all the customary kick.

Best dishes: Trio of deviled eggs with toppings such as ham, crab, and shrimp; seafood gumbo; roast duck over smoky greens; barbecue shrimp; shrimp and oyster po’ boys (lunch only); chocolate doberge cake; Pimm’s Cup cocktail.

Insider tips: Deals here include a $29 three-course pre-theater menu from 5:30 to 6:30 daily, half-price wines on Sunday, and bar specials on drinks and nibbles during happy hours and Sunday football games.

Service: ••½

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.

 

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