Cajun Experience - Leesburg
14 Loudoun St.
Leesburg, VA 20175
Cuisines: American, Cajun/Creole
Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 9:30 PM, Friday 11 AM to 10:30 PM Saturday 9 AM to 10:30 PM, and Sunday noon to 6 PM.
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Boudin balls; fried-shrimp po'boy; crawfish etouffee; pecan pie; beignets.
Starters $4 to $12, mains $19 to $26.
Why go: First-time restaurateurs Bryan and Melissa Crosswhite have created a shrine to their native Louisiana. The clapboard house with creaking floors could be on Bourbon Street, and the cooking is centered around a family recipe collection that dates back eight generations.
What to get: Ground pork and rice rolled into rounds and fried; oyster po’ boy served on Leidenheimer bread; crawfish étouffée; beignets shipped from the New Orleans institution Café du Monde.
Best for: A quick lunch before or after shopping at the outlets; satisfying a comfort-food craving.
Insider tip: Lunch specials abound: A po’ boy with beignets is $8.95; add a cup of gumbo and it’s $12.95; upgrade to the fried-oyster or -crawfish sandwich and the special is $15.
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