RT's Restaurant
Reviewed By David Dorsen
Comments () | Published October 18, 2006
RT's Restaurant
Address: 3804 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305
Phone: 703-684-6010
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Del Ray
Cuisines: Southern, American, Cajun/Creole
Opening Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday 11 to 10:30, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11. Open for dinner Sunday 4 to 9.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Oysters Bienville; Acadian barbecued shrimp; fried catfish with shrimp etoufee; corn maque choux; bananas-Foster cake.
Price Details: Dinner entrees, $23.95 and under.
This restaurant looks like a neighborhood bar. But if you don't go in you'll miss some very good cooking. The food is mostly from Louisiana; the plain decor does not presage what is about to come on the dinner plates.

There is a lot of good seafood here. Oysters come raw on the half shell, fried as part of an oyster loaf, deep-fried plain, deep-fried and topped with lump crab and tasso ham étouffée (Oysters Nezpique), and baked with mushrooms, crab, tasso ham, bacon, and a light cream sauce (Oysters Bienville). There is smothered and deep-fried catfish. Fish filets come encrusted with crushed pecans. Both the trout Orleans with a spicy shrimp-and-crab hollandaise and the Cajun grilled loin lamb chops are terrific.

Two recently sampled, more-elaborate dishes showed well: Creole seafood stew with a mélange of fresh seafood, and fish and veal Atchafalaya--veal scallopine with lobster, shrimp, tomatoes, and a Sherry cream sauce. For dessert consider the house-made Key-lime pie or the crusty crème brûlée.

RT's Restaurant, 3804 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-684-6010. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch, daily for dinner. No bathroom with wheelchair access.
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