I was recently in Washington DC for the KM World 2010 and Enterprise Search Summit 2010. I still get excited to walk around our capital and enjoyed looking at the buildings and taking in a few museums while there. Growing up in New Orleans I am partial to Southern food so I looked for this offering in DC. Below are my findings. The first three I tried and found excellent.
Acadiana captures the spirit of Louisiana where I grew up. Chef Jeff Tunks states, "Acadiana is a contemporary interpretation of a Louisiana Fish House, blending well with our three other restaurants (DC Coast, TenPenh, and Ceiba) that focus on the finest of coastal delicacies." The site adds “The dishes represent various cooking techniques from the colorful ethnic areas spanning southern Louisiana, serving up the rich and complex flavors - the roux, the rémoulades, the bisques, and the étouffées for which the region is known and savored.” I would agree. I had a great duck with grits preceded by a strong gumbo for dinner. The next day I had an excellent shrimp po-boy for lunch. 901 New York Avenue, NW (202)408-8848
Art and Soul has two-time James Beard-Award winning Chef Art Smith as chef/owner. This place serves modern, regional cuisine with southern accents, He was the former private chef to Oprah. We had the fried chicken with mash potatoes and giblet gravy and the fried catfish (see below). Both were excellent. 415 New Jersey Ave. NW (202) 393 7777.
Georgia Brown’s offer low-country cuisine from Charlestown. Their web site describes the food, “the Powhatan Indians showed the settlers how to dehull and soak corn, then grind it into what Southerners came to know as hominy grits. The Africans, the French Huguenots and the Sephardic Jews from Portugal and Spain influenced the cooking with foods from their homeland.” It was wonderful. We had fried green tomatoes, gumbo, and key lime pie and chocolate cake for desert. These were included with corn bread and biscuits with honey favored butter. (see below) 950 15th Street, NW (between I and K Streets, NW) (202) 393-4499