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  • I love Bardia’s. They should clean their awning though.

  • Bardia’s is the best! And the owner is definitely one of the good guys.

  • I love this place. and as a result. I must tell you all that its aweful and to never go there. especially for brunch. that way I can still get a seat there while all you fools line up at the diner.

  • I love this place, but live music? This place is kinda small for that.

  • I agree – I’ve eaten there with SG before and the food is pretty solid.

  • Love love love this place. The owner is a really nice guy too.

  • This place is pretty awful for someone who is from New Orleans. I guess if you did not grow up eating the food that they are attempting to replicate it might seem okay.

  • Love this place, by far one my favorites in the city. Jambalaya pasta!

  • Used to go to Bardia’s all the time when I lived in Mount Pleasant. Then we started going to Louisiana Express because their food was better. Then they folded. Now we tend to hit RT’s off Mount Vernon, or Acadiana when we have the money. But the best po boy in DC is still at Johnny’s Half Shell. Have to give Bardia’s another try.

  • I haven’t been back there in years but as someone who also grew up in NOLA, I know cheese does not belong on a po-boy.

  • i must agree with Otis Gal and Steve on this one. if you are used to new orleans food this place is not cutting it.

  • Steve- mmwwaaww mwwaaaaaaaa. That’s the sound of a pretentious debbie downer

  • I love their brunch. They make their own Beignets!!! How can you not love that. Highly recommended for that reason by itself.

  • I have to agree with all the New Orleaneans above. While this place is nice, it doesn’t match the neighborhood restaurants in New Orleans. I’m thinking Domilise’s on Annunciation St., and Franky & Johnny’s on Arabella St. Both of them are Uptown; but there are so, so many more all over my hometown. But – back to Bardia’s: it tries and it’s only 4 blocks from my house, so it’s what we have. Now I’m hungry!

  • And no place in town serves a good new york-style pizza and you can’t get pasta like you can back in the Old Country and they don’t make cheesesteaks like they do in Philly and blah, blah, blah, blah….

  • Domilise’s is it! Sorry folks – New Oreans fare is seems to be a tough one to replicate. If your familarity with the food comes from a visit or two, then as I said Bardia and RTs might seem pretty good. But for folks who are either from New Orleans or have lived there the differences are pretty stark (generally speaking). Louisiana Express did a pretty darn good job (Eggs Sardou for brunch was out of this world). I which they have not gone under.

  • This place is nothing like the Big Easy. The coffee totally sucks.

    o2bncdg…you made me cry mentioning Franky and Johnny’s…fried bell pepper rings from heaven!

  • Steve-

    Louisiana Express did close in the old location, but a few of the employees just reopened the same restaurant on the other side of Bethesda. Same food, same name, same menu.


  • I agree with all of the N.O’ians.
    This place is only good if you don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like.

  • Even a mediocre New Orleans restaurant is better than this one. Sorry. The beignets are horrible. When I went, whoever cooked them didn’t get the oil hot enough, so they were VERY greasy. Yuck. Not to mention, the batter was not up to Cafe Du Monde standards. You’d be better off ordering a box of mix from Cafe Du Monde for $2 on line and doing it yourself. Also, I’m used to eating gumbo that is not what I’m used to in N.O. (Ex. Acadiana – not the good, dark rue I prefer, but still a good gumbo) but their gumbo was just NOT good. And NOT gumbo – it was very tomato based – more like a vegetable soup with rice. My recommendation is to go to Bistro du Coin to get affordable, great food, in a casual atmosphere, in the ‘spirit’ of New Orleans food.

  • NOLA – I know! Fried bell pepper rings! What a great meal at Franky & Johnny’s. And I can’t close this without mentioning Char-Broiled Oysters at Drago’s. Now I’ve done it! Gotta find a cheap flight down to MSY to get some dinner, and breakfast and lunch. You know, I was told a very long time ago that New Orleans is the only place in the world where you can be having a meal at one place while discussing your last meal and planning your next meal. Maybe I’ll just do Popeye’s tonight.

  • Actually – I forgot – Acadiana at 9th and New York is a pretty good Creole/Cajun restaurant. A bit pricey – but they have their bread delivered every day from New Orleans. Not bad Char-Broiled Oysters, too!

  • i think the owner is from N O. And had a restaurant there before coming to dc. and in choosing a place to open up he picked 18th street because he wanted a street that smelled like barf so that it would waft into the restaurant like it did in N O making it all the more authentic. that could just be rumor though… But lets be honest. this could be the exact same receipes, ingrediants and chefs as the places you N O folks are talking about and you would still hate. The whole genre of “they dont make it like they do back home” is founded on biased opinions in the first place and is really just about waxing nostalgic with people from the same town. Certain places like NY and Pizza or Philly and Cheesesteaks are just more pathetic about it. But looks like N O is into it as well.

  • Besides, when you call yourself “New Orleans Cafe” you are setting yourself up to be compared to the real thing. But, like I said – even without being compared to N.O. food -the food just wasn’t that good.

  • Not true Anonymous – the chef from Acadiana is from New Olreans. While Acadiana doesn’t totally hold true to New Orleans recipes – it puts its own twist on them. You can argue whether that’s better or not – but bottom line is they make good food. And like I said, I think Bistro du Coin is a much better place to go – for great french bread and great rich foods, than New Orleans Cafe. Everyone is entitled to their opinions – just like you. Maybe you are just from somewhere that doesn’t have very high standards.

  • haha, Anonymous 4:47 is so right. I get so tired of hearing people from California, Texas, bla bla bla talk about their native dishes and how they can never find it as good anywhere else. You’re homesick and have a fuzzy view of where you came from, I get it. But I’m never gonna talk about how the fried chicken & sweet potatoes I had don’t taste as good as back South, because a) sometimes it does and b) who cares if it doesnt? There’s no street cred that comes along with saying that.

  • I also recommend L’enfant.

  • Wow, I had no idea there were so many former New Orleanians here! I’m also from NO originally and have only been to this place once for brunch. I wasn’t that into it. And for the person who recommended the beignets, I say, “YUCK”. They had a really funny after taste. Definitely not a match to the real thing.

  • And to Anonymous at 4:56 – I don’t think New Orleans natives are trying to get any street cred by dissing this restaurant. New Orleans is a very food-centric city, so of course anyone from there is going to have an opnion on one of the many restaurants trying to pass itself off as “Cajun”. And this post did ask for opinions of the food, did it not? To me, if you call your restaurant “New Orleans Cafe”, you are basically begging to be directly compared to the original.

    Believe me, if I found a New Orleans style restaurant that had decent food, I’d gladly be there all the time. There’s still hope though – haven’t been to Acadiana yet. Until then, I’ll just have to make my own gumbo!

  • I think the best thing writen here was what JW said at 4:54. If you try to recreate something that you can only get at Franky and Johnnys or Domilise’s in another place…or even in the same town, you are going to be trying to copy someone else. I like the concept of what Acadiana has done, take some thing traditional and put a twist on it to make it different an unique. I do say that without having eaten there. Too many other great and unique place to go in DC.

  • Agree with Steve. Everything is a copy…we should just enjoy good food wherever we are. Is there a way we New Orleaneans can connect somewhere outside of this blog? I was a member of the Louisiana State Society years ago, but lost interest. For me – – I’m a 1967 graduate of Fortier (Nashville and Freret). Just had my 60th birthday, (and sorta proud of it) and then went to LSUNO (now UNO). Before that: Holy Name of Jesus for 1st grade (that’s all my parents could afford), then Allen, then McMain, then Fortier. Have been in DC for 35+ years. Does anyone know a DC/New Orleans blog?

  • @ o2bncdg:

    I don’t know if there is a blog, the place to watch LSU games during football season is at 18th Amendment on Pennsylvania Ave in Capitol Hill. Most (but not all) of the people there are fairly young, but it’s fun for all.

  • If you think the food here is bad, you clearly haven’t tried the “red beans and rice” at Red & the Black. It’s just beans and rice. No meat that I could find. No seasonings. Hell, I don’t even think they put salt in it.

    Damn. All this talk makes me miss Uglesich’s that much more.

  • good restaurant, small space.

  • Cheese on a po-boy??? Jambalaya pasta?? WTF!! That can’t be true. As a New Orleanian I can say that is just wrong on so many levels…….. And for the record, no one from New Orleans would do either because that isn’t how it is done. Not that it can’t be done, but you can’t call it a New Orleans po-boy or jambalaya if you do.

    Question for the New Orleanians here – Any thoughts on a fried shrimp po-boy (an the ick they sell at Tunicliffs doesn’t count)? The Market Lunch at Eastern Market has a sandwich that isn’t so bad but it is small.

  • This place gets one point for having Chicory coffee but loses 10 for having said coffee be see through. That’s why I went to this place, for the coffee…such sadness.

    Anyway, I try to avoid “New Orleans Style” food b/c places get is so wrong so often. That being said, I’m going to Acadiana soon and I am looking forward to it. Looks like they got the feel for NOLA and put a spin on it. I’m not a total masochist, so I won’t order the gumbo.

  • Per my above question about po-boy’s, has anyon tried Soutside 815’s?


    Also, there is (or was – don’t know if it is still there) called New Orleans Bistro in Bethesda. I think the owner is/was supposed to be from NOLA.

  • Just to my way of thinking, if you can’t get what we call in New Orleans “French Bread”, then any sandwich called a po’boy not worth it. That crunchy outside (without putting it in the oven) and the soft inside. I’m not maligning all sandwiches though. Just please don’t use the term “po’boy” with anything but New Orleans French Bread. Isn’t “po-boy” copywrited to New Orleans? Should be!

  • And now I’m craving a shrimp po-boy. Thanks, guys!

  • Anonymous’es: True that a lot of people are just homesick when they talk about Texas or Louisiana, but it’s also true that the resturants within the district leave a lot to be desired. There are plenty of DC spots that would have been out of business in mere days in most cities that somehow still manage to thrive here (Lauriol springs to mind). I understand that there are a lot of authentic options out in MD and VA that we miss out on here in the city, but that’s cold comfort when you are paying through the nose for food that is often pretty damn ordinary and service that is indifferent if not hostile. There are lots of good reasons to come and live in DC but the resturant experience ain’t one of them.

    2nd point: it’s not really fair to expect anything in DC to come close to New Orleans food wise. That’s like expecting Shaq to make 90% of his free throws.

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