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Judging Restaurants – Bayou

by Prince Of Petworth May 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm 21 Comments

Bayou is located at 2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Their Web site says:

“For world class live music, New Orleans inspired cooking, and that laid back Big Easy vibe, there’s only one place in Washington DC to go. Located at 2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, just steps from the Foggy Bottom metro, Bayou brings together the award winning cuisine of executive chef Rusty Holman, hand crafted New Orleans cocktails, and a rotating line-up of both local and national recording artists. With two funky floors of dining and dancing, Bayou suits any occasion. Whether it’s grabbing a quick po’boy at lunch, sitting down to a three course dinner, watching the game with a cold Abita, or grooving the night away in our intimate concert space, Bayou is DC’s number one spot to laissez les bons temps rouler.”

You can see their menu here. In addition to the food – how’s the music?

  • Rayful Edmond

    Ah Bayou…

    I haven’t gone here since it was the Rookery, DC’s most exclusive, nondescript, members-only establishment anchored between a Papa John’s and a Subway.

  • Hank Chinaski

    Rookery was quite possibly the single douchiest place in the world.

    • anonymous

      I ain’t arguing with you there, but I think you’d be pleasantly surprised if you tried it again as bayou. the food and drinks are delicious and the one time I was upstairs when a band was playing, they were an insane amount of fun.

  • PG

    I haven’t been yet, but I know that some good Blues bands are playing there. I’ll have to check it out one of these days.

  • niceguy

    Rusty Holman. Cool name.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I’ve never been, but I’m impressed that the menu doesn’t say that they serve the jambalaya over rice.

    I can’t get on board with the remoulade sauce on poboys. I don’t know where that comes from, but it doesn’t come from my favorite poboy shops in New Orleans. To me dressed=mayo, tomato, and lettuce; nothing else.

    • Anonymous

      can’t you just ask fro it the way you want it?

      • Emmaleigh504

        It’s the principle of the thing!

        But, yes, you are correct. If I ever went there I would tell them no remoulade. But I won’t go there because when I see it on the menu, I know it’s not my kind of place.

        • Anonymous

          i guess i don’t understand the principal. if you like something, but like it a specific way, you avoid all places that don’t do i that way? do you ever eat out? where do you go that you can suffer through?

        • Veronika

          Agreed. There are rules. Especially when it comes to New Orleans.

    • Anonymous

      What’s up with people getting all up in arms when something isn’t what they consider to be 100% authentic? I don’t go on a tirade when a croissant outside of France is crap or an American joint in Asia has shitty ketchup. The way your food is prepared isn’t religion. You at least have to try it before you declare the chef insane.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Food is like religion to me, which is why I’m so rigid about it. Sorry to offend.

        • Anonymous

          meh, religion is the only thing that offends me.

        • DCRat

          Ah but Mahoney’s Po boys on Magazine has fried oyster with remoulade sauce and they are one of the best in the city and Domilise’s puts ketchup on theirs so there is room for variety. Plus dressed from all the shops I’ve been to down there includes pickles.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I guess we traveled in 2 different circles. I never got pickles :(

    • Dr. Grundle

      If everyone elsewhere didn’t mess with the formula, getting the authentic, real deal in New Orleans wouldn’t be quite as special.

    • PG

      Isn’t remoulade just a flavored mayonaise? I don’t eat mayo or any mayo-bases sauces, so I really wouldn’t know the difference.

  • H Street Landlord

    I take mine dressed with cheese and no pickles

  • djdc

    Didn’t there used to be a Brazilian place, complete with dance performance, around there somewhere? I can’t remember the name. They used to give patrons — not maracas — the things that sound like you’re shaking sand in a can. Argh. Never mind.

  • djdc

    Ah, I found it: Brazil Tropical Restaurant at – ta da – 2519 Penn Ave, same spot.
    Carry on.

  • J.

    Tried this place – delicious, and prices were pretty reasonable.


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