Lagniappe in DC

Sunday night we decided to head out to Adams Morgan and revisit an old reliable for an early dinner. So we stopped into New Orleans Cafe on the 18th Street strip, a narrow place with a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

With its tin-pressed ceiling, warmly colored walls, and no-frills feel it definitely reminds me of New Orleans, a city we’ve visited often and enjoy every time. I’ve always liked Bardia, the soft-spoken and friendly owner. Though we hadn’t been for awhile he still remembered us.

It was nice to reminisce about our trips to New Orleans over fried oysters and crawfish etouffe.

One of the best reasons to go to the Big Easy is beignets, so of course we had to finish off with a plate of the delicious fried dough, piping hot and sprinkled with powdered sugar. I think that Bardia’s beignets are better than Cafe du Monde’s because they are lighter and not as dough-y. Sacrilege!? Maybe. But whatever your preference, if you love beignets, head on over and try Bardia’s version. They are perfect for brunch or dessert, or anytime in between.

And the sweetest part of the meal – he quietly comped the beignets, and offered a second plate with a smile.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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