Elizabeth Large's Top 5 Places To Get Cajun-or-creole-inspired Food

March 04, 2009|By ELIZABETH LARGE

Half of last Tuesday's Top 10 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras were bars that had an event on that day. Here are the places on the list where you can still get Cajun- or creole-inspired food. They are, of course, in alphabetical order:

1

Acadiana in Washington. I rarely include D.C. restaurants in our discussions. But there were so few places on today's list that weren't just bars having an event in honor of Mardi Gras, I thought I would mention a restaurant that serves a serious, upscale version of New Orleans food.

2

Bayou Cafe in White Marsh. While this restaurant is known more for its music than its food, the new menu under a new chef still focuses on Cajun cuisine. Maybe the changes will make it more palatable to some of our readers.

3

Clarence's Taste of New Orleans in Edgewood. Ex-Live reviewer Karen Nitkin gave the food three stars, and the oyster po' boy sounds fabulous.

4

Ethel and Ramone's in Mount Washington. This well-regarded, funky little place serves a mixture of Cajun cuisine and Maryland fare.

5

Louisiana in Fells Point. It's expensive, and it gets mixed reviews, but it's as close as Baltimore gets to French creole cuisine in an elegant setting.

readers talk back

Clarence's is terrific. It has become a tradition each year for my brother, mother and I to have dinner there every Mardi Gras. It is a bit of a trek up the Route 40 way, but the quality and quantity are well worth it.

Posted by: Ruby

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU...for not including Copeland's, the chain that serves "New Orlean's cuisine." Their food is just downright awful, and rather expensive for what you are being served.

Posted by: Donny B

The Copeland's in New Orleans has great food. It's one of my favorite restaurants. The Popeyes here is not as good as Popeyes in New Orleans. It doesn't even smell the same.

Posted by: Jamie

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