While on a business trip in Alexandria, VA, I'd noticed that RT's had received excellent reviews on several sites. The menu looked to have wide array of selections so I decided to visit with a co-worker. I was not disappointed.
I had the she-crab soup as an appetizer. It was delicious - very creamy and delicate in taste. My co-worker and I shared the Jack Daniels shrimp and crab appetizer and it also was excellent. The shrimp and crabmeat were in a very rich, creamy, and slighly spicy red sauce. The taste was similar to lobster bisque. My only complaint was that the dish was a little pricy in comparison to the portion.
It took quite a while to make our dinner selections as just about everything sounded good! I chose the "Death by Gumbo", which was a large bowl of gumbo with shrimp, oysters, andouille sausage, and crawfish. It was very good, with a very dark, spicy (but not excessively so) flavor. It came with a good helping of seafood in the gumbo. Again, at $21, a little expensive for gumbo. But the portion size was large and the taste was really wonderful. My co-worker ordered salmon with a mustard hollandaise sauce. She liked the salmon but didn't care for the mustard in the sauce.
Desserts were also good. My co-worker ordered the chocolate mousse and said it was delicious. I ordered the caramel custard but they were out, so I ordered key lime pie instead. Like everything else I had, it was very good.
We had made a reservation although, as it turned out, it wasn't needed. The restaurant wasn't overly crowded, at least not on this particular Thursday night.
I would most definitely return to RT's next time I am in the DC/Alexandria area. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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