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“How Leesburg Has Changed!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Cajun Experience, Leesburg Va

The Cajun Experience, Leesburg Va
14 Loudoun St., Leesburg, VA
703-777-6580
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Ranked #20 of 175 Restaurants in Leesburg
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: www.cajunexperience.biz
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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92 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 77 cities Reviews in 77 cities
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
“How Leesburg Has Changed!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Eager for a drive in the country on one of the nicest Sundays this year, Mrs Too and I headed northwest and crossed the Potomac River to Leesburg Virginia via White’s Ferry. The dairy farm where I grew up is right on U.S. 15 about 20 miles south of Leesburg, so I once knew Leesburg, in fact almost all of Loudon County, quite well. Obviously, in a sprawling metropolitan area such as Washington, a lot can change in a few years. Imagine how different Leesburg is to me after fifty years now. I have been back any number of times, but not so often recently.

Happily, the center of the “old town” hasn’t lost any of its down South charm, although the names on the buildings and shops are different. Certainly back in the 50's no one felt any need for a Cajun restaurant, but we were drawn here largely by the TripAdvisor reviewers of Cajun Experience.

Completely undaunted nowadays by the less than imposing outer appearance of a restaurant, we made our way to the parking lot and thence to the outdoor patio behind the building. We found ourselves among a cosmopolitan and diversified party of enthusiastic diners attended to by bright and cheerful servers. Ours promptly served our drink order and went over the menu with us.

Mrs Too had the jambalaya, and pronounced it enjoyable, but not as good as hers. Any number of diners might say the same thing, as the ratio of jambalaya recipes to kitchens is said to be just about 1:1. I started with raw oysters and a basket of hushpuppies. The menu states that they serve Gulf oysters, but I was left feeling that mine were Bluepoints, very tasty but a little smaller. A surprise was the cocktail sauce served with them. Ninety percent of the time, I have to doctor it up to suit my own taste, but they nailed it right off the bat. The hushpuppies were awesome, seasoned just so, uniformly round, and fried to the second. I finished with a bowl of fabulous chicken and sausage gumbo, washed down with an absolutely perfect Hurricane.

I can assure you that this will not be our last meal at this most welcome addition to Leesburg fare.

Visited May 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Leesburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Best gator around!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This place has a good southern Louisiana vibe.
They serve Abita beer, and have a good selection of them.
Best fried gator as an appetizer.
Po Boys are also very good.

They usually host a cookout of all you can eat crawfish in the summer and have live bands. It's a damn good time : )

Visited January 2014
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UK
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95 reviews 95 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Tasty, not spicy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Really enjoyed everything we were served. Table favorite was the macaroni starter. Portions very generous, our server very friendly and efficient. Jambalaya good. Prices very reasonable. Abita beer served and the Bloody Mary worth trying even if it's not your usual thing.

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Berryville, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Favorite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We come here often & LOVE it! We have never had a bad experience and usually order appetizers (crawfish Mac n cheese balls & gator bites) and shrimp po boys. Their deserts are great too. The owner is very friendly and so is the waiter who always serves us!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leesburg, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Have been here many times and have yet to be disappointed. The wait staff is extremely friendly. The food is wonderful and the kids have even gotten to exploring the menu and have loved everything they have gotten. Will always go back.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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