On a recent outing with some colleagues in Richmond, VA we decided to go to Lady N'awlins Cajun Cafe on W Main St in the Fan District. We had heard their food was New Orleans authentic. Having never been to the Big Easy, I really had no comparison to make. However, my 3 colleagues had a plethora of time logged so I had 3 options for suggestions. For starters, we had an order of the Gator Bites which were tasty and moist and closely resembled a mixture of a pork loin and chicken. We also had the Pork Boudin Balls, the Oyster Fritters and a half dozen fried oysters. The oyster fritters were large meatball-like balls mostly filled with stuffing with some ground oyster pieces. The pork balls resembled the bitterballs of Amsterdam fame with pieces of pork (sausage) fried inside a large ball. The tastiest of the apps were the simple fried oysters accompanied by cocktail sauce. Despite being fried, they were light and tasty.
For our meals 2 colleagues ordered the barbecued shrimp with grits. I was told the grits were overly sweet and the shrimp, though tasty and done well, lacked the barbecue sauce. Apparently, adding the Frank's hot sauce to the grits solved the sweetness issue. The 3rd colleague had the jambalaya. He really enjoyed the spiciness of the sausage, but considered the meal overall to be ordinary (not very authentic). I had the crawfish etouffee. It was a red sauced stew filled with the tails of (peeled) crawfish and spices. The heat slowly caught up to me, causing an evacuation of the sinuses. It was accompanied by 2 small pieces of toast and white rice. It had a nice, good taste and left me too full for dessert.
All in all, I left full and satisfied. My colleagues enjoyed their meals though said Lady N awlins still has a way to go to be considered New Orleans authentic.
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