I used to go there on occasion about 20 years ago, in the Adams Morgan area as I recall. Best New Orleans food in DC at the time. My pals and I would start at the bar with some Dixie beers and "Cajun popcorn" -- a basket of spiced, battered and fried crawfish tails -- and some "shooters" -- a raw oyster and a dollop of thick hot sauce in a shot glass, covered by chilled peppar vodka. Wow, that was some good bar snacking! Then we would head downstairs to the restaurant for the "blackened lamb chops" or one of the other outstanding New Orleans dishes. The place closed suddenly in the late '80s or early '90s and there really hasn't been a quality New Orleans place in the District quite like it (maybe Acadiana is as close as it gets for now).
Would love to see any other recollections about the New Orleans Emporium, or why it closed, or what are the choices for best New Orleans type restaurant in the metropolitan area now. Thanks!