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Falls Church -- New Orleans Cajun Seafood -- just opened April 8

alkapal | Apr 12, 201304:53 PM     43

"New Orleans Cajun Seafood" -- just opened April 8

It is In the same shopping center area as Mark's Duck House, but over in the building perpendicular to Mark's.

We didn't get a chance to eat, because we had just had a late lunch, but when I see "New Orleans" and "Cajun" and "Seafood" ALL in one name, I have to go check it out ASAP.

While we were there chatting with the proprietor (very friendly), a man was picking up his order of fried catfish, wings and some other things. I asked if he'd eaten there before, and he happily told me that he was there today after eating there last night, this time getting takeout for his whole family. He was extremely enthusiastic about the fried flounder he'd had. He also had gotten the boiled shrimp (heads on) with a garlic sauce that he said his daughter "tore up -- after she got over the head thing." The man said he was going to be "coming here a LOT!" (I've never seen someone so enthusiastic -- and he was NOT a relative. LOL).

The owners have had another place of the same name in Orlando for six years. She said they make everything from scratch (nothing pre-prepared, which I took as "Sysco" kind of food. I did note they serve crinkle fries, FWIW). I asked if they used ONLY Gulf shrimp, and she said yes, but maybe hedged, saying she always tastes the shrimp before she buys from the supplier (and that sometimes the batch of Gulf shrimp may not be the one that is the best flavor). They use frozen shrimp, which I'd expect. (I don't want farmed shrimp from Thailand, so I am anxious to try the shrimp).

I cannot wait to go get a shrimp po'boy! And the shrimp platter was very reasonable, too. -- a dozen for $9! They have gumbo and jambalya, and beignets with Café du Monde coffee. Mr. Alka was hoping for some crawfish étoufée, but no luck there.

The place was very neat, clean and pleasantly decorated, and had maybe (?) eight tables that could seat four to six persons (at least).

I wish I could have eaten so I could give you a first report, but….now you know where to check out the new place.

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