The Cajun Experience

cajun0Nestled in the heart of Old Town Leesburg, “The Cajun Experience” is a treat for those looking for authentic Cajun food.

As I entered the restaurant with a friend on a Saturday afternoon, my first impression was of a clean but cluttered small space filled with seafood aroma. Bustling with customers, the place did not have an open floor plan feel that most restaurants have.

Originally from Louisiana, Bryan Crosswhite launched this restaurant about 5 years ago as there were no Cajun restaurants in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area. A conversation with him revealed that the restaurant is actually a converted old house built in the 1700s.

“I felt like it had a lot of culture, especially of where I am from, Lafayette. It looks a lot like an old Cajun house“, said Crosswhite.

Inside the foyer, we were greeted by a friendly hostess who escorted us to an empty table in the packed restaurant. After reviewing the menu, we ordered the Lagniappe Special, which consisted of 5 small plates of restaurant favorites for a total of $35. As both of us do not consume alcohol, we ordered sodas.

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