Tucked on Loudoun Street in downtown Leesburg, you would probably drive right past without realizing the fantastic food being served behind that yellow door…The Cajun Experience opened recently, serving authentic South Louisiana food to the LoCo locals. From the looks of the lunch rush yesterday, they already have quite a fan club! While I was aware that they had opened, it took quite a while (and a few failed efforts at timing, they aren’t open in the afternoon Monday to Thursday) I finally managed to make it in for lunch yesterday. It’s easy for me to say that it was well worth the wait!
The restaurant is located in a historic building, so it has a very comfortable, at-home feeling; the welcoming staff there just adds to it. My husband and I were warmly greeted by three different people working there as we waited (briefly) for a table to open up. Our lunch was fantastic; he had real southern style sweet tea with his, while I had two cups of cafe au lait coffee made just the way I like it. Michael had a plate of red beans and rice, served with a whipped potato salad that was surprising and very good. My chicken and sausage gumbo was nice and spicy, and the fried shrimp poboy didn’t disappoint, either.
But my real reason for the visit was for my guilty pleasure… beignets! Having become an instant addict after a trip to Cafe du Monde in New Orleans a few years back, I was waiting to see how the Cajun Experience’s own beignets would measure up…
The picture can’t possibly do justice to how fantastic they were. And they do open for breakfast now from 7:30 to 9:30, so you are welcome to have some of this goodness first thing in the morning, too. If there’s a little bit of a wait for a table, be patient, it’s worth it. Their hours on Monday through Thursday are 7:30 to 9:30 for breakfast, 11 to 2:30 for lunch, and 5 to 9 pm for dinner. Friday to Sunday they are open from 7:30 am to 9 pm. I hear that there is pecan pie on the menu there, too…I guess I’ll have to go back and try that!
These guys definitely get a big thumbs up; after having waited to make time to get there I was so tickled at how great the food was. You can check out their website at www.cajunexperience.biz and also follow them on twitter, @cajunexperience. If you’ve had a chance to eat there, please drop a comment or two on here and share what you had!