TruOrleans Restaurant & Gallery features Cajun and Creole family recipes from Louisiana and has recently turned over with new management, a new chef, and a new menu in attempt to revitalize the restaurant. With an open veranda for you to enjoy a view of H St NE and a Mardi Gras themed bar, TruOrleans provides a charming place to indulge in fun drinks to quench your thirst. Throughout the restaurant is an art gallery with items straight from the French Quarter. Closest Metro is Union Station.
TruOrleans has a niche in the DC dining community, as there are not too many Creole restaurants or Mardi Gras themed bars. With its prime location among the ever-growing H St NE corridor, large patio and open veranda upstairs, they can certainly capitalize on this niche and I see a big draw here during the warmer months. Vast improvements were definitely seen and felt in the professional and hospitable service. Our server, Derek, did an excellent job in checking on us throughout the evening, bringing water right away and extra napkins. He shared his thoughts on the new menu items, answered any questions, and seemed to genuinely care. TruOrleans has the drinking hole elements down, and the appetizers and sides showed promise, however they still have some work to do on the overall cuisine. The entrees are too large and do not need to come with a side dish, as ours both already included rice. They could lower the prices and serve about a third less. The star dishes appear to be ones that include shrimp, as seen in the jambalaya, and by other tables who ordered fried shrimp or the BBQ peel n' eat shrimp platters. But Creole fare extends beyond shrimp and I was left wanting more.
Total Rating: 3.2
Food: 3, Price: 2.5, Service: 4, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5
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Plus Keith ate:
with hush puppies