Dining

Po' Patrol

Steak, oyster and shrimp po'boys at Bayou Restaurant and Jazz Bar on Pennsylvania Avenue
Bayou
Bayou's Marigny po'boy

With jaunty purple walls and strategically strewn beads, Bayou looks like a tribute to New Orleans. With its lengthy menu of Southern classics, the new restaurant and jazz club tastes like one, too.

The menu includes Louisiana staples like jambalaya ($18) and gumbo ($8), but the long menu of po'boys has kept us coming back.

The secret to a good po'boy is as much about the bread as its fillings. Chef Rusty Holman (formerly of Eatonville) sources a soft, crusty French bread from New Orleans' Leidenheimer Baking Company to hold his fixings.

Large, juicy Blue Point oysters are battered in a light cornmeal mix and fried to fill the Frenchmen ($12). Hot and crisp, the sandwich--dressed with creamy rémoulade, lettuce and sliced sweet pickles--pops after a splash of Louisiana's Crystal Hot Sauce.

The Marigny ($13) lets indecisive diners split the sandwich and choose plump fried shrimp, oysters or catfish to fill each half. The Magazine Street ($11) arrives stuffed with roasted beef chuck roll and topped with a thick, meaty gravy. To temper the meat-on-meat interior, the sandwich is topped with a tart slaw.

The restaurant pours seven varieties of Louisiana's Abita beer, but we're partial to the Sazerac ($9) with our sandwiches.

Bayou, 2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (between 25th and 26th sts.); 202-223-6941 or bayouonpenn.com

Bayou 2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC 20037 202-223-6941
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