Acadiana Arrives in September

The newest venture from the talented team behind DC Coast, TenPenh and Ceiba is set to open for dinner Sept. 13. Acadiana, located just off Mount Vernon Square at 901 New York Ave. NW, is being billed as a Louisiana seafood house, mirroring the other three restaurants' focus on coastal cuisine.

Named for Louisiana's Acadians, a group that migrated to southern Louisiana from Nova Scotia in the 1700s, the restaurant will serve dishes that "represent various cooking techniques from the richly ethnic areas spanning southern Louisiana, serving up the rich and complex flavors - the roux, the remoulades, the bisques, and the étouffées for which the region is known and savored," according to press materials. Look for classic turtle soup, gumbo and po' boys and traditional cocktails like hurricanes and Sazeracs.

According to co-owner Gus DiMillo, the interior will be a "nice blend of traditional and modern," reflecting New Orleans influences with chandeliers, iron railings and dramatic mirrors in a contemporary space.

Of the three Passion Food restaurants, I'm partial to the Latin flavors of Ceiba, although I'd happily eat at TenPenh or DC Coast any time. But I have high hopes for Acadiana and those good ol' southern flavors. Which is your favorite Passion Food spot?