#ResidentTourist Link Up | In Search Of The Oreo Like Dat-O :)

^^ resident tourist ottd :)

Remember that one time I posted about the Washingtonian Magazine’s Foodie Edition? And remember when I said I was determined to try out the Oreo Like Dat-O from the Bayou Bakery in Arlington, VA after reading their feature in the mag? Well it happened! Charles and I finally found time to make our way out to the bakery this past weekend and boy, did we grub!

The Bayou Bakery is a coffee bar and eatery influenced by New Orleans cuisine and culture. On Sundays, they have an all day brunch menu and from that menu, Charles and I ordered the ‘build a biscuit’ with ham and cheddar cheese and the grits& grillade: grits with braised brisket and tomato gravy. 
The biscuit was so damn soft and buttery good! It literally melted in our mouths as we each took turns biting into it. I generally don’t eat ham (except for on Thanksgiving when it’s freshly baked; deli ham = ew) but made an exception for the biscuit this past weekend. As for the grits & grillade… 
I’ve only ever eaten grits by itself or with shrimp. So this was my first time eating grits with beef brisket and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how nicely the two main ingredients complimented each other in the bowl. The hearty portion of brisket melded harmoniously with the grits and each bite was very satisfying in texture. The dish in general was a bit too heavy for me considering the season (I tend to eat lighter in the summer so after a few bites I passed the bowl to Charles to finish off) but I have every intention of coming back for this meal in the fall and winter when my body naturally craves heavy food to pack on blubber against the winter chill. But enough on the main course… Let’s move onto dessert!
The Oreo Like Dat-O is obviously a recreation of the original Oreo except that it’s 10 times the original size (Insert “Honey I Blew Up The Kid” Oreo Edition here). Charles and I shared the Oreo between the two of us but I think this humongous cookie sandwich could be shared between 4-5 people (when cut into little pieces) because each bite was so very rich and sweet in flavor.

^^ See.. It’s sooo big! #thatswhatshesaid

As for answering the question in whether the Oreo was actually like Dat-O in taste? Well… To be honest, I thought the filling was more like whoopie pie filling in taste instead of an oreo’s. I’m not saying it didn’t taste good; it just didn’t taste like an oreo. I applaud the Bayou Bakery in their attempt to re-create a cookie I’m a huge fan of but if I were to ever come back, I’m not sure that I would order Oreo Like Dat-O again. If anything, I’m super curious to try out their beignets the next time we come around. Overall, we had a great experience and I’m super excited to check out some more restaurants in the Arlington area of Northern Virginia (NOVA) in the future. Got any recommendations for places to check out in the NOVA area? Send them my way, pretty please  :)

And now for the link up! Today I have the wonderful Malou, of Skip To Malou, co-hosting today’s #ResidentTourist Link Up with me! Malou lives in Barbados and is the first blogger I ever connected with when I started out blogging 2 years ago. Luckily, timing was on our side when Charles and I visited the Bajan Isle last January and we were able to meet and hang for a bit during our trip! Since then, we’ve kept in touch and I consider her a dear friend. Everytime I read her posts about living the irie life in Barbados, I get a bad case of island wanderlust! So make sure to hop over to Malou’s blog and check out her local post today!

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  • Funny story…my husband and I actually met up at that bakery before going on our first date! I remember randomly walking in there to get some caffeine while I waited to meet him and I was SUPER nervous! We didn't eat there, we walked to four courts which was down the street, but now that I've seen that beef brisket dish we may have to go back!

  • Oh man, that looks amazing! Whenever I read your food posts, I get so homesick for DC!

  • YUM! That looks like a big delicious whoopie pie! My mouth is legit watering. It'd taste so good with my coffee right now lol

  • I love your Resident Tourist posts! They're some of my favorite on your blog :) There is so much in DC that I want to try (whenever we take the time to actually visit, that is) that I'm sure it won't all fit in one day!

    And your outfit is adorable! Love it!