Montgomery Magazine April/May 2017 : Page 70

Bardia Ferdowski was born in Tehran, grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has a civil engineering degree from Louisiana State University, speaks English, Farsi and Arabic, and, in case you noticed that his last name is not exactly of Persian origin you should know he is half Polish on his father’s side. The story of how Ferdowski came to serve the best take-out Cajun food in Montgomery County from a middle-of-nowhere building in Darnestown is almost as good as the crawfish étouffée or the Andouille jambalaya that he piles in your take-out container in ample helpings. His parents died when he was young, so he came to America to live with his aunt in Baton Rouge. While attending Baton Rouge High School, Ferdowski started working at Winerschnitzel’s, a fast food restaurant specializing in hot dogs. It piqued his interest in the restaurant business so throughout high school and college he worked at various Cajun restaurants in Louisiana, including the famous Café Du Monde in New Orleans, where he got his start in the Cajun business by washing dishes. He learned to make Po’boy By Jeff Thoreson n Photography by Bill Kamenjar 68 // April/May 2017

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