I thought that Super Bowl Sunday was the perfect day to get into an otherwise perpetually crowded restaurant. But after criss crossing the city from White Gold and Flora, both of which were closed, I realized we would have to resort to a hotel restaurant. [Side note that if you are randomly closing post it on your website or social media!] So we headed downtown for drinks in the beautiful lobby of the Beekman and dinner at Fowler and Wells. It was absolutely delicious and an easy choice over Augustine next door for future visits to this area.
After having a terrible service experience at Upland soon after it opened I vowed not to visit again. But needing something in the area with last minute availability I gave it a second chance. The second time was a charm and it couldn’t have been better.
hamachi crudo, radish, yuzu kosho vinaigrette & red sorrel
beef tartare, black trumpet mushroom, puffed farro, anchovy & egg yolk
sausage & kale pizza
little gem salad, avocado, cucumber, ricotta salata & walnut vinaigrette
The Bristol is one of the first places I dined at when I started making frequent trips to Chicago many years ago. Happily it is still as good as it was back then and has a really excellent brunch. Just as the raviolo is a must-order at dinner, do not miss the cinnamon roll at brunch. It’s as dangerous as the Moscow mules.
There are a multitude of reasons that Alinea continues to be my favorite restaurant. As many times as I have been there I am always completely surprised by something new. And I always think back to my first visit quite a long time ago which was the first time I dined alone at a ‘nice’ restaurant. I was so nervous that my hand shook until I had finished my initial glass of champagne. But the experience was perhaps the beginning of my career as a ‘professional’ in conquering a very long tasting menu and I have never felt uncomfortable dining alone since.
I am not sure that I will be able to return to the dining room after this dinner at the kitchen table. I saw the space on my last visit but seeing it and sitting in it are quite different. Just completely fantastic especially with a great group of friends. I very much enjoyed again the dishes that I had previously – especially the scallop, corn, butter that I want several bowls of. While it is not a substitute for black truffle explosion, the gruyere/black truffle/pumpernickel was delicious and filled the void. And perhaps my favorite of the night was the very understated parmesan/pea/jamon iberico. Until next time….
osetra, king crab, condiments
quince, parmesan, date
scallop, corn, butter
cider, orange, maple
parmesan, pea, jamon iberico
kuzu, pompano, shellfish
pork belly, curry, banana
rosemary, hamachi, kombu
blueberry, lapsang souchong, maitake
gruyere, black truffle, pumpernickel
short rib, bitter cocoa, cassis
wagyu, rice, myoga
sweet potato, chocolate, miso
bubble gum, cake, banana
chocolate, cherry, bourbon
sesame, brown butter, gold
When I finally get caught up on my blog I may need to stop the Roister posts as there will be too many. I feel guilty typing it but we may have had the whole menu x2 (some photos missing) plus a few off-the-menu extras (thank you Chef!). My previous go-to lunch spots are out the window.
Hushpuppies, corn crema, sour corn, manchego
Hushpuppies, corn crema, sour corn, manchego
Roasted beets, endive tangerine, blue cheese
Chicken noodle soup, mirepoix, meatball, soft cooked egg
Smoked oysters, garlic butter, breadcrumbs
Anson mills grits, key west pink shrimp, crab curry, thai basil
Fried chicken sandwich, sunchoke hot sauce, chamomile mayo
Biscuits and gravy, hearth roasted eggs, green tomato ragout, swiss
Love the people, service, and food. But I must admit that I feel the burger was overhyped. Perhaps the fault of my Facebook friends and not the burger.
The perfect start to a long weekend in NOLA!
I have to start with a disclaimer as the photos do not to justice to N7. It is a bit off the beaten path and our uber driver was somewhat confused. Behind a tall fence is the most adorable outdoor space which is the perfect location for a dinner with a group of friends. Loved everything about this place, but like the band that is fantastic live and not so great recorded, N7 is far better first hand.
Such a great space totally different from Willa Jean next door but with the same fantastic light making it a perfect brunch spot. A really great meal with flavors that I tend to gravitate towards.
The Pom Dot Com – gin, aperol, green chartreuse, cava
Chilled buckwheat noodle salad – roasted apple, jumbo lump crab, spicy pickled mirliton, green szechuan
Crispy fried P&J oysters – bourbon barrel soy mash aioli, idiazabal cheese, spicy cucumber
Whole roasted fairytale pumpkin – shaved apple, housemade pancetta, roti bread
Charred lamb with roti
I love this dining room and it still is my favorite in New Orleans although the evening lighting is not conducive to photos. A perfect last meal to this trip.
salad of heirloom beet and apple, bruleed goat cheese, pecan
foie gras prepared three ways
Louisiana stuffed blue crab – andouille, shrimp, black garlic
grilled sea scallop, parsley root, local citrus, pig’s ear