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Finally tried Brigtsen's...

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Finally tried Brigtsen's...

local boy | Nov 5, 2004 10:27 AM

... and all I can say is WOW.

I've always seen it as a deficiency of mine on this board that I hadn't been to the restaurant that seems to be most recommended. Now that I have gone there, I will join the chorus of those recommending it, with one acception that I think the cuisine (which is unadulterated and unabashed South Louisiana cooking with little frills) is going to be more of a treat for visitors than for locals.

But boy, what a cuisine. I tasted my brother's gumbo and said to him "That is what gumbo should taste like"--meaning, it's not the flashiest, most unique or unusual gumbo I"ve ever had, but it's THE standard gumbo done the best it's ever going to be done anywhere, period. I had the salad with pecans to start because I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, but my Mom had a leek and mushroom soup that was creamy and comforting and to die for. I did not taste my sister's shrimp remoulade, but she said it was very good (she's not one to gush.)

As for the main course, we each had different things. I had the roast duck with cornbread stuffing and mashed (or creamed) potatoes and a vegetable hash of sorts. The duck was roasted perfectly, with crispy skin, a stringiness to the meat without a toughness, and a total infusion of great flavor. Yum. My mom had the gulf fish, which was drum, and that was superb she said. My sis had the rabbit, also great. My brother really likes chicken at restaurants, and almost always goes for it, and he raved about his, too. I'm sorry, I can't remember how the other dishes were prepared--I was too busy enjoying mine.

DESSERT. Wow. We split two desserts between the four of us, and my sister didn't take a bite because she's watching her weight. We had a Cafe au Lait Creme Brulee and a Banana Bread Pudding. I enjoyed the creme brulee, but it was basically standard creme brulee with a light coffee taste. The bread pudding was fantastic, though, creamy with banana and caramel and whipped cream... awesome. I ordered it because my first impulse was to get the chocolate cake, and I like to ignore some of my usual impulses and try different things. Boy was I pleased.

The room is a bit cramped and the service was definitely swamped. It's not a place you go if you like your wait staff to be the efficient, silent type. They are warm and helpful ladies who have a chatty, casual serving style. I personally thought it fit with the food and the ambiance.

Bottom line, loved it, and I would go back in a heartbeat. (And would definitely bring any out of town visitors there.)

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