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La Cote Brasserie

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La Cote Brasserie

Tory G | Feb 12, 2004 12:48 PM

My husband and I had dinner here last Friday evening. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. Everything from the service to the daily specials was excellent. The chef started us out with an amusee bouche that was sumptuous -- a mound of sauteed wild mushrooms topped with a single, perfectly fried oyster. Our waitress, Erin was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. With her encouragement, we ordered the Tim Adams Grenache. The most remarkable thing about this wine was the bouquet -- all heady fruit and flowers. It was a wonderful choice. I had a salad that was part of the $28 prix fixe menu as my appetizer. As I recall it was tender lobster and shrimp on baby greens. I detected an exotic citrus in the dressing, and Erin said it was blood orange juice. My husband had the romaine salad and enjoyed every bite. I ordered the whole fish of the day -- a red snapper with a crawfish topping and a light, lemony sauce. It came with the creamiest grits cake imaginable. My husband had to grouper which may have been even better than the snapper. It also had a version of creamy grits on the side and some sauteed spinach. I saw a recent review that described it as too salty. We loved the dish and did not find it too salty. For dessert we shared a some apple and quince fritters with a calvados ice cream. It was an unusual dessert and thankfully small, but it could not compete with the banana and butter tart at Herbsaint! I highly recommend La Cote Brasserie. This will stand out as one of our favorite dining experiences ever!

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