I've enjoyed the reviews I've read on the board.. so I thought I'd give this a go! Caution.. I'm not a foodie, just your run of the mill restaurant goer so please excuse any fauxpas on my part!
4 of us just tried Le Citron Bistro (1539 Religious St). Its really in the middle of nowhere over by the Saulet apartments. But the upside is plenty of onstreet parking! The owners have done a really nice job of renovating the space (billed as the oldest building above canal?).
A nice clean bar area with tables located in rooms adjacent. Saturday night was quiet (we were the only dinners for a while!) So we sat in the Religious Room. There is a courtryard (no tables out there yet) with a great mural (aerial view of the city in the 1700s).
The staff were welcoming... almost suprised we'd found the restaurant! We started with the Fried Green Tomatoes with Cajun Crawfish Sauce.. the best I've ever had.. (and I lived in Alabama) they were yummy.. but just 3 slices for $6 seemed a tad pricey but worth it.
Fried Onion rings for $3 sounded good but were off the menu ...too bad.. I bet they are good too!
We tried Uncle Vito's meatballs with Penne (average).. but a good deal at $12 including salad and desert. Grilled Salmon(very good) the best entree we tried.. also comes with salad and desert for $14. I had the Fried Chicken plate $12 "Nawlins Style" the potatoe salad was mysteriously switched for french fries (that were very good but too salty) and the almondine green beens were awol for some reason. The chicken was good but not too much flavor going on. My girlfriend had the Le Citron Burger $7.50.. which looked impressive but again flavor a little lacking.
But the best was yet too come.. the Watermelon Sorbet $4 was out of this world.. almost too good to be true.. tasted like ice-cream to me!! Creole style bread pudding with praline rum sauce $4.. was also fantastic...
I think once the kinks of the menu are worked out this place is going to be great. Go now before its reviewed in the TP. Plus dinner for 4 inc 4 glasses of wine was only $80 inc tip.. now thats a deal!
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