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The Parish Cafe: NOLA in Healdsburg

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The Parish Cafe: NOLA in Healdsburg

Melanie Wong | Nov 26, 2012 12:13 AM

Two years ago I posted about the fried-to-order beignets sold by Louisiana Legacy at local farmers markets. *
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/726735

“Cajun in Exile”, Rob Lippincott Jr. opened his breakfast and lunch place in Healdsburg on October 20 and still serves beignets as well as other New Orleans specialties. I had a chance to try it at the two-week point, sliding in at 3:30pm to snag a table on the porch.
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At this time of day, nearly everything was already sold out. No gumbo. No beignets. No etoufee. No focaccia to make muffalettas. From New Orleans herself and a member of the family, my waitress was a big part of the charm and authentic atmosphere here. She guided me toward the seafood, saying it’s flown in daily. I pointed at the “using local California ingredients” statement on the menu and asked the source of the shrimp and oysters, “Wild gulf shrimp, I hope?” Not sure, she went inside to ask the kitchen, then we both learned that the shrimp are farmed and the oysters are from Washington State. Next she suggested a po-boy, explaining that the bread is baked to their own recipe by Healdsburg’s Costeaux Bakery (Lippincott’s in-laws).

Wanting to diversify my order, I opted for one side and a salad. The fried okra would have to wait for another day, this time I went for the Cup of jambalaya, $4. Packed with meaty chunks of sausage and ham, the portion was not only overflowing the cup, but outsized in bold spicy flavor too.
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Up next, the Fried oyster salad, $11 – Baby spinach generously coated in perfect uniformity with a tangy buttermilk vinaigrette, just enough to cling but not weigh down the tender leaves, picked up another flavor punch from a crumble of blue cheese and pale slivers of bacon. Medium-size oysters fried in a delicate cornmeal crust popped with briny juices and freshness and harmonized beautifully with the blue cheese.
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I had requested hot sauce for my oysters and was presented with not only Louisiana's Crystal but also Knipplemeier & Lippincott's Honkey Donkey Haut Sauce. Taste-off time!
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Made with habanero, serrano, red jalapeño and cayenne chiles, Honkey Donkey’s greater complexity won this contest handily in kick-ass form. With more pulp, the weight and consistency of Honkey Donkey is almost ketchup-like consistency versus the thinner Crystal. Using rice vinegar as well as white vinegar as the acid components gives Honkey Donkey a mellower, less sharp aftertaste that I found more appealing as well.
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A good first showing, I’ll need to return to try a breakfast of shrimp and grits next or maybe a po-boy. The muffaletta’s recommended here by “jerry1235”.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8762...

The Parish Café
60 A Mill St.
Healdsburg
707.431.8474
http://www.theparishcafe.com/
(Note: Prices for po-boys are $1 higher on the printed menu than the website version. There’s also a breakfast menu, served until 11:30am, and a beer and wine list that includes Abita Amber.)
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Open Wed-Sunday, 9am to 4pm
(Note: These are the hours painted on the door. The website states 3pm closing time.)

http://pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com...

* This is my August 2010 photo of the beignets linked in my Louisiana Legacy post,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...
and here’s the article by Carey Sweet for SFGate.com that stole my photo,
http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/... ,
and published here on Hauteliving.com too,
http://www.hauteliving.com/2012/03/na...

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