Brigtsten's gets a top rating in the Zagat guide, and I've seen nothing but good things on this board, but I found our experience tonight disappointing.
On the plus side, it's a charming location, an old house that still looks like a home, a little worn around the edges, with a lovely friendly waitstaff. The shrimp bisque we had was tasty, and the seafood platter featured an intriguing cornbread thing I enjoyed very much, but overall, the food food struck us as FAR too rich and salty, lacking much in the way of subtlety. (Also, the rolls were dry and uninteresting.) We barely made it halfway through our entrees, and dessert was out of the question.
So, the question is, if we were sort of underwhelmed by Brigtsen's, does that mean we're just not fans of the rich salty genre in general, and if that's the case, where should we go and what should we avoid for the rest of our trip?
We currently have reservations at Bayona for one night, one night is out of our hands, and the third is up in the air. Obviously, we're happy to splurge, but that isn't required. We just want good food, hopefully with some local flavor, that isn't going to keep us up all night digesting!
Also have thoughts of a breakfast or lunch at Petunia's, a beignet somewhere (oops ... maybe too rich?), and some ACME oysters. But all is subject to revision.
Input welcome, thanks!