So, originally, we had dinner reservations for five for the 27th, but a) something else came up for that night, and b) our girls went off with our friend's boys to the Spurs v. Pelicans NBA game which let us parental-types enjoy a dinner "sans les enfants" -- and thus, a quick call to Patois, and we were able to shift our meal to this evening at 9:00. Good omen, number one.
Good omen, number two: I didn't have to tell the cabbie how to get there! (Seriously, I have had to do this on several previous occasions.)
Good omen, number three: Chef Aaron Burgau came walking to of the kitchen while we were at the bar (the cab driver was faster than I had anticipated), and said, "What are you guys doing here?" Hugs and holiday wishes all around, while we caught up on the goings-on of families, business, and Life. Then Leon Touzet appeared from the back, and more greetings all 'round. Dinner was superb! It always feels like family here, and not just because Lynn and I have come to know Aaron (and Leon) a bit over the years. Everyone on the staff is always warm, welcoming and accommodating -- and the food is as delicious as always!
The Mississippi Rabbit stuffed with boudin is always amazing. The short ribs were "killer," and the NY Strip was perfectly delicious . . . and the Sandhi 2012 Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills of California was a perfect compliment to all three entrées.
As annual visitors from California, we are faced with a "difficult" dilemma when it comes to dining choices. We love trying new places, but we also love our "favorites." That oddly makes our meal options more complicated than were we first-time visitors or residents of our favorite city to visit. But one place we never miss is Patois . . .