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Elite Cafe Friday Night

mrsH | Jan 23, 200601:35 PM

Having never been to the Meeting House we were eager to try the Elite Café under Joanna Karlinsky. We began with ordering the Meeting House Biscuits. The flavor was wonderful rich and buttery but they were falling apart before we could butter them or even get a bite. This left us wondering if it was us or an off baking. After asking the waiter if scallops could be removed I ordered the Seafood Salad (crab, shrimp scallops and calamari) to begin and my partner ordered the Mixed Greens with blue cheese, nuts and pears. The Seafood Salad came with large bay shrimp and 2 tiny bites of calamari and zero crab dressed in a “remolaude” sauce that was pretty much a louis dressing. At $12.00 I expected a larger portion than the ½ cup over a leaf of bibb lettuce and some crab would have been nice. My partner’s salad was good. Our main courses consisted of the brisket over mashed potatoes with fried okra, the meat was succulent with good flavor but nothing remarkable. I had a smaller portion of the gumbo which contained shrimp, several crab claws and some sausage with rice, nice flavor not too spicy. For dessert we opted for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Napoleon. This was the first time we have ever not finished a dessert in recent memory. The dessert came on a long flat dish consisting of 4 piped portions of peanut butter mousse, resting on top were triangle shaped pieces of very thick dark chocolate. Scattered about were tiny bits of nut brittle. This was almost impossible to eat with a fork or spoon as the chocolate was too thick. And the richness of this was overwhelming. We love dark chocolate and peanut butter but this was just too much of a good thing and half would have been more than enough. We were happy to have shared this dessert. Service was good and the décor has been spruced up but still leaving the lovely deco details. With the high prices (entrees in the high $20-$35 range) and the less than stellar food I’d have to say we won’t go back.

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