Spending this week eating with abandon as we have a friend in from out of town- we hit a couple favorites of ours and here is how they were:
Dinner @ Cochon was really top notch. Service was great and the meal flowed smoothly. Three guests had 5 apps, two entrees, two sides, two salads, 6 drinks and the check with tip was $182.00. ($10 Louisiana Citrus Mojitos were pricey but absolutely delicious and contributed to the high total)
Among the outstanding dishes were the oyster roast, boucherie plate and lima beans. The oysters far surpassed any grilled/roasted oyster we've ever had (including Drago's or Acme). The Boucherie plate (while small) elevated seemingly pedestrian items like Country Bologna and Hogs Head Cheese to the next level. Pickled green tomatoes, stone ground mustard and house pickled peppers were worthy accoutrements. My personal favorite was the side of smothered Limas - which wound up being my entree.
Lunch @ Parkway did not disappoint. We shared roast beef (still excellent) shrimp (butter & pickles only, please!) and the special surf & turf (shrimp and roast beef) PoBoys. This is my favorite hole in the wall joint and the highlight was an order of fried sweet potatoes. I never remember seeing them on the menu before and MAN were they good. Super thin, super crispy and maybe a bit coated in batter???? TOOO good for words. 3 sandwiches, two fries two teas and an abita amber was $29.
Dinner @ Giovanni is better than ever. We were getting worn out at this point but our energy level was boosted by some fantastic italian selections. First of all, this restaurant is a beautiful yet unpretentious spot and the opera is fantastic.
Three of us enjoyed fancy fizzy waters, 2 apps and 3 entrees for $91. I like to stick to the standards here- chicken quattro formaggio (chicken parm w/ziti in a blush sauce) spaghetti carbonara and seafood pasta w/vodka sauce. Every dish was perfectly cooked, arrived piping hot and was large enough to provide a great midnight snack at home in our garden.
The only flaw was the oyster appetizer- I know it's award winning and all that- but methinks it's time to retire the multi-sauced fried oysters. This dish did not mesh with the rest of the meal and is entirely overpriced. Definately stick to the Tuscany asparagus app or homemade cannelloni for a starter.
OK...two days to go! We'll be walking off the last few meals around town and I'll try to get another report posted shortly!