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Stella - beyond my expectations

mrsfury | Jul 26, 200809:16 PM     4

We drove 30 miles and through a blinding rain storm to celebrate my birthday at Stella. We had three amuse bouches, apps, salad, entrees and dessert and it was great. The four of us tasted each plate that was presented. The staff and chef were gracious, friendly and attentive. I'd eat there every week if I could. Thank you all here on Chowhound for your input. We had risotto with andouille and mushrooms, Iron Chef chili prawns, scallops & shrimp with andouille potatoes, popcorn crusted walu, sea bass, veal, a bananas foster-ish dish and creme brulee crusted ice cream. The amuse bouches were a shrimp gyoza with spicy sauce, a cold melon soup with dragon fruit and watermelon and a dish of strawberry marshmallows with a toasted meringue. I know my descriptions do not do the dishes justice but it was a dinner that I could only compare to Delachaise and Marisol. Those are the only places I felt the chef was daring enough to put things on the menu people might not order because they were not New Orleans style dishes but are just fantastic combinations you and I might not think to put on a plate. My "final" birthday was exactly what I wanted. By the way I don't mean final in a morbid way I just don't plan to celebrate any future birthdays. ;)

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