District Donuts Sliders Brew
Orange and Raspberry Glazed Donut
The sliders and coffee are here are phenomenal. Will definitely be back for lunch. However I am not crazy about the donuts. Some of the more exotic donuts are definitely yummy and fun to try, but I found the basics (glazed,cinnamon sugar, chocolate covered) to be dry and lackluster. I won’t hold back if I am there, but will probably be visiting BlueDot Donuts to get my donut fix.
I came here with a mission. I WAS going to try Lola’s… no matter what! We showed up a little before 8 and waited about an hour and fifteen minutes. We did get to sit outside and sip sangria while we waited and enjoy the beauty of esplanade ave….so it was not all bad. My date, who is NOT a fan of a wait (we are usually very fortunate with out timing), ended up loving the place.
I think Lola’s is amazing. It is ALL about the atmosphere here. It’s cozy and quaint but buzzing with energy from the open kitchen. Our waiter, was great and very attentive with the refills (of water AND sangria) and was not shy about recommendations (which I love). I would go back to Lola’s and eat terrible food (the food here is not terrible) JUST to be in this atmosphere. It’s feels so European, but quintessentially New Orleans.
Since we were trying a new place, we went all out.
We started with the Tomato Basil Salad. Simple, fresh, and delicious!
For our main course we split: Meat Paella and the Roasted Duck Breast Entree.
The Paella was worth the wait, but the duck shined for me. The fig reduction was ON POINT.
We got the almond nougat ice cream for dessert. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but we were looking for something extravagant, and we ended up with ice cream. Homemade, delicious ice cream…. but ice cream none the less.
We will be back.
If you’ve been holding out on this one… do yourself a favor and take a leap.
Chiba- Shrimp and Vegetable Appetizer
Forgot to take a picture of the sushi and rolls we got. Oh no! The fish was delicious and fresh. Will definitely be back.
Bud’s Broiler First Timer
#5 w/ Mustard and a Whole Wheat Bun
Side of Onion Rings
Pork Belly Steamed Buns
Lamb Chop T-Bone
Pineapple Upside Down Bread Pudding
I’ve been to Mondo several times since moving to Lakeview. The food is always delicious, but I recommend going with the specials. The specials are seasonal and you really get to see what the chef is capable of creating.
Mondo is also great for happy hour. I love going for a drink and a slice of pie for dessert!
Lava (Volcano) Roll with soy paper
You guys know Coulis is my go-to brunch stop. I LOVE this place.
However, I feel the tides a-changing. Last time I stopped in for my favorite meal…ahem…brunch. Things tasted a little different. Not in a bad way, things were just DIFFERENT. There must be a new chef or maybe they are changing things up a bit. Maybe today was just different. Who knows.
I have noticed the Corny Beef and the Eggs Benicio are slightly different. The hash looks and tastes slightly different and the cornbread maker is more heavy-handed with the jalapeno. Again, not saying this is bad! Just noticing a different. I—- in fact liked the new cornbread style better, but my companion was “surprised.”
I’m still going back. I still love me some Coulis. And it was STILL delicious.
Commander’s Romaine Salad
Forgot to snap a picture of the Barbecued Shrimp and Grits, I don’t believe its the typical Shrimp and Grits they serve, but it was divine.
La Gratinee D’oignon
Les Moules Au Fenouil
Rack of Veal
Frozen Lemon Icebox Pie
I cannot say a single bad thing about this restaurant. The restaurant, the staff, the ambiance and the food are amazing. Possibly my new favorite place.
Blue Dot Donuts
Dante’s Kitchen Brunch: Corned Beef Hash and Fried Eggs Skillet with a side of White Cheddar Grits; Bacon Cinnamon Roll and Coffee.
This restaurant has a “funky” vibe. Its decor is eclectic, but the food is perfect for brunch after a long night. I would definitely recommend starting with the Bacon Sticky-bun. Delicious.
Toup’s Meatery - Spare Rib, Pork Shoulder Grillade, Meat Platter
Toup’s is great. Be sure to make a reservation, because every time I’ve tried to “drop-in,” I’ve had to sit at the bar… if there was even room for me there.
The meat plate was divine, I can never turn down house made pickles. I had the pork shoulder grillade and everything was cooked perfectly, I could cut it with my fork. The grits were divinely creamy.