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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lunch at Bayona

is located on Dauphine St. in New Orleans, LA. Dauphine St. was at one time called Calle de Bayona. This was when New Orleans was colonized by Spain primarily in the 18th century, hence the name of the restaurant.

They have a very pleasant courtyard area where you can dine,

or an indoor area which is where dining companion (DC) and I decided to eat lunch.

What is really great about this restaurant is the $25.00 3-course Prix Fixe Saturday only lunch menu.

You are not restricted to the starter, entree and dessert thing, you can mix it up if you want. This is great for dessert-averse people like myself.

After some breads were brought to the table,

DC ordered the Indonesian peanut celery soup.

The dish reminded me of the Peanut Sauce used in Indonesian cuisine, which is not surprising. Not bad.

Being a lover of beets, I tried the roasted beets with beet top fritters and yoghurt dressing.

Really really good. The beet green Fritters were a tasty and new dining experience for me.

DC moved on to the the Pork Schnitzel with Spaetzle and mushrooms.

It was good but I was not into German food that day. I ordered the pate.

This was served with Crostini and Mostarda, a sort of mustard-flavored fruit jam. I love pate but unfortunately you never seem to get enough of it when ordering out.

DC having a sweet tooth, finished up with an orange tart with cherry Coulis (a thick strained cherry sauce) and Earl Grey Tea Gelato.

It was good and very imaginative as the food can be here. I particularly liked the gelato. I don't think they serve this flavor in very many places.

I finished with the grilled Teriyaki Hanger Steak with fried eggplant, Mizuna (a bitter Japanese green) and green onions.

It was great, and gave me a much needed Asian fix that day.

I have been here twice for this lunch, and it is a must do when in New Orleans. The food for this lunch is innovative and one of the best values in town.

That's that for another post on Forks.

430 Dauphine St.
New Orleans, LA 70122

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Dinner at Herbsaint

is a restaurant  located on the corner of St. Charles Ave. and Girod St. in New Orleans, LA. It is named after the Absinthe substitute, Herbsaint, an Anise-flavored Liqueur.

As you enter the restaurant,

you come into a very warm and inviting dining and bar area.

After ordering from their Menu,

a nice bit of Ciabatta bread was brought to the table.

While the servers waited for their orders,

we were brought some soups.

Dining companion (DC) ordered the chicken and Andouille sausage Gumbo.

Rich and intensely flavored, this was some of the best gumbo I have ever had, certainly the best from a restaurant.

I ordered the soup of the day, which was Pancetta, Black-Eyed peas and greens.

This was also very good, but the gumbo "won" hands down.

Rabbit Fricassee was next.

It was great as well but DC had an aversion to eating rabbit. DC's loss. I thought the Braising pot (Dutch Oven) was a nice touch.

Braised Pork Belly was ordered next and served atop mushrooms and whipped potatoes. Heaven!

DC and I also ordered a side of the vegetable of the day, which were roasted Brussels Sprouts

These were as almost everything is here very good and a great accompaniment to the pork belly dish.

DC finished with something from the Dessert menu.

was served with Salted Caramel Gelato and topped with caramel sauce. I do not have much of a sweet tooth but this was unbelievably delicious.

Herbsaint is a wonderful restaurant and I would go back without any reservations (get there early) when in New Orleans again.

It's a wrap for another post on Forks.

Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant
701 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Herbsaint Bar & Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lunch at Miramare Ristorante

Miramare (to gaze at the sea in Italian) Ristorante,

is an Italian-themed restaurant in Naples, FL. It is located in The Village on Venetian Bay,

a collection of shops and restaurants.

When entering the restaurant there is a small bar,

and one can dine inside

or weather permitting, outside with a beautiful view.

Miramare has a daily two-course Prix Fixe lunch special from 11:30 A.M.-3P.M.

That day, my dining companion (DC) and I decided to try the lunch special.

Some very good bread was brought to the table to start the meal (by request only).

DC ordered the Hero Sandwich with meat balls, tomato sauce and Mozzarella cheese. This came with a small Caesar Salad.

The sandwich was great, the salad, so-so. By the way, the above link to Caesar Salad is the best Caesar dressing I have ever had. It's 1/2 olive oil-1/2 peanut oil and really works!

I ordered the chicken Cacciatore served over Saffron Risotto, which came with a house salad.

This was really, really good.

The lunch special is a great value being only $12.95 per person. The view from the outside dining area is worth that alone. I would come back without hesitation.

Miramare Ristorante
4236 Gulf Shore Blvd. N.
Naples, FL 34103

MiraMare Ristorante on Urbanspoon

Dinner at Kabab Village

is a restaurant in Fort Myers, FL serving Middle Eastern Cuisine.

One can dine inside

or out.

You can even settle in with a Hookah

and some Turkish coffee if you like.

My dining companion (DC) and I opted for the food. One of the owners has a sister restaurant in Tel Aviv, his food being exemplary of that served in Palestine.

An order of Pita Bread seasoned with Thyme and Sumac  was brought to the table

for the vegetarian deluxe plate DC ordered.

Hummus topped with walnuts and almonds, Baba Ghanoush topped with almonds and olives, Falafel, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Tabbouleh and Labna, a kind of Yogurt cheese. Everything on this plate was good and some of the best Middle Eastern food I have had.

I ordered the mixed grill kabab.

Pieces of grilled beef, chicken and Lamb Kufta, a lamb meatloaf grilled on a skewer, were served with cucumber and tomato salad and aromatic rice. Another really good dish.

DC finished up with something sweet, Halva.

This halva was Tahini-based and was mixed with walnuts and Pistachios. Deadly!

The food here was really good and for the most part prepared in-house. I would come back when in the mood for more Mediterranean food.

It's a wrap for another review on forks.

Kabab Village
4805 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Kabab Village on Urbanspoon