Neighborhood: French Quarter, New Orleans
This week we return to New Orleans for two more reviews from our trip to the Big Easy. First up, a brunch with Official Co-Writer/Girlfriend of DCWD Texas at Jackson Square spot Stanley.
Stanley (with from what we can tell, its sister restaurant Stella, another solid Streetcar reference) seems like a perfect representation of a French Quarter restaurant: vaguely Colonial Spanish/French facade, with a quasi-brasserie-like interior: chocolate brown crossbeams across white ceilings and walls, black ceiling fans atop simple furniture and a tiled floor. Walls are decorated with black and white photos, and the kitchen remains fairly open in the center of the main floor. Seating is cramped in the morning hours, with twos almost on top of one another. On this trip, we scored one fairly separate from others by the window.
On this trip, we ordered (what else?) an Eggs Stanley and an Eggs Stella, both takes on eggs benedict, though one was topped with cornmeal-crusted oysters, the other with cornmeal-crusted soft shell crab. The results were frankly, however, a little bland; the oysters were a little chalky in their consistency, the crab was ho-hum, and the hollandaise lacked the acid or punch it needed to bring both dishes together. Even the English muffins seemed a little lackadaisical.
What saved the day were the gluttonous milkshakes we ordered with housemade ice cream, after lusting after them seeing them being whisked every which way. My bananas foster was pretty lush, and Texas's peanut butter chocolate chip was also sweetly delicious.
Just didn't live up to our expectations.
Food Rating: ** 1/2 (out of 5)
Date Rating: 2.5 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: N/A
Cost: $$ (out of 5) ($25-$50 for two)