by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
January 15, 2003
After spending several days in the French Quarter and eating at several small French establishements, we decided to stay in for the night and just get a bite at the restaurant downstairs. It was about 8:00 p.m. and we and one other couple were the only ones in the restaurant. Live piano music entertained us.
Not only was that first night's meal memorable, but we ate most of our meals there the rest of the week. It was as good as anywhere else we'd eaten and was fairly priced and convenient.
The steak was fork tender, the seafood was fresh and moist - properly prepared, and the Mr. John's Signature Salad ($5.95) was so unusual and tasty, I asked our waiter what was in it. He was so thrilled that I enjoyed it to ask that he did one better, he had the chef write the recipe down for me and she personally delivered it to the table. She too was genuinely pleased that I'd liked it enough to ask since it was the first time she'd "thrown together" the ingredients for the melon vinaigrette dressing over goat cheese, spiced pecans, and salad greens. It was so yummy and has become a favorite recipe at home. Now that's service.
Over the next few days we tryed breakfast, New Orleans Style French Toast and Design your Own Omelet, sandwiches, and salads. The menu even includes a rarity of Fried Green Tomato and Eggplant Napoleon layered with crab meat and remoulade sauce, $8.95. Of course there's the classic seafood gumbo, seafoods prepared many different ways, and terrific steaks. This place is a sleeper and doesn't seem to have been "found". We did not try it on the weekend, which I'm sure is much busier.
If you're staying at the Avenue Plaza Hotel you couldn't get any more convenience either. A menu and prices can be found on their website at: . Bon Appetit!
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