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BKAL Jan 25, 2007 07:24 AM

Going out with a group of 8. Want to try something in the mid to upper price range. Love Herbsaint/Clancy's, etc. but want something new. How is Vizard's? (liked his food at his previous few restaurants). What about Alberta's? Any other suggestions (haven't been to Peristyle in ages)? Thanks.

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    Tonto RE: BKAL Jan 25, 2007 09:20 AM

    Haven't been to Alberta's, too pricey, but Vizard's and La Petite and Lilette are great.

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      mosta RE: BKAL Feb 9, 2007 04:21 PM

      Went to Alberta for the first time last week. Here's a review I posted in another thread:

      They don't have a handle on the house. People are waiting 45 minutes with a reservation--some walking out.

      The two of us eventually got seated and we started with an amuse bouche--crab and guacamole on a cucumber slice. It was a failure in conception and execution. The guacamole was, well, guacamole. It's a very low-cuisine creation (which I generally do like) and it overwhelmed whatever crab there was supposed to have been. The cucumber was thin and limp almost like a soggy cracker.

      Our appetizers were sweetbreads and escargots. The sweetbreads were essentially deepfried. Might as well have been McD chicken nuggets. My date liked the escargot a lot. I sampled a small bit. The recipe was original--in a reduction sauce (though they were swimming in it). I wasn't bowled over myself, but I would have liked to try that one again.

      Entrees. I had scorched scallops. Think burnt popcorn at the bottom of the bag for the effect. (I should have thought to trim off the outsides and salvage something). They were with a risotto that was so undercooked it was very nearly crunchy. My date had a redfish, I believe. Not as bad as my scallops but it was rather chewy or gummy.

      The server made a remark about a new kitchen staff. I saw 2 or 3 teenagers coming out of the back when we entered. I assumed they were there to take out the recycling or something. Apparently not.

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        BKAL RE: BKAL Feb 22, 2007 06:15 AM

        A friend recently went to Alberta's - had a reservation for 2. They waited 30 minutes, management said sorry for the delay and bought them a drink. They waited another 30 minutes, still no table so they finally left. He'll never go back.

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          hartly RE: BKAL Feb 22, 2007 06:45 AM

          peristyle is not what it used to be since anne kearney left. I would go to Couchon. Great food, nice space. lots of small plate options. Though not much or any seafood.

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            Tonto RE: BKAL Feb 22, 2007 01:05 PM

            A recent column in the lagniappe said the original chef has left La petite grocery and his sous chef has taken over, for what it is worth.

            1. uptownlibrarian RE: BKAL Mar 1, 2007 11:06 AM

              The deal with the front of the house at Alberta is that Dana Stovall the original manager left over the summer. I haven't been since she left (I went four times before she left) but it sounds like it's gone down hill.

              If you are alone or a couple, you can sit at the bar, often without a wait. Again this was as of six months ago.

              It's not the type of place to go with a group larger than four under the best of circumstances. Eight is pushing it.

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                mikey RE: BKAL Mar 2, 2007 11:14 AM

                That is really too bad about Alberta as it is one of my top ten places to dine in the city. Not very good remarks. I adore La Petite Grocery, Lilette, and Vizards so you cannot go wrong with either one.

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