Vizard's, Alberta's, La Petite G???
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.