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Jul 30, 2008 02:33 PM

Elizabeth's or Country Club

We are planning to do Sunday brunch in the Bywater. Had a wonderful brunch at Elizabeth's last year (and would gladly go back), but wondered what people's experience was with Country Club's brunch, and if that was worth a try?

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  1. I have heard good things about the food and service at TCC. For full disclosure (no pun intended), there is a private, clothing-optional pool club in the rear. The reviews are all good for the restaurant.

    5 Replies
    1. re: edible complex

      For full disclosure, we plan to spend the day at the pool after lunch -- a Southern Decadence tradition! (But the unsuspecting visitor is well to be warned.)

      1. re: ClevelandRandy

        I don't know, guys and gals, but after a really good, and full brunch, I do not think I would be welcome at a "clothing optional" pool - anywhere!

        Enjoy the food and the rest of the day. I'll NOT be joining you.


      2. re: edible complex

        I went with my boyfriend on my birthday, wanted to do something "different," (though I never flinched availing myself to the scene in back, it's a very friendly all-welcome vibe, been swimming (clothed) long before the restuarant existed). Anyway, unfortunately it was a decidely "meh" experience. It was a Monday (don't have your birthday on a Monday in the summer; everything is closed, and it's really hot out) The place was empty, bar one man on his laptop in the other room. The server/host took his indifferent time, and was nice in an "eye-rolling, whatever" kind of way. BF mentioned it was my birthday, and we aren't the types to expect the red carpet, so no glass of sparkling wine comped, ok, no small ice cream with a candle at the end, fine, but literally not even a "happy birthday"? I mean, come on. We didn't order desserts as my boyfriends fish special was fine but shruggable and my wild mushroom lasagna tasted as if it had been microwaved then heat lamped. The pasta was tough and rubbery and the mushroom "sauce" just nothing special, I barely finished half. Also, I attempted to see if they would do a combination plate of sides as an alternate entree (vegitarian in new orleans, i find this an option most restuarants with limited veg selections are happy to offer) The server said he'd ask, came back with the excuse for the "no" being that the sides were already "portioned out." Honestly I don't like the sounds of that, if true, and I wasn't about to pay $24 for some mashed potatoes, asparagus and brussel sprouts ala cart. We ordered, on reccomendation, the caprese salad to start, and the motzarella was delicious (from Stein's Delhi on Magazine) the tomatoes were just ho-hum. It's a simple dish, but I've had it better. So, by the time for dessert, we figured we would fare better off elsewhere. Maybe an off night, and I'm not going to say it was the worst dining experience, but it was a far cry from the best. Never have tried the brunch, perhaps it's better.

        1. re: swampsue

          Well, happy belated birthday (whenever it was), and thanks for the detailed reply!

          1. re: ClevelandRandy


            the recent Tales of the Cocktail dinner there got glowing reviews on another food board.