Cafe Adelaide is named after Adelaide Brennan, who according to their website, "Squeezed more fun out of each day than anyone else." Her wardrobe included a blue fur, a pink fur, a sable and a monkey coat with a matching hat. She played hostess to the likes of Rock Hudson, Bob Hope and Danny Kaye and rarely came down the magnificent staircase of her Garden District home before 3 p.m. Referred to by her family as "Auntie Mame and then some," one of Adelaide's favorite sayings was "Sparkle Plenty." Her namesake restaurant does just that. Because it's a member of the Commander's Palace Family of Restaurants (and because we peeked at the menu before we came), we knew we were in for an exceptional culinary experience. We left on a total food high and, no, it wasn't only because of the cocktails. Here's what made us so happy.
Call us silly, but we adore delicious cocktails with clever names and the Swizzlestick Bar doesn't disappoint. Choices include the Freudian Sip made with Basil Hayden, Herbsaint, pear, honey, basil and lemon, and The Moonage Daydream, a David Bowie inspired daiquiri you can find on the Tale of the Cocktails App. At our table, one of us sipped happily on a Congo Square, made with Papa's Pilar Dark Rum, Coco Lopez, Patron XO, Vida Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, fresh pineapple, lime, and Angostura Bitters, while the other nursed a Lucy Broussard with Pama Pomegranate liqueur, St. Germain, Elderflower liqueur, lemon bitters and Sparkling wine. Our waiter also brought us generous samples of their signature drink, The Adelaide Swizzle. Their namesake drink is made with Rougaroux Full Moon dark rum, Peychaud's bitters, lime, soda and a secret ingredient. It's no secret we loved it all!
To start, we ordered the Bayou Beignets – Breaux Bridge crawfish tails and spicy pepper jack cheese stuffed into New Orleans style beignets. OMG, they were melt-in-your-mouth fantastic. Best $10 we ever spent. And we just had to try the Shrimp & Tasso Corndogs, made with 5-pepper jelly, pickled okra and Crystal hot sauce butter. We were, of course, full by this point but it's New Orleans – no point in stopping there. One of us had the Commander's Turtle Soup. If you leave New Orleans without having their turtle soup au sherry, you better just plan on hurrying back.
For the entrée, we went with the Citrus-Crusted Sesame Salmon. Surprise! It was delicious. We also ordered the Louisiana Shrimp & Grits, one of our favorite New Orleans dishes. Cafe Adelaide's version is right on.
Not a dessert person? You will be when you see this menu! We couldn't decide between the Madagascar Vanilla Crème Brulée and the Abita Root Beer and White Chocolate Biscuit Pudding. Because we really were too full, we told our waiter, who was sporting a pink bow tie with litte pictures of Adelaide all over it, that we were going to pass. We thought he was going to come back with our bill, but instead he presented us with a lovely slice of Creole Cream Cheese Cheesecake on the house. Now that's what we call a great waiter! He could've dumped a whole serving of Louisiana Crawfish Mac & Cheese in our laps and we would've given him a huge tip anyway.
Cafe Adelaide is located inside the Loews New Orleans Hotel on Poydras Street. They offer valet parking so getting in and out is a breeze. To learn more about this fabulous restaurant or to make reservations, click here. View their website here.
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