So many reviews, so little time. Seriously, it's only Wednesday, but here's a round-up of the latest word from food critic land.
1) Chophouse: Tom Fitzmorris wished a "French bistro or a lusty, garlic-fragrant Italian trattoria" had opened in the old Cuvee space in the CBD, "instead of just another steakhouse," a chain one at that, though he praised the all USDA Prime steak selection and broiling method. Topping his list of things to try: the Carpaccio. [City Business, subscription required]
2) Dante's Kitchen: Cheesemonger Justin Trosclair took a "microscopic look" at Dante's composed cheese plate, breaking down every reason why their creative approach is the best in the city. Pastry Chef Kristyne Bouley pairs American artisinal cheeses with Fizzy Fruits, "a slightly sweetened mixture of blueberries, grapes and peaches that have been allowed to ferment at room temperature for a couple of days," not too mention pickled Chanterelle mushrooms, and tomato crostini. [Feed Me Nola]
3) Camellia Grill: Blackened Out forgave the diner for their "frozen fries," finding the New Orleans tradition in which "who your waiter is says more about you than your credit score" to be far more important. Marvelous Marvin, aka Word, holds court at the Carrollton Camellia, "singing in orders and offering Saints predictions" and serving a "club sandwich that puts the day after Thanksgiving to shame." [BlackenedOut]
4) Brigtsen's: Kim Ranjbar tried Brigtsen's $33 Prix Fixe dinner menu and took some awesome food porn for everybody to gawk at. "Instead of visiting a restaurant," she said, "dining at Brigtsen's felt like I was visiting my Mom's house where the food is always fabulous and there's plenty of love to go around." [Suck The Heads]