Antoine’s, a Second Review

Hey, Jason! I finally got around to eating at Antoine’s. We went on Saturday, early afternoon.

I liked the gumbo I ordered. My girlfriend’s Shrimp Creole was decent. I’d like to try a poboy or the crawfish caesar salad sometime. I thought it was a little on the spendy side. $14 for the gumbo, $16 for the shrimp creole.

The service sucked. It was slow. Not rude, but generally clueless. Instead of just apologizing for the delay, one server blamed someone else for the problem. “Sorry it took me so long. I didn’t even know you had been seated….” Uh, okay. And the person that seated us in the first place (and waited on us the rest of the time), seemed to think we had just popped in to look around the place and see how they had redecorated or something. Yeah, we came in and looked longingly at a booth and at the menu displayed because we were just taking a break from the cold outside.

We were given the brunch menu. Apparently Saturday was the first day of the brunch menu. Brunch is served until 2 p.m., and then they switch to the dinner menu. Our server seemed to have a little trouble explaining that. Our friend had pancakes and eggs for $6. She said they were okay, but nothing spectacular.

We did see the owner floating around and talking to people towards the end of our meal. She seemed pretty friendly and genuinely concerned that everyone was enjoying their food.

I got the impression that some corners were being cut, simply because the place is new and they need to build up some business first. I think they can do just fine in their location, with their menu. But they really need to hire some better waitstaff. For real. Seriously.

I really wanted to like it. And I want Diane Ruona to succeed as a minority business owner. But it was just a little too pricey and the service on that day was waaay to awful. I’d eat there again, but I don’t think I could convince my friend or my girlfriend to go with me.

Oh, and no Hurricanes.

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