While at the French Quater Festival, our friends wanted to re-visit Bacchanal. One of them read that the establishment had its license restored/approved to host music. We took a cab over - about a 9 buck ride from the Quarter. So when we walk in I think, what have we gotten into here? But the owner, at least I assumed he was, was very pleasant and welcoming and explained how things worked at his restaurant. And we went out back to the courtyard and grabbed a table. (Get there early as the place fills up late and seating is hard to come by.) Now, there is no fancy or reserved seating here and the furniture is a mishmash of different type tables and chairs. But the evening was wonderfully mild and the jazz music, oh, the music, was just great. So, we thought we would get some wine and cheese. Our friends ordered inside. The deal is that you take the wine outside and when the food is ready two servers wander through the outside area calling out names for the ordered food. We ordered two types of cheeses which were delightfully tasty and devoured them. Why? Because although the cheese was delicious in its own right it was served with a heaping plate of this thinly sliced bread which is sprayed with olive oil and then cooked on a panini maker, en masse!! We ordered another plate of cheese and a second bottle of wine and the next act on stage was as good if not better than the first. At the end of the evening, with a little desert which was ordered, we were too full to try some of the other menu items, such as the flank steak, which looked great at another table. We asked for a cab to be called to take us back to the Quarter and our hotel and it came quickly - you have to have some sort of transportation to get to and from here if you are staying in the hotel district. In sum, I was extremely favorably surprised at the whole evening. It just goes to show you cannot judge on appearances alone. We would go back.
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