You may have noticed that I’ve been a little M.I.A. recently. My profuse apologies. For the past week I’ve been Christmas shopping, working like crazy, and preparing for my weekend getaway with the boyfriend. We spent most of last week cooking at home, so the camera got a little break (as did our bank accounts) and I must say it was quite enjoyable. Of course, right before we left on Friday for our trip to see the historic Louisiana Plantations, we realized the contents of our fridge were not conducive to lunch-making, so, naturally, we ordered out.
The Milk Bar on Delachaise near Touro Hospital in the Bouligny area of Uptown, is an Aussie-owned sandwich/salad/milkshake joint that has proved to be quite successful in its close to two-year existence. I’m a big fan of the Gourmet Sandwiches menu, particularly the Cloony’s Choice which comes with marinated chicken, avocado, tomato, melted mozzarella, roasted red peppers, red onion, and lemon-cilantro mayo. But since I knew a Meatless Monday was quickly approaching, I ordered a vegetarian sandwich instead. The Shirley Valentine (pictured above) comes with spinach, melted mozzarella cheese, tomato, mushrooms, artichokes, red onion, and feta. The restaurant is generous with the ingredients and the flavors most definitely work with one another, but I feel that there might be room for improvement. Maybe if they used thick, hearty portabella mushrooms instead of thin-sliced button mushrooms and added some roasted red peppers or other assortment of veggies (like squash), this sandwich would taste more like a sandwich and less like a really thick slice of Greek pizza. Not a bad vegetarian choice, but I have a feeling that the Caddle Fodder‘s combination of cream cheese, roasted red pepper, mushrooms, carrots, avocado, tomato, and alphalfa sprouts probably tantalizes the taste buds a little more. Or if cream cheese isn’t your thing, go with the I Dream of Aubergenie, which comes with eggplant, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, red onion, pesto, feta, and hummus.
The Milk Bar’s service is fast and friendly, making it a great spot for a quick weekday lunch. Parking is a bit of a hassle, however, considering it’s a highly trafficked part of town due to the hospital. Meters are lined up and down the streets, so if you plan on driving and parking, be sure to bring some change–I find that testing the meter maids never ends well.
Our sandwiches from the Milk Bar were the perfect tummy filler before getting on the road for an hour. And considering the rest of the weekend was filled with pralines, mint juleps, gumbo, and a seven course tasting menu at one of South Lousiana’s best and most beautiful restaurants (post coming soon!), I was happy to have done the veggie thing while I could.