If there’s one thing I can appreciate more than anything, it’s great bar food. Most restaurants in New Orleans are able to mix up just about any cocktail you want, if they don’t already have their own specialties, but there’s something to be said about a restaurant that truly has it all. And by all, I mean a great atmosphere, energetic nightlife, a creative list of house drinks, and of course, food to boot.
Last week a friend and I went to Capdeville on Capdeville Street in the Warehouse District to try some signature drinks and get our hands on one of their burgers. Modeled after a British social house, Capdeville has become one of the many new popular lunch spots for downtown workers (just like here). Just around the corner from the U.S. Court of Appeals, law firms, and many downtown shops, Capdeville makes for the perfect lunchtime dining destination on any budget.
I had never been before but my friend had, so she suggested the Truffled Mac and Cheese to start, I decided on the Manchego la Mancha burger (to split), and we let our waiter choose the fries. Moments later we were presented with what I can only describe as the most glorious bowl of pasta and cheese I have ever seen/smelled/eaten. Mac and cheese has never been my thing, especially when it’s baked and cut into giant squares. No thanks. But this is not ya mama’s baked mac and cheese, folks. This creamy, savory, smoky, cheesy, meaty, salty, peppery, buttery mac and cheese wins first prize in my book. The depths of flavors will win you over alone (did I mention browned butter, truffle oil, pancetta, and fried sage?!) but the consistency is really what makes it so great. The fact that each elbow macaroni can be eaten separately from all the rest made me happy and I liked that the creamy sauce was evenly distributed. No dry, clumpy bites of chewy cheese and bland pasta in this dish, just creamy goodness that will speak to your soul. Our waiter suggested adding chicken to make it a full meal, and while we politely declined, I believe this man may be a genius.
The burger and fries were also pretty awesome, but my heart lies with that mac and cheese (if you couldn’t already tell). The burger was cooked to our liking and came topped with green tomato jam, Manchego cheese, and a buttery fried egg. I prefer other burgers to this one, but I appreciated the originality of it all, and that green tomato jam would probably work on just about any burger. The Poutine cheese fries our waiter chose were pretty good but a part of me thought they were a little too saucy and I wish we would have just built our own with blue cheese and bacon. Oh well, next time!
To complete the meal our waiter brought out a complimentary dessert of pineapple upside down cake with a mint whipped cream. I didn’t see this on the menu, but it was quite good, especially the actual cake which was fluffy and moist. After downing a few of their signature whiskey cocktails, my friend and I retreated to the car where we immediately started planning our weekend workouts. Indulging becomes quite irresistible at Capdeville, where the whiskey, rock and roll, and delicious food will keep you coming back for more. But seriously, get that mac and cheese.