Father’s Day At Messina’s

For father’s day, I took Navy Seal to a new spot for brunch.  To be honest, I’m kinda mad that I slept on this place for so long because it’s not that far from where I live.

Messina’s Runway  Cafe is located at the Lakefront Airport in New Orleans East.

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Man, that brunch was an experience! I tried everything on the menu and every darn dish was great! Add bottomless mimosas to the mix and I was tipsy as hell happy as a tick on a dog.

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We had a view of the tarmac where we were sitting. It was cool watching planes land, but I just kept thinking…what if one of these suckers can’t stop? Then I started thinking about how fast I would be able to run to get out of the way.

Those mimosas must have really been getting the best of me.

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I tried everything on the menu. I didn’t get pics of it all because I was too busy grubbin’. The truffle mac and cheese was the winner for me though. I just wanted to take the entire pan home with me.

The wait staff was excellent. Everyone was so happy and helpful…I was really impressed with this place.

When I got home, I went on Yelp to post a review and it seems that I am not the only person impressed. They have a few bad reviews, but 90% of the reviews are pretty much like mine.

I’m telling ya, if anyone comes to the city and wants to venture out some, head over to the Lakefront Airport and grab a meal. The only downside is that they close early so be sure to check their hours before heading out.

Navy Seal and I have agreed to make it a tradition to have either Mother’s Day or Father’s Day brunch there.

Can’t wait to do it again next year!

 

 

 

A Tale of Two Tony’s

Well, it’s the end of the month already and my favorite blog time is here….

Restaurant of the month!

NavySeal and I were out and about (again) and while heading home, we passed 2 Tony’s in Bucktown. Now, I gotta say, for me..it’s always been hard to go to  II Tony’s.

It’s not that I’d heard anything bad about them but, II Tony’s is walking distance from Deanies Seafood.

It’s hard as hell to pass up Deanies!

But, I did.

I held my head down and passed Deanies and all of that delicious seafood…

and went to  II Tony’s.

and was I ever glad I did!

We arrived before the lunch crowd. The place is small…the atmosphere, really nice.  NavySeal said that, inside of it reminded him of the scene in the Godfather when Michael killed  “The Turk” Virgil Sollozzo and  police Captain McClusky.

yeah, I can see that.

Hey, don’t be surprised that I know the characters in the Godfather off the top of my head( I know the Oracle and Andrea aren’t surprised…lol.) I’ve had a small obsession with The Godfather since  high school.  I read the book in 1978 and have seen both versions of the movie…most people don’t know they’re two versions. They tend not to show the other version which I happen to like because, it’s more detailed. It’s also my “holiday movie” to cook to.  For some reason, whenever I’m cooking for Thanksgiving or Christmas, I end up playing that movie.  I think it’s because part one and part two are so long,  that they keep me company while I’m cooking.

See, this how obsessed I am with the movie.  This pic was taken in 2006. NavySeal and I had gone to Universal Studios in Florida and they have the Genco Olive Oil Company front with Michael Corleone name on it… and I just HAD to take a picture by it.

NavySeal started with a salad and me, well…I had the seafood gumbo.

I usually don’t like my gumbo with Okra in it but, this darned gumbo was so frigging good!  I ate the whole thing and that’s something I don’t usually do because, I like to leave room in my tummy for the “big kahuna” dish.

NavySeal had Veal Parmesan as his big kahuna dish.  The veal was so tender and juicy…I wanted his dish after he let me taste it.

I like the fact that, it’s a nice serving…not too much not too little. NavySeal ain’t trying to bring home no doggie bags if ya know what I mean.

I was torn between two dishes and eventually decided on  the Lasagna. I was surprised that it looked like this. I’m used to my lasagna having more length than bulk. but, after tasting it…who the heck cared? It was delicious!

The wait staff was mediocre but, the food was great.

I had been looking at II Tony’s it seems like forever but, as I’ve said…it’s so hard to pass up Deanies and go somewhere else when you’re right there.

I’m glad I went though.

Would I go again? Probably not.

Why?

Because Deanies will trump them every.single. time.