Last night we were the first guests to have the new Exploration Menu at Sanford. This is a menu item that changes about on a monthly basis. I was told it was inspired by a trip that the chef/owner took to the French Quarter of New Orleans when he was there to cook for a fund raiser at a really big football game, which maybe I cannot mention, so just will do like everyone and refer to it as the big game.
The menu was described as a Taste of the French Quarter and it was outstanding. The first course was an alligator sausage Po'Boy with a green garlic aioli. It had a small sour dough roll, very tender by the way, that was nicely toasted and the alligator sausage in it. I should have taken a picture, as it both looked and tasted beautiful.
Second course was a lentil gumbo with seared shrimp and okra. My only complaint was that there wasn't a quart of it. It was as good as it gets.
Main course was Quail Muffalata. Quail with an olive salad and instead of a bun, sesame dumplings. I asked and they ground sesame seeds after toasting them added some flour and made them like long gnocchi, finally rolling them in sesame seeds. A most different dish that was out of this world.
Dessert a praline tart with banana rum ice cream. A sugar cookie topped with banana slices that topped with the pecan praline and the banana rum ice cream on the side. I couldn't imagine doing it any better.
The service was outstanding, as usual and it was a great dining experience and adventure. All four courses for $49, not bad at all for special food.
(I will attempt to attach a photo of the quail muffalata dish.)