I had previously rated Annadele's as "Excellent", but a recent visit prompted me to add another review.
My mother-in-law was visiting us recently, and I took both her and my wife out to Annadele's for Valentine's Day. I booked with confidence, as we had always had such good experiences there. This occasion, however, was not as perfect.
I will start out with the good:
All of our entrees were excellent; my steak in particular was infinitely better than the gristle I was served on my birthday at Keith Young's.
The desserts were superb. I had the creme brulee, my wife had the cheesecake and my mother-in-law chose the bread pudding...all were top-notch!
But, and it pains me to relate this, my gumbo left much to be desired. The flavour was fine, but there was practically nothing in it; it was all liquid except for a small shred of andouille sausage.
My wife's gumbo was chock-full of shrimp and andouille, but mine was bare of any solid elements. I pointed this out to my waiter, and he replied that it was the luck of the draw!
The second problem was the bread. This may seem like an insignificant detail to some, but it was very disappointing to me to visit a restaurant with which I had always been pleased, only to find that the details are being overlooked. Their normally delicious bread had been replaced by out-of-a-package "Wonder-Bread"-type rolls. I couldn't even eat it; it tasted very strongly of the plastic packaging that it had come out of. And the "butter" tasted like margarine.
I'll certainly give Annadele's another try, but until their standards return to previous levels, I can no longer give them an "Excellent" rating.
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