When my wife and I travel, we always use the Lonely Planet Guide to whichever city we go. We have never been steered wrongly by Lonely Planet when they recommend places to eat. However, we feel this may be the one exception. According to LP, if there was only one place in NOLA to take close friends or family to eat, Mat & Naddie's would be it. So, naturally, my wife and I decided we would give it a shot.
When we arrived, we found the restaurant to be rather charming and cozy. The whole place smelled wonderfully, which we believed was a sign of good things to come. When we sat down at our table and ordered our meals, we waited with much anticipation for our food. However, we were a bit disappointed, let down even, when it arrived. With all the wonderful presentation, we expected the food to be out of this world. Instead, we found it to be almost like food one would eat on a cruise ship. It was not altogether awful, but for the money we shelled out, we were expecting to be blown away. That was not the case.
The service was fantastic, and the wines that accompanied the meal were very good, as well. I'll add one caveat to this review by admitting that I did ask my wife if we have become "food snobs" because we've experienced so many wonderful restaurants with great food. He response to me was that there was once a time when we would have been satisfied with Shoney's food.
Basically, the food was decent, but not what we were expecting. Maybe I should blame LP instead.
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