April 10th, 2011. Sunday Brunch at Bar Americain
Following a tearful reunion (well, tearful on my part) the night before with Daddy we met up in the city for some church at Times Square Church and then headed over to grab some brunch at Bar Americain, Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay’s restaurant in Times Square.
The restaurant is by no means flashy or particularly modern. It’s almost like a hotel restaurant. Throwback banquet style hall with warm colors. We made ourselves right at home and started looking over the menu.
Absolutely loved the bread basket! So much variety….and there was even corn bread!! I also appreciated that it came with both butter and jam 😀
Appetizer: Boston Lettuce, Bacon, Poached Egg, Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dressing. Ugh, I was so in love with how the poached egg just oozed out this nice buttery yolk to bind the super tender and buttery lettuce with the bacon and egg whites. And that absolute perfect salty, creamy, pungent dressing….great way to open the meal!
Dad and I think alike – we both ended up wanting the Smoked Chicken Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Biscuit Crust. But of course, I wanted variety, so I let Daddy have it. I love pot pie for the wonderful harmony of vegetables and chicken in a hearty cream and of course the flakey delicious crust! The idea of a sweet potato crust was just too lovely! However, this dish did not live up to expectations. The veggies were not cooked enough to properly harmonize together, there was a a surprising lack of flavor and I didn’t like the crust. It really was just “meh”.
I ended up being quite happy with my choice of Shrimp & Grits with Bacon, Scallions and Garlic. The shrimp were perfectly cooked still retaining that slight, fresh “crunch”, the grits were perfectly seasoned and creamy and seriously, how can you go wrong with bacon? The salty savory-ness of it tied everything together for a really delicious mouthful! Yum!
In retrospect I wish I’d ordered something more representative of Chef Flay and his big bold flavors and signature ingredients, but I still think we had a pretty satisfying meal and shared a nice relaxed time at the restaurant. The service was kind and not rushed, the atmosphere was busy but relaxed and everything was nice and clean 🙂