There is no need to probe the menu before booking a reservation at Saint John’s. Just prepare your pallets to be wowed by spectacular combinations of New Orleans cuisine. When it comes to eating out, every New Orleanian knows that there are some dishes you only eat at home. Some of those are the same dishes we fell in love with at Saint John’s during their ‘Bounce Brunch.’
Saint John’s is owned by New Orleans Native, Chef Eric Cook who is a United States Marine Corps Veteran. Chef Eric Cook’s career spans widely across New Orleans – mentored by Chef Mike Roussel at Brennan’s, Sous Chef at Commander’s Palace. Chef Eric Cook served as Research and Development Consultant for several national restaurants and Executive Chef for National WWII Museum’s American Sector and NOSH.
The atmosphere at Saint John’s is clean and crisp. Sitting in Downtown New Orleans just steps away from the French Market. Saint John’s is adorned with bright up-lighting, a vibrant bar and balcony seating overlooking some of the busiest NOLA streets. I was expecting the Bounce Brunch to be more interactive but instead of the day party feels I assumed, the music played from the ceiling. However, it was more than enough to keep the you wiggling in your seats. Every dish that came to our table was delicious but here are our favorites:
Oysters Saint John
Oysters Saint John is one dish that provides you with oysters cooked 3 ways. Fried oysters poached in a perfectly seasoned oyster sauce. My favorites part of this dish is the oyster dressing that sits in a topless biscuit. Yes, it’s provocative.
Smothered Turkey Necks
I was a little nervous about ordering this dish in a restaurant but our waiter insisted. When the turkey necks hit the table, the consistency of the gravy concerned me. I thought it was a little too thick but when I bit in, I quickly changed my mind. The meat could have been more tender but it was good and I would order it again.
French for French toast! If you’ve never had your french toast made with French bread, can you truly say you’ve eaten french toast? This quickly became my favorite take on french toast. The bread was really soft and dipped in a Brandy milk punch custard before cooking.
I can’t remember why I ate the Stone-Grits, but I did and they were delicious.
You can reserve your seat at Saint John’s Bounce Brunch on Friday and Saturday mornings here. Tell them we sent you.
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Cover Photography Credit: Saint John’s