A DELIGHTFUL DAY AT THE GROVE:
SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH AT THE TOP OF
THE BAY BISTRO AND A BEAUTY CONTEST AT CHERRY’S
Text and photos by Jeannie
location is everything the Top of the Bay Bistro is in the right place as it is
the first thing you see as you get off the ferry or water taxi at the Cherry
A long narrow space with cozy dark wood
floors and the bar along one side, it is designed so that every table has a
window view of the Bay, and even a little deck to stand on, New Orleans style.
owner/waiter/whatever…….the hardest worker there.
Talented New Orleans chef, Ryan, who moved to Atlanta after Katrina.
bartender/waiter Darren, also from New Orleans
weather was as varied as the menu for the Bistro’s famous Sunday Jazz brunch: serene
to stormy. I and my two companions started with the house drink: Champagne
Sunset, a delightful concoction of champagne, X Rated Passion Liquor and Chambord
for color. We also sampled a Bloody Mary which was described as “a meal in
varied menu consists of seven choices. Attempting to keep it adventurous we decided to
pass on the French Toast with fresh berries although the
bread looked quite exotically sliced and beautifully garnished with berries in
copious amounts of syrup at a nearby table.
passed on a refreshing sounding Arugula salad with cantaloupe, feta cheese,
strawberries, balsamic vinegar & basil oil.
we decided that the Black Angus burger with Danish Bleu cheese and French fries
was too traditional but heard that the cheese was exceptional.
order something unique we considered the Linguini Pasta with shrimp, Andouille sausage & white wine cream sauce but opted
instead for the Seafood Gumbo which was served in a bowl with rice. The dark
sauce was robust and full bodied, enhanced with red pepper, shrimp, chicken
with a slight kick to it (not enough to make you tear but to be definitely
noticed) and was an excellent choice.
quite common we were interested to see how the traditional brunch favorite,
Eggs Benedict, was treated with its Creole Hollandaise. Prettily presented,
surrounded by browned diced potatoes, the bulls-eye poached egg, atop a
medallion of ham on a round English muffin slice, was tempting to the eye.
However the Creole element in the Hollandaise was difficult to detect and the
thickness of the bread overpowered the ham and egg atop it. It was nevertheless
delicious and satisfying, just not “different”.
unanimous favorite was the Shrimp and grits dish, surrounded by a mellow white
wine sauce flavored with sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms. It was smooth and
rich and immediately inspired the adjective “comfort food”. In this case the
only drawback was that the restaurant is not equipped to bake its own bread and
prefers not to serve commercially prepared bread so we had no way to soak up
the sauce except to lick the plate!!!
was not New Orleans jazz as anticipated but a sophisticated cool jazz combo.
This day the drummer and keyboard player could not come and were replaced by a
guitarist which seemed absolutely appropriate to the delightfully intimate,
airy ambience making the entire experience relaxing, charming and memorable .
A glance at
the dinner menu which featured spinach and artichoke dip, filet fondue with
blue cheese dressing, pork medallions, grilled shrimp, Sicialian chicken breast, yellow fin tuna and pasta bistro made a return visit
Open 6 nights a week for dinner and
drinks and for lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 631 597
6028 for reservations
WHO WILL WEAR THE CROWN AS MISS CHERRY’s?
judges: Charity (Miss Fire Island ’68), Donna Pirhana (Homecoming Queen ’04), Aurora Stone (Miss Cherry’s ’06), Amanda Judy (Cherry
Grove virgin)& Jerry Marks, Joanne Talbot, Pres. CG Doctor’s Fund, Diane
Romano, new President of CG Property Assn, & Anthony were instructed in
“what is tasteful and what is not” by EmCee Dusty
“contestants must eat as much friend food from the bar as
possible, sleep with a bartender of their choice, and go to lesbian events with
Donnie and Jackie”.
quite dressed yet…….
That’s better! Vote for a ME…
dress like this “Mambo Italiano”…and throw in a
sings…………”I am what I Am”..
in a cloud of amoke
look at me now!
AND THE WINNERS ARE…………..
ISS CHERRY’S RENEE FLAMING!!!
MISS CHERRY LANE MADISON MANSFIELD
AUDIENCE FAVORITE HEAVEN
HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME…….COME BACK SOON!