Gentilly is bringing NOLA flair to Carmine Street which is a nice change to the neighborhood since it has long been home to Italian and Mediterranean food. If you've never been to NOLA you are in for a treat. If you have been to NOLA you are still very much in for a treat. As you walk through the door into Gentllly, you'll notice the French windows, the iron wrought work on the ceiling and an unusually spacious seating area, all of which are typical of NOLA architecture. As I sat down at my booth and looked through the list of Sazeracs, Hurricanes and twists on traditional NOLA drinks, I crossed my fingers and hoped that they would serve doughy beignets. Not only did I get doughy beignets but I scored a ridiculous happy hour deal. Between the hours of 5-7pm, Gentilly serves $1 crawfish and corn beignets, oysters with the works and shrimp in old bay seasoning. There is also discounted prices on select wines, draft beer and well cocktails. Gentilly transported me back to NOLA, the French 75s, crawfish and the beignets which I am still dreaming about.
Spicy crawfish & corn beignets- I can't stop thinking about these beignets. The crawfish and corn stuffing was creamy, soft and spicy. The beignet was fried just enough so that it maintained the outside crispiness without making it too dry.
Beignets- Dare I say that I liked these better than the infamous Cafe Du Monde beignets? The beignets were doughy, dipped in caramel sauce and topped with powdered sugar. I enjoyed the fact that they were not overbearingly sweet which allowed me to eat them all!
Key Lime Pie- This key lime pie will give your grandmother a run for her money. The crust was soft and flaky while the key lime had the perfect consistency (almost like a mousse) with a tangy punch. I generally do not like pies but I could not stop eating this.