Last week, Brit and I went to 2 John's for our anniversary dinner. We had never been before, but have heard a lot of good things.
I started with a glass of Macallan 18 and a couple of appetizers to split: Shrimp and Grits with Tasso and crab cakes. Both were very good, but the shrimp and grits win. Now I'm a little partial to them to begin with, but the big gulf shrimp had been grilled over an open flame so there were lots of smokiness. The grits had cheese and tasso ham mixed in, and then had some type of cream/butter mixture poured over the top of it all. Super rich...and delicious.
Next I had the shrimp bisque. It was good, and not overly rich. A lot of the time, restaurants add a ton of heavy cream or half and half to give the bisque the right texture and enhance flavor (everything tastes better given enough cream), but they didn't over do this one.
For the main course, Britney had a peppercorn crusted filet, with a cognac, peppercorn beurre blanc. Now I'm not typically a fan of sauce on my steak, but this was amazing. I would have a hard time not ordering it the next time I go in.
I had the special, roasted pork tenderloin, stuffed with cream cheese and boudin. Ridiculous! When it first came out, it was already sliced and presented on my plate. It had been cooked mid-rare which was a surprise to me, because momma always said to cook pork to medium for risk of parasites. But...I took one bite and realized there was no way I could send it back to the kitchen. It was great. Again, a lot of smoky flavor coming from the grill, and the meat was so tender. Chef knew what he was doing.
I was stuffed and slightly ill feeling from all the rich food, but Brit ordered a bread pudding. I had only one bite, but it may have been the best I've ever had in my life. It was covered with a Jack Daniel's sauce, and had plenty of pecans and walnuts on top. Perfect consistency (not too mushy, not too dry).
We will definitely be going again soon.