Saturday, July 3, 2010
Averting a breakdown at the Crescent Pie & Sausage Company
So in an effort to avoid a complete loss of self-control, John kindly agreed to treat me to dinner at Crescent Pie & Sausage located at 4400 Banks Street. This is my 41st cheat, that is if you count my time in California as only one big cheat (a cheat vacation?) and miraculously, I am only two pounds heavier than my 39th cheat at Cafe Rani, putting me at a grand total loss of 58 pounds.
We were only the second party in the restaurant when we arrived, but during the course of our meal, people filled in the small space rather quickly and there easily could have been more customers outside. Our server kindly took our order and immediately brought our drinks, John got a NOLA Blonde and I chose Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan. Both were delicious and a perfect start to our sausage feast.
Our appetizer came out at the same time as our entrees, but a Duck Confit Meat Pie doesn't come across my table everyday and I couldn't help breaking it apart almost immediately. The duck was moist and the crust was dense and crispy, it makes my mouth water writing about it. A sweet tomato chutney served alongside the pie was so tasty that John and I ate the rest after the pie was gone. I guess we were supposed to put the chutney on the pie? Ha! Either way, it was delicious.
boudin and a thickly sliced link of house made andouille sausage. Did I mention it was house made?
All kidding aside, they were fantastic and it was heartily evident that Breaux Bridge born Bart Bell (say that three times fast) was the culprit behind the luscious links. I especially enjoyed the boudin, but all of them were so good, I had no difficulty devouring everything on the plate...well, what I managed to eat before John started in on it. Don't think I didn't wrestle a hunk of his Sausage Burger (*cough house made) and a few of his dill potato chips...that were...well...made in house.
I took it as a sign when our server literally gushed about (...say it with me) house made Donut Bread Pudding with white and dark chocolate sauce. Strangely enough, when the dessert arrived it almost looked like a bubbling slice of cheesy lasagna, but it most definitely didn't taste that way. It was awesome! Gobs of dark and white chocolate, doughnuts, cinnamon, butter...I had died and gone to fat-girl heaven. Although I still ended up in a semi-food coma, I was coherent enough and able to keep my dignity intact
When I came home later that night, I saw Crescent Pie & Sausage on Facebook offering "Free Sausage Thursday" where they give you a free link of sausage for every $25 you spend. You guys owe me two links! Don't worry gentleman...I will most definitely be back. By the way, I've been looking for another breakfast spot and Huevos, which is right next door to Crescent Pie & Sausage, has been in my sights for some time now. Can I trade the sausages for a Blue Jay Special?
Written by Kim Ranjbar