OUT AND ABOUT
Nevie Beach Club
L’Auberge du Lac
777 Avenue L’Auberge
12PM to 12AM Thursday - Saturday $4 - $30
This venue is basically the porch of Jack Daniels Grill. It resides partially under an overhang with the rest in the open air. Massive wood chairs and tables (those in the sun sport umbrellas) sit on a textured concrete floor. There is a bar and surprisingly two tester beds with curtains to close them off. Third time around I did get a drink menu. By that visit the flimsy to go cups that everything comes in had put me off my feed. I understand the need not to have glass in this area but for pity’s sake invest in some nice acrylic ware.
On my three visits I ate two appetizers, one salad, one sandwich and an entree. The two appetizers were anything but appetizing. The Shrimp Cocktail (in a martini glass made of glass) constituted 6 overcooked jumbo shrimp tough as rubber. The Roasted Red Pepper Dip turned out to be different from the one I had at Jack Daniels. It consisted of sour cream base with chunk of pepper and way too much cilantro for my tastes. However my Tropical Salad proved delicious. Spring mix with extra baby spinach tossed with diced cucumber, tomatoes, and carrot with mandarin orange segments. The nice citrus vinaigrette provided a bit sweet-tartness that went well with it. I got it with a shrimp skewer (4 grilled jumbo shrimp) which came out perfectly cooked and tasty.
The Crab BLT turned out to be the best thing I ate here. An open-faced sandwich starting with a brioche bun with sauteed spinach, roasted tomatoes, and bacon topped by a fried soft-shell crab with remoulade drizzle. Perfectly fried that made for a nice flavor combo while being tasty. They prepare the Nevie Catch of the Day (mahi-mahi that day) one of three ways. I chose Blue corn crusted with pico shrimp lemon butter. I expected fried and what I received was a shallow poached fillet with crumbled blue corn chips on top sitting on saffron rice surrounded by a creamy tart sauce containing diced tomatoes and small shrimp. The appearance to say the least was a bit off putting but once I dove in the flavor was OK. Also on my last visit rosemary focaccia appeared with butter.
This was my least favorite place here although the eye candy was pleasant to look at in their orange bikinis. As a member of a group just lounging the afternoon away I might reconsider
This is the ice cream venue by the far end of Le Cafe. If you can find it open it offers Blue Bell ice cream in the tub. They also make shakes, malts and floats. My one experience I ate Red-Hots Vanilla, which I thoroughly enjoyed
The coffee shop is in the lobby. It offers numerous coffees, tea and chai drinks along with pastries and pre packaged sandwiches. I tasted scones, croissants, and pain au chocolat washed down with chai, caffe au lait and caramel macchiato. All in all not too bad
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Arthur "The Bear" Hebert
Omnivorus and Loving It