For a chain of restaurants, I think Lombardi’s places are pretty good. Now that we’ve been to Toulouse, I think Cibus in the only one left that we haven’t visited. Hubbard started with a screwdriver, but didn’t like it. The juice didn’t taste good to him. So, he switched to the house Chardonnay. It was fine.
For appetizers, I had mussels and he had the frog legs. I was hesitant about the frog legs, but they were delicious. Very juicy and fresh tasting, not the least bit overcooked. The mussels were clearly large and perfectly prepared. They have several styles of mussels to choose from. I had the Mariniere, a traditional preparation that I make at home. Wine, garlic, butter and shallots.
We both had the Croque Madame. This was nothing to write home about. The sandwich is basically a grilled cheese with ham and Swiss. This one was pretty greasy and didn’t have enough ham or cheese. The egg is supposed to be over easy. It wasn’t. And there was supposed to be Mornay sauce involved in some way. I never could find it. What was really good were the pomme frites. Those were delicious. The texture was perfect. Nice and crispy. I love a skinny fry.
The appetizers were very good. Maybe next time I’ll get the entree portion of mussels.
Now, if they just had a brunch drink special, I might be more excited about going back.