Sunday, October 02, 2011

Brasserie Montmarte

626 SW Park
Happy Hour: 2 - 6 PM, Monday through Sunday
Late Night Happy Hour: 10 PM - Midnight, Monday through Saturday

This is the kind of happy hour that I LOVE to write about. The service was exceptional, the atmosphere totally classy, and the food met my standards and then some. Plus, they've got $4 wine for four very happy hours every afternoon. And if one glass isn't enough, the carafe is only eleven bucks.

I arrived first and found us a place at the bar. It was wide open but we needed the space. You see, it was a department meeting. Almost. My favorite math buddy and I had some work to do...and when you have so much work to do that it requires meeting on a weekend, you HAVE to make the most of it. So we met over mimosas. (I suppose I was the only one with the mimosa...but it was Sunday afternoon and a mimosa felt right.)

My mimosa was officially on the brunch menu (which ended earlier in the day) but was offered to us by our lovely server (otherwise known as the bartender). She made a lot of great recommendations that day and even helped me to do a little party planning for the upcoming holiday. (No, not Christmas. My grandma is turning 90!) As the only bartender, she was BUSY...but didn't overlook us in the least.

Sharing space at the table with my mimosa was a glass of the discounted white wine. I'm beginning to appreciate white wine more and more these days and the price was oh-so-tempting...but the mimosa made me smile. And that's a big part of what makes happy hour so happy.

Macaroni and cheese also makes me smile...especially when it is done right. I order it so often that I feel as though I could become an expert. I suppose a lot of it has to do with my own personal preference...but I'm sure most people would agree that this mac and cheese is pretty high on the list. Not the highest, of course (I have my absolute favorite) but still quite high.

To accompany my mac and cheese, I tried their butter lettuce salad. I can't quite say what type of a dressing coated the leaves, but I do know that the quantity was just right. (I am not a fan of soggy salads.) And it was topped with yummy blue cheese crumbles. The alternative to my butter lettuce salad was a plate of mixed greens. It, too, was quite tempting and looked especially tasty with all of those sliced strawberries. (I'm not sure if that's a seasonal addition or don't get too disappointed if you find yours without.)

The most interesting item at the table had to have been the Croque Madame. (It also came with the fanciest of names.) It was a pork belly sandwich made with Brioche, covered with a Mornay sauce and topped with a fried egg. Interesting, but well liked. If only it wasn't made with meat. Maybe next time I'll make a special request.

Although we were able to enjoy the discounted prices of both food and drinks, all of these treats are available in Le Bistro whenever the establishment is open. The prices go up a bit but the flavors and quality are still the same.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Exceeds
Ambiance: Exceeds
Value: Meets


Brasserie Montmartre