I’ll just stick this here, since BERNADINE’S shares an address and ownership with Hunky Dory.
Went to lunch at Bernadine’s and was struck again at the lack of signage or identifying marks for Hunky Dory and now Bernadine’s. It could be a dentist office for all anyone is aware just driving by. I was thinking that big neon sign is on back order, but…
After walking down a short covered hall and through a patio and turning left, you are faced with the first sign of what this place is, “Bernadine’s” is scripted on the glass door.
The dining room is fairly small, with a full bar with bar stools to the right and seating to the left. The patrons this day were ladies who lunch and oil folk talking of drilling, or not drilling.
The facebook page had advertized a lunch special of their YaYa gumbo with rice and bread for $10 and it seemed like a gumbo day. The server had no knowledge of the special at all. I shared a bowl of the atypical gumbo (for the $12 menu price0 and an order of ranch dusted chicharrones for starter.
The gumbo was piping hot roux with andouille sausage and supposedly chicken, though it looked and tasted like slow roasted beef. No veggies. The chicharrones were novel and freshly “poppled” as they said.
I went with the Peacemaker Poboy which was stuffed with both shrimp and oysters, and served on really good french bread bearing a shattery crust and tender insides, it let the seafood shine while adding great texture. I tried to google where they get their bread, and came across an employment listing for bread baker at Bernadine’s, so I guess they make it in house! The Fried green tomato poboy held my interest also before I ordered the Peacemaker.
I asked for ketchup twice from two different servers and finally got it near the end of the meal. I also asked for sweetener for the tea three times, the second time getting two packets and the third time the sweetener holder. The service hopefully will improve over time.
The ice tea was $3, the wine list, while offering a few more reasonably priced bottles than Hunky Dory (but a GERMAN Rose? for $55? Vive la France) were still in the stratosphere. A sommlier was around. When I asked about the gumbo special the server wasn’t aware of, she did tell us the specials of the day, one of which was a pork terrine prepared in a work intensive way. That was ordered without further questions, and the bill reflected the surprising price of $34.
I will go back, probably to sit on that nice enclosed patio for a sazerac and bar menu items.