Boudin Balls at The Chimes
Two Dozen Raw Oysters at The Chimes
After a few minutes of feasting on the fried boudin and raw oyster delicacies, we were joined by James Lawson, Brian Thom, and my brother, Eric Ducote. James ordered a double Talisker on the rocks which is one hell of a Scotch Whisky. Order one whenever you feel like going top-shelf and you'll see quickly why we call it the "Marksalot". Talisker is distilled on the Isle of Skye and is a single malt whisky with a strong peat content and a very unique, spicy taste and smell.
With appetizers and drinks in our belly, the seven of us set our eyes on some main courses. It is pretty hard to go wrong at The Chimes, and there were some pretty good off-the-menu tweaks to popular dishes, which is common with our group. I went with one of my favorite sandwiches of all time, that way I could write about it here! My order: The Chimes Club, fried, on a croissant, no mayo, with a side of alligator sauce, and an order of hushpuppies. The only thing I did wrong was forget to say "no pickles!"
The Chimes Club, Fried, on a Croissant with Alligator Sauce and an Order of Hushpuppies
This sandwich truthfully is one of my all-time favorites, but not many people have ever enjoyed it. The normal Chimes Club comes with a grilled chicken breast on whole wheat bread and regular old mayo. Getting the chicken fried, the croissant added, and the alligator sauce in exchange for the mayo... MONEY! The warm, buttery croissant melts in your mouth as it fills with the juicy, tender chicken breast that is topped with succulent ham and crispy bacon. What a feast! The hushpuppies are one of my favorite side items at The Chimes. They make one of the best hushpuppies that I've ever had so when I'm there I like to get an order. They are beautifully fried balls of corn meal and spices that make your mouth water with excitement and anticipation while you slice them open to spread some butter on the inside or just dunk them one at a time into the butter to get a nice coat of cream on the outside.
This Chimes reunion was short and surprisingly sober. I guess we are all getting older now with jobs to worry about and such. No worries though. It was still as great time with fantastic friends, plentiful drinks, and delicious food. I'll be back many, many more times and continue to have a smile on my face every time.