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Monday, July 14, 2014

Bite and Booze Radio Show: The Fountain Lounge at the Roosevelt

I had the pleasure of staying in the historic Roosevelt Hotel when the Bite and Booze Radio Show last hit New Orleans. More famously known for it's lobby that is frozen in time and the legendary Sazerac Bar, the Roosevelt is also the home to the Fountain Lounge. Chef Mark Majorie set us up with some of their Happy Hour bites and libations, which are only $6 on Tuesday-Sunday 4-6pm. This is a perfect bite to grab if you're in the neighborhood and there's free parking parking anytime you're dining in the Fountain Lounge! Take a listen to the show and check out the pictures of the food below:


A classic play of sweet and savory, these sweet potato bacon beignets hit the spot. The beignets themselves have a subtle sweetness and are like light puffy pillows. The crunch of the bacon adds a nice layer of textures and the pecan aioli ties everything together. There's no need for dessert when you can share this dish!

Sweet Potato Bacon Beignets over a Natchitoches Pecan Aioli
Sweet Potato Bacon Beignets over a Natchitoches Pecan Aioli

Brussels sprouts, radish, almonds, and more at the Fountain Lounge
Brussels sprouts, radish, almonds, and more at the Fountain Lounge

The beauty of The Fountain Lounge's summer Happy Hour is that you can stroll around the hot streets of New Orleans and pop in at the Fountain lounge and have a beverage as you do in New Orleans and also have a light and refreshing dish (for an affordable price). This tuna tartar was crisp and fresh with the perfect acidity and texture layers. The fermented red pepper paste brings the dish a little flare that rounds out the flavors. There are some seriously tasty dishes coming out of Chef Majorie's kitchen.

Ahi Tuna Charred and Tartar'd over a Fermented Red Pepper Paste with Pickled Ruston Peaches and Grilled Scallions
Ahi Tuna Charred and Tartar'd over a Fermented Red Pepper Paste with Pickled Ruston Peaches and Grilled Scallions

This dish is such a fun combination of flavors! I know it's weird to think of eating pork belly and fresh watermelon in the same bite, but think of it as the salt some sprinkle on their watermelon wedges in the summer. The saltiness of the tender pork belly really harmonizes with the fresh watermelon. I will definitely be back to have this dish again!

Star Anise Pork Belly with Fresh Watermelon, Local Radish, and Ponzu Dressing
Star Anise Pork Belly with Fresh Watermelon, Local Radish, and Ponzu Dressing