I’ve been sampling some of the new menu items at Bistro Alex in the Hotel Sorella at City Centre, and that means first and foremost sampling some of the new bar foods in the just-opened Bistro Bar. If you’re tired of some of the stuff that passes for bar food around town, check out the shrimp and tasso “pinchos” pictured above. Cajun Meets Puerto Rican on these lovely skewers, thanks to executive chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez – who hails from the Caribbean island, country, state or whatever, but honed his craft during 10 years with the Brennan family in New Orleans.
All the same, there’s nothing Puerto Rican (except the rum, of course) about Bistro Alex’s wild spin on a true Brennan family classic. They’ve been flaming bananas Foster in rum at Brennan’s in the French Quarter and Commander’s Palace in the Garden District something like forever. But never before, to my knowledge, has anybody dreamed up bananas Foster with waffles. An idea whose time has come? We devour, you decide!