What a gem – right in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach. If the aroma of steamy Gumbo doesn’t beckon you in, then the hot sounds of New Orleans style blues certainly should! Once inside, the city just seems to pass you by. But you don’t mind, you just want to stay for a piece in the Bourbon Street styled bar and restaurant. The chairs are comfy, the tables intimate, and the friendly staff is attentive, yet not intrusive.
Housed in the Condor Club, Andrew has brought the taste of his home town of New Orleans to the city by the bay. Between the Gumbo, the Jambalaya, the Red Beans & Rice and the Bronzed Catfish, you’ll find yourself in sensory overload, Nawlins style. And if that doesn’t take you home, then give the Beans, Greens, and Ham Hocks a taste.
We went to listen to the music and have a drink and the Appetizer Sampler for two ($20.00). Moist, tender fried cat fish fillets, popcorn shrimp, lightly spiced shrimp remoulade, and peppery Andouille in sauce piquant, served on a bed of greens with a briny olive salad served on the side. Every bite was delicious and perfectly prepared. A profusion of great flavor and just the right amount of spice to suit the palates of the area.
Once the music started, the place started jumpin’. Patrons danced, Chick, the Sous Chef belted out “Have Some Fun Tonight” and I jangled the tambourine. Once Chick was back in the kitchen, Curtis and his washboard tambourine returned to the stage. After a few numbers, we worked up an appetite and ordered a bowl of the duck Gumbo. The spicy mahogany roux immediately hits your front palate, and then slowly finishes at the back palate. It is well balanced and tasty; peppered with succulent chunks of duck. The crunchy crostini decoration added a nice visual touch – and soaked up the savory broth. At only $8.00 a bowl, this dish makes your tummy and your wallet happy-happy!
I highly recommend this to anyone that wants it all – great food, great atmosphere, and great entertainment – all for a bargain price.