Sylvain (#224, 8/22/2012)
One of the great things about New Orleans is that you can go to 210 restaurants and then hit your 213th and it’s sensational and you wonder how you haven’t been yet. Sylvain is a cool, semi-hole-in-the-wall place right near Jackson Square. It has a small, unlit sign and you slip up an alley to enter through the back. The place is rather dark and a little loud, but I enjoyed the atmosphere. And then the food was great, well, one item was amazing – beef cheeks. I don’t even know what that means and I’m afraid to know. If it is actually cheeks, I think they should call it something else, but no matter what it is, it’s incredibly tender beef awesomeness. I also had a mahi-mahi special which was very good, but not like the beef cheeks. The pork shoulder is another specialty, but I didn’t try it, this time around. I also tried the fried eggplant as an appetizer and that was very good as well. Go eat beef cheeks!