BIRTHDAY LUNCH: 03.05.12 @ 11:45 AM
Boxing Room is New Orleans in San Francisco.
For a mere lunch hour, Heather and I found ourselves dining on New Orleans' signature dishes without having to pay an airfare or deal with luggage hassles.
I have been to New Orleans just few months prior to Katrina on a week-long food adventure. I have found Boxing Room's classics to be on par with what I had feasted on the touristy Bourbon Street and beyond.
Boxing Room is housed in the former original Citizen Cake but transformed into a lovely breath-taking bright space. Floor to ceiling wall blackboard menu and high ceilings with exposed beams. The dining room was airy and spacious. It was elegant yet rustic at the same time with plenty of leather-seated wood chairs, counter seatings and booths.
SERVICE:It was obvious that staff was trained to focus on professionalism and efficiency. Service was friendly but a little too rehearsed.
As soon as we sat down we were given the complimentary complimentary BUTTERY FLATBREAD and DIP. Our main entrees came soon after that we did not get to really indulge in the flatbread and dip.
Our eyes got big when the mouthwatering Po Boys were placed in front of us.
Ginormous mouthwatering OYSTER PO BOY $18 for Heather with plump cornmeal battered fried oyster in soft roll and more oysters on the plate for munching and popping in your mouth.
Ginormous SHRIMP PO BOY $15 for me, just like the Oyster Po Boy, plump prawns were piled high. Both were delicious!
Both Po-Boys came with yummy savory-sweet light HUSHPUPPIES (included).
For dessert, we had the BEIGNETS W/ MAPLE CHOCOLATE SAUCE $7. An order comes with just 3 beignets but an extra beignet was thrown-in for free so Heather and I could have 2 each. Nice gesture! They were the fluffiest cloud-like beignets I have had so far in the Bay Area but they were unlike the ones I had at New Orlean's famed Cafe Du Monde. Cafe Du Monde's beignets are the best beignets that I have ever had and will have to compare every beignet thereafter to the ones I had at CDM. Boxing Room's beignets were airy, light and fluffy like CDM's but they did not come with the 3 inch thick powdered sugar in the bowl which is Cafe Du Monde's trademark.
CHECK: $45 before tip (with plenty of leftovers)
* Portions are humungous. I recommend the share the po boys if you cannot finish one by yourself. Heather and I ate only half of our sandwiches each. The leftover got soggy right away. The Po Boys are lighter than the ones I have had even in New Orleans.
* Everything was good! Will definitely be back for date night!
Thanks, Heather, for the super-lovely and delicious lunch, beautiful company as always and pretty presents!And for being transformed to New Orleans for an hour of friendship in San Francisco. This Happy Birthday Girl truly felt special! X0X0