I usually steer away from the thought of going to a snooty, members-only establishment, a.k.a. a country club. But The Country Club in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans is different. Not only is the food fantastic, but The Country Club is accepting of everyone.
From a center hall to a boarding home for travelers and from a taxi dispatch office to a gay bar, The Country Club is now a restaurant and pool open to the public.
The restaurant serves a delicious brunch consisting of sandwiches, salads and Southern brunch classics. I ordered a grilled cheese with a fried egg – it was not your ordinary grilled cheese. It was loaded with cheddar and gruyere cheeses and topped with hollandaise sauce. The tater tots were also extra crunchy. This meal left me feeling full for the rest of the day!
One of my friends ordered the crab cake Benedict, which I had to try because it sounded too good to pass up. The crab cakes were crunchy on the outside and full of real crab meat on the inside.
Another friend ordered the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, which looked delicious. I was so full from my huge grilled cheese that I couldn’t eat anything else but I would try the chicken and waffles next time I go.
An added bonus is that you get 50 percent off the fee to the clothing-optional pool when you dine at The Country Club.