Mr. John’s Steakhouse
Our local “guide” food review series continues with another great restaurant, Mr. John’s Steakhouse on St. Charles Avenue. It has enjoyed a reputation for years for what food critic Tom Fitzmorris calls, “The best steakhouse in the city!” Now that might be debatable by those who frequent steakhouses regularly! I just know that I love the Petite Filet, which I’ve had only once. Deelicious!
So, when I was invited to eat lunch there, I was excited about the prospect of another Petit Filet. However, I did a complete about-face and ordered the grilled Mahi Mahi. I surprised even myself! The one other time I had eaten there, someone at the table next to us had the fish and I was slightly jealous.
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My lunch companion chose the Petite Filet, which he said was very good (I had no doubt!). He had also tried the French onion soup, which was on the bland side. Seasoned perfectly, my Mahi Mahi had lumps of beautiful white crab meat atop a bed of julienne vegetables. I also got the Mac and Cheese side dish which is absolutely cheesy, rich, and perfect!
The atmosphere in Mr. John’s is pleasant, businesslike, but very comfortable. The staff couldn’t be more attentive – from the time you walk in the front door, until you walk out! One of the “perks” provided each customer is a complimentary meatball appetizer, served with garlic bread. It is an excellent meatball, and rivals my own (Sicilian) version.
Mr. John’s is known for their aged steaks, seasoned only with a little salt and pepper, as they feel it needs nothing else. Six different cuts are on the menu, from the Petite Filet to a Porterhouse for two. There is a variety of other entrees and sides as well.
And I almost forgot – for dessert I had the gigantic brownie and ice cream, covered with a hot fudge sauce, which is really enough for more than two!
Mr. John’s is only open for dinner, except for Friday lunch, and closed on Monday. Valet parking is available. Unfortunately, the prices at lunch are the same as on the dinner menu. It is an expensive experience, and, probably for most of us, an occasional (special) experience!
Location, Location, Location
The restaurant is located at 2111 St. Charles Avenue, right across the side street from the Pontchartrain Hotel. Desi Vega, Rodney Salvaggio, and Paul Varisco invite you to join them there (per website), as well as at their new restaurant, Desi Vega’s Steakhouse at 628 St. Charles Avenue, in the old Mike’s on the Avenue venue.
Stay tuned for more of our local “Guide” food reviews coming soon!
DISCLAIMER: We are not epicureans, we are not paid for reviews, we are not affiliated with our review subjects and we are definitely not critics by trade. We are local tour guides sharing our honest opinions.
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