Rendon Inn

Friday night I wasn’t in such a hurry to go home, especially after hanging out “volunteering” since 7 am, so I enlisted some friends to go eat dinner and have a drink. They suggested a little place over off Earhart, and, being one to try anything once, I said yes.

I have to say, though, Rendon Inn wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but just not … great. The appetizers were tasty. Definitely tasty. The sauces were good, too … spicy and horseradishy. But the chicken sammich, which they purport to have the best of (hence, its name — The Best Chicken Sammich Ever!) … not so much. And here’s where the comparisons come in for me. The best grilled chicken sammich out there? Winston’s Pub and Patio — hands down. The best fried chicken sammich out there? Phil’s Grill in Metairie — no contest. Period. So, being a chicken sammich lover, I said, hey, why not? I’m sad to say … I was totally disappointed. I’ll go back, of course, but I just won’t get this.

Rendon Inn -- Alleged Best Chicken Sammich Ever + Spread
Rendon Inn -- "Fried Hogs Balls" and "Shrimp, Crab and Sausage Wontons"

I started off with a NOLA Brewing Flambeau Red Ale. Now that … that was TASTY! ๐Ÿ™‚

NOLA Brewing Flambeau Red Ale

Then, came the appetizers (above) … and then my chicken sammich. The sammich was on La Boulangerie‘s Ciabatta bread. The bread was great, certainly. It was the rest of the sammich that I was not so fond of — soggy panko encrusted chicken breast, wilted alleged romaine, a squishy too-ripe tomato, not enough feta and a Caesar dressing that was much to be desired. Now, I like these in and of themselves (without the modifiers, of course, but fresh and crisp), but this was just too much all at once. I expected the sammich to have more of a kick (trust me, there will be more on Phil’s Grill!) but alas …

I struggled for two days about writing the not-so-good-things about Rendon Inn. I even enlisted the advice of another avid blogger and friend whom I trust in the expression of thoughts. What I took from her advice was this: tell how you felt, be constructive and it will speak for itself. I don’t want this to be a blog about all the great things out there with no constructive criticism at all, or even without a “negative” experience, so here it is. A not so great meal, though fun and enjoyable with the right company.

It is all about the company anyway, right?

~ nolafoodie