Disclosure :: this post is sponsored by Saint Street Inn. All opinions included are our own.
Holiday Team Dinner at The Saint Street Inn :: A Delicious Evening of Merriment and Fun
In a breezeway framed delicately with strung lights, the Lafayette Moms Blog Team of contributors was treated to an evening of amazing food, outstanding service, and lots of holiday cheer with our host, The Saint Street Inn. On a cool, December evening, the breezeway was the perfect spot to make us feel like we happened upon a quaint European café. Other patrons were enjoying the porch scene which is smartly closed in with heat lamps for the cold winter months. If you want to feel as though you have left the city of Lafayette for a moment, then Saint Street Inn can give you just that with its charming and inviting atmosphere!
We were seated at an elegant, long white table-clothed table, and the wine began to flow. While appetizers began to roll out, we were treated like royalty with owner Nathan Stubbs pouring wine and checking on our every need. Beautiful boards of the house charcuterie graced our table in addition to ricotta toast, fried brussels and pork belly, roasted garlic and pine nut hummus, and scotch eggs. In particular, the fried brussels were a crowd favorite, and I became a fan girl over the roasted garlic and pine nut hummus which was delicately topped with quinoa.
Upon receiving our entrees, there were quite of bit of “Ohs and Ahs” because the plating of food was magazine photo worthy.
I chose the seared scallops as my entrée of choice and was delighted with my selection. The scallops were cooked to perfection and plated over a bed of greens, melted leeks, shaved radish, pickled onions, and crispy pancetta (a delicious bacon, in essence, for those skeptics out there). The other team members were extremely pleased with their choices including steak frites, lemon thyme roasted chicken, and a vegetarian dish of mushroom & carrot lentils, cauliflower couscous, local greens, goat cheese and white balsamic gastrique. A few Lafayette Moms Blog team members have strict diets and the vegetarian dish not only fit their dietary needs and restrictions, but was met with raving affirmation of its combination of flavor and textures! In addition, we had our two co-owners in attendance from New Orleans who rightly are very particular with their restaurant picks. Our New Orleans natives’ reviews, however, consisted only of positive praise and promises that they would return when visiting Lafayette.
I also had the occasion to visit the bar inside their building. They have a unique drink menu with signature cocktails such as a citrus old fashioned and the rye thyme – which you will have to try for yourself because I stuck with a traditional dirty vodka martini, extra dirty! They also have kombucha on the menu which is a rare find for Lafayette. If you are a lover of cocktails with fresh juices, herbs, and ingredients, however, you should check out the bar or order with your meal as it’s just as exceptional and impressive as the food.
As our dinner came to a close, we were greeted with a visit from owner Nathan Stubbs and Chef Jared Harner.
We learned that the goal of their menu is to gather ingredients from local Acadiana farmers and companies to be a true farm to table concept. The produce is very fresh and the seafood is Gulf caught. The menu changes seasonally to feature what’s available from local farmers and vendors each week. The unique preparation and combination of flavors is enhanced by the local color and produce Chef Harner uses in each dish.
We were more than delighted guests at this quaint and lovely restaurant and were thrilled to celebrate our team members with the best dining around. I am dreaming about my next date night here, and I simply cannot wait to return. Although, I have heard Sunday brunch with live entertainment on the porch is just as lively and delicious!