Port of Call Monday, Jun 21 2010 

Wow! All I can say is Wow! I’d forgotten that a cheese burger could be so good. That being said Port of Call, located on Esplanade Avenue between Bourbon and Dauphine, is a dining experience and you need to allow several hours of time. Why? Because you will wait . . . and wait . . . and wait for every single aspect of this meal.

Unless you arrive when they open at 11am you will wait for a table! Sometimes the wait is short and sometimes its over an hour! We waited about 40 minutes for a table on our most recent lunch visit. It was a Saturday, but it was about 3:30 pm–sort of in between lunch and dinner–we thought it might not be too bad. Incorrect! The place was still jam packed and waiting outside was not so pleasant because it was about 90 degrees and 90 % humidity. It did start raining at one point during our adventure.

After we were seated we waited about 15 more minutes for our server to come over for our order–we still had drinks from our wait at the bar. Then we settled in to wait for our food. We waited quite awhile–of course we did–if the restaurant is busy, the kitchen is busy! It was worth the wait.

The menu at Port of Call is pretty limited: steak or burger, both of which come with a baked potato that you can have loaded any way you like. Potato options include butter, chives, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and mushrooms. Burgers are with cheese or mushrooms. Adding toppings adds a few dollars to the cost of your meal, but what is a baked potato without sour cream?

I ordered my burger with cheddar cheese and medium rare. My potato came out with everything but mushrooms! Everything was perfect. The only bone I have to pick with the food at Port of Call is that they need to use a sturdier bun! The burger bun starts to fall apart about 1/2 way through the juicy goodness and by the time you are down to the last bite or two you are actually holding the burger! Burgers, btw come dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. Mayo, ketchup, yellow mustard, spicy brown mustard, and bbq sauce are on the table if you need to add them. (This burger is so good you might not need to!)

After we finished our meal we went back to the waiting game, waiting for the waiter to bring the bill, grab the cards, run them and bring them back. That was probably another 15 minutes. Still worth it . . . and I have zero patience for slow service–none, except in the face of a supremely good cheeseburger. For that . . . I’ll wait–you can even have my first born!

Coming up tomorrow: Johnny’s Po Boys!

Port of Call Saturday, Jun 19 2010 

I’m back! After a brief computer free month I am back online and will be back with a review of Port of Call tomorrow!