Last Call: The Cart Before the Course

If you don’t believe that life is a circle, just stick around long enough and see dated clothing styles come back into fashion. Inevitably you are going to wish you had held on to most of those clothes you discarded.

Along those lines, but not quite as stylish as padded shoulders, bell-bottoms and double-knit fabric, the cocktail cart was a standard fixture at most fine dining restaurants. These rolling serving conveniences allowed the preparer to make you a fine adult cocktail without ever leaving your sight or your table. Your specific instructions were followed to the “T” because you were eyewitness to the process of making your perfect martini.

That hallmark of elegant service is back at Dickie Brennan’s Steak House. Hendrick’s Gin has constructed the only tableside cocktail cart in America, at least for now. More carts are sure to follow.

The whole concept of crafting a great martini in front of you is the best approach to your drinking satisfaction and is better than just about any floor show. 


Black & Gold Martini

2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
½ oz. Lillet Blanc
½ oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
Garnish with two black Cerignola olives stuffed with Cajun caviar (and rolled in 24k edible gold if you want to be extra fancy.)

As served from the tableside cocktail cart at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, 716 Iberville St., 522-2467,


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