Danton's Blues Brunch is our new favorite Sunday entertainment. The music is wonderful—and so are the brunch dishes.
My wife ordered the Eggs Benedict Danton, two toasted English muffin halves, each topped with a slice of Cajun tasso ham and a poached egg smothered in Hollandaise sauce surrounded by a half dozen fried oysters. I got the Eggs Benedict Boudin, English muffin halves topped with a flattened fried boudin ball, a poached egg and Hollandaise. She slid one of the Benedict Danton eggs onto my plate and slid one of my boudin Benedict halves onto hers.
Which one tasted better? It's a difficult choice. The Boudin Benedict was more satisfying, its hard to beat a fried boudin ball (or patty in this case) if you're really hungry. The egg yolk and Hollandaise made the boudin even richer. The tasso on the Eggs Benedict Danton was spicy, but overall, the dish was lighter and milder. But mopping up the egg yolk and leftover sauce with fried oysters put this brunch dish over the top.
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We also sampled the Eggs Florentine featuring two English muffin halves topped with creamed spinach and poached eggs. It was far more delicate than the other two, something you might order if you were averse to spice and didn't like oysters. I skipped the bizarre Bloody Mary made with strained gumbo stock instead of tomato juice, though our own Katharine Shilcutt swears by it.
I have attended a lot of gospel brunches in my time, but this was the first blues brunch I can remember. I never noticed the full size stage at the far end of Danton's dining room before, but I was impressed by what a great live music venue it makes. As a lifelong blues fan, I was delighted to listen to Milton Hopkins and friends tear up some old classics. When I took my kids to a table near the bandstand to get a closer look, a band member handed them a tambourine and a pair of rythm sticks so they could play along. The song was that children's classic, Dirty Old Woman Blues.
Needless to say, the kids want to go back to Danton's for brunch this weekend.