New Restaurant in Town

You have probably heard of it. The Country Club sits in the heart of the Bywater at 634 Louisa St. What you have not heard is they have opened a restaurant. The Country Club has long been held as a primarily gay establishment but with the addition of their new restaurant they are hoping to welcome patrons from, both sides of the fence, shall we say.

The Country Club is located in a beautiful old plantation home with high ceilings and dark wood floors. In the back is a garden that is bigger than you would expect housing a heated pool, hot tub, poolside bar and plenty of room to work on your tan or just relax with a great book. The Country Club is an adult only club (all of the outdoor areas are clothing optional) and a membership fee is required for full use of the premises. The membership fee is $300 per year which is worth it for use of the pool alone.

Set in large airy rooms filled with plenty of natural light and period furnishings, the restaurant is the one area where clothing is required and the public is always welcome, although you do have to be 21 to enter due to gaming machines. They offer separate lunch and dinner menus as well as special selections for Sunday brunch. They open for lunch at 11:00am with dinner service beginning at 6:00pm and continuing till 10:00pm Monday thru Thursday with an extra hour (’till 11:00pm) Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The increasingly popular Sunday brunch runs from 11:00am until 4:00pm. The Country Club itself stays open until 1:00am everyday.

They are currently working the line between fine dinning and comfort food with selections from a good ole fashioned burger or club sandwich (lunch) to duck and wild mushroom ravioli (dinner). The trout pecan with Creole meuniere sauce and parsley potatoes is a favorite among those who know. Both the lunch and dinner fare are supported by a lighter poolside menu and a dessert menu full of daily handmade delights. Combining these menu selections with the atmosphere and the outstanding service and you have a winner.

So, whether you walk, bike or drive (parking is easy in this area 99% of the time) this is definitely a place to check out. And if you are interesting in learning more about the club while you are there ask your waiter to arrange a tour for you and someone will show you around.

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