I have eaten at Bernard's more than once and as a restaurant it is regressing… during my last, which will be the very last visit, the rice was cold, my boudan link was only 3 inches long, my salad was made up of brown lettuce, my catfish was OK but had no flavor/seasoning in the breading. My cornbread was cold and was a tiny one and a half inch square. Service was very slow but the servers were very nice. If you know anything about Louisiana food, you would have to consider this home cooking… where everything is not cooked to a set standard. Pros very nice servers, larger restaurant. Cons everything else.
This is the third time I've eaten at Bernard's and I must say I've been disappointed three times. Don't know what it is, but the food is not what is being written about in the reviews. Cornbread portions were insanely small, gravy on the mashed taters/Salisbury steak was nonexistent, service was extremely slow on both serving and trying to pay at the end of the meal. Location was not conducive to the restaurant environment, the kitchen was at one end of the build and Bernard’s is on the other, so your food travels through a sea of coughing students. The only good thing was the rice…
My family and I visited Bernard's new location last week. It's much bigger than the previous location. The food was amazing. It was our first time visiting and my sister and I tried the catfish po-boy (which was delicious), my parents had the gumbo and cornbread (they said it was really great, probably the best they've had) and the last member of our group had the pork chops. Oh and the sweet potato pie was awesome! Needless to say everything was great! We will definitely be back.
I visited Bernard's today for the first time today. I good friend of mine works in the area and recommended it to me. It isn't close to me, but boy was I glad I made the drive.
All I can say is authentic Louisiana cooking. I pride myself as being from Louisiana and I have to admit there aren't many Creole restaurants that get me excited in this part of the country. Bernard however knows what he is doing. I tasted the seafood gumbo which was ridiculously good. I had his Cajun stuffing, dirty rice, cornbread and chicken marinated in JD. Everything I tasted was marvelous.
Now the restaurant itself is very unassuming. You aren't going to Pappadeux's here. But for me, that added to the flavor. I felt like I was in a mom and pop restaurant, where I'm not paying an extra $10 a plate for scenery, instead it is ALL about the food. And on that note, it delivers.
I'm also a huge Louisiana sports fan...from growing up on LSU campus to rooting for my Saints when nobody else would. I was very happy to see the walls adorned with such fan items as Saints memorabilia and LSU banners.
All in all, it is a unique eating experience I think anyone who enjoys Cajun/Creole food should try. Hearing Bernard's personal story of moving here because of Katrina...well I have nothing but respect for hard working people who create their own path. Here is to Bernard and the great food he had created. I will be back...and I will bring many friends with me.
I was also asked to do a story about this restaurant for a food section of a magazine, I was blown away! I don't care about wedding drama, stuff happens, get over it. THE FOOD WON ME OVER. And Bernard was a gentleman! I'm definitely going to be a repeat customer!
Being assigned to take a photo of Bernard for an article. I stopped at the door thinking it was closed (the door knob sticks). I met Mr. McGraw and took his picture. I took my lunch to go. It was a Big Momma's Pork chop, Jumbalaya and Greens. I had never tasted green before. I sat down at my desk and began to devour the pork chop and was blown away by the tenderness and flavor. I down the jumbalaya and finished all my greens. I had to call him and tell him what I thought. I loved it. I also called my editor and thanked him for assigning me this restaurant. It's extremely rare that you can completely trust a restaurant. The last place I felt this way was Gianni's on Perrin Beitel. Trust Bernard's to knock your socks off.
Tucked away in a small neighborhood at 509 Palo Alto road in a small restaurant, is some great creole comfort food in San Antonio!! Bernard's Creole Kitchen opened in 2007 and that same year, recieved the Blue Plate Award, and Critic's Choice award for best neighborhood restaurant. Talk about large portions and savory old fashioned red beans and rice. Ice tea is forbidden, instead they will serve you Swamp Water. All the food is excellent. I tried the crawfish etouffee. It was mouth watering. To keep it fresh, new items are featured everyday. Entrees come with your choice of two sides, for example, okra, green beans, jumbalaya or gumbo are offered. The cornbread is superior. The small restaurant is simple and seats about 25 people at a time. Owner and cook, Bernard will welcome you, and cook the food himself. The Cajun meatballs were delicious. I tried the gator balls, (gator meat with dijon mustard for dipping) as an appetizer. The whole experience was delightful. Simple, huge portions, and friendly service. Discounts for law enforcement and children's menu available. Prices about $8.00, worth it. Restaurant hours are Tuesday -Thursday, 11-7, and Friday 11-9.
Bernard has some exciting news.
He will feature a new menu this year consisting of classic favorites and new recipes. He urges all to stop by, because it is a taste of New Orleans in San Antonio!
Bernard was scheduled to caterer a wedding of mine, he showed up 4 hours late, then only brought 1/2 of the food that was paid for. It really was a mess. He did not bring help. He brought one lady who did not know what the heak she was doing. It took us 2 hours to feed our guest.THen 1/2 did not get feed to the fact there was not even close to enough foos. It was horrible and so embassing.
People said food was good and taste wonderful, did not make up for the fact that he messed up so bad at a wedding. He never apolgized for messing up the wedding evening. He was very rude. I dont not recommed this man for any event.
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