Of the many suggestions I received, one stuck out. This was from Todd of Tasting Tampa (who just had a book released, Food Lovers' Guide to Tampa Bay: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings) - so his advice was well received. Todd told me we had to try Root and my parents are still talking about their meal, one of the best we had in New Orleans.
Todd told me that we had to get two items off the menu - Face Bacon and Foie Gras three ways.
First, the Face Bacon, something I purposely didn't google prior to eating. It was very smokey, tender and delicious. I still haven't googled it but it was seriously good.....
My father ordered the Louisiana Pickled Shrimp Shrimp Stuffed Deviled Eggs, Truffled Egg Yolk Mousse. If you know me, you know that I am not big on truffle, so the mousse was hard for me but the shrimp was delicious and overall, a very beautiful presentation. (reading this 3 years later has me in stitches as truffle is my favorite thing on earth and if I see it on the menu, I order it. To think, there was once a day I disliked truffle?!)
menu - the Smoked Veal Pastrami Sandwich (Marbled Rye, Fennel Choucroute, Gruyère, Pickled Rutabaga Rémoulade). In his words, the best thing he has ever ate in his entire life. The best sandwich he has ever had in his life. The best pastrami he has ever had in his life - ok you get it. The boy loved this!
Only a Chef as talented as Phillip Lopez could concoct this...adult coco crisps, technically known as the Yorkie (Chocolate Covered Peppermint Pattie, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Coco Puffs, Minted Milk). It was truly delicious and I ate myself into a coma.
Root. Don't give it a second thought, just go. You and your taste buds will thank me later.