The Delachaise bar on St. Charles Avenue has been operating for 3 years as of today, and owner Evan Hayes is having a small party to celebrate. I discovered the Delachaise only recently, but I love this bar and frequently ride my scooter there to sample the interesting wines and food. What do I like about the Delachaise? First, it’s got great ambiance: from an intimately lit interior you look at majestic oak trees on St. Charles Avenue as eclectic music plays in the background. Evan is constantly updating the music selection (you’ll see his Apple iBook at the far end of the bar if he’s there) so what you hear is always fresh and interesting.
The other thing I really like about this bar is the free Wi-Fi (big shock, right?), but especially the fact that it’s unobtrusive. If the Delachaise were overrun by high-strung computer-toting geeks it would kill the atmosphere, but it’s not. And, the third –but most important– thing I like about the bar is that everyone who works here, from the bar tendresses to the kitchen staff, is incredibly friendly. If you order a sampling of cheeses, the chef, a guy named Chris, will come out and tell you a little bit about the character of each cheese. You can tell that he’s really passionate about food, especially cheese. Even author Neil Gaiman has blogged about how great Chris’ food is.
If you haven’t been to the Delachaise (especially if you haven’t been there recently) you owe it to yourself to drop by. It’s open every day from 5 pm til whenever.