New Orleans Fritter @ Royal Street Veranda

Price: $4.49

When: June 4, 2016, 2:45 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

Following our poor luck with the Creamy Clam Chowder at Royal Street Veranda, we thought we’d get a dessert, something fun to chase the Chowder blahs away.

The one sweet item on the menu is the New Orleans Fritter (“served with dipping sauce”). We order, and are handed a small paper basket holding three small deep-fried fritters, drizzled with a raspberry sauce.

(Apparently, “served with dipping sauce” means “we put sauce on the fritter for you.”)

There’s not much to this – each fritter is a bite, bite and a half at best – so I grab one, and pop it in my mouth.

The first sensation on the tongue is overripe banana. Like, crazy, three-days-past-due banana. It’s potent. Sets the terms of the debate.

The second sensation is sugar and cinnamon. The fritter is (unsurprisingly) drenched in both. But they’re not flavorful – just really, really sweet.

And third, coming in for a neck-and-neck finish, is the deep-fried batter and the squirt of raspberry sauce.

This is not compelling.

I wish it were. There is a version of this where the flavors are more subtle, or the interplay between them is more engaging. That’s not this. Instead, the fritter is just deep-fried banana with some raspberry sauce on top. Pity.

Not recommended.