Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Livingston Tuesday Night

I wrote about the Murray Hotel, where we stayed in Livingston, in a previous post. Hollywood director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs) was a frequent guest at The Murray, and lived there the last 7 years of his life.
Elevator Control

We had dinner in the building on Tuesday night. A quick elevator ride down to the lobby and outside, a few steps south and back in the 2nd Street Bistro. I first heard of the Murray and the 2nd Street Bistro on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations television show. 

Blue Crab Mac & Cheese

We shared an order of Fried Okra for an appetizer. My entree was a special of the day, a Blue Crab Mac & Cheese. They made the Bechamel with Provolone and used Penne for the pasta. The green peas added a touch of brightness to the dish that made it outstanding!

Hunter Chicken

Sherri had one of the other specials, the Hunter Chicken. It was a boneless chicken leg, braised with mushrooms, onions and bell peppers over mashed potatoes.

Strawberry Lemon Tart

I had the Strawberry Lemon Tart for dessert. It looked so good I started to dig in before I remembered to photograph it. It had great fruity flavours with a nice light crust. All of the desserts come with a gingerbread cookie.

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee is one of Sherri’s favourite desserts. She said it was the best one she had ever had! The sugar crust was done perfectly. It cracked open with the tap of a spoon; and was light, airy and wonderfully caramelized. The custard was thick, creamy and so smooth; but it was not too sweet to over power the crust.

Our waiter was a true professional. He treated us like royalty, and it made the evening extra special. If you are anywhere near Livingston, I’d highly recommend having dinner at the 2nd Street Bistro.

The Murray / 2nd Street Bistro

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