|Very nice cover artwork at Trenasse|
|Balcony dining is available at Curio|
|Highest recommendations go to these Two Sisters!!|
|Criollo is the Spanish word for Creole|
No visit to the Big Easy is complete with a Jazz brunch at The Court of Two Sisters, located at 613 Royal Street. The structure here was built in 1832, but the spacious courtyard (which resembles the Garden Distric) is complete with ancient grape arbor and a wishing well with running water. Once seated, the server takes your drink order and then you are free to visit the salad bar, custom omelette bar, hot food bar and dessert bar until you reach a comfortable stopping point. For anyone that likes to mix up tastes of food on your plate this is a great place to dabble in dishes such as Duck L'orange, Catfish roulade, Cajun jambalaya, Shrimp etoufee, Crawfish Louise, Veal grilled, Andouille gumbo, plus Shrimp and corn macaque Choux. All the while, the three-piece jazz band played the classics softly enough to entertain without intrusion, and nature watchers might even spy a few birds flitting about in the courtyard.
|Bourbon Street on Nov. 12, 2017|
Lastly, Criollo Restaurant at 214 Royal Street is located inside the Hotel Monteleone. Many will know this same location since it is famous for the Carousel Bar that hosts jazz music nightly. I found the menu to be somewhat limited and chose to eat their Colorado land shank, cooked to medium well. The entire dish including the carrots and au jus was too bland for me, and I requested a salt shaker to bring some life to the dish. Our seating area was in a 'live' room with a larger party next to us with more than a few wine bottles on it, and they were simply too loud and raucous for the dinner hour. Skipping dessert and moving on seemed prudent, but I hope to get another chance to visit their restaurant.
To view past blog entries from dining in New Orleans click on 2013 or 2013 Photo Journal.
Lots of information for visitors can be found at the New Orleans CVB.