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A Second Request: Recommendations For Sunday Buffet Brunch?

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Hoc Jan 31, 2001 10:38 PM

I notice that someone below posted a request for Sunday Brunch recommendations, but got no responses. On my first N.O. trip in 1996, I was lucky enough to stay over two Sundays. On the first, I had brunch at the Westin, which was very good, and featured great music. The seafood was extremely fresh, there was a lot of variety and something like four separate buffet areas, the sauces were sublime, the dessert table was spectacular. Not only omelettes and pasta, but bananas foster, was made to order. I later learned that the Westin was the Sunday brunch favorite of locals. On the second Sunday, I had brunch at the Marriott, which was also good, but seemed more cafeteria style and less tasty. We went back to the Westin in 1999, and it was still very good. The Westin has since become the Wyndham, and we had brunch there last year, which was good, but not as spectacular as it had been.

The long and short of it is that we are looking for a new great place for Sunday Buffet Brunch in New Orleans. Does anyone have any recommendations? If you could do only one Sunday Buffet Brunch, where would it be?

Any suggestions are appreciated.

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    laura RE: Hoc Feb 1, 2001 05:56 PM

    I don't know about hotel type places, but Elizabeth's has really good brunch food (with hefty portions), as well as a nice mellow atmosphere and good service. And the brunch food at the more chichi Dante's Kitchen is also good -- the bread pudding french toast was surprisingly tasty, not as mushy as I thought it was going to be.

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      Hoc RE: laura Feb 2, 2001 12:45 AM

      Thanks for the recommendations, Laura. Are these buffets? Hotel-type isn't necessary, but buffets are -- the gang insists on a Sunday buffet, and believe me, it is everything I can do to keep them away from Court of the Three Sisters on a weekday. The trade-off is that I agreed to a buffet on Sunday.

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        Sarah C RE: Hoc Feb 2, 2001 08:28 AM

        Those aren't buffets. New Orleans is really not a buffet brunch kind of town, which is actually kind of odd, because there are all kinds of other buffets available for lunch and dinner, including Chinese, sushi, Indian, Italian, etc. I think you will have to stick with the big hotels if you want a buffet brunch. Although Harrah's casino might have one. I haven't tried any of those.

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          Ms. M RE: Sarah C Feb 2, 2001 12:09 PM

          Thanks for the replies! I am not interested in a large, commercial hotel-type buffet, but rather a more atmospheric New Orleans brunch. We were hoping for maybe an interesting selection of food and a jazz quartet?
          It sounds as if there really is a shortage of brunch spots, or perhaps, it's just not very popular in that area. Sunday brunches seem to be very popular where we are in California.
          We're leaving Sat. the 10th and returning on the 13th. Thanks to all you "foodies" out there, we have been able to put together an interesting and very full itenerary. My husband is a jazz musician and I am a chef, so New Orleans sounds like our kind of town! Can't wait!
          If anyone out there has any other suggestions re: brunch &/or some out-of-the-way clubs or cafes, do tell!

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            Ms. M RE: Sarah C Feb 2, 2001 12:10 PM

            Thanks for the replies! I am not interested in a large, commercial hotel-type buffet, but rather a more atmospheric New Orleans brunch. We were hoping for maybe an interesting selection of food and a jazz quartet?
            It sounds as if there really is a shortage of brunch spots, or perhaps, it's just not very popular in that area. Sunday brunches seem to be very popular where we are in California.
            We're leaving Sat. the 10th and returning on the 13th. Thanks to all you "foodies" out there, we have been able to put together an interesting and very full itenerary. My husband is a jazz musician and I am a chef, so New Orleans sounds like our kind of town! Can't wait!
            If anyone out there has any other suggestions re: brunch &/or some out-of-the-way clubs or cafes, do tell!

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              Helen Rundell RE: Ms. M Feb 2, 2001 12:53 PM

              Mandina's out on Canal. I've never had a bad meal there. Neighborhood joint. In fact, blurb today on Tom Fitzmorris' Inside New Orleans. Website: www.insideneworleans.com!

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                Pepper RE: Ms. M Feb 3, 2001 10:10 AM

                Of all the brunch places mentioned so far, Elizabeth's is the best, hands down. But if you are set on the buffet, entertainment, complimentary-mimosa thing, the Praline Connection in the CBD does a gospel brunch in that vein (which I would recommend more to my parents than to fellow hounds, if you know what I mean), and the much better Marigny Praline Connection may as well.

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            Jeff RE: laura Feb 4, 2001 07:49 PM

            We are coming to visit soon as well. We heard about the burnch (60 item) at Court of Two Sister's. 9-3. ANy comment on the quality of food and variety?

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              Hoc RE: Jeff Feb 4, 2001 10:50 PM

              I've been there three times. The food is good, not great, and they have it every day, so it is definitely not something to do on Sunday. The Chicken and Sausage Gumbo there is quite good, though.

              In addition, the amazing Courtyard, OK music and excellent service, combined with the passable food, have always been made this worth going for me. Just expect good, but not great, food.

              As an aside, a lot of people here and on other "in the know" sites tend to trash the place, mostly because it is a tourist destination. Don't let that stop you, though, as I have found the experience on a nice, warm day to be worthwhile.

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            wind RE: Hoc Feb 12, 2001 11:01 PM

            The CBD Praline Connection does a great Sunday brunch - food for days and local gospel groups entertaining. Seatings around 11 and 2 I think......they have a website and take online reservations.

            Link: http://www.pralineconnection.com/

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