Antoine's or Arnaud's for brunch?
San Francisco hound staying in NOLA for 4 days and stuck between going to Arnaud's or Antoine's for brunch. Heard about Antoine's Sardou, Alaska, and Cafe Diablo but there's also Arnaud's famous shrimp remoulade and trout meuniere. Below is my restaurant itinerary and any critiques or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance!
-Petunias for brunch
-Central Grocery for muffuletta
-August for dinner
-Arnaud's or Antoine's for brunch
-Commander's for dinner
-Brennan's for breakfast
-Mother's for lunch
-K-Paul's for dinner
-Elizabeth's for breakfast
-Galatoire's for lunch
-ACME for dinner before flight
My vote is for Antoines. I have been twice in the last month, in part because I want to show local support for a venerable institution and in part because I love the place, and have had excellent meals both times. Superb souffle potatoes, pompano, shrimp remoulade, crabmeat ravigote, tenderloin tips with marchand du vin, and oysters foch. I was a little disappointed with the oysters Rockefeller, but I have always liked Galatoire's version better. I plan on returning often.
In terms of breakfast places, I posted on Eat New Orleans recently. I will be back this weekend.
Mother's serves breakfast. And any day for breakfast, there's Café du Monde for café au lait and beignets. Save room for lunch.
Try Casamento's for lunch on Saturday. Look at the photo of their Oyster Loaf in this month's Saveur magazine! Eat a dozen raw to start. Take the Magazine bus from Canal Street to get there and see one of New Orleans' most interesting streets. You can fit in Central on another day when Casamento's is closed.
For help with addresses, days and hours of operation for local restaurants, try www.nomenu.com