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Sunday brunch?

Evening all! We are eloping to NOLA Easter weekend and need some brunch advice for Easter Sunday. Any recommendations? I know there will be reservation issues b/c of our last-minute planning, but we're going to give it a try.

In other food planning news, we're hitting Bayona, Upperline, and Jacques Imo's for sure. Any ideas for a superb Monday night meal? We're thinking about adding August, Stella or Herbsaint to our list. I realize these are all the "famous" restaurants—any secret finds that people would be willing to part with?

I appreciate all tips. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Sunday brunch places: Commander's Palace, Arnaud's, Brennan's, -- all probably full already. You could also try Dante's Kitchen (way uptown, by Brigtsen's), and there's Palace Cafe (not my fave place, but people seem to like the brunch). You could also go a little more downscale and get breakfast at a place like Elizabeth's, Petunia's, Surrey's, or Eat. I'd check for sure whether they are open on Easter.

    The 6 restaurants you listed are all places I would have suggested. I don't really think there's such a thing as "secret finds" in New Orleans. If it's good, it's well-known. One pretty new place that maybe hasn't gotten as much press is Iris. It's open on Mondays, I believe. Very small, though, so make a res.

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    1. re: JGrey

      Thanks JGrey. I appreciate the info re: Iris. Our Monday slot is currently open, so I'll look into it.

    2. I'm probably going to get slammed for this rec, but I once had Sunday brunch at Delmonico's and it was amazing. Earlier that week I had stopped just to look and a friend and I were talking and a waitress on break or something came out and actually told us that if we were going to eat there, Sunday brunch was definitely their best meal. It struck me as an honest (not super-enthusiastic) endorsement, so we gave it a shot. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it over the places JGrey listed, but if those top few are booked, or if you have some Emeril curiosity, I'd give it a shot.

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      1. re: Adrienne

        Adrienne, Funnily enough I just read that Delmonico's is doing a special Easter brunch. Commander's seems to have been booked since the dawn of time. We've even tried the, "We're eloping to NOLA that weekend," but the hostess was having none of it. So perhaps Delmonico's is the place. Thanks for the reply.

        1. re: kimbones

          If you really want to get in there, once you get to your hotel, get a hold of your Concierge, and tip accordingly. I wanted to eat at August on a Saturday evening, around 8-ish, and with 1 day's notice, he got me a res. when it was 'booked".

          You might want to try that route...

      2. We had a fantastic Sunday Brunch at the Ritz Carlton on Canal Street. Apparently, it's a revamped version of their old one and now features live zydeco--very cool and N.O. festive. Service and food were superb. Buffet style food with all you can drink champagne and bloody mary's. I will definitley go back.

        Highly recommend. Our local friends loved it, too.

        1. One more I just saw an ad for: Cafe Degas has a Sunday brunch (and serves lunch Wed-Sat). I love the place for dinner, I'm sure the brunch is good. And the setting is nice, if the weather is nice, they roll up the awnings and the whole place is open air.

          1. Commander's Palace. Bar none. It's my favorite brunch place in New Orleans. The Turtle Soup is to die for, and the Bread Pudding Souffle will put you in heaven. I am drooling as I write this :-) Have a wonderful, happy life together!

            1. Good local spots for Brunch....Cafe Degas and Dante's Kitchen. Both ecletic menus with superb food and lovely garden like atmosphere off the beaten path in neighborhoods; like Upperline etc.

              1. One secret find that many locals still don't know about is Meauxbar Bistro on North Rampart, www.Meauxbar.com. It's a great little neighborhood bistro on the outskirt of the French quarter, at the corner of N. Rampart and St. Philip. They are closed Sunday and Monday Easter weekend, but is highly recommended.

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                1. I had a good brunch at EAT on Easter Sunday. Great spot for a casual, dress-down brunch. http://blackenedout.blogspot.com/2009...

                  1. Green Goddess is AMAZING. Very eclectic and fresh ideas in food choices. The cocktails are also one of a kind. It's on Exchange Alley around the corner from the Michaelopolis Gallery. For Easter brunch.... Ritz Carlton looked liked they had interesting choices. I've heard it's good BUT it is $85 per person.

                    Green Goddess
                    307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

                    1. Cafe Atchafalaya has a Sunday Jazz Brunch. I really like CA. It's a unique neighborhood restaurant near the Irish Channel W of the GD.

                      Cafe Atchafalaya @ 901 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 9626.

                      No one has mentioned Ralph's on the Park. You can dine on their outdoor porch.

                      Ralph's on the Park @ 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 488 - 1000.

                        1. re: noradeirdre

                          Hope that the poster found a good brunch, all those years ago.


                            1. re: CharlieH

                              eh, it's still useful, even now. for ex, i didnt know Cafe Degas did a brunch but i do now!

                              1. re: kibbles

                                And, there was a very recent "Brunch" thread, so with a Search, this one would also show up, with the updates, etc.