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Jan 29, 2008 07:28 PM

Bridesmaid brunch in French Quarter

Trying to plan a wedding long distance. Any ideas for a bridesmaid brunch location that meet the following criteria:
1. In or near the French Quarter
2. Courtyard dining
3. Open in the morning on Friday or Saturday

It would also be nice to have an area set aside for a party of 12-15 women.
Of course the food should be special, but in New Orleans that goes without saying.

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  1. My wife had just that sort of thing at Cafe Amelie. It's a beautiful courtyard on Royal Street. They put her party of 15 in the courtyard. I don't know if they have a brunch per se, and I'm not sure how early in the morning you mean. But I'm sure they could do an early lunch. The food is very good.

    (Don't be confused by the Princess of Monaco url. It's the same people and same location.)

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    1. re: Shiloh

      I've been to two post-K wedding events at Amelie and they were perfect. That place does a lot of wedding business and thus are seasoned pros. My friend who was having her reception there deferred to them on some details/decisions she wasn't sure about and they made everything go so well.
      That place is a semi-pro-part-time-wedding-hall, call soon cuz they book up real quick.

      1. re: rocuronium

        I do not know Amelie, but have seen some great recs. on this board. Tell me more about them, please. I'm not interested in the wedding/pre-post party aspect, but are they a good restaurant? I looked for a Web site, but did not find one. Do I need to go back to Boolean 101? With the talk on this board, they must be very good.


        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Hunt, here you go: Note the "Click for our Menu" is just below the banner.

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            hunt, food-wise, i would describe cafe amelie as a place that offers simple dishes and does them very well with high-quality ingredients. for example, amelie has my favorite BLT. i also had a sweet potato and andouille soup there that was excellent. the atmosphere must be taken into account, too, as it is such a beautiful setting.

            1. re: Shiloh

              Philmaur & Shiloh,

              Thanks for the links and info.


      2. I agree with Shiloh that Cafe Amelie is a beautiful space, and the food is quite good. Also, my wife hosted her bridesmaids at Bayona last year. They have a courtyard, and the food is outstanding.

        1. Shiloh & jeffchow beat me to it! Both Cafe Amelie & Bayona would be perfect for a bridesmaid party. In the FQ, wonderful courtyards, delicious food, & both open Fri. & Sat. The only criteria they don't meet is morning brunch. But both open early for lunch, CA @ 1100 & Bayona @ 1130. Have fun!

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          1. re: philmaur

            You could probably all fit in the courtyard at the Bistro at the Maison de Ville. It's lovely.

              1. re: bronwen

                That setting could not be more perfect. I have heard of many changes post-K, but most have indicated that things were back to normal. Based on pre-K samplings, it would be both lovely and provide great food. I think that they have had a change in chefs, since my last experience, but again, the reports are excellent.

                Good call,

                [EDIT] We should be staying/dining there in March, along with Stella!, so, depending on when the event is, maybe my review will help.

                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  I would give Broussards a call and see if they would be interested. They have a gorgeous courtyard.

            1. Does no one like Brennan's anymore? That, I thought was THE place to go for Brunch. They have courtyard dining and their Brandy Milk Punch and Banana's Foster are to die for. I know they have Sunday Brunch but not sure about Friday or Saturday.