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Alf Landon Jan 29, 2008 07:28 PM

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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    ebains Feb 8, 2008 08:04 AM

    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.

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      philmaur Jan 30, 2008 07:24 AM

      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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        bronwen Jan 30, 2008 08:40 AM

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

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          jeffchow Jan 30, 2008 09:33 AM

          another great choice

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            Bill Hunt Feb 2, 2008 07:13 PM

            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,
            Hunt

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

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              Tonto Feb 7, 2008 12:46 PM

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

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          jeffchow Jan 30, 2008 06:14 AM

          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.

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            Shiloh Jan 30, 2008 05:28 AM

            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.

            http://www.princessofmonaco.com/

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

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              rocuronium Feb 6, 2008 05:30 AM

              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.

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                Bill Hunt Feb 6, 2008 07:01 PM

                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.

                Hunt

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                  philmaur Feb 7, 2008 06:50 AM

                  Hunt, here you go: http://www.nola.com/sites/lagniappe/a... Note the "Click for our Menu" is just below the nola.com banner.

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                    Shiloh Feb 8, 2008 07:58 AM

                    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.

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                      Bill Hunt Feb 8, 2008 01:09 PM

                      Philmaur & Shiloh,

                      Thanks for the links and info.

                      Appreciated,
                      Hunt

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