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Sunday brunch before football game?

For years, pne of our usual pre-game activities is a nice Sunday brunch.

We used to go to the one in the Hyatt Regency before Katrina. Then we would go to Kabby's in the Hilton Riverside. Now that has closed down. We went to Cafe Adelaide in the Lowe's on Poydras, and were not impressed. Hotel Intercontinental has one, but it doesn't start early enough to eat and get to the game.

What we would like is: Good food, mimosa's, live music would be a plus, and starting around 9:30am so we can catch a cab to the Dome for the game.

Suggestions?

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  1. Marigny Brasserie or Palace cafe,
    I think both have live music

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    1. re: nolalawyer

      I just looked online and the Palace Cafe has Sunday brunch starting at 10:30, and Marigny Brasserie starts at 11:00. That would be pushing it to get to the game.

    2. I hear they're roasting Martin Gramatica outside the Dome before the game. There will be plenty of champagne to go around.

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      1. re: uptownlibrarian

        I find the Gramatica's kinda gristly.

      2. I walk through the Hilton every now and then. Kabby's is open as far as I know.

        http://www.neworleansonline.com/direc...

        Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

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        1. re: mrsfury

          I was there yesterday. Kabby's is no more. They have some tables, but no memorabilia, no TV's, no nothing. I talked to the gal in the gift shop, and she said that it closed because it wasn't making any money. They will have their brunch in the big room overlooking the river on holidays and special occasions, but that's it.

          How would you roast a Grammatica? It wasn't very gamey, that's for sure. :)

        2. We've also been unsuccessful finding pregame rest. due to the time frame. Please let me know if you have any luck.

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          1. re: JazzyB

            The wife and her folks went to the Court of Two Sisters yesterday before the game. The brunch starts at 9:00am, so there was enough time for a leisurely brunch, and still get to the game. It was in the courtyard, and the atmosphere was very New Orleans. There was a jazz band there, so that made it all the better.

            It was a buffet, and everyone seemed to love the food. The guy making the omelettes was making everyone laugh while he made them. They didn't have a carving station for prime rib and things like that, but that was the only shortcoming they mentioned. They had a choice of a mimosa for $7, or a bottle of champagne for $20, so they did the bottle.

            Brunch with the champagne, tip and such was $42/pp. They were happy enough with it so that they will go again. I still want to try a couple of the other suggestions from here.

          2. House of Blues starts their Sunday Gospel brunch at 9:30am.
            Li'l Dizzy's on Poydras starts their brunch at 10am; it is a buffet for about $20, and includes champagne and mimosas.
            Ruby Slipper Cafe opens at 8am on Sundays for their brunch, though they may not have live music.

            1. Begue's in the quarter is supposed to be good. I have never eaten there. I dont think they have live music though. They should be open early enough.

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              1. re: indiwaiter

                We've done Begue's brunch. It was good but not early enough for pregame.

              2. I haven't tried Luke, but I believe they are open at 7am and a very short cab ride (even easily walk-able) to the Dome.

                1. Try Allegro BIstro. It's in the Energy Center at Loyola and Poydras. They do a brunch buffet starting about 10 am. You just park once, eat brunch and walk to the Dome. The food is good and the grillades are great.

                  Jonathan

                  1. Ruby Slipper serves their brunch all day, and the mimosas & Bloody Mary's are great. They are BUSY on Sunday's, but usually if you get there before 9 there is no wait. If you want 9:30, you might have a wait (longest for me has been 20 min). They do take reservations for bigger parties.

                    If you want to go somewhere downtown, Palace Cafe has a good brunch and nice music, but I don't think it meets the time restraints.

                    1. I would try Luke they do open at 7:00 and their breakfast is awesome- and reasonable the french 75 is really good. No music but plenty of atmosphere.
                      try the crabmeat omelet with emmenthaler cheese yummy!