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I'm attempting to plan a brunch for a 30th Birthday celebration at the end of the month (Dec. 28th if it matters.) and I just discovered that Kabby's is closed! So now I'm trying to find a similar (or better) brunch buffet option. I know a lot of people like Court of Two Sisters, but I'm not a big fan, still I'm open to that if no better alternative appears I've heard they're good for large groups and I'll be with a large group.

In my queries I've gotten a list started, but I figured I'd ask here at Chowhound to see what y'all think.

Audubon Park Clubhouse
Court of Two Sisters
Hotel Intercontinental
House of Blues
Le Pavillon
Sweet Lorraine's

Please share additional suggestions or thoughts regarding the list as presented (any place that should get 1st preference? anywhere that should be avoided at all costs?)

Thanks.

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  1. Two others come to my mind. One should be well-received on the board, while one will cause problems. Still, these are based on MY personal experiences, all post-K.

    First, we have adopted a habit of dining at Ralph's on the Park for our per-departure Sunday Brunch. Last trip, we did brunch, though we did not leave for several days. Recent and older reviews under my profile.

    Next, we've done two Saturday Brunches (OK, not Sunday) at Brennan's in the FQ. Both were very good to excellent. Now, I have to say that when I lived in NOLA, I was less a fan of Brennan's. However, I have eaten my words. Again, reviews under my profile.

    Looked at Audubon Park Clubhouse and their print media looked good, as did the venue. I have not dined there, but their ad material did say many of the right things. Hope that someone has experience with it.

    Le Pavillon was so long ago, as to be moot - sorry.

    Hunt

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    Brennan's Restaurant
    417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Ralphs On the Park
    900 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119

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    1. re: Bill Hunt

      I'm not sure, I may be overlooking something, but do either of these offer buffets?

      1. re: NOLAdy

        DUH! No they do not. The title clearly says "Buffet," I overlooked that aspect. Sorry for my error. New reading glasses are on order...

        Sorry about that,

        Hunt

    2. Does it have to be a buffet?

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      1. re: N.O.Food

        Yes, a buffet is my preference.

      2. Begue's in the Royal Sonesta. Haven't been since '06 when we were rebuilding but it was good then and reasonable.

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        1. re: JazzyB

          Yes, it is still solid and a decent example of the whole hotel-Sunday-brunch genre. I haven't been to the Intercontinental's brunch since God was a boy, but it used to be fine enough.

          I agree in principle that hotel buffets are a reasonable way to accomodate a large group of people, but they're definitely not economical. If you do the math, for the cost per person, you can purchase prepared food. Of course, this requires having a home or other venue that can accomodate all these folks!

          Le Pavilion's food is just ordinary. Begue's is definitely better.

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            I was at Begue's a year or so ago and had a very good grits n' grillades. THat is something I like to see on menus...it is a brilliant concoction

          2. re: JazzyB

            Wow, that is a name from my past. I had not even thought of them in years. Glad to see that they are still getting recs. BTW, '06 is yesterday, compared to my last experience.

            Hunt

            1. re: JazzyB

              Thanks for the suggestion, I'll definitely add it to the list!

            2. Li'L Dizzy's on Poydras has a Sunday Champange Brunch for $19.95.
              Depending on the size of your group, ask about the bank vault private dining room.

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              1. re: edible complex

                Thanks, I'll definitely contact them! My list is growing!

              2. Audubon Clubhouse - I've never been to brunch but lunch is mediocre. I wouldn't recommend it for anything but a post-golf drink. Nice view from the back porch though.