Sunday Brunch in FQ - please help me decide between Muriel's, Mr. B's, and Stanley
Hi everyone - We will be spending a weekend in New Orleans at the end of October, and are looking for some help picking our "last meal" restaurant - Sunday Brunch. Due to our travel schedule, we'd like to stay in the quarter, within walking distance from the Omni Royal Orleans.
Our last trip included Sunday Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace, so we've already had a chance to enjoy that "bucket list" experience! Can I get some advice from the experts on a good choice for Sunday brunch this time around?
Our other plans for the weekend include:
Friday: Afternoon snack (char-grilled oysters included I'm sure) at Acme on Friday when we hit town, then a stop at Three Muses on Frenchmen for small plates between music venues.
Saturday: Cafe du Monde early, keeping our options open for lunch, reservations at Bayona for dinner.
Sunday: This is where I need your help for brunch! Leaning toward Muriel's, but also considering Mr. B's and Stanley. Am I missing another good option? I've seen too many disappointing reviews of the Court of Two Sisters and Brennan's to keep them on the short list for now...
Thanks as always for your welcome advice!!
Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Muriel's is overrated frankly. I think Mr. B's a much better brunch option. Have not tried Stanley but trust the chef. Court of Two Sisters DREADFUL. Brennan's good, touristy, but still, always, good. Domenica has an interesting brunch. Seriously yummy brunch options. And Marigny Brasserie...close to the Quarter... is festive and fun w/good menu...
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
Can't comment on Muriels. Brennan's might be a bucket list type stop off, but compared to Commanders, you won't want to go back, after you've gotten the bill that is. Mr. B's and Stanley are dramatically different. Mr. B's is more of a three course linger type experience, while Stanley is much more of a one good dish and go establishment. Also Stanley is much more egg driven ala Brennnans, and no Jazz. Ambiance wise, they dramatically different as well. Stanley is an homage to a turn of the century ice cream parlor, while Mr. B's is all about dark wood and brass. It is also more formal, Stanley, being right on the square will get more tourist types, although its pricey enough that it is a higher class tourist, whereas one would not feel comfortable at Mr. B's in a tee shirt, shorts and sandals, fine at Stanley.
re your brunch question, in my opinion skip Mr B's altogether and go with Muriel's or Stanley.
Keep in mind Muriel's is a jazz brunch and Stanley is a more casual non jazz but not less worthy option. Depends on what you'e seeking....
re: Suzy Wong
Do not care for Stanley's at all. IMHO, Service is terrible and the food not much better. Had a delightful brunch at Muriel's yesterday: a gorgonzola tart with sliced apples and a sweet pecan topping...fabulous. I followed that with a seafood casserole...could not finish it all...so delicious, will have the rest with my dinner this evening. My husband had a sliced pork filet with potatoes and a really good bowl of turtle soup to start. Bloody Marys and the jazz trio made it a lovely spot to be. Muriel's is light bright and airy...Mr. B's has good food, but it is too dark.
Now, I have not done an official "brunch" at Stanley, but all has always been top-notch, in my trips. Both the food, and the service were very good, to excellent. Maybe I hit them on the correct days?
Have only done several "events" at Muriel's, and all were a let down in all respects. Now, this was NOT their brunch.
One of the places, though outside the FQ, that has impressed me on brunches, is Ralf's on the Park. Other than one trip, with an overly loud piano, they have been at about 95%, and would still be my choice for brunch.