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I'm getting married in New Orleans in a little over a week. Family (and people I wish were my family) are coming in from all over and beyond, so there are no cars in the mix. Half of us are staying in the Marigny, the other (character-allergic) half in a big Quarter chain hotel. Any ideas for a delicious Sunday brunch that could be reached by walking from either location? Points for consideration:

-The rehearsal dinner is at Galatoire's and the reception at Mr. B's, so the over-the-top FQ experience is kind of held down.

-There are French people and grad school food snobs, but no kids involved.

-I'd love something like Atchafalaya (a little far), Eat (doesn't take reservations for brunch), or Elizabeth's (reviews all over the place - it appears to be either manna from heaven or a fate worse than airplane food, but I can't figure out which - same with Marigny Brasserie, actually).

-I'm sure this doesn't even need to be said, but, bloody mary. A GOOD one. Basically gazpacho, minus dignity and cucumber and plus vodka and horseradish.

I've read the boards, but the walkability thing (New Yorker walkability, BTW, not Dallas walkability) kind of throws a wrench into things...

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Marigny Brasserie
640 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Haven't had their bloody mary, but sounds like Mojito's might work for you. It's where Esplanade meets Frenchmen. The Nola Benedict is delicious.

    Also, Muriel's is a possibility, but again, haven't had their bloody.

    1. Okay, another possibility on the tres casual, funky side is the jazz brunch Buffa's (Esplanade and Burgency). The bloody is good, the food is good, and the entertainment is a mostly all girl jazz band called Some Like It Hot. Not sure about the size of your party, so perhaps call ahead.

      1. I am assuming that you are seeking a place for a Sunday brunch. Try the Praline Connection, open for lunch but not actually breakfast. Agree with the suggestion of Muriels...have had their BM and I think it is good. Best bloody mary can be made to take with you on your walk: Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix. Even a Bloddy Shame tastes good if you use that mix.

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        Praline Connection
        542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        Muriel's Jackson Square
        801 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. How many people? Maybe Satsuma Cafe, or Cake Cafe.

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          1. re: CharlieH

            I second Muriel's....haven't had a Bloody Mary there but I trust someone who has, and she reports it as superb. I've had their brunch and totally enjoyed it. The Pecan Crusted Puppy Drum is excellent and the bread pudding is ethereal.

          2. Bumping this post in hopes of a report -- assuming you've returned home from your honeymoon and can satisfy the curiosity of your fellow CH'ers!

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