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Mar 5, 2012 12:37 PM

Old school New Orleans Sunday Brunch suggestions?

Any suggestions for a classic Sunday brunch preferably in the Quarter?

After reviewing the recent posts here about great brunches, it appears the favored places all have contemporary menus. I.e. Green Goddess, Dante's Kitchen, and Cafe Atchafalaya. These kinds of restaurants mirror similar restaurants back home such as Starliner Diner, Crust, and Urban Skillet. As a result, they really don’t hold that much interest to me.

In the past, I have been to Brennan's and had a wonderful time. But to look at past reviews here and on Urbanspoon, you would think it was on par to Waffle House.

So, what are your suggestions for a good classic Sunday brunch for a couple who would like to enjoy a special meal you just can’t get back home.

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  1. Commanders Palace, hands down. It's in the Garden District, but easily accessible by streetcar or taxi. FWIW, Atchafalaya is very Louisiana focused, as is Dantes and GG. But, yes, contemporary. CP is old school, classic, and delicious.

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    1. re: noradeirdre

      I agree about CP. The last time we did brunch at Brennan's was disappointing. Also, we had a great meal at Cafe Atchafalaya in December. It's going to be on our list for next visit.

      1. re: noradeirdre

        Thanks! I was luckily able to snag a Saturday morning reservation for CP. Who knew they would be booked all up for Easter Brunch. ;)

        Thanks All!

      2. I would be surprised if CA mirrored back home unless you are from Lafayette. Dante's may be closer, but as noted is LA. cooking

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        1. re: collardman

          I don't know how to describe CA. It wasn't classic cajun like Mulate's or Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge. The spice was much tamer. But it was still very good. I loved the crawfish, spinach and bacon rice dish. I did need some Tabasco on it though. But it was great. I want to try the boudin stuffed quail next time.

          1. re: texasredtop

            Wow! A lot of love for CA I see. Perhaps I will re-evaluate them. I don't have a spare breakfast since my BF is stuck on Brennan's one morning and we will go to CP on Saturday morning.

            Perhaps a dinner there. :)

            1. re: Crockett67

              I would say that Green Goddess and Dante's Kitchen probably don't mirror "back home" options either. They are very New Orleans. That said, Commander's Palace is the choice.

        2. Thanks everyone, had a phenomenal time at Commanders Palace this past weekend. Worth every cent.


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          1. re: Crockett67


            I did not notice the dates of your visit, when I reported on Brennan's, but so glad that you enjoyed.


          2. Atchafalaya is my favorite brunch place, hands down.

            And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the build your own bloddy mary bar...complete with real bacon bits.

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            1. re: nikinik

              I love it, too! We love Saturday morning brunch there, and spending they day walking to off on Magazine Street.

            2. Well, I think that I am the one iconoclast, at least around here.

              Once, I was NOT a fan of Brennan's, and only took family and friends there, when they insisted.

              Years went by. We were gone, and did not have the reason to go back. That changed about 5 years ago, when we were in town for some medical event, and had a big date coming up - think that was wife's b'day. On a real whim, I booked the Saturday Brunch at Brennan's. Wife looked at me funny, but we went. It was great. As there were dinner events with the meeting, that was our only "private time."

              A year went by, and we were down for a family event, with my M-I-L and her nurse. Without hesitation, my wife (the New Orleans native, as was her mother), chose Brennan's for Sunday Brunch. Again, it was great.

              A year, or so, later, we were all back for some family event. Wife mentioned brunch, and before any of us could comment, the nurse begged, "can we go back to that same restaurant?" We did, and things might have been even better, if that is possible.

              I went from being a rather loud non-fan, to having been converted. Did they change, or did my wife, and I change? That, I cannot tell you. Still, all of the recent visits have been at 90 - 98%. I think that all of my reviews are still on CH, if one looks back,starting at about 4 - 5 years ago.

              Maybe we got lucky, over and over, and over, or maybe they DID change, and many others have just not noticed? I cannot tell, but can say that we have been impressed many times over the last 4 - 5 years.

              Another very good, and fun Brunch is Ralph's on the Park. We have also done them about six times, over the last 5-6 years, and with but one exception, have enjoyed ourselves. While not quite "on the way to MSY," they are out of the FQ, so we often dine there on Sunday, before our flight back to PHX.

              I cannot fault those, who have recently panned Brennan's, as I did not dine with them. I can only say that they have impressed me, and others in my party, and that was not always how it went down.

              Most of all, enjoy!