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Merchant greets potential customers with a sign that simply sums it up: “Coffee, Crepes, Grapes.” This CBD cafe serves up hot and cold coffee drinks made with Illy coffee, sweet and savory crepes, and wines by the glass. Additionally, the menu includes crostini topped with decadent ingredients like duck confit and goat cheese, croquet batons served with mixed greens, salads, sweet treats, and pastries. Additionally, on Sunday mornings, Merchant hosts the Hollygrove Farmer's Market.
Built in 1834, Broussard's was once known as the Borello Mansion. In 1920, Joseph Broussard and his wife Rosalie Borello opened the lower level of this mansion to the public as a small restaurant. The subtle elegance and the imperial decor are reminiscent of Napoleonic days gone by. Broussard's Parisian culinary training, coupled with his demand for perfection, made this a five-star restaurant. Choose from such Creole classics as Pompano Evelyn or baked filet of redfish.
This building, which dates back to 1798, was acquired by the Brennan family in 1943, and transformed into a stunning restaurant with 12 elegantly decorated dining rooms called Brennan's. A beautiful courtyard of magnolia trees and picturesque fountains create the perfect dining atmosphere. Begin breakfast with a brandy milk punch, followed by any one of the exquisite entrees, such as Eggs Hussarde, a Brennan's original. Dinner also offers a delightful assortment of delectable options. For dessert, try the famous Bananas Foster, another creation of Brennan's epicureans. Jackets are required for dinner, and reservations are recommended.
Located in The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, Compère Lapin brings the palatable taste of the Caribbean cuisine to American shores. Run by Nina Compton, the chef works tirelessly to conjure up magical delicacies that incorporate a touch of contemporary flavor without altering the original essence of the meal. The diverse menu includes items like cold smoked tuna tartare, zucchini fritters, curried goat and ricotta pancake. Expect each dish to be an absolute delight with a multitude of flavors that seem to go together effortlessly. You can complement the sumptuous meals with a portion vanilla bruléed grapefruit or granola with fresh berries. They also have a full bar menu to go with the dishes. If you are tired of the usual dining experiences, head to Compère Lapin for a tasteful surprise.
Part of the French Quarter's classic buildings that are embellished with some or the other story behind them, Sylvain is no exception. An attractively decorated bistro, Sylvain occupies an erstwhile historical carriage house developed by a New Orleans local. The walls showcase yellowed age-old maps and pictures, whereas the seating is both intimate, cozy and just a teeny bit somber. The menu features Southern favorites prepared with the choicest ingredients this side of the country. While locals flock here for the smattering of American whiskies that Sylvain offers, the bartender is partial to the resident ghost Aunt Rose Arnold, pouring out a glass of Sazerac and lighting the stationary candle at the bar for the her each day.
Step into Muriel's for a taste of New Orleans. Barbecued shrimp, gumbo, grilled drums, oysters and a list of appetizers keep you company as the entrees are prepared. In addition to the delectable dinners, Muriel's also hosts a Sunday jazz brunch. Spaced out tables keep the conversations private. Events like dinner theaters happen seasonally.
Located in the iconic Jackson Square, Stanley is chef Scott Boswell’s take on casual dining. The warm and cheery dining room frames the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral with its glass windows and is a bustling place with regulars enjoying the familiar fare. Stanley is all about the comfort food that New Orleans is famed for but with a twist from chef Boswell. Featuring an all day menu of breakfast and brunch, hearty sandwiches, home-made ice creams and their famous burger, Stanley's will soon have you coming back for more.
The modest surroundings and the simple white frame building housing Elizabeth's can be quite deceptive and is no indication of the delicious food on the platter. It serves a hearty meal whether its breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. The praline bacon, Eggs Elizabeth and Redneck Eggs Benedict, which are poached eggs perched atop fried green tomatoes are to die for. All in all, an unpretentious eatery for casual dates and outings.