Another one of the famous restaurants in New Orleans in Arnaud’s in a city known for culinary delights. Not only are they famous for their cuisine, they also have a small museum on the premises featuring articles from different Mardi gras parades and parties. Mardi Gras is the biggest event in New Orleans and engulfs the entire French Quarter. I have never been, but my dear Bride has gone, years before we met.
When we went to Arnaud’s we attended their “Brunch & Jazz” program. Not only is the food great, but to hear classic New Orleans jazz performed while you are dining. If you weren’t aware of it, music is as much a part of the French Quarter as wine, food and revelry. The brunch at Arnaud’s is a four course “prixe-fixe” according to the entrée that you select.
We started with Shrimp Arnaud for my Bride and I enjoyed the Turtle Soup; this was followed by a salad. For entrees my Bride enjoyed Eggs Hussarde (think of Eggs Benedict on steroids) and I tried the Chicken Pontalba (Chicken, Cajun ham, mushrooms and potatoes with Marchand de Vin and Béarnaise Sauce). This was followed by a Crème Brulee and Strawberries Arnaud along with coffee.
To compliment this brunch we enjoyed Mimosas. I know that some enjoy a Bloody Mary with brunch, but given a choice I will always opt for a glass of Mimosa (or better yet a couple). There is just something that is so festive about Champagne and orange juice, and if the Champagne is not a great bottle, the orange juice enhances the taste (at least to me). It is a great way to spend your lunch in a city where an automobile is not necessary; in fact we have never rented a car when we go to New Orleans.