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January 4, 2005
The first time we sat inside next to the jazz band. We took two little girls, and they were entertained the entire time. The floors are marble, and one wall is entirely windows while the other wall is made up of mirrors. The windows overlook a gorgeous courtyard, where you can dine as well. The second time we sat in the courtyard under wisteria plants. The tables are set on old bricks, so in some places they wobble a little.
The brunch is buffet-style. There is much traditional New Orleans fare to choose from. The eggs Benedict here are awesome, and they are even better when made to order. The desserts are fabulous. They are constantly refreshing what is on the buffet line, so everything is always fresh.
I would suggest, however, going to the bathroom before you go to brunch here. There is one stall on the first floor and then a very small bathroom on the second floor. It is a very old building, so the plumbing is not the best in the world. You can enter the restaurant from either the Royal Street side or the Bourbon Street side. If you choose the Bourbon Street, side the sign below is what you are looking for, along with a small podium and a gate that are very hidden. The Royal Street side is more noticeable. Overall, this restaurant is a do-not-miss. You can even book reservations online on their website.
**Hidden note: If you are a Disney Fan look for this, when waling down Bourbon Street look into the courtyard of the restaurant. There you will see heads made of stone like in the haunted mansion that sing to you. Could this be where the idea came from? Only one flaw, they don't sing here.**
From journal A Road Trip New Orleans to Walt Disney World
January 26, 2003
Located on Royal Street, The Court of Two Sisters is an easy walk from anywhere in the French Quarter. The outside is very unassuming for such a highly rated restaurant. As you walk through the entry, take a moment to brush your hand across the wrought iron gates. Wrought in Spain and delivered to the Court of Two Sisters in 1832, legend has it they were blessed by Queen Isabella and bestow charm on all who touch them.
Our large party of 10 was welcomed and seated quickly on a Thursday night. As we walked through the empty buffet area (a daily Jazz Brunch is served here), I caught the smell of dirty dishcloths. You know the smell — after too many tables have been wiped with the same rag. Fortunately when we entered the dining area, the smell dissipated.
The menu offers a nice selection of seafood, steak and chicken, as well as three vegetarian entrees. There is a section for a four-course meal with several choices for each course priced at $39. The a la carte menu is quite extensive (and expensive). Some of the items our table ordered: Crawfish Maison ($8), Baked Oysters a la Two Sisters ($8), Hearts of Palm Salad ($6), Baked Onion Soup ($6), Filet of Trout ($21), Filet Mignon ($25), and Steamed Asparagus ($6). I ordered the Vegetarian Galette ($17), a puff pastry tart filled with an extensive assortment of vegetables and feta cheese. After eating so heavily for several days, the vegetables felt so good for my body. But I think I really wanted steak, because I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I thought.
Desserts received mixed reviews. The Crème Brulee was very good, but not as good as that at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse . The Chocolate Espresso Torte was outstanding. The New York style cheesecake was too dry. The strawberry topping on the vanilla ice cream was sweet and divine. Cherries Jubilee was flamed at the table and was delicious. Service here was very good. Prompt, friendly, accurate, and quick to refill glasses. That’s really all I ask.
On the way out, I stopped at the hostess desk to ask for a souvenir menu. I waited for about 30 seconds while the hostess was on the phone. She must have overheard me telling my husband what I was waiting for, because she handed me a menu with "souvenir" stamped on it, but she barely looked at me and didn’t even take the time to pause from her phone conversation to thank us for patronizing the restaurant. Hmmph! Not a very nice way to treat customers who just dropped a bundle of money at your establishment!
From journal New Orleans through a Yankee's Eyes
Charlotte, North Carolina
January 5, 2002
Many of the French Quarter restaurants are poor. The service is bad and the food is equally bad. The only people that go to these types of places are tourists so the restaurant knows the diners won't be back. So ask around or do some research before you go. Food is a highlight of your trip to New Orleans, but only if you avoid places like this.
To sum up, I said, "run while you still can".
From journal A Week in New Orleans
by Steve S.
Kansas City, Missouri
November 13, 2002
You enter the restaurant through what appears to be an old New Orleans alley-way, complete with hanging moss and iron light fixtures, reminiscent of "A Streetcar Named Desire." However, once you turn the corner into the restaurant-proper, the scene changes dramatically. Artwork and fine linens adorn the tables and walls and make you truly feel as if you've entered a five star restaurant. The menu certainly doesn't change that perception.
The fixed menu of appetizer, salad, entree and dessert seems to be the house specialty and the food options provide a wonderful palate of tastes and flavors that complement each other wonderfully.
In New Orleans, one would be remiss not to try the seafood gumbo as an appetizer choice. It was delicious. A thick blend of shrimp, clam, and okra with creole seasonings was a treat that I shall not soon forget.
For your salad, choose the caesar option. Impressively, they prepare the caesar dressing at the table blending the classic ingredients with an anchovy and generously topping the fresh greens. It will cost you an extra couple of dollars, but the tableside preparation is worth the difference in price.
The entree choices are wide ranging but overall include mostly seafood options. I tried the "Trout Wellington" a play on words of its more famous cousin beef wellington. They start with a large filet of trout and encase it within a fluffy, crumbly pastry shell (of course shaped like a fish) and then surround it with shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat topped with a choron sauce, a rich flavorful sauce that will leaving you craving more.
Save room for the delectable dessert options. Born in New Orleans, the local favorite is Banana's Foster but the cheesecake and homemade pecan pie looked excellent also. The Banana's Foster, too, is fixed tableside. Flambe bananas with banana liquor, rum and brown sugar and serve over ice cream and the resulting concoction is a fabulous dessert to top off a fabulous meal that will leave you needing an after meal walk around the French Quarter.
Besides the great dinner menu. Court of Two Sisters is known for their jazz brunch served daily in the courtyard for which the restaurant is named. Although I have not been fortunate enough yet to try the brunch, I'm told that brunch is served buffet-style with more than 80 different choices under the canopy of ivy on the courtyard, all set to the stylings of a live jazz band.
All in all, the quality of food, and the unique New Orleans feel make this a truly special restaurant that deserves at least a repeat visit!
From journal A weekend in New Orleans
las vegas, Nevada
September 4, 2000
From journal "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez" Let the Good Times Roll
Mary Esther, Florida
October 8, 2004
At $25 per person, it may seem like a pricey lunch, but considering the bountiful hot-and-cold buffet choices, you may never want to eat again. The brunch is served from 9:00am until 3:00pm daily. Arrive early, relax, linger, and savor this New Orleans extravaganza.
From journal Discovering the REAL New Orleans
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
November 12, 2000
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January 11, 2006
From journal A Week in New Orleans--Pre-Katrina
January 24, 2004
We went for a Jazz Brunch in the morning and it was awesome! The patio they have you on is gorgeous and I'll be adding pictures shortly so you can see it! They had a jazz band playing and I can't tell you how incredibly cool it was to sit in the morning, listen to music, and sip champagne!
The food was OUT of this world! The brunch buffet was enough to feed a thousand people and each item seemed better than the last (no kidding!)
Don't hesitate to come here for any meal -- you won't regret it!
From journal New Orleans, Louisiana Honeymoon Paradise
January 13, 2004
From journal NOLA