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!