on March 21, 2005
I’d heard some great things about Brennan’s New Orleans brunch, so despite attempts by my concierge to make me a brunch reservation elsewhere, I managed to sneak into Brennan’s about 10am on a Sunday morning. I honestly didn’t expect that I’d be able to get a table, but when I walked in, they said it would only be a 20-minute wait. They led me to a beautiful courtyard to wait for my table and asked to take my drink order. I’d barely sat down and started to enjoy the surroundings when the host came out to tell me my table was ready. Wow – that was a fast 20 minutes!
My table was by the window overlooking the courtyard, so I could still admire it. When I sat down, several people made sure that my napkin was in my lap, that my water was on the table, and that my coffee was poured. What service! My waiter was a very good-looking young man (and by young, I mean barely legal) who saw my camera sitting on the table and asked to take my photo. The host saw this, and said, "I want to be in the picture with the lovely lady!" (With this kind of service, I might not ever leave.) After the paparazzi moment, I ordered a ham-and-cheese omelet and –even though Brennan’s is famous for its Bananas Foster – Crepes Fitzgerald (another signature Brennan’s dish) for dessert. The omelet could’ve fed about three people, but it was really good. I have to say, though, that I was really biding my time with the omelet (and trying to eat at least one healthy thing) waiting for the crepes. The crepes are filled with cream cheese and sour cream and served with strawberries flamed in maraschino. They make it – and the bananas foster – on stations positioned among the tables so you can watch – and smell – the action.
They have a fixed price menu for $36. But I chose to go á la carte with the omelette ($7) and the crepes ($5). I couldn’t have eaten all the food offered on the fixed-price menu! However, I was very happy with my brunch and my service and would suggest that everyone partake in brunch at Brennan’s when in New Orleans.
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