Decadence, Opulence, and Mystery:
Muriel's bills itself as the epitome of the decadence, opulence, and mystery surrounding the French Quarter. Portions of the building date back to around 1762, when it was built as a private home. After use as commercial property, Muriel's was elegantly restored in 2000-2001.
Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan is one resident ghost. A former owner, he committed suicide when he lost the house in a poker game. Reputedly, this unhappy act occurred in the general area of the Seance Lounge, so named because of his frequent appearances there.
A somewhat more active ghost sometimes throws glasses and bottles in the Courtyard Bar. Finally, the Carriageway seems to have many unhappy ghosts dating from the time the area was used house the servants or slaves at night. Neither the staff nor the customers seem to mind the extracurricular activity.
Contemporary Creole Food will never taste better than it does here. Some favorites are the Pecan-Crusted Puppy Drum, the double Cut Pork Chop, and the Slow-Roasted Duck. The Bleu Cheese and Walnut Salad, and the Seafood Gumbo, are not to be missed. For dessert, try the Chocolate Decadence Chocolate Ganache Tarte or the Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée. Visit their web site.
Recipes from Muriel's website include the Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee, Shrimp Remoulade, BBQ Shrimp, and the Pecan Drum. You will really want these recipes once you have delighted in them at the restaurant.
Located on Jackson Square, Muriel's is wonderfully romantic. Seated at a window table, you can watch much of the colorful French Quarter go by, or just hold hands and let them watch you.