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Best Restaurants for Brunch

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A favorite passtime on the weekend in New Orleans is attending a Jazz Brunch. Whether it's a special occasion or a holiday, or an early meal before a Saints game, a Jazz Brunch can set the mood. Here's a complete guide to places for brunch in New Orleans. Whether it's Easter, Christmas, Mother's Day or just Sunday, it's always a good time for a Jazz Brunch.

1. Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace  Though I didn't have a meal at The Commander's Palace, many folks I spoke with in New Orleans raved about this restaurant's food.
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In the heart of the Garden District above many trees rises a grand Victorian turret, in a building that houses Commander's Palace, the Grand Dame of Uptown restaurants. This restaurant has been serving great food since 1880. The service and presentation of the food is wonderful, making Commander's Palace a great choice for a special occasion, or any time you want to be pampered.

2. Brennan's

Brennan's, in the heart of the French Quarter is famous for breakfast any day and a full brunch on the weekends. There are 12 dining rooms that seat 550 persons. Most rooms overlook the courtyard, which is also used for dining. A former slave quarter building now protects the huge wine collection. Breakfast served from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. can typically consist of a Brandy Milk Punch, Eggs Hussarde, and Bananas Foster. Not exactly cornflakes, folks.

3. The Veranda

The Veranda is locatet in the Intercontinental Hotel at 444 St. Charles Avenue, right on the streetcar line. The Veranda has a great Sunday brunch that is expanded for Easter and other special occasions. The food is contemporary New Orleans cuisine with a European flare. This is a festive restaurant for that special occasion brunch.

4. The Steamboat Natchez

The Steamboat Natchez, docked at Toulouse Street & the River in the French Quarter. Any time is a good time to take a cruise on a steamboat down the Mississippi River, but Mother's Day, and Easter are great days to take a 2-hour jazz brunch cruise with great music and food. Take Mom on the Steamboat Natchez for Mother's Day so she can cruise down the Mississippi with a Mimosa in her hand. Remember, if Mom's happy, everybody's happy.

5. Begue's

Begue's in the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street has a traditional Champagne Sunday Brunch . every Sunday from 10:30 and 2:00 pm.  this buffet has a Seafood Display Station with Freshly Shucked Gulf Oysters, Spicy Boiled Peel and Eat Shrimp, Boiled Crawfish (in season), Assorted Sushi, a made to order omelet station, a griling station and a carving station. Then there's the great pastries. You'll no doubt make several trips back to this buffet.

6. The Court of Two Sisters

The thing I love most about the Court of Two Sisters, is the courtyard. I just love the ambiance of this secluded haven in the middle of the French Quarter. The nice thing about this restaurant is that you can go to a Jazz Brunch on any day from 9am to 8 pm. So this is the place for you, if you're not an early riser. The menu changes and is more breakfast-like in the morning and more hardy in the evening.

8. The Stage Door Canteen and the American Sector

For something out of the ordinary, take Mom to The National World War II Museum in New Orleans. There is a wonderfully recreated 1940's era canteen that honors this memorable war-time tradition called the Stage Door Canteen, an exciting new entertainment and dining destination. Here you can enjoy a pre-performance meal from the American Sector Restaurant, with Chef John Besh. It's a great experience for brunch, lunch or dinner.

9. The Grill Room

The Grill Room in the Windsor Court Hotel has earned the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond awards. This is the place for elegant fine dining on that special occasion or holiday. Brunch at the Grill Room is a four course gourmet meal that will not soon be forgotten. The adjacent Polo Club Lounge is comfortable and often has live Jazz.

10. The Roosevelt Hotel

The Roosevelt is one of the Waldorf Astoria Collection of hotels. It's an old New Orleans tradition to visit the Blue Room for dinner and a show. Today it's also a wonderful place for a Sunday Brunch. On special occasions like holidays and Mother's Day the brunch moves upstairs to the ballroom and gets even bigger.

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