The worn, fully-stocked bar glowed to my right as I entered the doors at The Court of Two Sisters, located along the Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter. Mimosas, bloody marys, or a refreshing gin and tonic were being made by the vested, bow-tied bartender for guests looking for a little more kick with their brunch.
But it’s the patio that really pulled me in, with white double doors directing me to the open space, water trickling down the brightly colored panels of the outdoor water fountain, rows of white iron chairs and tables along the brick beneath my feet. Green vines snaked to and fro above me, allowing for a bit of protection should the clouds have decide to open for a brief bit of rain, must mostly to block the sun that beats down regularly on the Big Easy. In the corner, a jazz trio played a steady stream of recognizable tunes while servers bustled back and forth. When I arrived for my recent reservation, I knew that it was classic New Orleans at its best.
A city staple after nearly a century in business, the jazz brunch buffet at the Court of Two Sisters was certainly the way to start my day. Offering a full array of standard buffet hot and cold items, from salads and fruits to eggs and grits, the breakfast-heavy offerings were transformed into a lunch-friendly display during my visit, with Louisiana staples like creole jambalaya and shrimp etouffee, along with a carving station piled with heaps of turkey and roast beef. Though too early for me to indulge in dessert, the selection included bites of classic King Cake, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, and Bananas Foster. Representing the finest in Southern hospitality, the staff were attentive and readily accessible throughout your meal, with my host, Gray, offering assistance both with my meal and with my photo taking (as often happens on the beautiful outdoor patio). Want to get the full feel of New Orleans? The Court of Two Sisters is worthy of a stop.
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