What does The Chief Concierge like to do on a beautiful Sunday? Explore everything New Orleans has to offer, just like you. Like a gift from Heaven, a parking place miraculously appeared right in front of the French Market and we were off to stroll, dine, and listen to music.
The Heart of New Orleans is Jackson Square
Muriel’s Jackson Square offers casual fine dining in a gorgeous historic building, with dining rooms indoors and on balconies overlooking the French Quarter’s famous Jackson Square. We chose the balcony, of course, and were treated to a view of the passing parade of people, dogs, taxicabs, pedi-cabs, and policemen and their horses.
The artists and musicians have returned to Jackson Square. Our wonderful brunch was enhanced by a bottle of wine, several classic New Orleans cocktails (Ramos Gin Fizz and Sazerac) and the pulsating sounds of drums and brass instruments from the Square below.
Mmmm – brunch! A crab and artichoke appetizer, wedge salad, two kinds of grilled fish, a vegetarian pasta with pesto and micro greens, and bread pudding for dessert. Dee-lish!
We were stuffed, but not too stuffed to meander across Chartres Street to the new Skull & Brush Art Gallery, featuring the paintings and collages of Giovanni Tutrone. Great work by an artist who managed to transform his home into ‘The Little Shop of 2020 Horrors’ during this year’s Mardi Gras season. Bravo!
Off the Beaten Track
Well, Dear Reader, you’ll need to drive or call KreweCar to duplicate the rest of our day – it’s a little too far to walk.
The Junction on St Claude Avenue is a neighborhood joint with food, sidewalk dining, and giant frozen Irish Coffees. The Junction’s version of this drink is ice cream and lots of Irish Whisky. We sat outside to drink our drinks and fortify ourselves for the last leg of an incredible day.
Madame Vic’s is a new, stylish bar with live entertainment at 1500 Elysian Fields Avenue. We were definitely entertained by a couple of rounds of expertly-made Old Fashioneds and the jazz sounds of DinosAurchestra – trombone, guitar, trumpet, bass, and drums – in the patio. We’ll be back!