When we lived in New Orleans, my husband and I loved eating at Café Marigny. It was a friendly little place just a block from the Quarter, parking was fairly easy to find and the food was superb.
Fast forward seven years.
Parking isn't easy in this neighborhood anymore, Café Marigny is gone and a Thai restaurant called Sukho Thai is in it's old space. I noticed this as we drove through the Marigny to visit a friend and thought that sadly, it was perhaps another restaurant that had disappeared after the dreaded Katrina, an unfortunate loss for the city.
However, on the way home from our friend's house I saw a restaurant with an oddly familiar sign out front called The Marigny Brasserie. Turns out the owners moved down the block into a bigger space and made an even better restaurant.
Fortunately it was suggested that we meet some out of town friends here and have brunch before hitting the Quarter the Sunday before Mardi Gras. Maybe I just miss brunch so much that any brunch will do, but I thought the food was fantastic! We all had the eggs Benedict Marigny, a version of eggs Benedict with apple smoked bacon and a Creole Hollandaise sauce that was so scrumptious. The two Bloody Mary's I had (at only $3 each!) made the experience even more pleasant. Normally I wouldn't think of ordering dessert after brunch, but when we saw that chocolate peanut butter pie was available, we decided to share a slice. Pure, sugary sweet heaven!
Turns out Cate Blanchett and her family were having brunch at the same time. But she didn't stop by our table to say hello. How rude.
The Marigny Brasserie
640 Frenchmen Street
New Orleans, LA