Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Muriel's New Orleans French Quarter

801 Chartres Street at St Ann
Jackson Square
New Orleans French Quarter
Lunch and dinner seven days
Sunday Jazz Brunch
Reservations recommended

By Jane Feehan

Muriel’s rocks. The food, contemporary Creole, is good, the price is right and the atmosphere festive. Lots of locals dine here in the shadow of St. Louis Cathedral.

A table d’ hote menu – set or limited menu with a fixed price - features a double cut pork chop, BBQ shrimp, or fish, with an appetizer and dessert for about $30. We ordered a double cut pork chop and pecan crusted puppy drum fish as entrées. Both dishes were excellent – and more than ample. A beet salad was low on beets but high in flavor and freshness. I ordered shrimp and goat cheese crepes; the shrimp were simmered in a buttery sauce of chardonnay, onion, tomato, and bell pepper. Had that been the main course I would have walked away happy; it was a large dish for an appetizer – and delicious. Dessert for us was a vanilla bean crème brulée, which was good but not outstanding.

The regular menu lists filet mignon (about $35), Creole shrimp dishes, barbequed oysters, crabmeat imperial, blackened redfish and wood grilled fish of the day. Appetizers and dessert on this menu are à la carte.

There’s dining for most any mood or circumstance: a romantic balcony, a private party room on the second floor and, for singles or small groups, there’s the courtyard for drinks - or feasting. Other rooms are available, depending on the occasion. It’s a fun place and the food is top-notch. Service: good. ©2010 Jane Feehan All rights reserved.
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