605 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA
Lunch: Mon-Sat – 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Dinner nightly: 5:30 p.m. until
By Jane Feehan
Another Brennan restaurant, the Palace Café (located between Chartres and Royal streets), applies the well-known family formula for good food and attentive service to create a pleasurable dining experience.
One of their dishes, Crabmeat Cheesecake, is a fusion of seafood with a dessert motif resulting in a delicious appetizer topped with three fat crab claws and a savory meunière sauce. A small slice is rich enough for two – or as a meal with a salad for one.
That wonderful sauce reappears in several of their dishes including Catfish Pecan, which comes with spiced pecans and popcorn rice and was delicious even to this diner who doesn’t eat catfish. Another entrée topped with the Palace Café signature meunière, Shrimp Tchefuncte, is a sophisticated, scrumptious departure from other shrimp feasts. Desserts are made in house, including praline ice cream served in a thin shell of baked pecan flour and sugar - a cool and creamy end-of-meal winner.
Steaks, chicken, pork, pasta, salads, and gumbo are also available for both lunch (entrées $13-18) and dinner (entrées $17-$32). It gets busy here especially at night so reservations are recommended. Sidewalk dining available at this multi-level restaurant. Dress: “upscale casual.” © Jane Feehan All rights reserved.