I had the pleasure of traveling to New Orleans for a conference in June 2013 and spent my "off conference" time soaking up some of the local sights and sampling some of the amazing Creole fare.
While most of my meals were at the banquet facility in our hotel, I was able to venture out on our 'off conference' days to a few of the local restaurants, the Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro, and the historic Muriel's Jackson Square Restaurant, both located in the picturesque French Quarter.
A visit to New Orleans wouldn't be complete without a visit to the legendary Muriel's Jackson Square Restaurant and sampling some of the great food and drink, and taking in the panoramic views from the balcony.
|Muriel's Jackson Square Restaurant|
Before heading over to the restaurant I toured Jackson Square. What a wonderful area filled with amazing shops, street vendors and acts, and some of the nicest people you'll ever meet!
|Jackson Square Sights|
We started at the bar where I ordered a delicious Espresso Martini.
|Espresso Martini and good"cheer" with colleagues at Muriel's NOLA|
We were then treated to a tour of Muriel's upstairs rooms. Usually reserved for private parties, we were able to explore in between their reservations. Below you'll see a great interior view of the lounge from the upstairs balcony.
|Interior View of the Lounge|
Then we moved on to the inner and outer seance rooms. The Outer Seance Room marks the era in New Orleans, when Muriel's Jackson Square was a part of the French Quarter's best bordellos along the Mississippi.
The Inner Seance Room is where the resident ghost, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, spends his time reminiscing about days of yesteryear. It’s a great place for casual conversation and drink while exploring your metaphysical side in the French Quarter.
|The Seance Rooms|
And here I am having my own casual conversation with a mummy and enjoying the artifacts.
|Me, clowning around! Oh goodness...why did I wear that bulky top?|
And then we feasted on the view of Jackson Square, from the exterior wrought iron balcony of Muriel's, decorated with luscious window boxes. The balcony offers arguably one of the best views in all of New Orleans!
|The Balcony overlooking Jackson Square|
Time to move on to dinner. Our group menu allowed us to order a great variety of NOLA standards.
I started with the Gorgonzola Tart, a wedge of tart with Meilhenny Farms honeyed pecans, garnished with crispy prosciutto, fresh blackberries and sliced apple. It was wonderfully seductive, with creamy richness, sweet nutty goodness, and crisp fresh fruits.
Unfortunately, I have no pictures of my delicious dessert, a Vanilla Bean Cream Brulee! But suffice it to say, it was wonderful!
On our way out we paid our respects to resident ghost, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, the former owner who in 1814 lost the building in a poker game, and hung himself. Management saves a space for eternity for him at his own reserved table, always set with bread and wine, awaiting his return.
|Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan's Table|
I had a great time in New Orleans sampling some of the best restaurants in the French Quarter.
|Muriel's Jackson Square Restaurant #NOLA|
If you're traveling to New Orleans, Muriel's Jackson Square Restaurant is a MUST STOP!
801 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
For more pictures from this trip click HERE
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Have you traveled to New Orleans? Do you have some 'must stops' of your own?
I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!