New Orleans Dining: Jazz Brunch at The Court of Two Sisters
Brunch is set in a picturesque old-world courtyard under a 200 year-old wisteria with original gas lights, flowing fountains, and a strolling trio playing New Orleans jazz, 7 days-a-week.
The property is named for Emma and Bertha Camors, sisters who once owned a notions and fancies shop here, the Court of the Two Sisters has a long and interesting history.
The lovely three-story building sits on “Governor’s Row,” the 600 block of Royal Street that was once home to five governors, two state Supreme Court justices, a future justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a future President of the United States. 613’s own resident was Sieur Etienne de Perier, the royal governor of colonial Louisiana between 1726 and 1733. Such a famous block lent itself to rumors, and it’s said that the outrageous Marquis de Vaudreuil–the colonial governor who turned New Orleans from marshland into a “petit Paris”–also once lived here.
Sitting in a large courtyard under a 200 year-old histeria, enjoying a live jazz trio, enjoying authentic Creole cuisine. New Orleans doesn’t get much better than this!
Emma and Bertha belonged to a proud, aristocratic Creole family; their “rabais,” or notions, outfitted many of New Orleans’ high society women in formal gowns, lace, and perfumes imported from Paris. With a larger courtyard than its neighbors, the residence lent itself to visitors, and the sisters’ shop received many.
Marriage, reversals of fortune, widowhood–nothing could separate the two sisters. Indeed, as the local newspaper was to report, the sisters died within two months of each other in the winter of 1944. They lie side by side at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, united in death as in life.
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Our visit to the Jazz Brunch at The Court of Two Sisters in New Orleans couldn’t have been more picture perfect.
We were sitting under a 200 year-old wisteria, a jazz trio was playing delightful New Orleans melodies in the corner, the temperature was perfect, and the sun was delightfully dancing with the shadows as scores of boomer-types were greatly enjoying the experience.
This is authentic Creole cuisine and we started the affair out with a piping hot bowl of Turtle Soup au Sherry. Wow! An instant flashback to my grandmother’s turtle soup.
Now, don’t tell my dearly departed grandmother, but her turtle soup wasn’t quite as tasty, and being of strict Dutch upbringing, it certainly didn’t possess any Sherry. It’s near lunch time as I’m writing this, and I sure would love a bowl of this turtle soup for lunch!
There is a cold station with a unique selection of salads, including: Zesty Cajun Pasta, Sweet Potato w/Andouille Sausage, Creamy Crawfish and Spinach Pasta, Ceviche, Homemade Olive and Country Pâtés, Seafood Mousse and an assortment of domestic and imported cheeses.
Also featured is a carving station where you will enjoy Tender Roast Beef and Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, carved to order and served with natural au jus and horseradish cream sauce.
And my favorite was the hot station where I found Fresh Shrimp in Spicy Etouffee, Duck à l’ orange, Crawfish Louise, Creole Jambalaya, Southern BBQ Pork Ribs, and a local favorite – Veal Grillades and Gravy, Corn Grits. There was a whole ton of major yumminess happenin’ here!
And least we forget, the Court of Two Sisters Jazz Buffet has a wonderful dessert station with a vast variety of fresh cakes, pies and sweets baked daily on the premises, including Mardi Gras King Cake, Southern Pecan Pie, Bananas Foster, Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce, and Home-Churned French Vanilla Ice Cream with your choice of Praline Sauce or Chocolate Sauce. Finally, assortments of local and exotic fruit and fruit salads!
Wow! That bread pudding was out of this world!
The Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch occurs daily from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and in our opinion, is a must when you travel to New Orleans.
Link: The Court of Two Sisters
Disclosure: our wonderful dining experience was provided by the kind folks at The Court of Two Sisters. Thanks!