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Palace Café

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Occupying what used to be New Orleans's oldest music store, this Dickie Brennan stalwart is a convivial spot to try some of the more imaginative contemporary Creole dishes, such as crabmeat cheesecake, shrimp in Creole meunière sauce, and pepper-crusted duck breast with foie gras. Desserts, especially the white-chocolate bread pudding and the house-made ice creams, are luscious. Drugstore-tile floors and stained cherrywood booths set the mood. The wraparound mezzanine is lined with a large mural depicting the city's famous musicians, such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, and Aaron Neville. The outdoor sidewalk café is just for small plates and wine. The Sunday jazz brunch is New Orleans all the way.

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Updated: 03-30-2013

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    Palace Café Review

    Ate here last night. Arrived about 9pm whe the place started emptying out. We waited 15 minutes before anyone took our drink order. My 2nd drink order was forgotten and a second waiter solicited to retrieve it. We ordered crabmeat cheesecake, werlein salad with oysters and oysters pan roast as starters. The cheesecake was basically a quiche with meuniere sauce and was ok. The pan roast was good, but was swimming in cream and breadcrumbs. The dressing on the werlein salad tasted like it was out of a bottle and the lettuce was drenched in it. This was also forgotten by the server and served to me long after the first two starters came. Not a good experience for me.
    Now onto the entrees. I ordered the duck, which was good, but it was served to me cold. To the mgmts. credit, it was warmed and replated and an apology given by the floor manager. My companion ordered the fra diablo. It had 2 mussles, 2 shrimp and the rest was, as the served guessed, drum fish. Disapointing. I would not go back.

    by naplesbuoy, 4/19/10
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    not up to snuff

    I've eaten in a number of the crescent city's restaurants, including others owned by D. Brennan. But Palace just isn't up to snuff. The food is ordinary, almost massed produced.

    In short, don't bother

    by ivan1951, 11/28/08
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    Wonderful Brunch!

    Had brunch for Mother's Day at the Palace Cafe and everything was wonderful. The food was delicious - crabmeat cheesecake appetizer is not to be missed. Our service was great too. We'll definitely be back soon.

    by LucyW, 5/14/07
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    Very enjoyable evening!!!

    I highly recommend Palace Cafe. The atmosphere is wonderful and the entrees are amazing. The location is great, right on Canal! The service is also wonderful! We will return soon. Thanks for such an enjoyable evening!

    by codyt5181, 4/17/07

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