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Café Degas: Our Impression

We’ve never been to Paris but after Saturday Brunch at Café Degas, we feel like we have been. Why wait for Sunday when you can brunch at this sweet little eatery on Esplanade on Saturdays as well as Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.?

Café Degas is just amazing in spring and fall when the weather is perfect for brunching outside at cute little tables or on their enclosed porch with a shady view of Esplanade. We sipped Peach Mimosas (they offer $5 glasses of sparkling wine or Mimosas on Saturdays)  and talked about what a shame it was that so many tourists will never make it out of the French Quarter to experience this – the most Gallic French Restaurant in New Orleans.

So what to order? We can’t say enough about La Crépe au Crabe with Sauce Hollandaise. It includes a generous amount of the sweetest jumbo lump crabmeat, fresh wild mushrooms and asparagus. The Belgian Waffle with White Chocolate Praline Butter and Berries is perfection. And the Grillades and Grits are also a winner if you’re looking for traditional Creole fare. Trying to eat healthy? Keep in mind that Café Degas has Eat Fit NOLA items on the menu.

After brunch, you can stroll up Esplanade to see some of the artwork of Edgar Degas, the café’s namesake, at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). You can also visit Degas House (2036 Esplanade) where the impressionist came to stay with relatives in the fall of 1872.

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