Muriel’s Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA Report #320

This place is located in the heart of the French Quarter. The third picture above is Jackson Square, with St. Louis cathedral in the background. Probably one of the images most associated with New Orleans. Muriel’s is located right behind it. And right across the street from Jackson Square is the iconic beignet place, Café du Monde. Also, Muriel’s is only two blocks from Bourbon St. That being said, if you travel to New Orleans, this is probably an area you will, or should end up in!

The restaurant is in a building built in the mid 1800’s. It’s beautiful. There were a few dining rooms downstairs and we were offered the option of dining upstairs. We sat downstairs so I’m not sure what’s up there, but we could see there’s a balcony up there you can dine on.

COOLinary season 2020 is in full swing, and this was my 5th COOLinary dinner. The Boudin Eggroll wasn’t on the COOLinary menu, but it sounded so good we ordered it. Off the COOLinary menu we ordered the Seafood Gumbo, Turtle Soup, Herb Crusted Gulf Fish, Wood Grilled Pork Chop, White Chocolate Bread Pudding and Flourless Chocolate Cake.

And the FOOD!!

This is one of those rare meals where I can just say EVERYTHING was excellent! And I’m not just trying to be kind. I couldn’t complain about anything if I tried.

We only had water to drink, which is normal. Love the little milk jug looking water pitcher they left on the table. It held enough to last us the entire meal.

The mirliton and jicama slaw went great with the very meaty boudin eggroll. And the sauce was fantastic.

The gumbo and turtle soups came in generous portions. I forgot where it was, but the last place I had turtle soup I was told the Sherry was in it. That’s NOT how it should be done. The waiter asked me if I wanted some, the answer was of course, “yes”. He came right back with a bottle and poured me a big glug in it. That’s the way it’s done!

I had the Herb Crusted Gulf Fish, which was Black Drum. The orzo pasta and lemon butter sauce were perfect accompaniments.

My dining partner had the pork chop. Being double cut, she reluctantly let me have a taste. But she let me know there was no way in hell I would have got any if it was a single pork chop! It was delicious.

Both desserts were perfect. The bread pudding wasn’t too dense, not too sweet, and best of all, NO RAISINS! And the flourless chocolate cake was one of the best I’ve ever had.

The service was also fantastic. I couldn’t recommend this place any higher.

801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 Ph: 504-568-1885

Blaine 9-4-2020


After I published this a local friend of mine asked me if I saw the ghost table. I had no idea what she was talking about. Here’s the story:

801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 Ph: 504-568-1885

Blaine 9-5-2020


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