I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras last week and my sister in law and I had lunch at Muriels on thursday. I was very interested in the history of the building and all of the infamous events that occurred there over the years: brothel at one time, a suicide and murder were committed there, an old family estate in the early 19th century lost in a poker game (hence the suicide) and many others. There are wide reports of ghosts haunting the place-flying glasses and plates falling off of shelves, etc. The building is in a great location-right off of Jackson Square. It is at least 2 stories and the main dining is on the first story. Up an ancient staircase on the 2nd story leads you to the cocktail lounge done in deep reds with velvet chairs and couches. This then leads into the "Seance Room" where supposedly some of the resident ghosts lurk about. Done in rich fabrics and furniture along with 2 life size scarcophaci. Very cool place to have a drink and hange out. There is also a fabulous wine room where one large table sits-it is $150 to reserve the table but what a great spot! An iron gate closes it in.
While we didn't see any ghosts we did enjoy some great food.
I began with their tomato and mozzarella salad with a pesto vinegarette. I really don't care for these types of salads-they have been so overdone but this one blew me away! The pesto sauce had a subtle sweetness to it that I loved! I'm thinking rice vinegar maybe?
Then my main entree was their shrimp and goat cheese crepes! smothered in a delicious sauce. YUM!!!
I had the rites of spring cocktail - more than one! My sister in law had the ginger snap with allspice dram-she had more than one of those, too. Great cocktail list.
For dessert we split the butterscotch pudding-I like the buttorscotch flavor but not the chocolate syrup at the bottom. It would have been better without it.
I snapped several photos and was making notes and the manager came over and asked if I was tweeting or blogging and when I mentioned it was for Trip Advisor she offerred to show us around and said how much they appreciated Trip Advisor! Even gave me a free glass of wine!
One of the best things about Muriels is their balcony on the second floor-we sat outside,drinking our free wine, and soaked in all of the crazy vendors, pyschics, huslters, and street artists in Jackson Square. I would definitely go back-hopefully next time I'll see a ghost!