Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Brunch | Ralph's on the Park

I love eating out in New Orleans this time of year. Restaurants are decorated and diners are celebrating. There's definitely a festive feel in the air.

Today I joined some friends at Ralph's on the Park for Sunday Brunch. We started with cocktails ... Sazeracs and such.  None of us chose the prix fixe brunch menu. Instead, we all ordered appetizers and entrees. 

I started with the cane glazed shrimp fried with corn meal tempura batter and served with a pickled peppers, jalapeño and lime crème fraîche. The combination of textures and flavors worked perfectly. 

Cane glazed shrimp

Other appetizers included the blue crab beignets with pepper jelly cream.

Blue crab beignets

Pickled beet salad with baby arugula, red onion, and creamy feta cheese. 

Pickled beet salad

For my entree, I ordered the eggs Sardou with browned buttered artichoke hearts, creamed spinach, poached eggs, tomato hollandaise, topped with lump crab meat. 

Eggs Sardou
Other entrees included steak and eggs: a blackened bistro steak served with brabant potatoes, wild mushrooms and topped with a brandy butter sauce.

Steak & eggs

And, the fried chicken liver omelet with roasted corn grits, mixed mushrooms, and a chicken reduction sauce. 

Fried chicken liver omelet

A good time was had by all! Merry Christmas!

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