One of our last stops in New Orleans is one of my favorites on this trip. The Court of Two Sisters is a family run restaurant in the French Quarter. Sheila and I touched the Charm gates. These gates were made for the restaurant and it is said to bestow charm on anyone who touched them.
June Fallo, the Director of Sales for The Court of Two Sisters, sat down with us to tell us about the restaurant. Two sisters, Emma and Bertha Camors opened a shop at the address originally selling elegant clothing from Paris.
The outdoor courtyard has a white statue of the two sisters looking out over diners enjoying their meals. Their legendary Wisteria vines are threaded overhead to make a roof of green foliage that can't be matched. A fountain bubbles cheerfully in the dappled shade of the arbors. If it wasn't for rain, we would have eaten outside and I am going to have to come back to do just that. June explained that when the Wisteria are in bloom the purple blossoms fall everywhere, but the patrons don't care because it is so beautiful.
Standing out there is like being transported back in time to an older New Orleans when the seeds of what it is today had just been planted. I half expected to see a woman in an elegant French ballgown come sweeping down the back entrance to the courtyard.
At the back gate an older man was able to identify the busts sitting on the ground. Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, and a young Winston Churchill are a little battered, but they watch guests strolling through the gates to the courtyard.
The Court of Two Sisters is famous for its Jazz Buffet. Three musicians played toe-tapping music while guests have omelets made to order and serve themselves from the long buffet set up. I didn't know what to eat first so I tried tasting a little of everything. Boiled shrimp, Duck a l'Orange, Shrimp Etoufee and Creole jambalaya were so good I had to restrain myself to tasting and not filling up on one thing. The turtle soup was my biggest temptation. At every turn there was an employee ready to help cut roasted meat or suggest something good to eat.
Where we ate was a light, airy room that didn't feel crowded even when the tables were full. High ceilings with a wall of nothing but glass let in the sun to illuminate white walls, table cloths and trim. The only dark color were the wrought iron chair backs.
When we went back for desserts, June told me about the colorful slices of cake at one end of the buffet. In New Orleans tradition, certain parents can put the names of their newborn boys and girls in for the chance to be Mardi Gras King and Queen. When they are seventeen, they are brought together to cut and eat the King's cake. Inside the cake is a tiny baby figurine. The girl or boy who gets that slice is crowned the Mardi Gras king/queen. I never knew there was such a fun tradition behind the choice of who gets to sit on those floats.
After our meal June gave the Roadies a tour of the building and told us the history behind all the rooms, items, and changes made. Like a lot of the people we have met on this trip, she is a wealth of information about her livelihood. Hearing the story of the sisters and the building made our visit even more memorable.
To see and experience the elegance, some of the best foods, and feel of New Orleans, stop by The Court of Two sisters. You won't regret it and you'll be able to taste the best signature dishes of the city in one place.
For more information on the Court of Two Sisters visit www.courtoftwosisters.com.