I am looking for recommendations for a moderately priced venue in the French Quarter to host a max of 50 people for a post-wedding brunch. This is turning out to be much more difficult than I expected. Nearly all the restaurants I've looked at, from the midscale to the top, tend to have the same price of roughly $45 a head (when tax and tip are included), which does not include the price of drinks. Which is the same price as dinner receptions in New Orleans, so it somewhat shocks me that brunch prices are in no way more affordable. Not to mention that their private party menus (beyond costing double of their restaurant menu prices) only allow you to select one entree for your entire party. This is one of several wedding functions, so I really don't want to kill the budget over a single entree that many of my guests may not enjoy.
The venue absolutely MUST be in the French Quarter. Not Bywater or Uptown, unfortunately. I do not require a private room. In fact, with all the jazz brunches around the city, it is likely preferable to be in the main room with the band. I would prefer a menu with more than one option. But, most importantly, I would like a more affordable brunch option with relatively good food. Stanley would have been ideal, but they no longer do private parties. :( Frankly, I would also be fine with simply hosting a beignets and coffee party, but Cafe du Monde does not do private parties, and Cafe Beignet (which I haven't heard raves about anyway) cannot accommodate a large party.
So Chowhounds - any bright ideas? Desperately need help.
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