Brunch at Antoine's
Restaurants that once seemed immune to change are trying new things post-Katrina — even the venerable Antoine's Restaurant (713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com). This month, the 165-year-old Creole grande dame introduced its first Sunday brunch. This Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch is billed as a limited engagement over three Sundays, with Feb. 26 planned as the final installment. Brunch is served in Antoine's downstairs Hermes and annex rooms, while private brunch parties can be booked in other dining rooms in the labyrinthine building.
Juan for the Road
It's still possible to catch a meal from Juan's Flying Burrito (4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950 and 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; www.juansflyingburrito.com) in Mid-City, even though the Tex-Mex's badly flood-damaged restaurant in that neighborhood won't reopen until around Jazz Fest time. Since January, Juan's has been serving food at the monthly Mid-City Art Market (www.midcityartmarket.org), which was formerly held next to the Juan's South Carrollton Avenue location. Now the art market is held in the Botanical Gardens of City Park (www.neworleanscitypark.com) and from a tent kitchen there Juan's has been dishing up burritos, nachos and margaritas. The next art market day is Sunday, March 5, which coincides with the planned reopening weekend of the New Orleans Museum of Art (www.noma.org) in the park.