Saint Cecilia (91 French Market Place, New Orleans), the newest offering from the owners of Saint Lawrence, quietly opened across the street from the French Market. Ian McNulty reports that the new spot is in the “old warehouse space on French Market Place, between longtime local eateries Louisiana Pizza Kitchen and El Gato Negro. The big wooden doors open to views of the French Market’s flea market hall and the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint just down the block.”
St. Cecilia was named for the the patron saint of musicians and “proprietors have pledged $1 from each daiquiri sold here and a portion of overall proceeds to the Roots of Music, the marching band and youth development program.” St. Lawrence was named for the patron saint of cooks and offers late hours and a discount for local service industry workers.
The new restaurant has some similarities to St. Lawrence, but also stands on its own. Like St. Lawrence, St. Cecilia serves craft daiquiris, pumping out a frozen Pimm’s Cup and a Singapore Sling regularly. The cocktail menu includes a cold brew old-fashioned and a sherry cobbler. “Raw and garlicky chargrilled oysters are a specialty for the new restaurant,” reports McNulty. Also on the menu: deviled eggs, fried pickle spears, red beans and rice, a poutine loaf, and a fried oyster banh mi.
Brunch stretches until 4 p.m. on the weekends. Daily raw oyster happy hour from 4 pm - 7 pm. Open daily from 9 a.m. - midnight. [ADVOCATE]