Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The MURALS at BRENNAN'S Restaurant, New Orleans + Breakfast at Brennan's


Restaurant in the
French Quarter,
New Orleans, LA

Interior designer Richard Keith Langham and architect John Williams designed Brennan's recently reborn restaurant and the dramatic Chanteclair Dining Room. Langham hand painted the gouache murals to offer relief from all of the green trélliage (gridded lattice) in the room. The murals were based on 19th-century New Orleans' Mardi Gras Ball invitations, Langham had found during his research on Mardi Gras. The Chanteclair Room is a fantastical orangerie that also includes cozy green leather banquettes and coral clad rattan chairs which contrast with Brennan's white tablecloths and white table service china.

Brennan's Chanteclair Room

Brennan's Original 1960's Cookbook

Original entrance to house
where Brennan's is now.

Brennan's "Rooster Sculpture"
near the entrance.

REX's coat of arms
The King's and Queen's Rooms, twin parlors for private dining resplendent with multi-colored silk taffeta draperies, velvet coronation chairs, golden fleur-de-lis wall covering, and displays of historic regalia, pay tribute to Rex, one of the oldest regal courts of Mardi Gras, reflecting the longstanding social hierarchy of New Orleans itself.

King REX float
in Marde Gras Parade
King REX Crown & Scepter

Brennan's Queen's Room
private dining

King & Queen 
at REX Marde Gras Ball

Marde Gras Ball Invitation from the 1880's
Marde Gras Ball Invitation from the 1880's

Early King REX
at his Marde Gras Ball

Etching of early King REX float 
in Marde Gras Parade

The Brennans planning a seasonal menu, in the courtyard, circa 1970's

Brennan's courtyard, today.
Brennan's private dining overlooking the courtyard.
Brennan's "Rooster Sculpture"
in the lounge area.



Breakfast at Brennan's usually starts with a cocktail, often has an egg dish as the entrée and ends with a dessert, most often their signature "Bananas Foster".

Eggs Hussarde with Hollandaise and Marchand de Vin sauces, plus a side of fried oysters.

Eggs Cardinal with a Creole mustard sauce, 
plus New Orleans' Chicory Coffee and an English muffin.
Bananas Foster
being prepared tableside
at Brennan's.

(photo courtesy

Brennan's invented Bananas Foster.
(photo courtesy

Brennan's Restaurant is located at 417 Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

(Sources: Photos taken by ARTSnFOOD staff, two photos courtesy Some text derived from

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