Jazzin’ up your Sunday

. February 11, 2013.

A morning at the Holiday Inn French Quarter can be entertaining whether you’re just in for brunch or a guest for the weekend. The buffet features many items that are sure to delight any palate, along with music and activities that will keep patrons of any age enjoying the meal.
Unique surroundings
For the last couple of years, I’ve taken my family to the French Quarter (FQ) for an overnight getaway.  Sometimes, you don’t want to spend a bundle, but need a temporary change of scenery. We always stay in the Holidome section of the hotel. The essence of New Orleans surrounds you and the kids love the oversized
indoor pool that connects to a year-round outdoor pool. The Holidome also boasts a Jacuzzi, ping-pong table and game room. But what if you’re not up for a night away?
Sunday brunch for all
Though we have enjoyed our weekend getaways at the FQ, we’d never considered making a trip for their Sunday Jazz Brunch Buffet.  Along with the restaurant and pub, the Sunday brunch buffet is open to the public.  You need not be a registered guest to enjoy the food, atmosphere, and smooth jazz. (Note however, that if you ARE a registered guest, the Kid’s Eat Free program does not apply to the brunch buffet.)
Options, atmosphere, and music
Recently my family enjoyed a Sunday brunch at the FQ.  I guarantee you’ll enjoy the atmosphere and live jazz. “There are always three musicians there,” said Food and Beverage Director Jason Hunyor.  Along with the keyboard, there may be any combination of drums, a vocalist, saxophone or a flute.  My family had a great table with a bird’s eye view of the musicians.
The buffet is located in the Jackson Square Atrium just beyond the front desk. To your right you’ll find the extensive buffet with over 50 tempting items and a swimming pool. Abundant windows from ceiling to floor overlook a courtyard and outdoor swimming pool.  Ample sunlight pours through the atrium allowing the greenery throughout to thrive indoors.  “90 percent of the greenery you see in the hotel is real”, said Hunyor. 
The buffet is $13.99 for adults and $6.99 for children 12 and under.  We took in a leisurely meal, even going back for seconds. According to
Hunyor, there are always about 15 main items, including carved beef and poultry.  The omelet and eggs benedict stations are weekly staples as well. I will caution you now—it may be difficult to drag your children away from the luscious chocolate fountain, where they can enjoy making their own delectable treats. 
My husband and I sat back simultaneously in our chairs and commented how enjoyable the meal had been. The kids were welcome to get up and move about checking out the indoor pool, getting more munchies, and taking in a closer view of the musicians. It was a pleasure to take a break from our usual hurried schedules to just enjoy the moment.
Bottom Line:  Next time you venture out for Sunday brunch you can enjoy the buffet at the Holiday Inn French Quarter with live jazz. Feel free to dress up or dress down. Either way, you’ll fit right in.