Owen Brennan founded a fine-dining restaurant empire in 1946, when the owner of Arnaud’s taunted him by saying that no Irishman could succeed with anything other than a hamburger joint. Brennan got his revenge at this French and Creole restaurant, located in a sprawling, pink 1795 Spanish-era structure that’s become iconic. After some slouching in recent years, Brennan’s is back on culinary maps following a change in ownership (from one branch of Brennan descendants to another). Pro tip: It’s more famous for breakfast than dinner. Among the more noted dishes is Eggs Hussarde, involving poached eggs and Canadian bacon served with both marchand de vin and Hollandaise sauces.
By Wayne Curtis
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