The new restaurant and bar Saint Cecilia (91 French Market Place, 504-522-5851) is now open in the French Quarter. The owners of gastropub Saint Lawrence opened the casual spot across the street from the French Market, and it has indoor and outdoor seating and a spacious bar.
The menu is different from the one at Saint Lawrence, but Saint Cecelia's has a familiar Southern and Creole focus. It includes chicken and andouille gumbo, fried cucumber spears served with remoulade, fried chicken and waffles, Gulf fish amandine and Creole shrimp bordelaise pasta.
The bar serves raw and char-grilled oysters, which are discounted during a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The cocktail list includes creative drinks (last week saw a frozen Pimm's Cup and a Singapore Sling) and a rotating selection of frozen daiquiris.
Saint Cecilia is open from 9 a.m. to midnight daily. It serves brunch and lunch until 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to midnight.
The bar's namesake Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and artists. The bar's owners say they will donate $1 for each craft daiquiri purchased and a portion of all the restaurant's proceeds from this year to The Roots of Music, a nonprofit that offers youth music education, academic support and mentorship.