Tujague’s, New Orleans’ second oldest dining institution, the birthplace of brunch and home to the oldest stand-up bar in America, celebrated its 160th anniversary in 2016. In honor of this significant milestone, the French Quarter restaurant hosted a series of events and promotions throughout the year, designed to thank the community and patrons who have made the restaurant a culinary landmark in the Crescent City.
According to proprietor Mark Latter, “It’s truly amazing to have a 160th birthday and it couldn’t have happened without our loyal customers and visitors from near and far who have walked through our doors for over a century and a half. We’ve got a lot of fun things planned this year and hope everyone will join in the festivities.”
As one could imagine, the Tujague’s story is steeped in foodie lore – replete with ghost stories, butchers’ tales and presidential visits. When the restaurant opened adjacent to New Orleans’ first public market in 1856, local workers came daily to enjoy a mid-day “butcher’s breakfast” now known as the international tradition of brunch. Trademark dishes from the earliest days included Spicy Shrimp Remoulade and Boiled Beef Brisket, and later the famed Chicken Bonne Femme. Cocktails are equally important to Tujague’s history; the Grasshopper was created behind the stand-up bar – the oldest in America.
This was such a wonderful occasion to celebrate, and we are looking forward to another 160 great years.