New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
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Located at Poydras and Dryades, Maylie's Restaurant was well known for the ancient wisteria vine which crawled up the exterior of the building.

This circa 1960s brochure entitled 'Maylie's Table D'Hote Recipes' includes the history and some facts concerning La Maison Maylie et Esparbe. It was written by Eugenie Lavedan Maylie, daughter in law of the co-founder of the restaurant. Recipes include Bouilli, Collard Greens soup, Creole Bouillabaisse, Shellfish Melba, Creole Tomatoes, and Plantain Au Caramel.


Thu Jan 2 2003 5:54:52 pm

I spent a lot
of time at Maylie's in the late '70's, early '80's. I worked in One Shell Square
76-78, and then in the Amoco building, 1340 Poydras, next to the Hyatt and
across the street from City Hall. Maylie's was an anachronism even then, but oh
so very New Orleans. It had a seedy elegance, and the courtyard on the corner of
Poydras of O'Keefe (I think Dryades turns into O'Keefe)was a great place to have
an aperitif before dinner. The restaurant was run by Mr. & Mrs. Maylie, I
think their names were Bill and Anna, and one waiter with a drinking problem.
You never knew when the waiter would be there or out on a bender, and when he
was there, his hands shook so much that he spilled the food half the time. The
restaurant was very uneven, but that was part of the adventure. It was one of
the last vestiges of the fading past of New Orleans, and I'm glad I had a chance
to experience it. There were very few native New Orleanians working then at that
'earl compiny' and it was our private hangout - none of the transplants could
stand the place.