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I heard that the Grill is closed and will not be re-opening. Is that true?

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    1. re: Chris

      Anyone wishing for the demise of Camellia Grill should check demselves, question when they last had better Omelettes, Pecan Pies, strangely anachronistic service, or such finely minced onions to lavish on their hand-formed hamburger patties. Been to N'awlins latey ? Camellia being closed is the culinary equivalent of Crater Lake poppin' up. Hole in Ya Bucket, HoleIn YaBuckets'GottaHOLEinnit...

        1. re: b.stella

          WE LIVE A THREE MINUTE WALK FROM THE CAMELLIA GRILL. THE OMELLETTES WERE ALWAYS DRY AND OVERCOOKED, AND THE PECAN PIE WAS NOTHING SPECIAL AT ALL. ALL ACADEMIC NOW THOUGH. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO REOPEN.

          1. re: MIKELOCK34

            I lived in NOLA for a year and never found the omlettes overcooked at CG. Did you ever try the chili omlette? Fries were also good. Actually, I never had anything bad there. Even more than the food, it was the atmosphere - one of a kind.

            1. re: LizATL

              HAVE TRIED MOST OR ALL OF THE OMELLETTES THAT THEY HAD. WE DID ENJOY THE ATMOSPHERE. ALWAYS SAT IN MARVIN'S SECTION. "WORD UP!" IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN BUYING IT, I DO BELEIVE THAT IT IS LISTED. WE WALK PAST IT GOING TO DAIQUIRI'S AND COOTER BROWN'S VERY OFTEN. THERE IS NO ACTIVITY THERE. IT IS DONE.

              1. re: LizATL

                I've been following the bad news with much sadness. Though we've been gone from NO for almost 30 years, CG was a favorite. We always went for Bat's section. Besides the afore mentioned omlettes, and fries, their "nutty waffles" were the best! We've tried for years to duplicate them, even letting the old batter accumulate on our waffle iron (ala CG), with no success.

                They will be missed, as no trip to NO was complete without a trip to CG. Good bye. :-{

                Hunt

              2. re: MIKELOCK34

                how can you say that. The pecan pie is so yummy.

            2. re: Chris

              What a silly thing to say.

              I haven't heard anything definitive about Camellia Grill, but I'll keep my ear to the ground.

              Link: http://www.appetites.us

            3. We were just in NoLa last weekend, drove down St. Charles, made the Riverbend onto Carrollton...and there she was: a very closed and battered-looking Camellia Grill. We've had some fine meals there and some fine encounters.

              1. I, personally, loved CG. Coming from NYC, I hadn't expected to see that kind of a place in NOLA. It added another great experience to my trips down there.

                At my last visit, I had a quadruple bacon cheeseburger, a triple bacon cheeseburger, 1/2 of a Chef's omelette and a frosty. The (then) manager said if I could do that, but with a full Chef's omelette and a piece of pecan pie added to the mix, I could have my picture put on the wall! Unfortunately, I never got the chance to attempt it. I thought their food was fantastic! Especially the burgers and the pecan pie. All of that butter on the grill... it's amazing I'm still alive! But, it was Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... GOOD!

                Anyway, rumor has it that someone associated with Emeril Lagasse has purchased the place. Don't know what they're doing with it yet, but I'll check it out.

                I miss Melvin, man... When I saw the omelettes he was making, I questioned him a bit about them and his eyes bugged out of his head and, in an unbelieving tone, he asked, "You want an OMELETTE?" Of course, this was right after my aforementioned binge with the 7 burgers.

                Good times...

                1. Per an article in today's (08/31/2006) Times-Picayune, the CG has been sold, and the new owner intends to reopen it.