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New Breakfast Place?

Breakfast hound, always looking for a new one. Have done Petunia's, Panola, Refuel, Bluebird, Oak Street, Slim Goody's, La Peniche, Betsy's, Elizabeth's...any suggestions?

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  1. Check out Surrey's on Magazine Street. Quite a refreshing change from the greasy spoons.

    1. Try a vietnamese breakfast at Pho Tau Bay (opens at 9 am except Sun & Thurs)....extra large bowl of pho tai bo vien, better than french toast any day.

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      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        In reading posts the last couple of days, you seem to be in the know on NOLA eats, so I thought I'd ask you about a good Vietnamese lunch spot. I plan to eat at Acme, Galatoires, Commander's Palace, and will build in maybe Brightsens, Stella or another new, never-tried spot, but my husband loooves Viet/Thai food, so to make him happy, I thought I'd see if you had any suggestions...

      2. Thanks...I've heard of Surrey's, but never been, and I've never had anything even vaguely like Vietnamese breakfast!

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        1. re: steveds

          Westbank: Pho Tau Bay (friendliest people & family-run; I want to be adopted by those guys), Tan Dinh (good quail), Nine Roses (esp for seafood & beef 7 ways), Pho Dahn 7 inside the Hong Kong Market (very good pho, nice selection of herbs on the side which always includes rau ram)
          Uptown: Jazzmine Cafe (in Riverbend right near Camellia Grill)
          Mid-City: Cafe Minh (see recent Gambit review at http://www.bestofneworleans.com/dispa...), Doson's Noodle House (haven't been since it opened in this location


          NO East has an entire world of viet shops & restaurants centered around Mary Queen of Vietnam church (which has the best church fair in NOLA, food-wise), including the always-fun Dong Phuong Bakery for great french bread and a wide selection of pastries and meat pies.

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            I am still so bummed that Pho Tau Bay hasn't come back to its spot by Charity/Tulane. There are hundreds of employees and visitors who could fill the place. There's such a poor supply of food around that area and PTB was so good before the storm.

            In fact, right after the storm, when we saw the damage, friends and I should shout "B9" (our favorite) when we lamented the loss and were suffering from a bad meal.

            1. re: Tututulane

              Yeah, I live in fear that the family will pack it in at the W'Bank location, too. Mama's sister runs a PTB in Houston, one daughter lives in Dallas, and nobody's getting any younger. So I go as often as I can!

              1. re: Tututulane

                Ba Mien on Chef Highway is fantastic.

          2. Yes, Surrey's is great. Also try out Savvy Gourmet for brunch on Sundays. Magazine Street Po-Boy has a really cheap breakfast, but not so great. Joey K's breakfast is also really good and cheap.

            1. Stanley's food is really good although service is sometimes slow.

              1. Stanley's food is good although service can sometimes be slow.

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                1. re: NolaRola

                  Stanley is open right now. The owner is looking for a new location. In fact, he's in a battle with Sarbucks to get a spot off Jackson Square.

                  1. re: Frolic

                    You meant to say that Stanley is NOT open right now.

                    1. re: Blumie

                      Yes, that's exactly what I meant. Thanks.

                2. A very good breakfast (and lunch as well) can be had at EAT, 900 Dumaine. Small and unpretentious, excellent food.

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                  1. You haven't been to the Clover Grill?

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                    1. re: happy12

                      ...been to Clover Grill, also Eat (and Quarter Scene in the same space before that) and Cafe Amelie, and Dante's, And Huey's (now Rosie's 24/7), but always looking for more...oh yeah, and Stanley, which is NOT currently open, and even Luke for breakfast last weekend ($72 for 2 adults/ 2kids, no alcohol...ouch!)

                    2. So given that we're not coming up with new options, can we discuss the existing options? Here are my thoughts on a few of the places:

                      Bluebird -- Maybe my current favorite.
                      Petunia's -- Great food, but is it worth the long wait and the slow service?
                      Slim Goody's -- Not as good as Bluebird, but good enough to be my number 2.
                      Camelia -- The peacan waffle is as good as ever, and the omelets are good too, but of course you've got to wait in those lines! Still, you can get in and out more quickly than Petunia's.
                      Elizabeth's -- Never lived up to the hype for me.
                      Betsy's -- I used to love it. I'm over it now. Really nothing special.

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                      1. re: Blumie

                        Petunias: love it, if you get there early enough
                        Oak Street: funky, cash only, live piano, nice place
                        Refuel: modern vibe, great coffee
                        Elizabeth's: I like it very much post-K
                        Slim Goody's: I agree, laid back, good food, friendly service
                        Eat: Nice new place; good grillades & grits
                        La Peniche: once one of my favorites, has seriously slipped post-K
                        Rosie's 24/7: one of the rare "I won't return places"

                        1. re: steveds

                          I'm telling you, Surrey's is where it's at. Coffee is great, it's quick, fresh squeezed juice (can you say orange-mango something? YUM!), and it's got healthy options that don't suck like homemade granola and a tofu breakfast. I probably shouldn't be enticing everyone to go there because it is quite small and I hate waiting. ;)

                      2. I've had a couple of really good brunches at Cafe Atchafalaya- they do breakfast on Sat & Sun

                        901 Louisiana Ave

                        1. Gambit covered a place on Vets serving chinese breakfast on the weekends: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/dispa...

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                          1. re: Hungry Celeste

                            Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Even the description of some of the dishes served makes me homesick.

                            1. re: angel816

                              The Blue Plate Cafe on Prytania near Calliope has recently reopened. I couldn't tell you what their food is like post-K, but before it was a great spot!

                              1. re: cor

                                They are only doing lunch M-F right now. I so wish they'd bring back the breakfast.