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Breakfast in or close by the French Quarter.

the queen May 11, 2008 07:12 AM

I’ve been going to the Coffee Pot and like it a lot, but I’d like some new suggestions, I like down-home cooking for breakfast, not Brennan's style of white tablecloth for breakfast.

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    lmead RE: the queen May 11, 2008 08:11 AM

    Try Mother's, www.mothersrestaurant.net; hard to beat for a down home breakfast and character. If there's a line don't sweat it, it usually goes fast. If you are in Marigny try City Bakery at the corner of Chartres and Spain. Mostly locals and they have great omelets and baked goods. If you want to stay in the Quarter try Johnnny's Po Boys, I forget the street but should be easy to find on Google.

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      the queen RE: lmead May 11, 2008 10:51 AM

      Been to Mothers, I found that since they moved thay are not as good as they used to be

      But thanks for the other suggestions

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        N.O.Food RE: the queen May 13, 2008 09:29 AM

        What do you mean "since they moved"?

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          Blumie RE: N.O.Food May 13, 2008 09:33 AM

          70 years ago?

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            N.O.Food RE: Blumie May 13, 2008 12:40 PM

            That's what I mean. I didn't know they had ever moved.

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        kibbles RE: lmead May 13, 2008 04:24 PM

        by "City Bakery" i think you mean "NOLA Cakes". the owner took over La Spiga's old location, and is doing a helluva job! their "quiche-ssants" (quiche w/ croissant crust) are amazing -- really like the goat cheese + artichoke + mushroom.

        my new favorite king cake -- a savory goat cheese + apple, awesome & not too sweet.

        and a nice breakfast & lunch menu complete w/ sandwiches and crabmeat omelettes.

      3. N.O.Food RE: the queen May 11, 2008 08:44 AM

        Blue Plate Cafe on Prytania is great.

        1. hamsandwich RE: the queen May 11, 2008 11:13 AM

          I like Cafe Fleur de Lis at 307 Chartres (www.cafefleurdelis.com). Super cute and good for a basic breakfast.

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            roro1831 RE: hamsandwich May 11, 2008 01:44 PM

            I second Cafe Fleur de Lis, I love the place.

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              geegeeTX RE: hamsandwich May 13, 2008 10:55 AM

              Glad to see this, I was just about to post the same. Great place for breakfast. Simple and delicious.

              Also, La Boucherie Coffee house (339 Chartres St) does a *great* breakfast on Sat/Sun only (last I was there, anyway) - I didn't know they only did weekend breakfast, and that's how we ended up at Cafe Fleur de Lis - I love that about New Orleans!

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              tomtomla RE: the queen May 11, 2008 11:54 AM

              Refuel in the Riverbend area off Carrolton and Surrey's Juice Bar on Magazine are the two best in my opinion for a casual breakfast. Enjoy!

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                mikek RE: tomtomla May 11, 2008 02:06 PM

                2nd and 3rd Surrey's.

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                Big Easy RE: the queen May 11, 2008 02:22 PM

                I've always enjoyed Petunia's Restaurant at 817 St. Louis. It's similar to the Coffee Pot.


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                  the queen RE: Big Easy May 11, 2008 02:32 PM

                  I used to go to Petunia's also...KEY words are used to go.
                  I was there last year, and the key word there is LAST


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                    Blumie RE: the queen May 11, 2008 05:05 PM

                    I don't recall ever having a bad experience at Petunia's, but won't go back because I just won't wait in those lines.

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                      the queen RE: Blumie May 12, 2008 07:06 AM

                      You won't be finding lines there any longer.
                      This place has really gone Doen Hill fast.
                      Their help is the reason. Snotty, rude and everything else that's negitive.
                      And the food was nothing to write home about either.
                      There are so many better choices.
                      I do admit it was very good at one time, but that time has past.........

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                        Blumie RE: the queen May 12, 2008 07:42 AM

                        I suspect you're wrong about the lines dying down. It's in enough guide books that those lines will last a real long time. And the service has always been "prissy." Nothing new there. The food, however, always was very good. I will admit to not having eaten there in quite a while because no matter how good the food, I just won't do those lines!

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                          the queen RE: Blumie May 12, 2008 03:24 PM

                          I was just there in December, No lines at all, in fact the place was half empty in the heart of breakfast time. According to the service we experienced there should be anyone there at all.
                          And the Coffee Pot was full every day that we went there (3 times)
                          As for the guide books, forgetaboutit. I was there.

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                            Bill Hunt RE: the queen May 13, 2008 08:52 PM

                            I happened to pass by, on my way to The Coffee Pot, during March, and there were minimal lines. I thought about stopping in, based on recs. from this board, but made my way a bit deeper into the FQ. Guess that it depends on the day of the week.


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                    kibbles RE: Big Easy May 13, 2008 04:26 PM

                    ...i thought Petunia's sucked, nothing special at all -- unless you like paying $19 for eggs benedict or breakfast crepes. whaaa?!

                    plus the service was pretty crappy last time i checked it out. went to Coffee Pot instead, far better experience and slightly less sticker shock.

                  3. sirvelvet RE: the queen May 11, 2008 06:53 PM

                    Lil Dizzy's on Esplanade has breakfast on the weekends and has a great reasonably priced buffet-style setup. Also, no discussion of breakfast options is complete without including Elizabeth's. It is on Chartres in the Bywater and has many delicious options.

                    Also, I fourth Surreys.

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                      Hungry Celeste RE: sirvelvet May 14, 2008 08:36 AM

                      Elizabeth's is still turning out first-rate breakfasts big enough for a linebacker. Good bloody marys, too.

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                        Blumie RE: Hungry Celeste May 14, 2008 08:40 AM

                        I didn't love Elizabeth's back when it emerged as a chowhound favorite (to me, the raved-about pecan crusted bacon was just candy coated bacon). I have not been back in a while, but I believe I read that it changed hands. Is it that same or better than it was? Do you like it better than the Bluebird (which I'm a big fan of)?

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                          Hungry Celeste RE: Blumie May 14, 2008 08:57 AM

                          I'm no fan of the Bluebird, so maybe we just have diff tastes! It did change hands at least once (maybe even twice), but I like the laidback vibe and everchanging interesting specials. Execution can be sloppy at times when they're really busy, but it's never boring.

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                            Blumie RE: Hungry Celeste May 14, 2008 09:30 AM

                            I do love the Bluebird for good simple breakfasts, but it's time for me to give Elizabeth's another shot.

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                            sirvelvet RE: Blumie May 14, 2008 11:58 AM

                            You should definitely try Elizabeth's again. I used to frequent Bluebird often and it is good but I feel it is more of a good quality breakfast diner. Neither will steer you wrong!

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                        swampsue RE: the queen May 14, 2008 08:38 AM

                        I haven't been, but doesn't EAT have breakfast? And of course there is always Clover Grill...(though for those who don't like the 'tude at Petunias, I imagine this might not be the choice.)

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                          cor RE: swampsue May 14, 2008 02:35 PM

                          EAT has brunch on the weekends.

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                            the queen RE: swampsue May 18, 2008 02:20 PM

                            The "TUDE" at Petunia's is enough to keep me away!

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