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Jun 14, 2009 04:33 PM


Heading to New Orleans this summer with plans to hit Cure, Cochon, Dante's Kitchen and more. However, I'm a little stuck for breakfast. Any suggestions? I would love to have some good beignets but Cafe du Monde is too touristy for my taste. Any other thoughts?

Please send through some suggestions. We will be staying in the French Quarter.


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  1. For breakfast EAT, Stanley, Ruby Slipper Cafe (just off of Canal), Elizabeth's(Bywater) or there is also Cafe Beignet, which is a little touristy as well. They have a few different locations. I still think Cafe du Monde has the best beignets. You may just want to get them to go.

    1. What do you mean, "too touristy for my taste?" You're a tourist, for christsake, and the Cafe's beignets are great.

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      1. re: pikawicca

        When I read Pam G's post, I assumed she was a frequent visitor and was looking for an out of the way place since Cafe du Monde is sometimes VERY crowded. Only problem is that there really are not any places so everyone-tourists and locals alike go there regularly.

        1. re: ScarlettNola

          Actually, I missed CDM last visit, because the line was down the street. Normally, I hit them very early, or very late, but did not get the chance then.

          Still, with the history that I have with the place (and with the old Morning Call), I feel bad for missing it. Next trip for sure, even if I have to get up before 5:00AM, or stay up past 1:00AM!


        2. re: pikawicca

          Nice response. You know there are people, such as myself, that frequent New Orleans on a regular basis, and we tend to avoid tourist traps because we know better. These are people that want to enjoy the city for all it offers. I think the OP's question was absolutely fair.

        3. A fairly quick trip out to Metaire, just off of Vets and Causeway will lead to The Morning Call, which used to be just down-river from CDM. Far fewer "tourists" there, and the beignets are very, very good.

          In the "good old days," we'd split our visits between these two, when they were but a very long block apart.



          Morning Call Coffee Stand
          3325 Severn Ave, Metairie, LA

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          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Is it worth a trip over the causeway to avoid tourists when you ARE a tourist? Seems crazy to me. The beignets at CDM are to die for. There are alternatives, but in my 50 years visiting NOLA, I've found none better. I couldn't care less whether these delicacies are consumed by locals or tourists -- they are delectable.

            1. re: pikawicca

              Personally I love the atmosphere at CDM. You see all sorts. Great people watching, especially at 5 a.m.

              1. re: pikawicca

                Please take a look at MapQuest. Morning Call is in Metaire, and is not "over the Causeway," unless one is on the North Shore. It's just off of Vet's Hwy. and Causeway Blvd, on Severn.

                For me, over the decades, we were in the position of Morning Call vs CDM, just like Acme vs Felix's. Do you not recall Morning Call, when they were in the FQ? Do you not recall when they moved to Metairie? The new (about 25 years ago "new") even has the same counter from the original location. The one difference is that the powdered sugar is in shakers, and is not on the beignets, when served.

                I think that you might have confused Morning Call with one of the satellite versions of CDM "over the Lake."


                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  I guess if you're driving and not walking, Metaire doesn't matter, but we usually stay in the quarter and don't rent a car.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    Given that set of circumstances, then you'd better queue up in line at CDM.

                    I saw nothing in the OP's request, that indicated that no auto would be involved. The question was regarding "non-touristy" beignets, and no more. Did I miss a criterion for the choice of locations? If so, I apologize for making a recommendation that is outside of the FQ. Otherwise, Metaire is not really THAT far away. Actually, I used to bicycle from Little Farms (prior to the renaming to River Ridge) to the FQ, then to City Park and back to Little Farms, via the Lakefront. This was at least twice per week, and often more often, if holidays were included.

                    Sorry if I have offended you senses, regarding travel within the Metro Area.


                2. re: pikawicca

                  Morning Call is in Metairie: not "over" the Causeway, but rather within easy reach of I-10 to or from the airport.

                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    I agree Cafe Du Monde is the best for beignet, yes a touristy place, not too crowed, just has some hot beignet couple weeks ago at Cafe Du Monde, Cafe Beignet in FQ, the beignets are not the same as Cafe du monde.

              2. Personally, I say go to Cafe du Monde. They really are the best, tourist or not. But, if driving is an option, I agree with Bill Hunt: Morning Call in Metairie is very good. As for breakfast in general, EAT (which is in the FQ) is a great option and Stanley makes for a nice breakfast/brunch.

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                1. re: gastrotect

                  I do agree on Stanley. Wanted to give it a go, especially as there were polarized views on this board. Now, I am a Stella! fan, but tried to be totally objective. Had one morning to myself, so I went. I was watching every aspect of the venue, the service and the food. All were very good. No, it was not really cheap, but turned out to be a good value for me. Predicated on that one visit, I will be back without hesitation.

                  Have never dined at Eat, so I cannot compare in any way.



                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    Thank you all for your suggestions and comments. I meant not to deny that I am a tourist when in New Orleans - just that I tend to avoid crowded places and if there were a better option I would take it. BUT if Cafe du Monde is really the best then so be it, I will eat my hat and visit again.

                    Though I am staying near the FQ, I do like to venture farther out. We may get a car but even without one we seem to manage to check out the city's other neighborhoods. So will likely also fit Morning Calling in too!

                    1. re: PamG

                      It's really a toss-up, regarding who has be best. I think that both are good, and really only slightly different. Cannot say that about some of the satellite locations of CDM. Some are pretty bleak.

                      Because of the change in location, the Morning Call has a totally different atmosphere now. It is more local, with a few folk stopping by, who might never have done it before. Except for after church, or similar, it's not that likely to have much of a wait.

                      Now, I still pine for the FQ, and will often just go queue up for CDM. Luckily, I tend to hit them at off hours, and most of the crush has yet to awaken, or are standing in the piano bar at Pat O's.

                      Either will be good. If the lines look long at CDM, get there earlier the next day, or plan on a nightcap, when others are doing Hurricanes®.

                      Most of all, enjoy,


                    2. re: Bill Hunt

                      I have been to Stanley twice now. The first time was for lunch and my girlfriend and I split the Korean BBQ beef and Kim-Chee po-boy. It was ok, but overpriced and not great. However, while there we noticed how good their breakfast/brunch items looked, so we decided to give it another try. The second time we did Stanley for breakfast and it was well worth it. A waitress had called in sick apparently, so they were understaffed and our waitress was working her tail off and somehow still managed to be very nice. And when our potatoes (which were great) were late getting to us, they comped them. All in all, very good service considering the circumstances.

                      As for Eat, it's just a nice, local and laid back spot. The prices seem reasonable if a smidge high for the food and ambiance, but once the food comes out and a) it's delicious and b) you realize you unknowingly ordered enough food for two breakfasts, it's very worthwhile. I got a great bowl of grits and grillades that also served as a late night snack and breakfast the next morning too.

                  2. Do NOT waste your time at Mother's. We heard about Surrey's and it sounded great but we did not have a chance to try it. Look into it and report back on your experiences!