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cafe du monde

Just got back from your great city. ate at galatoires,mandinas,emerils,fins,camelia grill,coffee pot(best bkf)

But!!!!! there is a difference between old and quaint and just plain dirty and run down.

Stood outside cafe du monde waiting for my girlfriend to finish shopping. t
That owner must net a 100k a week selling that menu.He could at least put a coat of paint on it and fix the rotted wood and paint those filthy cement pillars. And don't even want to mention the condition of the rest rooms.

Some one said Katrina was the best thing to happen to Mandina's.new and improved is better than old and run down.

Oh well, I'll still keep coming back.

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  1. I'm surprised... It is almost 200 years old, though. The French Market is owned by the city of New Orleans. Maybe they should knock the whole thing down and rebuild it new. so it looks like anywhere USA. LOL On there web site, their beignet's and coffee are $2 ea. So let's say your average person has one of ea. So by your estimate $$ that's 25,000+ people a week, 3600 people a day, 450 people an hour or 7 people a minute being served by two restrooms (I believe). No problem closing those bathroom's... Maybe that is what they should do, close the bathrooms. They do have the garden in the alley. Or lets close sections of the place to mop and sweep. Not trying to be smart, just very protective of my local New Orleans eateries, especially after Katrina. Hope your next experience in New Orleans is a good one...

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    1. re: NOLAJOE

      If they rely on the city the renovations will never be done. Too bad. More clean bathrooms would be nice but I don't expect CDM to spend the money. If I rented an apartment I would not be expected to do renovations for free.

      1. re: mrsfury

        If you've been to their bathrooms, you've seen the kitchen. I don't think they have anough room now. I would rather the table's and chairs, than a bigger bathroom. I was just being sarcastic about the knocking down thing. Good night...

        1. re: NOLAJOE

          I know you were being sarcastic NOLAJOE. I hope you did not take offense to anything I said.

    2. You want shiny 'n' new, come to NYC! The old NYC had too much texture, so we're razing anything that wasn't built five minutes ago, and replacing it with a chain store or "luxury" tower. (P.S. I'm THIS close to moving to New Orleans.)

      Your mention of Cafe du Monde reminds me that I stumbled across a nice recipe for calas today: http://www.nolacuisine.com/2006/09/25...

      Somewhere I read that The Coffee Pot (714 St. Peter) serves calas. Has anyone tried them?

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      1. re: BrooksNYC

        I made a special pilgrimage to the Coffee Pot for calas once. I found them to be just OK. Kind of like a beignet with rice inside, as I recall.

        I regret never having made it to the Calas Grill out in Kenner before they closed.

        1. Nope. Don't need to change a thing. If they keep churning out good beignets and good cafe au lait, they don't need to do anything else. Would it be nice? Sure, but I don't know many people that have problems with it now and renovation would be next to impossible (and the city has bigger fish to fry anyway).

          1. If just looking to experience to food and not the place itself, is there a difference between the original and Bourbon St location? I'll be visiting and my hotel is right near the Bourbon St location, so for a quick beignet and coffee, it would be much more convenient (however not worth it if its not the same).

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            1. re: Corporate_40

              There is no Bourbon Street location, unless that is something new.

              1. re: roro1831

                There are a bunch of stores that sell CDM canned coffee and beignet mix and hang a little sign out front with the official CDM font on it, so I can see how that can cause confusion. There's also some sort of cafe on Bourbon in a courtyard with a jazz statue in it. Not sure if that's what the poster meant and if they are presenting themselves as CDM-related. And finally Cafe Beignet is certainly making money off the tourists seeing it and saying "Honey, isn't that that Cafe whatever that everyone was telling us to try? Let's go in!"

                But just go to the original. It's a funny and wacky experience. I even got service with a smile the last time I was there!

                1. re: kukubura

                  Yea, I just did a Google maps seach and got a bunch of other locations. Realized my mistake afterwards. But you're right, I'll just take the extra time and go to the original.


            2. I personally like New Orleans the way it is, I like the chipped paint that reveals the 30 coats of paint from previous decades beneath it, and the buckled sidewalks from the roots of live oaks, and even the stale beer and vomit smell from certain parts of the FQ. It's glaring history and wear is it's beauty for me.

              I like the French Quarter dirty, decadent, and not worried about stuff like rotted wood and filthy cement pillars. To change any of it so that tourists have a more comfortable place to pee would be a sacrilege and make it like any other city; sterile with no soul, and even worse than that, run by corporate America. Imagine a nice clean Starbucks sitting across from Jackson Square:

              "I'lll take a half/caf Cafe au Lait Frappucino please, and a splenda powdered glucose free Beignet scone"

              Yikes. George Orwell could not write a bleaker future for my money.

              1. The minute anything is renovated in my beautiful New Orleans...ie, "cutesy" new gas lamps, "cutesy "pastel painted walls, fake floors to imitate the old, new modern bathrooms...is when I NEVER go back! The French Quarter is a place for people who get the history and live for sitting in the back rooms of the Napoleon house...or start running towards Felix's when the line for the oyster bar is down!! dirty bathroom or not...if you want things that are new, but "feel kinda' old" ..Disney World has a place called "it's a small small world" ride..it has some fake New Orleans food and really clean bathrooms..
                Places on my "You broke my heart by your bad renovation job".. So far..
                Mandina's ...1st Prize
                Sal and Judy's 2nd Prize
                Please don't clean up New Orleans....its beautiful to me...

                Mandina's Restaurant
                3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                Sal and Judy's Restaurants
                Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445

                1. You're right, jfood understands they are knocking down Paris and London as well, and man that old Jerusalem, wow is that run down. Maybe they should get one of those little train thingy they have in some sushi bars so the beignets come to you.

                  That place is history, that place is one of the fabrics of one of the great cities in the US. You want a clean CDM, maybe Epcot can build it.

                  Heck, jfood would eat the beignets and a great cup of coffee there any time.

                  Next time actually buy something there to enjoy the place, listen to the live music on the street watch the people go by, smile at the crazy servers. Don;t judge a place by the bathrooms. C'mon.


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                  1. re: jfood

                    Dont mess with anything at cafe du monde period