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Apr 30, 2010 09:12 PM

Esquire's Top 59 Places For Breakfast in U. S.....NOLA HAS 5..............

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  1. Interesting. Brennan's gets mentioned, of course. The others: Old Coffee Pot and Slim Goodies are average to above average, IMO. CDM isn't bad, but I don't think of it as a breakfast place more like a one trick pony, albeit an institution. Crepes a la cart gets a mention too, which I thought was really strange. Isn't that the tiny shack next to the Boot? I think Johnny's is the best that they mention. I've always enjoyed their chicken biscuit.

    I think there are many other better options that went unmentioned: Elizabeth's, Surrey's, Huevos, The Store, among others.

    EDIT: FWIW Among the last few places they include as part of their "Top 59 Best Breakfasts" are Holiday Inn and Waffle House. :(

    Coffee Pot Restaurant
    714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

    4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA

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    1. re: nola79

      Agreed, I can think of many places in New Orleans that are much better than the ones listed

      1. re: nola79

        I gotta say Waffle House would get my vote to be on that list somewhere. They do what they do, and if you like it they do it well. That said, NOLA has many more excellent breakfast spots that should be recognized.

      2. I'm surprised they were able to muster up 5. While there are many casual, decent places for breakfast here, I think the breakfast department is one area that's seriously lacking in New Orleans restaurants.

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        1. re: latasche

          I agree -- breakfast is by far the weakest meal in NOLA. Conversely, up in places like Maine, breakfast is by far the best meal in many towns.

        2. I am a fan (have been from back before it was even Maxie's), and try to work them in.

          Have to admit that over the last three trips, Brennan's has gained a place in my heart, as tough as it is to type that.

          Now, in NOLA, I do not know the others, but such articles usually leave me flat. Kind of like the "Three Perfect Days in _____" in the UAL magazine, "Hemispheres." Sometimes they seem to get it, but too often not. Like the Food Channel shows where the guy eats grub worms in the swamps around NOLA - yeah, whatever....


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          1. re: Bill Hunt

            I never had a bad experience in Brennan's and the last 3/4 times the service was oustanding as was the food. I am a big fan of Brennan's.

            1. re: Littleman

              My less-than-stellar experiences go back to before many on this board were born.

              Now, that did cause me to hold my breath, and even my wife looked at me sideways, when I told here where we were doing her birthday brunch, but even she, the critical local, became a fan. They have stepped up to the plate on 2-3 other visits - all brunches. One friend from Transylvania now lists them as the top US brunch restaurant. I wouldn't go that far, but they have won me back after decades of my ignoring them and snorting, when the name was mentioned.

              For part of that time, the Brennan family was actually a client and we were doing some advertising work for them. I wanted to enjoy those meals, so very long ago, but could not live with myself, if I compromised on my sensibilities. Now, I can honestly say that the last several visits have been very good to excellent. I do not think that any one event was perfect, but taken as a group, the level has been very high, especially the service.

              Just my more recent observations,


          2. Also agreed. I think that other options, such as Croissant D'Or, Elizabeth's, Surrey's, Ruby Slipper, even Blue Plate are better options.

            Blue Plate Cafe
            1330 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Ruby Slipper Cafe
            139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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            1. re: sirvelvet

              As are Coulis, Fuel, Refuel, Cake Cafe, Huevos, Panola St. Cafe, and Satsuma