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Missing a fun breakfast place

Headed to New Orleans with a group of 10 --- we are staying at Monteleone Hotel, eating at Deanie's Seafood (dinner), Cameillai Grill (breakfast), Jacqies-Imos (dinner), Muriel's (brunch) and MiLa (dinner). Missing one last place for breakfast on a Saturday. Also - comments or suggestions of where i might be going wrong. Thanks!

Monteleone Hotel
214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Deanie's Seafood
841 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. Elizabeth's in the Bywater. Praline bacon. Waffles topped with sweet potato and duck hash. Cajun bubble & squeak. I could go on.


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    1. re: Bob MacAdoo

      just be warned that the wait at elizabeths can be really long. really really long.

      whats the name of the place by jackson square? they do a good breakfast.... it's a guys name, starts with an "s" i think?

      1. re: thew

        We ate at Elizabeth's on a Saturday morning, and the wait was probably about 40 minutes at the most, although they told us it would be about an hour. We waited upstairs and bellied up to the bar up there and were very well taken care of, entertained, and lubricated by the time our table was ready downstairs. So the wait's not that bad, and it's worth it. The cochon du lait poboy and praline bacon are to die for. I still salivate thinking about both. Go for it!

        1. re: thew

          yeah we tried to hit Ruby Slipper for breakfast on sunday but the 40+ minute wait scared us off.

          we did jazz brunch at Restaurant Atchafalaya instead. awesome! crab salad blew my mind, and the Eggs Atchafalaya (fried green tomatoes, poached eggs, hollandaise, crab) were great. the special of duck confit hash w/ poached eggs, hollandaise and blackberry sauce was also good (if too wet). these folks know how to poach an egg! plus bloody mary bar.

          but whats up w/ nearly-an-hour waits for breakfast!? seems theres only a handful of decent casual places to hit -- Surey's, Slipper, Elizabeth's, etc.. guess the market is ready for more.

          1. re: kibbles

            I really like Atchafalaya for breakfast.

            1. re: kibbles

              That did it! I"ll be dining there on my next visit!

            2. re: thew

              Stanley is the place you are trying to think of.

            3. re: Bob MacAdoo

              Stanley might be a fun breakfast place. It is right on Jackson Square and not too far from the Montleone. Elizabeth's was decent the one time I went there but it has had a new owner or two since then.

              Bigray in Ok

              1. re: Bigrayok

                i was there last year. Elizabeth's that is. And yes - Stanley - could not think of the name.

            4. The Green Goddess in the French Quarter. I think it might be a little small for your group size, but you should look into it.

              Green Goddess
              307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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              1. re: jenn2083

                will pretty much be impossible to sit that sized party there, and on a weekend. they barely have 10 tops inside, and it seems always occupied. since they dont take reservations i would even consider it... but i love their food! :)

              2. Personally, I'd sub Commander's brunch for Muriel's. Blue Plate and Stanley both do a decent breakfast.

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

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                1. re: N.O.Food

                  Stanley is head's and shoulders above Blue Plate, which is merely adequate, IMHO.

                  Cake Cafe and Coulis are others you might consider

                2. Try Oceana...fun place. Pretty good food, huge portions, right around the corner, Eggs Melanzana, mimosas.


                  Oceana Grill
                  739 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                  1. Go to the Clover Grill and enjoy the freak show. You'll remember if for years to come.

                    Clover Grill
                    900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                    1. re: Big Easy

                      That would have been my suggestion too, but not with a group of 10. The whole place probably doesnt seat 20 total.

                    2. Camelia Grill is 30 minutes from the Monteleone Hotel assuming you have to get your car and drive out of the FQ to CG. You could find more convenient choices near the FQ. Elizabeth's is also a short drive from the FQ. Stanley or Luke would be my choice. Mother's has become a tourist attraction but the food is excellent. Mena's Palace serves a good breakfast. I would not spend over an hour getting to CG and back to the FQ just for breakfast. Now if you plan to spend part of the day in Uptown shopping or sightseeing I say CG would be a good choice.

                      Looks like you have Muriel's for brunch. Is that on Friday. I would go to Commander's Palace for lunch on Friday for their $20.00 prix fixe special and 25 cent martini's. After lunch you could walk Magazine for 20 blocks or so shopping and having fun then return to the FQ for dinner at Mila.

                      You should consider a visit to the WWII DDay Museum in the CBD. John Besh owns the restaurant American Sector there but lately there have been reports the food is not that good. You could have lunch at Cochon Butcher and visit the museum. It's hard for me to believe JB's food would not be first class at AS but it very well could be. Visiting the museum is worth the time to see a great compliment to the brave men and women who served to protect our great nation at that time.

                      American Sector @ 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 528 - 1940.

                      Mena's Palace
                      200 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                      1. re: Littleman

                        er, CG is a 13-15 drive from the quarter. and if one has more time and wants to see the beautiful garden district, take the St. Charles streetcar right there. terrific show.

                        i liked the food at American Sector, it's just a spin on what one might think it's going to be (which is "American Classics" like meat loaf, sloppy joes and bologna sammiches). im not sure how high my bar of expectation could be for that sort of fare, but i didnt consider it in the Not Good category. heck the happy hour is worth it alone -- mini "sloppy joe" sliders for 75-cents or something crazy, and half-priced beer.

                        1. re: kibbles

                          Kibble's. I'm used to staying in the FQ at The Ritz Carlton Hotel most of the time. The OP is at the Monteleone Hotel. If you walk out the door and went to a FQ restaurant for brunch you could walk in a couple of minutes assuming you went to Mr. B's, Brennan's or Antoine's. You could walk to almost any FQ restaurant in 5/10 minutes from the Monteleone.

                          If you wanted to go to CG the starting point would be getting in your car at the front door of the hotel assuming you called and had it brought up to the front door. If you didn't add 10 more minutes to your trip. Starting from that moment you cannot drive to CG in much less than 30 minutes but I promise you can't drive in 13 minutes. It takes 13 minutes to get out of the FQ, across Canal and on St. Charles. Then you have about 25 stop lights to pass on St. Charles on your way to CG. Then you have to find a parking place when you reach CG.

                          I just checked Google maps for the route and distance. They recommend taking S Claiborne to Carrollton. I have never done this before because I don't like the neighborhoods on that route as much as I like St. Charles. My wife tells me what to do and she likes St. Charles. Google says it's 5.7miles and takes 13 minutes. I still think it would take about 25/30 minutes considering traffic.

                          My point is why go to that trouble when you can find great dining in the FQ and walk in just a few minutes. Even if you took a cab to Elizabeth's that's quicker than CG.

                          Now I agree with CG is the OP planned to spend the day Uptown shopping on Magazine and having lunch before he returned to the FQ. That's probably my most favorite place in NOLA next to the FQ. Just My Opinion.

                          I agree with you on AS though.

                          Monteleone Hotel
                          214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                          1. re: Littleman

                            Totally agree with Kibbles. Take the the St. Charles street car to CG and make a day of it. The GD and a shopping trip on Magazine make for an outstanding day.

                            1. re: Littleman

                              FQ to CG can be done in about 15 min. Taking St. Chas. is the longer, more "scenic" route.

                              1. re: Littleman

                                So YOU'RE the guy going 15 MPH down St. Charles. That's the only way it could possibly take 30 minutes.

                          2. I'd recommend Elizabeth's, too, but it's a heck of a walk from the FQ . . . or THREE cabs for a party of ten. Stanley's good, and in the Quarter. Galatoire's is across the d*&%ned street from your hotel, though, if you want to splurge, and it's a great experience.

                            Old Coffee Pot's good in the Quarter. Cafe Adelaide is a good choice, too. EAT has a BYOB still, doesn't it? Make your own breakfast mimosas. . . .

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

                            Galatoire's Restaurant
                            209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                            Cafe Adelaide
                            300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            1. The Coffee Pot on St. Peter, right next to Pat O'Brien's, is a favorite of mine. The ladies there are great fun, and will dish out everything that you can take. I love either the first table on the patio, looking out onto the street, or one of the tables with windows open on the street.



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

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                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                I second the Coffee Pot- had a great breakfast there yesterday and another great one the day before. The ladies that work the morning shift are so much fun- it's like being at Grandma's, and some will even sing to you!

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

                                1. re: Clarkafella

                                  "Sing to you!?" I have been dining there, from before the "Maxie's Coffee Pot" days, and none has offered to sing to me. Throw me out on my ear, or dump the grits in my lap, but never sing to me. Man, I feel horribly slighted... but still enjoy eating breakfast there.


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

                              2. Surrey"s on Magazine.
                                I am amazed that no one has suggested Surrey's. Everything is made from scratch in-house. The breakfast sandwiches are the size of a softball. (made on home made bagels-6choices)
                                There are 4 words that turn my wife to butter - Bananas Foster French Toast - They take 3 large slices of french loaf stuff them with a homemade banana caramel cream and then cook them in a traditional egg-sugar french toast batter. I love their shrimp and grits, but I have trouble always deciding between that and the crabmeat omelette with avocado.
                                They make their own breakfast sausage for god's sake.
                                They were featured on Diners Drive ins and Dives a couple of years ago, but don't let that scare you off. If you show up 10 strong, dont expect to sit together. Their biggest table seats 6, and there is only one.
                                I have been in the restaurant business for 25 years in NOLA and this is my second favorite breakfast place in town. Number one is across the lake in Mandeville, a good 45 minutes from downtown. Rip's on the Lake, Sunday breakfast only.

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                                  1. re: kibbles

                                    Well Kibbles,
                                    First of all, Rips has been around seemingly forever, although the building is only about 3 years old. (Katrina reduced the former building to 4 corner posts and half a roof)
                                    Lunch and dinner there are average to above average, except for soups and gumbos. Mostly fried fare, but when they do grilled fish specials at lunch don't pass them up.
                                    My main rave for Rips is breakfast (only on sunday) and the lunches. (except saturday lunch)
                                    There is a gentleman that works in the back named Harry. Harry is in his late 60's and cooks because he loves to. You can tell by his food. His soups are extraordinary. (especially his turtle and soft shell crab soups) The grits and Grillades are for lack of a better word, "perfect".
                                    He has been cooking for more than half a century and he specializes in the southern classice. He can be a little gruff at times but no one can touch him in the kitchen.
                                    Harry is not one of those "super creative" chefs, he takes basic ingredients and layers flavors on top of one another to make the "simple" dishes taste extraordinary.
                                    His entrees are very straight forward, fairly priced, filling, and just good eating.
                                    Dont waste your time with desserts, average. Bread pudding a little above. But if you get there between 10 and 11 on Sunday you can order of either breakfast or dinner menu.
                                    PS- If you have ever eaten at Annadelle Plantation the menu there was basically done by Harry and Pat Gallagher, and Harry still makes the soups for Pat at his new restaurant "Gallagher's Grill", which is another one of my northshore favorites in Covington.

                                1. I really like EAT in fq. I just *may* like their banana fritters better than beignets!

                                  1. I would second Elizabeth's. A favorite. I also think Stanley is a solid breakfast choice. Another breakfast favorite of mine is EAT. It's in the Quarter and I haven't had a bad brunch experience yet. But don't go for anything other than breakfast/brunch as it's lacking at dinner time. EAT is BYOB.

                                    1. I would scratch both Muriels (great location, but only so so food) and Deanie's (really kind of pedestrian heavy friend seafood). I would add in either Stanley (also on Jackson sq like Muriel's) or perhaps Domenica for brunch (Domenica unusual and a small brunch menu but really good) and just about anything else for dinner. If you picked Deanie's wanting a casual night, maybe Snug Harbor or Port of Call would be fun alternatives and you'd also end up right near a lot of great nightlife for afterwards....

                                      Port of Call
                                      838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

                                      Deanie's Restaurant
                                      1016 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                                      1. I know this trip has already occurred. However, since the Ruby Slipper is mentioned, I thought it was a good place to mention that they've opened a second location. It's in the 200 block of Magazine (just one block off Canal for folks staying in the French Quarter). I prefer their breakfast to Stanley's, but I've gone there often and have had everything on their menu that I would want.

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