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What's your favorite low key breakfast place?

I don't want to hear about Brennan's or Commander's Sunday brunch. I want to know about your favorite low key every day kinda breakfast place.

I used to like the Bluebird Cafe. I also liked Petunia's: the quality of the food, IMHO, helped it overcome all the drawbacks of the place.

I know Elizabeth's is a board favorite. I like it just fine -- and it does exemplify the kind of breakfast place I'm looking for -- but IMHO it's a little too over the top. (Pecan bacon is just candy coated bacon! I'd prefer to hold the candy!)

Surrey's recently has been recommended to me, although I haven't tried it. I haven't been to Stanley yet either.

Slim Goody's will do in a pinch, but there's gotta be better.

So what are your favorite places?

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  1. Huevos. Fantastic homemade sausage and salsas.

    4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA

    1. On Sundays, Martin Wine Cellar on Vets. Never crowded, 4-5 specials, haven't had a clunker yet.

      Martin Wine Cellar
      3827 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA

      1. I'm a fan of Surrey's and I also like Panola Street Cafe

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        1. re: roro1831

          +1 for Surrey's and Panola Street.

          Coulis, Cake Cafe & Bakery, Refuel, and Cafe Navarre are also quite good.

          Ruby Slipper and Clover Grill are OK in a pinch.

        2. Blue Plate Cafe on Prytania.

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

          1. How "low" do you want to go?



            1. My personal "secret" to Elizabeth's is to order the "Basic" breakfast - 2 eggs over medium, hash browns, wheat toast "dark", and add ham. For $7 dollars I get a giant platter full of simple, but extremely well executed, breakfast deliciousness.

              It's a couple dollars more for brunch - around $10 - still extremely worth it. My boyfriend keeps ordering more exotic offerings - all good - but inevitably says "Yours looks so much better than mine..." and finishes it off because it's a LOT of food!

              The eggs have always been cooked exactly to order - and it's a fine line between over easy and over medium... the yolks have to be... semi-solid, but still fluid, the hashbrowns are decadently deep-fried, the mountain of ham is slightly charred, but still juicy - and the toast is crunchy and actually toasted.

              My best tip for brunch would be - do whatever you have to to get there before 10am... after that the line gets crazy.

              Also love Huevos, and one of the very best - total dive - breakfasts I had recently was the Greek omelette at Please-U... gyro meat, feta,cooked into a giant omelette, and hash browns - for about $5,. Lots of decent coffee, diner-vibe, some really good eating, and a nostalgic foray into the diners of my Boston area youth...

              4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA

              1751 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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              1. re: dearcallie

                The Old Coffee pot and I like Mothers early in the morning when its not crowded.

              2. We liked Betty's Pancake House on Canal. Very low key, family run, everyone knows everyone. Good food. For a very good price.

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                1. re: ilikeNOLA

                  One thing Elizabeth's does exceptionally well is biscuits. Last winter, we went on tear and eat at a different spot every Saturday or Sunday, still haven't been to Refuel. Hate to say it, but we never could find that spot, the one that brings you back over and over. For a while we liked City Dinner in Metairie, but on recent trip didn't go well, and they have made some changes for the worse. Fuel on Magazine had some good things going for it. Martin's is a great suggestion, they do just jut about everything very well. The crab cakes at Elizabeth's and the pork centric eggs hollandaise at Coulis were probably the best brunch type dishes I tried. I know that's not what you are looking for though. If you like avocado, Surrey's might be your kinda place. Recently, I had a great huevos rancheros at Cowbell which featured skirt steak that was very well executed. What stood out for me across the board was the service though, can't think of a place that didn't have very chipper, very friendly service.

                  1. re: ilikeNOLA

                    The name is Betsy's Pancake House fyi

                    be aware, service is sometimes lacking - the waitresses are more concerned with having a conversation with the regulars and those that aren't are an afterthought

                    Betsy's Pancake House
                    2542 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                  2. Huevos & Surrey's

                    4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA

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                    1. re: brucec

                      EAT on the corner of Dauphine and Dumaine in the FQ...and it is BYOL.

                      1. re: TaTee

                        Had a really nice veggie crepes at Jager Hass right across from Prince Conti hotel $9. Champane very reasonable as well....


                        1. re: TaTee

                          EAT's shrimp and grits [which I first had at FQ Fest] are, in my opinion, the best in the city.

                      2. our new fav is brunch at Sylvain - best grits, excellent biscuits. not too price, indoor and outdoor seating.

                        1. I was always a fan of the Camellia Grill in Riverbend.

                          Camellia Grill
                          626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

                          1. Fat Hen Grill in Harahan makes a good breakfast.

                            Fat Hen Grill
                            1821 hickory ave, New Orleans, LA 70123

                            1. Huevos, Surrey's, Croissant d'Or.

                              4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA