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Jul 5, 2011 11:45 PM


I will be visiting New Orleans in a couple weeks. This will be my third trip and am so excited about eating all the good food. I just recently learned about Calas, the deep fried rice fritters. I found that the Old Coffee Pot serves it, but are there any other places too? Thanks in advance for your input :o)

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

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  1. On the menu at Charlie's Seafood in Harahan, though in a savory version w/shrimp.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      Thanks, Celeste, but I think that I may be more interested in the sweet :o) I guess it's not a very common restaurant item, more of a "make at home" type of thing...

      1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist

        Mo Rocca's Food(ography) had an excellent show on New Orleans. Calas and its history was a big segment with recipe included. The show is going to rerun in August - I suggest tuning in. Plus, his interview with Leah Chase is worth watching.

        1. re: FoodChic

          Thanks for this, FoodChic, I will make sure to set my DVR :o)

    2. As I recall, there is a restaurant named Calas out in Kenner near the Esplanade Mall. Where exactly I couldn't tell you, but I am fairly certain they serve a wide assortment.

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      1. I am no expert on callas, but I've had them at Elizabeth's and loved them.

        Check out their breakfast and brunch menu.

        If you go, save room for Praline Bacon!!!

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        1. re: Monch

          Thanks, Monch, I will have to check this place out too :o)

          1. re: Monch

            +1 for Elizabeth's. In addition, they have a delicious breakfast menu.

          2. I would stay far away from the Old Coffee Pot Restaurant. The food is OK but the service is HORRIBLE and they rip you off by sneaking an 18% tip onto the bill (BE VERY CAREFUL OR YOU WILL OVERTIP IF YOU MUST GO HERE). The menu says there will be a gratuity for parties of 5 or more BUT THEY ADD IT ONTO EVERY BILL as far as I could determine.

            There is a new restaurant (maybe 5 years old???) that I really liked called EAT at 900 dumaine street. I don't know if they have Calas but they have an eggs benedict with a soft shell crab that is fantastic. I have been going to NOLA for 30 years but not sure where to get best Calas but I will ask my friends who live there and post the answer later. Have a lot of fun in NOLA!

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            1. re: gkclapp

              gkc, thanks for the warning about Old Coffee Pot! Only prob is that that seems like the only place that serves sweet Calas :o( If I do go I will just be sure to check on the tip! Wait,, I just saw Monch's tip on Elizabeths...

              That would be great if you can ask your friends! I will be going there this Sun... Thanks in advance!! I love NOLA, can't wait to get there!

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

              1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist

                Restaurants that often have calas on the menu are Brigtsen’s (723 Dante St., 504.861.7610), Charlie’s Seafood (8311 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan, 504.737.3700), Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas, 504.588.2123), and Elizabeth’s (601 Gallier St., 504.944.9272).
                BTW, one of my favorite restaurants in the French Quarter isn't even Cajun. It is called Mona Lisa's and I HAVE to eat there every time (and usually more than once). Very good Italian food, not expensive, fun restaurant. Mona Lisa: (504) 522-6746 1212 Royal St, New Orleans
                Sometimes I eat a late lunch there and I am full for the rest of the day

                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                Brigtsen's Restaurant
                723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                Mona Lisa Restaurant
                1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                  1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist

                    So did you get hit with an 18% tip at Old coffee pot? Were the calas worth going there? Hope you had a GREAT time!

                  2. re: gkclapp

                    most restaurants in the quarter (or new orleans) are not cajun. few are, in fact.

                    1. re: kibbles

                      Absolutely, kibbles, New Orleans food is predominantly Creole with its French restaurants such as Arnaud's, Antoine's, Galatoire's etc. Cajun food is food from the country - there are influences but by and large New Orleans is upscale European-tinged Creole food. Paul Prud'homme and Donald Link lean heavily toward Cajun however.

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

                1. re: gkclapp

                  Wow! I have been dining there for about 35 years, and have had nothing BUT great service, with one exception. When I lived in NOLA, I had breakfast there about once per month, and now, when I am a "tourist," I dine there about 4x per year, and often with guests. Some of the ladies are from the "Maxie's Coffee Pot" days, and are excellent.

                  In those years, I had one odd, and nearly bad service experience, but I did not know the server, had never seen her before, nor have I seen her since. I almost think that she walked in off of St. Peter, based on other aspects of that meal.

                  Sorry that you had such a bad experience.


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

                2. Sorry it took forever for me to report back on the Calas.

                  So, we did end up going to the Coffee Pot because it was the most convenient since it was walking distance from our hotel. Unfortunately, I did not like their Calas, they were rock hard! Are they supposed to be that hard? It just tasted like a hard, fried ball of dough. I couldn't even tell that it had rice in it. The grits were a little bland, but then I guess that's how they are supposed to be, they were delicious when I mixed it up with some of my friend's corned beef hash;o)

                  Hubby had banana pancakes. I also did not like those, but Hubby did. They actually add the banana into the batter, they just don't top it with them. The bananas were huge slices, so it was more banana than pancake and is the reason I didn't like it. Another friend of mine had the Lost Bread...NOLA's version of French Toast and these were delicious! The whole table raved about that dish!

                  GK, thanks for mentioning the 18% add-on tip. It was written on the door, but I probably would have missed it if you hadn't mentioned it. The service was pretty good, I think the waitresses have been there forever. One of them even broke out in song. She was pretty amazing! She wasn't a professional singer, she just sings at her church.

                  We had a fabulous eating fest during our stay. I will try to post on another thread about it. One of the highlights was fried chicken at a small place called Fury's. It was one of the best fried chickens that I've ever had! They make it to order and it's crispy and flavorful throughout! I heard about this from the New Orleans Menu Pages, it's a website that is all about restaurants in NOLA. I've been subscribing to it for several years now. Right before our trip, he listed his Best Fried Chicken was perfect timing! They also had really good Gumbo & Red Beans & Rice. You can tell that everything is made from scratch! Funny thing is that they also have many Italian dishes on the menu.


                  Other places we hit, Sazerac Bar, Galatoire's, Carousel Bar, Napoleon House, Tujague's, Cochon, Cafe du Monde, Commander's, Angelo Brocato, Krystal, Ritz Carlton Bar, Mr. B's, Le Marais Bar, Johnny's Poorboy & Central truly was an eating & drinking fest, we were only there for 3 nights :o



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