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BombayUpWithaTwist 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)

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

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    JazzyB Aug 5, 2011 09:25 AM

    IMHO, calas just aren't worth the bother. Ever wonder why most places don't serve them?

    1. Bill Hunt Aug 2, 2011 06:47 PM

      Sorry that I missed this post, and you have probably come and gone by now. I have greatly enjoyed the Old Coffee Pot's (nee Maxie's Coffee Pot) version (and so have all of my guests).

      Hunt

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

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      1. re: Bill Hunt
        BombayUpWithaTwist Aug 2, 2011 06:59 PM

        Hunt, The ones that I had were rock hard. It was so hard that it was hard to cut it with just a fork. Is this how they are supposed to be? I pictured them to be soft and fluffy like other fritters.

        1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist
          Bill Hunt Aug 2, 2011 07:02 PM

          That is totally atypical, and you should have gotten better. While I most often do the Pain Perdu, I mix the callas in with those orders, and also recommend them to many others, in my company. None have ever experienced what you did. There is a slightly crisp "rind," but that does NOT sound like what you got.

          Sorry about that, and maybe I am fortunate that I missed your initial post.

          Hunt

          1. re: Bill Hunt
            BombayUpWithaTwist Aug 2, 2011 07:40 PM

            Thanks, Hunt. I would have sent them back if I'd known they weren't supposed to be that way...oh well :o) I was really looking forward to having them too. We did love the Pain Perdu though!

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              ClevelandRandy Aug 3, 2011 01:56 PM

              That is exactly the way the Callas were that I had at Coffee Pot about a year ago (and, like you, not knowing how they were supposed to be, I just dealt with it - with a "been there, done that" conclusion).

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

          2. re: BombayUpWithaTwist
            Monch Aug 3, 2011 02:23 PM

            The ones that Elizabeth's served were evocative of a doughnut hole or a hushpuppy in consistency.

            A crisp crust with moist, sweet insides.

            To my Northern palate, they seemed to be like sticky rice pudding rolled into balls and deep-fried...mind you these were breakfast calas.

            Delicious.

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              BombayUpWithaTwist Aug 3, 2011 03:16 PM

              Monch, that's exactly how I imagined that Calas would be. I guess I should have taken the extra effort to go to Elizabeth's. Now I know for next time ;o) Maybe I just need to try to make my own...

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                ClevelandRandy Aug 3, 2011 05:19 PM

                I think Brunch at Elizabeth's is going to be on my agenda. Calas and praline bacon!!

        2. BombayUpWithaTwist Aug 2, 2011 06:04 PM

          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 List...it 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.

          http://www.nomenu.com/joomla1/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2506:12-best-fried-chicken-restaurants&catid=222:top-ten&Itemid=293

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

          )

          http://furysrestaurant.com/

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

           
           
           
           
           
           
           
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            gkclapp Jul 15, 2011 04:35 PM

            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
              BombayUpWithaTwist Jul 16, 2011 04:06 AM

              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!

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

              1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist
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                gkclapp Jul 16, 2011 03:33 PM

                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

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                Cochon
                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: gkclapp
                  BombayUpWithaTwist Jul 17, 2011 06:39 AM

                  Thanks for the nice list :o)

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                    gkclapp Jul 25, 2011 09:41 PM

                    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!

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                    kibbles Jul 29, 2011 05:32 AM

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

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                      bronwen Jul 29, 2011 07:11 AM

                      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.

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

                2. re: gkclapp
                  Bill Hunt Aug 2, 2011 06:52 PM

                  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.

                  Hunt

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

                3. Monch Jul 7, 2011 01:47 PM

                  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!!!

                  http://www.elizabeths-restaurant.com/...

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                  1. re: Monch
                    BombayUpWithaTwist Jul 16, 2011 04:07 AM

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

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                      sirvelvet Jul 16, 2011 05:13 AM

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

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                      hjacmc Jul 7, 2011 11:04 AM

                      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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                        Hungry Celeste Jul 7, 2011 11:47 AM

                        It closed, quite some time ago.

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                        Hungry Celeste Jul 6, 2011 06:54 AM

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

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                          BombayUpWithaTwist Jul 6, 2011 05:51 PM

                          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
                            FoodChic Jul 7, 2011 07:01 AM

                            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.

                            http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/foodo...

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                              BombayUpWithaTwist Jul 7, 2011 10:10 AM

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

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