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Feb 9, 2012 12:25 PM

Early Morning (not night) Breakfast

I am gearing up for my NOLA trip next week and I just realized I am not going to be able to make it to the planned Brennan's breakfast on Saturday. Our flight leaves at 10:30 but I know we need to be at the airport around 8:30 or so. Anyone open for breakfast early on Saturday mornings?

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  1. Lots of places. Where are you going to want to eat? Uptown, Quarter, near airport, etc.?

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    1. re: uptownlibrarian

      Sorry, should have been more specific about location. We are at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter. We are going to take a taxi to the airport. I think staying near the French Quarter would be easier but I'll take recommendations near the airport too.

      1. re: Calyptra4

        Camellia Grill and Clover Grill are both good diners open early in the Quarter. Mena's Palace and Fleur de Lis are also open and very close to the Monetleone, but their breakfasts aren't great in my opinion. I do like the hash browns at Fleur de Lis, but they're nothing special - pre-shredded Sysco potatoes grilled in tons of grease on a flat-top just happen to be an occasional pleasure of mine and Fleur de Lis does that well. Obviously beignets are an option, either at Cafe du Monde or Cafe Beignet. There's a coffee shop called La Boucherie that has decent muffins and stuff but no hot breakfast. Also there's a grocery store at Royal & St. Peter where you could get stuff the night before if you want.

        I work in the Quarter, and when I eat breakfast on my way to work, 9 times out of 10 I go to Camellia Grill or Clover Grill. The other 1 time I get a muffin at the coffee shop.

        1. re: uptownlibrarian

          I'm glad to hear there's someone else who's not a Mena's fan. I see it recommended here once in a while and wonder if I'd gone to the wrong Mena's or something. Is their lunch better than their breakfast?

          Anyway, in addition to the recommendations so far, there's also the Commerce Restaurant on Camp. It's hardly high end but it's always treated me well. I can't swear they're open on Saturdays though.

          A little longer walk, Buffa's is a lot of fun at 6:30 in the morning (wear your best disheveled evening clothes and you'll fit right in) and has a solid breakfast menu. In the other direction the St. Charles Tavern has a good breakfast anytime. I seem to remember enjoying their biscuits and gravy the last time I ate breakfast there.

          1. re: montuori

            Mena's lunch is much, much better. Breakfast is mediocre diner food, but lunch is great fried seafood poboys and platters. They also do good plate lunches like meatloaf, red beans with fried chicken or sausage, beefy mac, and meatballs. And their muffaletta is actually pretty good - homemade olive salad with a spicy jalapeno addition that you don't get from Central Grocery.

          2. re: uptownlibrarian

            I haven't been but Red Gravy opens at 6:30 for breakfast. And I second Clover Grill but be prepared for funky.

      2. Have your cab run by Morning Call in Metairie for the best beignets and cafe au lait in or out of town!

        1. There's also The Old Coffeepot...nothing fancy, but it's breakfast. Or Cafe Beignet.

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          1. re: FoodChic

            Totally forgot...there's Stanley in Jackson Square. We Love their breakfast!
            Eggs Stanley is a lovely way to end your trip to New Orleans.

            1. re: FoodChic

              This has been my "go-to" for many decades, and a few names. I have added Stanley!, as they have impressed me (and also my wife, who is not so easily impressed).

              Enjoy, and travel safely,


            2. Ruby Slipper is good.

              The Ruby Slipper @ 200 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 9355.

                1. re: pizzajunkie

                  Gotta' try the FQ location. Heck, I need to get back to the Carrolton Ave. location, as it has been too long.