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Early Morning (not night) Breakfast

Calyptra4 Feb 9, 2012 12:25 PM

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. uptownlibrarian RE: Calyptra4 Feb 9, 2012 12:27 PM

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

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      Calyptra4 RE: uptownlibrarian Feb 9, 2012 12:33 PM

      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.

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        uptownlibrarian RE: Calyptra4 Feb 9, 2012 12:42 PM

        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.

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          montuori RE: uptownlibrarian Feb 9, 2012 12:59 PM

          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.

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            uptownlibrarian RE: montuori Feb 9, 2012 01:40 PM

            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.

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            Big Easy RE: uptownlibrarian Feb 10, 2012 08:55 AM

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

      2. Uncle Bob RE: Calyptra4 Feb 9, 2012 12:59 PM

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

        1. FoodChic RE: Calyptra4 Feb 10, 2012 09:26 AM

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

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            FoodChic RE: FoodChic Feb 10, 2012 11:09 AM

            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.

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              Bill Hunt RE: FoodChic Feb 12, 2012 07:41 PM

              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,


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              Littleman RE: Calyptra4 Feb 10, 2012 10:06 AM

              Ruby Slipper is good.

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

              1. pizzajunkie RE: Calyptra4 Feb 10, 2012 10:39 AM

                +1 for Camellia Grill!!!!!

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                  Bill Hunt RE: pizzajunkie Feb 12, 2012 07:42 PM

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


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                  Littleman RE: Calyptra4 Feb 10, 2012 10:45 AM

                  Red Gravy is the very best in town.

                  Red Gravy @ 125 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 504 – 561 – 8844.

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                    Calyptra4 RE: Littleman Feb 10, 2012 11:08 AM

                    These are all awesome recommendations. It's going to be hard to pick. I am going to call and double check the hours on a few. I plan on eating at The Old Coffee Pot at least once during the trip. And definitely the Camellia Grill too. I had never heard of Red Gravy but I like their menu for sure.

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                      Calyptra4 RE: Calyptra4 Feb 11, 2012 04:27 PM

                      I am really excited about going to the Stanley restaurant. Their website has the yummiest food photos and I like that they have shakes and sundaes there too.

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                        Bill Hunt RE: Calyptra4 Feb 12, 2012 07:43 PM

                        Though some on this board are less than fans, I have dined there four times, and have been able to take wife on two of those. Each visit has been very good to nearly excellent.



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