Café du Monde- Vieux Carré

August 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

The original location, on the banks of the river, across Deçateur from Jackson Square, is your first stop when visiting the Quarter. If there’s a line, go around to the back side, there’s a break in the fence to get in. It’s a dog-eat-dog seat yourself, so be assertive and grab the first open table, clean or used. I try to sit near the middle, in case it rains. One of the waitstaff will come to your table, clean it off and take your order. When your food arrives, be ready with cash. They wait for no one. This place runs like a well oiled machine. It is the thing of beauty, history and deliciousness. One custom is to wear black to show the powdered sugar, not required or expected. It is a blessed oasis from the stimulation overload of the Quarter.

Order café au lait and beignet. Beignets come three to a plate, loaded with powered sugar. 2 plates are enough to share among three people. The au lait is amazing, perfect and something I dream about. A straight up order comes with the small. $5 and change.

Cash only.


Mother’s Restaurant

March 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

From 7am to 10pm, there’s always a line out the door at the antique brick building on the corner of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas, home of Mother’s Restaurant.  Order at the cashier, and squeeze in at one of the cafe tables and wait for your name to be called.  Whether you’re dining in or taking out, just do what the employees tell you to.  They are no-nonsense, all business, feeding the hordes of hungry as fast as they can.  Not too pricey and amazingly delicious. I make sure to go each time I’m in town. 

Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffée, Shrimp Creole, Gumbo
Whatever you order is going to be good.

Bread Pudding
I love bread pudding.  I’m very picky about bread pudding.  It should have chunks of bread, gooey sticky vanilla bean sauce.  It should be warm, spoonable, and heavenly.  Mother’s bread pudding is all these.  Add it to your order, and do a few extra miles on the elliptical.

410 Poydras • New Orleans, LA • 70130
Hours: 7:00am – 10pm Mon-Sun


Juan’s Flying Burrito

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Fun, funky local tex-mex.  With two locations, Juan’s Flying Burrito is a great lunch spot.  Don’t expect peppy servers covered in flair.  This is real the New Orleans, not Bourbon St.  From the booths and cafe tables to the tall bar stools, the interior is covered in rustic artsy decor, almost as colorful as the ink on the staff.  Painted tequila bottles are the shades for the pendant lights over the bar.  Inside, outside, this is a great place to relax, eat, drink and enjoy the afternoon with friends. 

Flying Burrito
Grilled steak, gulf shrimp, and chicken with cheddar and jack cheese, black beans, yellow rice, salsa, sour cream and guacamole rolled in a grilled tortilla. Yum.

4724 S Carolton • New Orleans, LA • 70119
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11am-10pm • Friday & Saturday 11am-11pm


Nacho Mama’s Mexican Grill

April 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Situated along the eclectic stroll of Magazine Street, the sidewalk cafe tables at Nacho Mama’s are instantly inviting. It’s definitely a great place to hang out on a nice afternoon or evening and enjoy the wildlife. The casual atmosphere and brightly painted everything is like an instant vacation south of the border.

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos
Their homemade Mexican cuisine is delicious and reasonably portioned, and they have the best Margaritas in town.  The Fish Tacos comes with a pick of four different fish, a choice of flour, whole wheat or corn tortilla, and black or refried beans. I opted for Mahi Mahi on the server’s recommendation. Two fish tacos came wrapped in parchment paper, a scoop of seasoned rice and a cup of beans.  Just the right size, but no room for dessert.  If you’re not into Margaritas, they have Abita Amber on draft.

3242 Magazine Street • New Orleans, LA • (504) 899-0031
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm • Friday & Saturday 11am-11pm


Refuel Cafe

April 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

A lovely breakfast stop full of sunlight.  You walk up rustic steps into a small restaurant full of sleek black tables and a deli counter displaying baked goods.  Order at the counter, and friendly waitstaff brings your food to your table.

Baja Omelette, Grits, Coffee
If you want greasy diner food, this is not the place for you. Refuel Cafe takes traditional breakfast food to the next level. With fillings like avocado and bacon, the Baja Omelette was a creative break from the standard omelette. The grits were addictive, creamy, and buttery. Delicious good-quality coffee.

8124 Hampson Street • New Orleans, LA • 504.872.0187
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 7am-2pm • Saturday and Sunday Brunch 8:30am-2pm


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