This historic restaurant is a favorite of the tourist crowd. It has served home-style classic Creole dishes for over 50 years. Coffee Pot Restaurant ... More
Coffee Pot Restaurant
This historic restaurant is a favorite of the tourist crowd. It has served home-style classic Creole dishes for over 50 years. Coffee Pot Restaurant is best known for serving calas, a hard-to-find Creole rice cake that is extremely popular for breakfast. Other dishes include salad Jayne, seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, fried chicken, seafood platter, omelets, bread pudding, and fruit cobblers. Or you can simply grab a cup of coffee and sit outdoors watching the world go by!
When I moved here from Houston my heart ached for the old Talleyho restaurant on Chartres. After chancing upon the Old Coffe Pot and it's staff of the warmest, funniest and sometimes moodiest characters I was sold.
I couldn't imagine not having my Jambalaya omlette (tell them David told you about it-it's not on the menu) and Pan Perdue (lost bread or French Toast). The food that Mai ling and her kitchen cooks is true New Orleans-you will love it, and I'm about as picky as they come. If it's not too hot there is a nice courtyard and any of the ladies, Ms. Pearl, Ms. Wilhelmina (watch her Bloody Mary's!) Gaynelle and Shrley, who sometimes breaks out in song--a real treat-- are always in rare form. Enjoy yourself. You'll need a nap afterward.
David Delaunay, New Orleans
I go to New Orleans often and this is always a must place to eat. The food is wonderful. Try any of the breakfast menu items. You won't be disappointed!!! And don't forget to ask about the ghost that lives there!
They don't open until 9:00!!! This used to be one of my favorite spots in NOLA. I agree with most of the praise on this site, but regret these guys are really not open for 'breakfast' anymore, except I guess for hungover tourists getting up very late. What a shame!
My co-workers and I were on a charity junket down to the beleaguered region of Biloxi to work for the HandsOn USA volunteer center. We were only able to stay for 5 days but the visual impact and resonance of speaking with locals whose lives had been irreversibly affected had most certainly left its imprint upon us all. We all agreed that a visit to New Orleans before going to the airport for our flights home was a necessity. Our first stop after arriving in the Big Easy was to find a place to eat lunch. To our immense good fortune, we chanced upon the Coffee Pot. The charm & ambience immediately oozed from the walls. Better still, we were graced with our waitress, Shirley, whose smile was as wide as the Mississippi and whose heart was as deep as the city is old. She did SO much more than serve us food with a smile - she shared her experiences of the hurricane and the challenges that still face the locals every day. But with a resilience seen by few, she demonstrated that the spirit of the city was still there, ready to awaken from a slumber like a sleeping baby. My Poi Boy was a hunger-buster fo sho! - absolutely perfect (and the cool, refreshing Hurricane I ordered was the perfect elixir to top off the meal). My co-worker ordered the blackened red fish, pan roasted potatoes & asparagus spears and was nice enough to share a taste. Oh, man - oh, man. Let me tell ya - if you're planning on makin' your way to the French Quarter, do yourself a huge favor and get into the Coffee Pot. It's a dining experience you won't soon forget.
This restaurant is the best for your money and with the most delightful staff you are sure to come back for more. I have been visiting New Orleans every year for now 7 years and this restaurant is our staple! Always ask for Wilhelmenia and you are sure to get the best service in town! My personal breakfast favorite would have to be Eggs Jonathan. Their Po Boys are to die for and of course the red beans and rice are down right delicious. Dont be discouraged if you see a line outside, it moves fast and its worth the wait! See you guys in April 2006!
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