Nestled in the Lower Garden District on historic Magazine Street, Surrey's Juice Bar and CafA(C) offers some of New Orleans' freshest and finest ... More
Surrey's Juice Bar
Nestled in the Lower Garden District on historic Magazine Street, Surrey's Juice Bar and CafA(C) offers some of New Orleans' freshest and finest breakfast and lunch. Started in 2001 by owner Greg Surrey, Chef Adrian Schrauwen, continues to oversee the high standards that Surreyac2s is known for with delectable specials. Our small neighborhood cafA(C) serves up fresh-squeezed, organic juices, Central American inspired dishes such as Huevos Rancheros and Migas, and with traditional breakfast fare. The cafA(C) offers local seafood fresh from Lafitte, Louisiana, fresh boudin, sausage and chorizo from Creole Country Sausage and locally grown organic produce.
After reading various other (mostly favorable) reviews, I decided to make a short hike and make it a point to get to Surrey's Cafe and Juice Bar. I am glad I went, yet would mark this as a place that if you're in the neighborhood, go; otherwise, overall, you won't be missing much-- based mostly on service.
As others have duly noted on here, the wait time can be a killer. I knew this looking for this place, and knew that since we (two people) arrived around 10.45 am to 11.00 am on a friday, I knew to expect a wait. We did-- it took us about 30-40 minutes to get a seat in the restaurant.
Just like another patron on this site, I ordered a halloween special: Roach French Toast with Diaper Sauce, which really was a type of french toast with apple flavored cream cheese and a little bit of syrup. I was pleased with my dish. My friend ordered scrambled eggs and some sort of breakfast dish that I've since forgotten the name of.
The food was quite good, and for a place that is this busy, was surprisingly quickly served. The order was correct, and as I am finding that seems to be the norm, the whole dining experience was handled by three different people at different times for one meal. The first, the host, was my least favorite-- not at all cheery-- in fact, he seemed as though either he got out of the wrong side of bed or --probably--- just did not want to be there. The next man, the first server, was a wiry, matter-of-fact- seeming fellow who took the drink orders and then disappeared, leaving us next with cheery young woman who, while taking orders, sat herself down at our table. This may sound odd, but was not at all unpleasant!
Our breakfast, (no alcoholic drinks) came to about $40, tip included. From what I've encountered here in New Orleans, the prices seem to be reasonable and competitive.
Would I visit again? Yes-- to show someone the restaurant as a novelty. The establishment gets a couple negative points for the wait (although it was expected) and for the host who was not very pleasant. Otherwise, I wouldn't go out of my way to visit again.
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