... Best meal I had in New Orleans. Now, I've only been there once, but I tried some classics -- Galatoire's, Mothers, Cafe du Monde... A little off the beaten path in the prettier sections of the French Quarter (read: away from Bourbon), Coffee Pot is run by a group of charming older ladies. Service is SLOW, so don't have any important appointments waiting. Waiting to order takes forever, and silverware is an afterthought. But once you do get your food, YUM. Don't come here to order something "normal" like omelettes or a salad -- those things are perfectly fine here, don't get me wrong, but it's the regional fare that sings here. Lost Bread is a requirement. Like a beignet, but made with Po Boy bread and probably the most delicious thing I had on the trip. Also amazing are the The roast beef Po Boy is to die. Meat is tender, bread is crunchy enough to hold up to the sauce, and the sauce is a perfect mix of tangy and sweet. Also amazing are these rice and cinnamon cakes -- can't recall the name, but so good. Go and spend some time!
I recently had my daughter's 7th Birthday party @ Cafe au Clay and I have to say it was the best party ever. We had 25 kids attending and everything was so perfect, they played around, painted some pottery (not just pottery, but real masks handcrafted there) and just had a great time! The owner, Kate, and her staff made every effort to make us and our guests feel at home (and believe me, at some point I thought I was home...). And the best of all, NO MESS TO CLEAN UP, they took care of everything!!!! Almost everyone made a positive comment on the place and also on how lovely and welcoming they made us feel. I highly recommend it not only for a party or event, but also for a fun and relaxing treat to yourself. Thanks, Kate!!
The Ruby Slipper Cafe is one of the busiest, friendliest and most delicious little cafes in our fair city. The Chef turns out great traditional breakfasts and lunches, but keep an eye out for the very creative daily specials. I adore the chunky chicken salad sandwich, to say nothing of the "endless" cup of java served in one of those big french coffee cups. Love it! Tucked off Canal St. behind Mandina's, I've always found parking close by, even on Sundays, which can bet busy after 10:30. Just put your name on the guest list and stroll around the sweet Mid-City neighborhood. Remember to check back, the line moves quickly. Treat yourselves to a trip to The Ruby Slipper Cafe, you will not be dissapointed!