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Quirky N.O. grill perfect for 'other' Mardi Gras Here in the Quarter, where people start the day with a 20-ounce beer, the true survivors never sleep. The best moments here are the grittiest ones, the ones that never close-- displaying a sort of insomniac stubbornness expected in this hung-over town. Recently, the Well-Fed Reporter and The Well-Fed Companion took a day-trip to the Big Easy, doing some advance work for Mardi Gras. We wanted to find a place that would suit folks from Mobile, who might visit the "other" Mardi Gras. We stumbled upon a small, bustling, over-the-top diner right down the road from the strip of bars and clubs on Bourbon Street: The Clover Grill, established in 1939, as far as anyone could remember. The atmosphere attracted us, and the good, hot food we enjoyed will bring us back to the Clover on our next trip over. The corner hangout is happy place for Mardi Gras revelers, as loud and swinging as Carnival itself. No one holds back here. The white-washed plaster outside the diner on the corner of Bourbon and Dumaine is a stark contrast to the boisterous atmosphere that greeted us when we opened the brightly painted, glass-paneled doors. A look inside Clover Grill The pink tiles of the restaurant complement the 11 (of course it couldn't be 12 ) red stools along the diner's counter. On the other side of this close, squeeze-by-excuse-me establishment, larger groups can sit at one of the four tables. The tables are aligned by big windows - perfect vantage points for watching Mardi Gras crowds wander by, said, then manager Tim Murphy. The Well-Fed Reporter and Companion marveled at the two, muted televisions on either end of the joint - one with the Gladys Knight interview special and another with a Garth Brooks video. On the juke box, jammed into the far corner of the small place, high-powered dance tunes gave the energetic waiters an excuse to shake a move on the way to take our order. It's the sort of place where locals come in to chat with one another or with the extroverted wait staff. Here, we found folks in berets and baseball caps, wearing anything from black leather to khakis. And we noticed most folks take heed of the sign near the door, "Be Nice or Leave." For those who doubt the sassy nature of this diner, another sign proclaims: "Everyone brings happiness into this business. Some when they come in. Others when they leave." Accustomed as we are to straight-forward menus in restaurants around Mobile and Baldwin counties, it took us a while to get used to the Clover's menu--that reads like a Letterman monologue. Just reading the menu at the Clover is a hilarious adventure through the owners' sense of humor. In fact, the practice of swiping the laugh-a-minute menus became so popular that they've finally started printing take-home copies for patrons. Here are a few gems, straight from the (photocopied ) menu we carted back to Mobile: "If you're not served in 5 minutes, it may be another 5. Relax. This isn't New York City." "Dancing in the aisles only. Please keep off the tables." "We're here to serve people and make people feel they are prettier than they really are." And, true to its Bourbon Street location, the menu includes this admonition: "No strange tricks at tables, please. Please keep hands on top of the table. No talking to yourself." Once we laughed our way through the menu, a charming waiter - with the "uniform" T-shirt "We love to fry and it shows" - took our order. This is the kind of place for folks who need a good solid meal for a reasonable price. Check your calorie counters at the door. As Murphy, the manager, said: "The people who come in, they may go out to the fancy restaurants, but they'll eat their basic meals here." Clover Omelet's, and that's the way they spell it, were first concocted "in a trailer park in Chalmette, Louisiana, " the menu boasts. The three-egg creations kept the WFR happy during the last visit to the Clover Grill. A Plain Jane Omelet goes for $3.99. They'll

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Fax: (504) 566-1835

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French Quarter, French Quarter - CBD
Bar & Grills, Take Out Restaurants, Coffee & Espresso Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Coffee House, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: No

Drive Through: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Cuban, American Restaurant, American, American Food, Cuban Restaurant, Cuban Food

Price Range : Below Average

Good for Kids: No

Good For Groups: No


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Tracy C.


No complaints from me!

Good food, fast service, and friendly staff! I am from California and I ate here while in NOLA for the 2014 Essence Music Festival. I ordered the breakfast pork chops, eggs, and has brown potatoes. Excellent! I found this place while looking for the postal annex. Once they warm up to you, the staff is super friendly. I would definitely eat there during my next trip! Much love all the way from California.

Wendell Davis


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Go See Fo Yo Self !!!

Was just in New Orleans on a vacation from 9/11 thru 9/16. This is my fourth trip to NOLA and I really had a great time. I love the city and the people. For weeks prior to my vacation I had been scouring the internet getting recommendations on what to do and see and EAT! Everything I had heard about THE CLOVER GRILL was ""thumbs up"" I had to go see! I AM GLAD I DID. My room mate and I made our 100th trip to Bourbon Street (LOL) It was late and we we're hungry so we ventured into the Clover Grill.....looked just like the kind of place I love to go to.....I ordered the traditional burger with chedder cheese, mayo, etc and Dusty ordered a ham and cheese sandwich. By the way, we were waited on almost the moment we sat down by a very nice and courteous gentleman. Sorry about other people's luck who have said otherwise! (just thought I would throw that in...) Anyway our food arrived and it was wonderful. My burger was hot, juicy, flavorful ! The fries were perfect and there were a lot of them. Good, hot, food and plenty of it. We had a great time during our visit. Carried on conversation with the staff and people sitting at the counter. Colorful personalities abounded with great things to share. We just felt at home and we will sure go back back to the Clover Grill when we head to the wonderful city of New Orleans. Signed 2 guys from Ohio !

Hank in FQ


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Worst Service in the City (from a local)

I'm a local, having moved back to the city after growing up here, going away to college, having a working life and career. Been back about six months. Live one and a half blocks away in the French Quarter. Usually went into Clover Grill once or twice a week for take out. Spent over $20 each time (for one).

Just recently went back for a takeout for two. Sat up at the counter for 20 minutes while four staff ignored me. After reading the local free newspaper, I left, and will never return again. New Orleans may be enjoying a wonderful tourist trade at present, but I'm a local and expect basics - acknowledgement, a glass of water while I wait. I will never go in this establishment again!



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Good food, good service

I loved this place. Just wanted a good burger that didnt break me. My husband & I stopped in & loved it. Our little waiter was great & the food was so good we went back the next morning for breakfast & that was great too. Ignor the bad reviews. Some people think they should get a 5 star restaurant for nothing. Not everyone will be happy with this. I saw several people get up & walk out when they realized colorful the place was. Stupid, ignorant people. Try it. You'll love it. Can't wait to go back.



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The folks down the street at HeadQuarters Hair Salon told us to go here for burgers and we loved it. It was great to go to New Orleans and get great , fun service at these 2 places and we went back for breakfast . they make the best breakfast around and for a very good price. I found the prices in New Orleans very cheap and the people friendly.



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great burger

great burger and onion rings. 13 bucks with a coke a little pricey but worth it.I will return to try
other things on the menu sooner than later.



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I'm with Harry! It would take magic to get this place back to it's former self. Years ago it was a good place to get some late night, or early morning, eats, but those days are gone. The service is rude and the food is lousy. They are definitely living off of past reputations. If you don't believe me, just go waste your money and find out for yourself.



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First of all, anyone who gives the Clover Grill a good review has got to be an employee.

Some of the worst service I've ever had in my life.
I walked up to the counter to ask for a fork and the cook told me to ""sit down and shut up"".

The blast the music so loud that it pierces your ear drums. They do that to ensure you'll leave immediately when you're done eating.

Sorry, but I think anyone who charges for onions is out of their mind.
If you order a fully dressed cheese burger w fries from Tropical Isle and it's $7.50.
Now order the same exact thing from Clover Grill is like $14.75. Because Clover Grill charges you for everything and I mean EVERYTHING. The hamburger is like $4.49 and then you pay 2.09 for fries and 1.19 for each condiment. (Cheese, tomatoes, onions and pickles, etc...) And by the time it's fully dressed the way you like it, you've went well over $12.00.

It's not always snail slow- just most of the time.

I've eaten here six times and each time I get the same horrible service. Why? Because after the storm it was the only place to eat breakfast. but now that Deja Vu is back open 24 hours, I can say ""Sionara scammers!""



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Just what the Bourbon Ordered

This place was great! Very small and quite not what you would expect in New Orleans. Food was good and service was really nice. Has a scary bathroom in the alley but that just added to our experiences there! Definitly go late night after you spent all night at Utopia or Red Rhino.

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