This use to be one of the best places in New. Orleans to eat. And top of the line.But, with the sad and untimely death of the founder Miss. Betsy. It has really gone down hill. It is like they do not care any more.The food has really gone down hill the most.Anything that should be hot comes out stone cold and what should be cold is room temp.Catfish is nothing more then breading. Meat cut thin. side dishes very small with little taste.Desserts without taste.Tea and coffee weak.Wait staff have to be asked to get up from tables with friends they are chatting with to wait on you.Paid about $17.00 for two but all we really got was stale bread and weak ice tea.Gave it another try for Breakfast and it was not any better.I am told that IF you know them you get better food and service. That is NOT any way to run a restaurant.Miss Betsy would be rolling in her grave if she saw what her dream has become. Nobody could of cared as much as Miss Betsy cared about this place. It was reported that even on her "death bed" she told them to leave and get to work.They promised the city to keep it alive. So her dream would live on. But, they seem not to really care to even try to come as close to a knock out, affordable place as Miss Betsy did.Her dream died with her. And we miss them both ;(
Given that our goal was to experience the famous Friday Galatoire's lunch, I can't say I was disappointed by the atmosphere. Every Friday the place bustles with local business people who take a late "liquid lunch." At first I was disappointed to be put in the more subdued upstairs area, but was grateful when I realized how deafeningly loud it was downstairs. We ordered an assortment for the table, starting with a nice and spicy bloody mary. The oysters en brochette (fried and wrapped in bacon) were deadly. Tasty, but a little dry, and one is enough. The crab salad was delicious -- super-tender crab topped with mayo and capers. My friends were raving about the fried veggies of eggplant and potato "chips," which I thought were just OK. The seafood gumbo was quite nice. The seafood average, but the roux delicious. For the second drink, the dirty martini was fine, but needed to be a little dirtier. Our waiter recommended the fried crab topped with fish or crab as the best thing on the menu. Indeed the crab was incredibly fresh and tender. But still heavy, with all the fried. A friend's fish was just OK. So all in all, worth the price? Not really, but it was fun to experience part of history in a place that fully encourages you lounge at your own pace.
I just got back from this place for the first time and I must say...I was surprised. They are very affordable for the good portion they give you. I got the budget breakfast which came with buttered grits, buttered toast, 2 pork sausage patties, and scrambled eggs with an orange juice. I assumed it would be a portion that wouldn't get me full so I was under the impression that I would leave with donuts to take home, but I didn't because I was good and FULL after that breakfast plate :). With that said, I didn't leave with any donuts lol. It was really good, like your wholesome Southern breakfast meal. The place is small but feels homely. There's also a coffee shop literally right across the street from them so the location is perfect. They don't stop serving breakfast on Sundays until noon which most places don't do that. Finding parking isn't a problem whatsoever either whether you're on your bike or in your vehicle. I recommend going down to Freret Street Poboys for their breakfast. I paid less than $7 for all of what I ate and drank there.
... 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!
We had a party of eleven. When it came time to pay the bill, we asked if we could separate our tickets. She said "sorry, we don't do that here". Instead of offering to help in some way, she explained that we just needed to tell her the amounts to put on the cards when we were ready. So, we sat there for about 20 minutes calculating on the back of our ticket of who owed what. The manager then comes up about 30 minutes into it and asks if there's anything she can do to help. At that point we were almost done, so it would've been a little more helpful at the beginning of the process. Someone at our table politely said that we understood that we should've seen it on the menu, but it would've been nice of our waitress to have mentioned that at the beginning or before it was time to pay so we could've been quicker, to which the manager responded very condescendingly, "well it's on the menu, so...". Needless to say we won't be visiting this place with very rude service again.
This place was delicious! We went for breakfast but were a little late so ate off the regular menu. We were in a group of three. I consider the bill reasonable for what we got and where we were. All three of us ate, had one mimosa, dessert, and two french quarter coffees for under $80. I had the sampler (jambalaya, etoufee, and gumbo) which came with 3 good size slices of french bread, my husband had the Pasta Maque-Choux, and our friend got the fried green tomatoes. Everything was DELICIOUS and we all left very full!!! And the staff was very friendly and nice. We ended the meal with their delicious HUGE serving of bread pudding (3 of us shared one order) and the french quarter coffee.
Have to agree with a lot of posters that a lot of the food is only average. But the shrimp po boy and the fried chicken really do stand out. The shrimp was perfectly seasoned and cooked, and so tasty with the sauce. The bread was a little dry, but overall it was good. Fried chicken was the real star. DELICIOUS breading and so incredibly juicy and tender was the meat. Sadly, the shrimp creole and jambalaya were just so-so. Mother's is also famous for its Bloody Marys, which I have to say were quite good. Maybe a little spice could be bumped up, but the balance was really nice between all the strong flavors. Had to have two!
As a frequent visitor to New Orleans on the quest for the perfect shrimp & grits, my search ends here. First off, the staff was so friendly, super-attentive & entertaining. They had so many helpful suggestions and even at times joked that they hope I didnt like the food - so that they could eat it instead. One of the best suggestions for a meal was the jumbo shrimp & grits (wrapped in bacon)! The grits were AMAZING & the gravy -- changed my life! LOL The menu is a little pricey but the ambiance, service & food is more than worth it!
NOLA is one of my favorite places to visit for the good food and great atmosphere Of all the cities I could have gone I brought my mother here for the Stevie Wonder concert. We rode the trolley through the Garden District and stopped at another (over priced) place up the street. We decided to keep looking and walked up on this restaurant. After reading these reviews we went in for lunch. Friendly staff, festive atmosphere and GREAT food. I got the eggplant and crab cake stack. The price was just right too. I'll be back.
This legendary restaurant has so much history & the moment you step in the doors of Dooky Chase you see amazing ambiance, smell spectacular home cooked scents & immediately feel like family. I wasn't a huge fan of the Mac & Cheese, however the jambalaya, red beans & rice, shrimp, grits & bread pudding more than made up for it. The original owners just had their 60th wedding anniversary & still operate in the kitchen in the restaurant on a daily basis! (Make sure you say Hi!)