When I heard that The Old Coffee Pot in New Orleans was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, I knew I had to stop there for a bite. Guy Fieri stopped in for Fleur de lis chicken, which is a chicken breast topped with a crab cake and shrimp served with a green bean casserole and jambalaya. Located at 714 Saint Peter Street in the famous French Quarter, The Old Coffee Pot sits on a corner right next to Pat O’Briens. It is a cozy feel the minute you walk up the steps to the wood, French doors, followed by dark wood tables, frames pictures about and ornate chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The “Old” Coffee Pot is more than 100 years old serving classic New Orleans French Quarter cuisine.
We were so excited to try the restaurant, that we stopped in first thing to grab breakfast. They are famous for their Callas Cakes which originated in the late 1800’s. Callas Cakes are similar to a doughnut, made with long rice rather than dough and mixed with spices then deep fried (of course- it’s New Orleans!) and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Other items you will find on the breakfast menu are Eggs Creole, Eggs Conti (poached in a wine sauce with chicken livers), Eggs Jonathan, Lost Bread (creole french toast), Omelettes, Creole Pancakes and Blintzes. The Eggs Creole was delicious!
The creole sauce is house made and not spicy at all, made from cooked down vegetables. “Cooking down” is a common practice in Louisiana, resulting in the perfect vegetable color and consistency. The Eggs Sardou, a New Orleans spin on Eggs Benedict, is made with creamed spinach and artichoke bottoms. Each dish was moderately portioned and priced between $8.95-13.50. The food is simple while packed with a ton of flavor.
Thick sliced tomatoes are everywhere in New Orleans, especially green tomatoes. Eggs Jonathan is is made with poached eggs, honey ham, vine ripened tomato, and Gulf shrimp.
When you are in New Orleans and want an inexpensive, flavorful, quick bite to eat… be sure to stop at The Old Coffee Pot. My only regret is not trying the Callas Cakes!