Breakfast New Orleans-Style
No omelettes and no bacon. No scrambled eggs. We aren’t licensed to cook on the premises, so we don’t. We turn that to our advantage. No cereal, cold or hot. Sorry. No pre-packaged danish or English muffins. Nobody visits New Orleans to eat store-bought bagels. We don’t offer a continental breakfast, per se. Our guests prefer to call it a curated buffet of what we find interesting from various neighborhood places, farmers’ markets, local pastry shops, and from artisans who prepare, with love and care, good things to eat.
What’s for breakfast tomorrow? We don’t know. We go out every morning before any of our guests are awake and we pick up what is in season, what we think will be interesting, and where we think there will be the best gossip on any given day. Every day is a surprise.
No greasy breakfast sausage links from Costco. When we serve sausage, it’s Italian Creole sausage from a shop that’s been in business for 90 years. They’re 4th generation sausage makers. Or it’s boudin from upriver, in St. James Parish. When we serve donuts, they can be maple and bacon johnny logs from a shop run by two policemen; they know their donuts. Or, they might be buttermilk drops, which are a traditional local specialty. Where do you find the best apple fritters in New Orleans? We’ve tried them all and the answer may surprise you. We serve different bread every day, from a traditional po’ boy loaf, to a New Orleans-style ciabatta, to a French-style baguette with a crust that crackles when you bite it, to handcrafted loaves packed with olives, or pecans, or cranberries, or garlic and bell pepper. We don’t know what will be on any day’s menu. We know it will all be delicious, the way New Orleans, overall, is both sweet and savory delectable.
There is always a selection of meats and cheeses. There is always fresh fruit. The jellies are handmade by a lady who lives in St. Bernard Parish, downriver from us. She delivers them to us when we are running low. We never know what she’s going to bring. She uses the fruit from her neighbors’ farm gardens out in the swamp that surrounds our fair city. It’s a different world out there, flush with gooseberry bushes and satsuma groves.
We put other things out on the buffet table, too. Help yourself.
Our coffee has chicory in it, the way we drink it here, in New Orleans. We keep a wide variety of specialty teas on hand. Nobody leaves our dining room hungry. We offer plenty of choices. We offer plenty of surprises. We offer a taste of the neighborhoods that make this wonderful city we live in great. We like to share.
If you have any dietary concerns, let us know beforehand. Or, like most people, you can tell us when you check in. We prefer the former so we can plan ahead but, either way, we can accomodate you. Nobody leaves our dining room hungry. There is always something sweet and something savory, something refreshing and something invigorating. For us, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s when we get to answer your questions, explain the city, and help you navigate the many choices New Orleans offers.
Breakfast is served 8:30-9:30AM every day. Any time after 8:00, is usually fine. We’re generally ready by then and we enjoy the company. We don’t kick anyone out of the dining room at 9:30. We let the conversations take their course until everyone is satisfied and they are ready to start their adventures in the city at large on their own terms.