A well-prepared meal is the original time machine, transporting its eaters back to an era when dinner was conjured using good old-fashioned alchemy, instead of modern-day Eggstractors. Transform a leaden appetite into culinary gold with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of classic Creole and Cajun fare at The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant in the French Quarter.
A cornerstone of French Quarter dining since 1894, The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant is known far and wide for its delectable breakfast fare and classic New Orleans dishes, tickling the flavor-antennae of visitors and locals alike. Greet the day with a signature oyster Rockefeller omelet ($12.75), or sate an antiquarian sweet tooth with cala cakes, which are fashioned from a mid-nineteenth century recipe ($8.50, $8.95 with pecans). Taste-buds tending toward noontime grub can lap a hearty cup of seafood gumbo ($5.95, $8.50 for a bowl) or a catfish po' boy ($10.95), both of which have been fortified with Poseidon's blessing. Evening eaters can sink incisors into fancier fare, such as the Fleur de Lis chicken ($21), which is topped with buerre blanc, and paired with lump crabmeat, Louisiana crawfish, and gulf shrimp stuffing. Patrons sporting the evolutionary advantage of an extra stomach can complete their meal with homemade peanut butter pralines ($6) or whiskey-doused bread pudding ($6).
Wrought-iron accents abound and a bayou-centric mural festoons the covered patio's walls, recalling diners' past lives as riverboat gamblers and gentlemen-harpists. On Thursday and Friday nights, sounds of live jazz waft through the air from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., accompanied by a quaffable roar of hurricanes cunningly concocted from real fruit-juice. Reservations are strongly recommended for Friday and Saturday night, so saddle up your carrier pigeon, or call to schedule an evening of prime palate pleasing.
Dine-in or carryout only.
Esquire named The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant one of “The 59 Best Breakfast Places in America.” Zagat rated the food and service “very good to excellent.” Eighty-two percent of 98 Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant, and Yelpers and Citysearchers give it an average of 3.5 stars:
- “Jammin’ jambalaya” and other “scrumptious”, “fat-drenched” dishes like calas (rice fritters) make it “worth the wait even when the line is around the block” at this “very local” “jewel in the Quarter” for Creole-American eats; not only is it “inexpensive”, but you’ll walk out with a “smile on your face” after getting the “warmest welcome” from an “honest”, “colorful” staff that calls everyone “baby.” – Zagat
- The Old Coffee Pot was a great New Orleans experience. best [sic] jambalaya we had, a lovely setting and welcoming staff. – cellogrl, Citysearch