On one of the days of our New Orleans trip, we had a late dinner reservation. We needed to eat somewhere that would hold us over for the day but didn’t feel like anything fancy. We checked out some options and decided on Camellia Grill, a diner that’s been open since 1946.
Around noon, we left our Airbnb and headed to the St. Charles streetcar located a few blocks away.
Instead of heading to the French Quarter, we went in the other direction. It was a nice ride through an area of town we’d never seen before. It’s worth taking the ride even if you’re not going to eat, as there are some amazing houses to gawk at and you’ll also go past Audobon Park and Loyola University.
626 S Carrollton Ave,
New Orleans, LA 70118
A visit to the Camellia Grill is like going back in time. The indoor seating is along the counter. This is the place where all different types of people sit next to one another.
The food is prepared right in front of you, with the servers having to work their way around the cooks. It’s all an intricate dance that’s amazing to watch. It reminded me of going to Waffle House (which I mean in a good way.)
The menu was typical for a diner that serves everything all day long.
If that’s difficult to read, here’s a PDF version from the website.
I wanted breakfast so I ordered the Western Omelette with cheese and hash browns. It took up the entire plate.
Sharon ordered the BLT with a side of chips.
Our friend ordered a Harry’s Po-Boy with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy.
The food was all excellent. What made the experience great was the personality of our server. He was fun and had a great sense of humor. We started joking with each other right away and we had a great time.
Camellia Grill is a favorite of locals so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see politicians, business people or entertainers stopping by for a bite to eat. It’s one of Harry Connick Jr.’s favorite places to eat in the city. (The part about Camellia Grill starts at 1:25)
Beignets, sno-balls and more delicious food when Harry takes you on a tour of his favorite places to eat in New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/GxSHjB62vA
— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) August 1, 2017
“If you come to New Orleans and come to Camellia Grill, you’ll be a happy person.” I couldn’t agree more with Harry’s statement.
If you’re spending more than a day or two in New Orleans, get out of the French Quarter, hop on the St. Charles streetcar and head to Camellia Grill. You’ll be glad you did.
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