On September 9th I tried to go to their Mid City location, but there was a half hour wait for a table, so I opted for Café Navarre (Report #136).
This is their location in the CBD, at 200 Magazine St. That’s not a picture of a murder scene above. That’s the crowd outside waiting for a table. This time I used my newly installed Nowait app. That thing is great. Cut our wait for a table down from 30 minutes to 3 minutes. I highly recommend it if you don’t have it yet.
The place was a zoo! Noisy and very crowded, but in a good way. Plenty of friendly people. Especially the staff.
Speaking of Café Navarre, if you saw that report you know I love Eggs Benedict made with pulled pork. I love variations on traditional Eggs Benedict, period, and this place has a bunch. I opted for The Peacemaker, which lets you pick any two of their Benedict dishes. I got the Eggs Cochon (pulled pork), and the Hot-Smoked Salmon Bennie.
The pulled pork was awesome. Juicy and tender with a great flavor. I thought the smoked salmon would be like Lox (basically raw), which I love, but it was a cooked salmon. Still a delicious dish. I’m looking forward to going back and trying more of their Benedict dishes. The one with shrimp is up next.
My dining partner got The Southern Breakfast. Two eggs, stone ground grits, Applewood smoked bacon, buttermilk biscuit and a fried green tomato.
I forgot to mention. The Benedict dishes are served on biscuits and their biscuits are excellent. My dining partner is a biscuit connoisseur and she loved them. She enjoyed the rest of her dish too.
We finished up splitting a pancake. Also very good.
Great place. But get that app to avoid the long wait! I highly recommend it.
200 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 Ph: 504-525-9355
This is the Metairie Rd. location. This building used to be a restaurant called Café B, which was excellent! I was seriously sad when it closed. But I was happy to see they put another restaurant in this space.
See all those people milling around outside? They’re all waiting for a table! If you go to their website you can get on their waitlist. I strongly suggest doing that. We live quite pretty far away. We got on the waitlist before we left home, at 10:50 AM. We got there at about 11:15AM and we’re told we were #9 on the list so it’d be about 20 minutes more. We finally got seated at 11:40AM.
We decided on:
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My dining partner had the biscuits and gravy with a side order of grits. She was so upset with the grits she sent them back. They were too watery and the portion was miniscule for $3. She loved everything else, especially their biscuits.
The salmon omelet was pretty good except for one thing. I had easily eaten half of it when I took a bite and thought, “What the hell was that? That was delicious”! I had gotten a forkful of a piece with the goat cheese. It was so devoid of it I had forgotten it was supposed to be in there. Only one more forkful had goat cheese in it. Pretty disappointing.
I’m not a pumpkin anything type person, but my dining partner wanted the Pumpkin Praline French Toast. To keep the peace I agreed to it. It was very good!
Pretty good brunch.
2700 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70001 Ph: 504-638-9574