I am writing about Morning Call just so I can share some pictures. Though the original coffee house on Decatur Street in the French Quarter opened in 1870, that has long since closed and moved to Metairie. This outpost was recently opened as a second location, in City Park of New Orleans.
I visited here as many do, as it serves as a coffee/bathroom break for tourists on a bus tour of the city. I am not rating the restaurant since I just had a small coffee to go, which was good, but I don’t feel I can fairly evaluate such a quick visit.
I look forward to visiting Morning Call again, since City Park is just across the street and the New Orleans Museum of Art is just a short distance down the street. It’s most easily accessed by car, though it could be accessed in about 10 minutes, in daylight hours, by walking from the end of the City Park/Museum spur of the Canal Streetcar.
No rating given
Morning Call Coffee Stand
City Park Casino
56 Dreyfous Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
Café du Monde is famous for coffee and beignets, and not much else. Its menu fits on the side of a napkin holder, listing several additional beverages to have in addition to coffee. You have Hobson’s choice for something to eat, beignets. I found it especially entertaining that their souvenir list is quite a lot longer, both listed on the window of the indoor enclosure, and as evidenced by their medium-sized gift shop across the street. I’m a sucker for coffee mugs, so I did buy my beverage in a ceramic mug to keep after I departed.
I guess if you do two things well, stick to them! The chickory-flavored coffee is delicious, as are the warm beignets topped with powdered sugar. I dined here in the mid-evening for a light supper, after eating a pretty filling lunch. Perhaps it’s because I was here mid-week and slightly off season, but this part of the French Quarter, right next to St Louis Park, was dead at 9 p.m. and even a bit creepy.
I enjoyed my visit, though you’d think an establishment open since 1862 could do better than their graffiti-covered, cramped bathroom, covered with slogans about poorly paid and treated staff.
Rating 3.5/5.0 – Liked it
Café du Monde
800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116