Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums Eating Tours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

Camellia Grill

626 South Carrollton, New Orleans, LA - (504) 866-9573
Posted By Derek Freeman on 5/15/2010 5:44:00 PM
This is a must-stop in New Orleans. Friendly, quirky staff and patrons. It is definitely worth the wait. People in line were discussing what the must-eat dish is and it seemed to be the omelets. The portions are huge so unless you are hungry, plan to share. If you are doing New Orleans the right way, you are probably NOT hungry because you've been sampling the many other restaurants in the city.

I got an omelet with bacon, Swiss, onions, and peppers, with a side of grits. Definitely go for the grits, not only are they delicious, but you can get fries anywhere. The menu says grits are not available after 11am but there was two full pots on at noon.

My wife got a pecan waffle. This is a must-eat. We split the omelet and waffle, but I could have gone for more waffle (and more cowbell, of course).

The coffee is pretty good as well, not your standard diner-fare.

A girl next to me got the Chef's Special omelet, smothered in chili. She said the chili was good, but the overall dish was a little too overbearing (or overwhelming--don't remember the exact word she used, but I knew what she meant). I didn't order it because I thought this may be the case.

The price was extremely reasonable. Our bill was around $17 for what we ordered, and I figure it is about the same that we would have paid at Denny's. So be sure to tip well because the staff is GENUINELY KIND AND FUNNY. The staff seem very genuine and really make you feel like they want you to enjoy your dining experience.

As far as my overall rating, I'm new to Roadfood and I can't say I'm a fan of the rating system based on miles you would travel to go to a particular establishment. In a city like New Orleans everything is within close proximity, so it is hard to say I would travel 100+ miles to go to this restaurant alone. I guess I wouldn't travel to New Orleans JUST for THIS restaurant, BUT if you are in NOLA, you need to go here. I don't think the rating system reflects that, if that makes any sense. Camellia Grill is a must-eat, even if you are here for a weekend. It is definitely at the top of my list for a breakfast joint in New Orleans. The omelets are better than average, the Pecan Waffles are outstanding, and the atmosphere is also what makes the place a must-visit.

2 out of 2 people found the review helpful. Was it helpful to you?

No Yes

Scorecard

3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Pecan Waffle
Rate this place
A Chef Special omelet should keep you fueled for most of the day.
"A Chef Special omelet should keep you fueled for most of the day."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Cammie is proud to serve its creations.
"Cammie is proud to serve its creations."
Michael Stern


The Camelia Grill: since 1946
"The Camelia Grill: since 1946"
Michael Stern


Grilled Cheese with Bacon
"Grilled Cheese with Bacon"
Michael Stern


Orange Freeze
"Orange Freeze"
Michael Stern


a crispy, charred patty with an overabundance of bacon served with a smile at 2 am. made me love this burger.
"a crispy, charred patty with an overabundance of bacon served with a smile at 2 am. made me love this burger."
Elise


The Grill is packed at 2 am. during Mardi Gras week, when they stay open until 3 am.
"The Grill is packed at 2 am. during Mardi Gras week, when they stay open until 3 am."
Elise


Be sure to ask for your pecan pie to be grilled.  Ice cream?  Yes!
"Be sure to ask for your pecan pie to be grilled. Ice cream? Yes!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Small-tread waffles are crisp and elegant, loaded with nutmeats.
"Small-tread waffles are crisp and elegant, loaded with nutmeats."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A side of scrambled eggs and sausage.
"A side of scrambled eggs and sausage."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The waffles are very popular at Camellia.  These two irons receive constant use.
"The waffles are very popular at Camellia. These two irons receive constant use."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


It sure doesn't look like any diner we've ever seen.  At least not in New Jersey.
"It sure doesn't look like any diner we've ever seen. At least not in New Jersey."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


There appears to be plenty of parking in the area, but if you're staying in the French Quarter, and are in no rush, this is the way to arrive.  The St. Charles line stops at the Camellia.
"There appears to be plenty of parking in the area, but if you're staying in the French Quarter, and are in no rush, this is the way to arrive. The St. Charles line stops at the Camellia."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



What is Roadfood?  |   Submit Content  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright - Roadfood.com