Despite all the clubs, cars, restaurants and nightlife offered in this wonderful city, I was reminded again on Saturday that the best time to see its true nature is actually early in the morning. I had gone into the office early, made a delivery and was on the way home by about 8, turning off Prytania, down First St. A pair of tourists, guidebooks in hand, was walking slowly, pointing at the historic homes.

It wasn’t hot yet, the afternoon thunderstorms hadn’t yet popped up and the couple was undisturbed by the usual clumps of bedraggled visitors being yammered at by some guide. They had a chance to watch folks come out to pick up the morning paper, walk their dogs, leave for work or do the various other weekend-morning things. It was a wonderful way to watch the city wake up, since that’s when most of us reveal things we don’t normally show the rest of the world.

I hope they had a chance to stop into the St. Charles Tavern or The Trolley Stop or someplace to get some breakfast.

So many folks come to this city to stay out late, then get bent out of shape when they can’t find breakfast at freaking 1pm. It’s a shame they miss so much by not starting early and taking their time.

3 Comments so far

  1. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 7:07 am

    Don’t forget Clover Grill, La Peniche, Slim Goody’s Diner, or Betsy’s Pancake House for starters.

  2. Craig (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 7:47 am

    Oh yeah. Or even the simpler offerings at CC’s, PJ’s or plenty of other spots like the Bluebird or up at Li’l Ray’s in Mid-City. A whole rash of places came to mind. One could easily make a week-long vacation out of just doing $6 breakfasts.

  3. sacclay (unregistered) on August 1st, 2005 @ 11:52 am

    well, while we’re on the breakfast spots let me just put in my two-cents.

    weenie’s on magazine is great food, bitchy waitresses.

    i love the breakfast fare at saucey’s on freret

    and God , why hasnt anyone mentioned the white jacket and black tie served grits and omelets at Camellia Grill. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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