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Camellia Grill

626 South Carrollton, New Orleans, LA - (504) 866-9573
Posted By Michael Stern on 8/12/2004 12:49:00 PM
For a real feast for all the senses away from the French Quarter take the St. Charles street car line to Camellia Grill. This trip to a great New Orleans institution includes an architectural tour as “the car” moseys past fabulous houses, mansions and Audubon Park. Jump off at Carrollton Avenue near the end of the line. Just across the street is The Camellia Grill, with its white columns and pink neon sign. Inside you will find 29 seats at a serpentine counter staffed by friendly, white-coated waiters and cooks at open grills.

While there is no one signature dish, the Chef Special omelet is a real house specialty: bacon, ham, onion, Swiss and American cheeses and French fries all held together with lighter than air eggs whipped in a blender. This concoction is cooked on a flat grill, gently folded and then blanketed with a most delicious, rich chili. Finally, the plate is crowned with French fries and delivered piping hot. The chili is almost a necessary anchor to this dish as this omelet is so light and fluffy it could otherwise float away.

For a beverage choice, the orange freeze, is another house specialty. Available in several other flavors, the orange freeze is quickly blended using orange juice, simple syrup, ice and French vanilla ice cream. Its texture is neither that of a shake nor a slushy. It is light and almost frothy…and the flavor is delicate, not too sweet, so it is a great accompaniment to a meal.

Camellia Grill is known not only for its breakfast served all day, but also for its sandwiches. A simple hamburger (dressed, of course, which is New Orleans speak for mayonnaise, chopped lettuce, tomato and pickle) or grilled cheese with bacon is elevated to gourmet delight, especially when paired with an order of chili cheese fries.

Plan carefully or you may not have room for dessert. Camellia Grill’s include a variety of pies: pecan, chocolate pecan, apple, and several cream pies. The pecan pie, in particular, isn’t any average, run- of-the-mill pie. Not only is the pie itself first-rate, but the fact that they grill it in butter before topping it with a scoop of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream makes this special treat. The grilling results in an intensified flavor of the buttery crust.

Don’t be surprised is there is a line of eager, hungry diners. You will find an eclectic mix of locals, tourists, and students from nearby Tulane University, just blocks away. It’s definitely worth the wait.

-- Review submitted by Marlene Bellis and Philip Roth, aka, tsores.

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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



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